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Black Cow Tap & Grill

54R Merrimac St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2555
+1 978-499-8811
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good42%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“walnut salad” (11 reviews)
“escargot” (7 reviews)
“fish and chips” (26 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00 Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
54R Merrimac St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2555
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time here. Looking forward to a nice dinner but the prices were expensive so opted for a burger, which was tasty even if it wasn’t cooked as requested, medium well, came out medium. Believe this restaurant doesn’t know its identity...is it a pub? is...More

Thank hisandhers102013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great view + deck but inside was dingy and the food dated and uninspired. Service was slow even though it was only moderately busy. Typical feel of a restaurant that has a great location and relies on that. Won't be back...

Thank Roland H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just had lunch with a gf. The food was bad. She had clam chowder that was very thick & pasty. I had a burger that I ordered to be prepared medium and it was well done. Barely edible. I would have sent it back but...More

Thank MGMN27
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

This was a great spot for lunch on a lazy Saturday. This would definitely be a better spot in the summer as the deck looks great and I would be back for sitting out there. We had the fish and chips as well as the...More

Thank Ashley N
Reviewed 5 April 2018

I have been to the Black Cow a few times over the years, and each visit has unfortunately not improved upon the previous. While the view and convenience to downtown Newburyport are indeed selling points, the overall value in terms of food quality and service...More

Thank Matty2999
Reviewed 4 March 2018

This is a great restaurant to head to when in Newburyport. Yummy burgers, good looking food that other people in my party were eating (and they loved it too), plus you get to watch some boats go up and down the river. Nice inside...waitresses were...More

Thank Beezel427
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Only dined there once. Very noisy venue, and pushy service for a fast turnover. Average quality food. Most tables do not have a warterforont view. Not going back.

Thank Dick C
Reviewed 24 February 2018

The current location offers beautiful waterfront restaurant and some of the best dining in Newburyport. We were quickly seated at a table overlooking the Merrimack River, where we enjoyed the sunny water view as waterfowl soared overhead. My companion started with escargot, and chose for...More

5  Thank StarWeez
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

The restaurant was uncharacteristically empty and we got a great corner booth by the water looking out onto the icy river. Waiter took drink order after a short wait and the drinks were good size and prompt. We waited again a while before dinner order...More

Thank CandyNh
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

We stopped in for a late lunch and was deliciously treated with excellent food and service. For appetizers we had the crab cake and shrimp cocktail and while the shrimp was good I was disappointed they only serve three shrimp, the crab cake on the...More

Thank coastie55
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28 October 2016|
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Response from Demi K | Reviewed this property |
Yes they will:) Perhaps call ahead to let The Black Cow know so they will be prepared:)
Deanna L
14 August 2016|
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Response from Farmme | Reviewed this property |
I have never had any problems at the Cow
3 April 2016|
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Response from sightseer12 | Reviewed this property |
They do take reservations.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54R Merrimac St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2555
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newburyport
  • Phone Number: +1 978-499-8811
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