group of people with wine glasses, date night restaurants in Newburyport, Massachusetts

Planning a well deserved “grown up” trip to the Newburyport area and need a place to eat? Whether you’re looking for date night restaurants or a celebratory spot for a girls’ weekend, we’ve got you covered! All of these restaurants — from Newburyport to Salisbury to Rowley — get rave reviews from us!

Brown Sugar by the Sea

75 Water Street, Newburyport

When you’re in the mood for Thai, Brown Sugar by the Sea serves up the freshest dishes! Some favorites include the drunken noodles, mango fried rice, and pad Thai with shrimp.

Sea Level Oyster Bar

1 Market Square, Newburyport
94 Wharf Street, Salem

Sea Level Oyster Bar boasts an impressive mix of oysters and seafood, but they also have an outstanding selection of creative classics. We love the fresh oysters, Plum Island clambake, and the classic smash burger. Whatever you do, don’t forget dessert!

Black Cow

40 Merrimac Street, Newburyport

The Black Cow is unique because it has a little bit of everything — so it’s likely to please everyone! You can get anything from clam chowder and clam cakes to house tips or confit duck ravioli. If that’s not enough, check out their extensive sushi menu!


25 State Street, Newburyport

Be sure to make a reservation here — this Newburyport restaurant is cozy and perfect for date night! The menu at Carmine is full of traditional Italian, Sicilian, and Mediterranean dishes, and the fresh pasta, seafood, and steak are exceptional! Be sure to try the exploding little necks — to die for!

Bar 25

38 State Street, Newburyport

If you’re looking for fun cocktails, this is the place to be! Bar 25’s unique “mezze” (small plates) menu offers a variety of Middle Eastern fusion dishes that are fun and delicious!

Agave Mexican Bistro

50 State Street, Newburyport

Agave offers fresh Mexican food and a fun atmosphere. Don’t forget to try the guacamole, street tacos, and carnitas! 


17 State Street, Newburyport

The seasonal menu at Brine — with Italian and Spanish influences — keeps this restaurant interesting! The raw bar and oyster towers are a sight to behold, and the toasts and crudo are truly unique. Make it a date night to remember by ordering the “overboard” — a daily selection of all things raw and toasted!

Sea Glass

4 Ocean Front North, Salisbury

You truly can’t beat the view from Sea Glass — this is classic oceanfront dining! The menu here is always full of the freshest fish, prime-cut meats, and traditional favorites. This is a great spot for Sunday brunch!

Capri Seaside

3 Central Avenue, Salisbury

If you’re looking for something a little more family friendly that still has fantastic Italian food, this is an awesome choice. We recommend the Francaise with chicken or any of the pizza options.

Phat Cats

65A Market Street, Amesbury

Phat Cats has a delightful, creative menu with ample seafood options. Our favorite, though, is definitely the homemade desserts!

The Rusty Can

6 Fruit Street, Byfield

The Rusty Can doesn’t take reservations, so you may have to wait — but we assure you it’s worth it. Their Thursday nachos are to die for, and, honestly, there isn’t anything on the menu that we don’t recommend!

The Grove at Briar Barn Inn

101 Main Street, Rowley

Here’s what we recommend: Get all of your best girlfriends together, book a room at the inn, go to the spa, and have dinner at the restaurant. Or, if you’re looking for a quick romantic getaway, look no further! We love this farm-to-table menu and the rustic, charming ambiance.

Off the Vine

150 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley

The extensive salad menu at Off the Vine really shines! We also recommend the osso bucco and the pan seared scallops.

Looking for other date-night restaurants beyond Newburyport? Check out these restaurants north of Boston, these restaurants in the Boston area, these restaurants in Boston’s MetroWest, and these restaurants on Boston’s South Shore!

Chelsey Weaver
Chelsey is a "central Mass" girl who married her 7th-grade sweetheart. She attended both undergraduate and graduate school in Boston, then taught high school on the North Shore for seven years. After living in Winchester and Melrose for several years (and moving too many times), she and her husband finally settled in Groveland in 2015. She loves the North Shore and everything it has to offer, and she enjoys raising her daughter there. Chelsey is the community engagement coordinator for Boston Moms and is mostly a stay-at-home mom. She spends lots of time advocating for children with disabilities, arguing with insurance companies, and looking for disabled influencers, inclusive companies, and materials that celebrate neurodiversity. She avidly listens to audiobooks, hates everything about coffee, and, most importantly, loves being a mom.


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