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Black Cow Tap & Grill

54R Merrimac St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2555
+1 978-499-8811
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good44%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“salad” (46 reviews)
“escargot” (6 reviews)
“baked haddock” (19 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
54R Merrimac St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2555
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There's an old saying around Boston that the restaurants offer you a choice: a good meal or a good view. In my visits to the Black Cow over several years the food has always been at least good enough to mess with this old saying...More

Thank J4394NZtom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not worth reviewing ~ pity a super location and great building can't offer better service and food. Not a fan.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Steaks are always excellent and cooked to order perfectly. Seafood specials are amazing. Dinner/drinks on the deck overlooking the water can't be beat.

Thank Mammoth45
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

My girlfriend took me to the Black Cow for my birthday on May 4th 2017. The hostess sat us at a table right on the water. Beautiful! The waitress was awesome and the food very good. A night to remember and will be back

Thank mttrim
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Just had a quick drink and snack, both were delicious. The atmoshere was casual, on the water, very friendly. We ate the New England clam chowder and the escargot. Both Delicious and good service.

Thank suevonr
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Can't beat the fun atmosphere for summer dining and drinks on the deck. Great food, friendly service and fab view. Really, one of the most pleasant dining spots in town, with a bit of a wait during the busy season. There is bar-side seating facing...More

Thank Ilene
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Went here Oct 21st with out of town family and as usual Black Cow delivered a great fine dining experience with the feel of being in your own home by the ocean! Steak is always perfectly cooked. Consistently great service.

Thank Duncan P
Reviewed 21 October 2017

The Clam Chowder was good and the special soup of the day, Black Bean and Corn, was even better. We both had the Fish Sandwich that had a good size piece of fish on a very nice roll. Service from Jillian was excellent. Quiet place...More

1  Thank fudgbug
Reviewed 18 October 2017

My mother and I went here for lunch for my birthday celebration. It was not the first time I have been to "The Cow" My husband and daughter often dine here and it is always delicious. We started with the mussels they were good. I...More

1  Thank Beachbum22353
Reviewed 15 October 2017

My husband and I headed into Newburyport for a quick afternoon of shopping and dining. We had been told of the Black Cow by a friend and since we were walking by it at lunch time decided to give it try. We choose to eat...More

Thank OuCilly
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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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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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