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Thirsty Whale

24 Market Sq, Newburyport, MA 01950-2565
+1 978-462-1140
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good27%
  • Average22%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“lobster roll” (3 reviews)
“calamari” (3 reviews)
“onion rings” (2 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
24 Market Sq, Newburyport, MA 01950-2565
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

The interior and facade have been recently updated, with plenty of big screen televisions, simpler decor, and brighter lights. The ambiance here is excellent, that is if you like rubbing elbows with all kinds of people. The characters range from octogenarian barflies, to 20-something hipsters....More

Thank James W
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Having heard that the ownership changed fairly recently, my wife and I decided to give it a try. We had hoped that the food would have improved dramatically from prior ownership, however it was only "OK". It works if you're expecting typical bar food, not...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We stopped in for lunch and wow what a great place to eat. The service was excellent, the food prepared exactly as it should be and the atmosphere is fun. We stayed in Newburyport 3 days and ate at this restaurant the whole time we...More

Thank emmie250
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Went there during an antique car show evening when the town was packed and not its usual charming fishing village self. But the restaurant was fine, at least the part we were in, and the food was good and reasonably priced.

Thank Joe S
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The two chefs are back and they are doing a great job. The food is hot and fresh. I have to say the calamari in the watermelon was to die for...i went back the next day and had the cajun shrimp over the salad and...More

Thank Goanywhere28
Reviewed 8 August 2017

First of all, Newburyport is a fun place. Little shops, eateries, and a huge antique store are all in town. As for food, we came across this little pub and I'll tell you the burgers were good. And the french fries weren't those awful ones...More

Thank TOG190
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Brought my family of 2 teenagers and everyone raved about their meal. Excellent burgers, sausage sandwich, and fries. The burgers were well made, the buns were fresh and perfectly toasted. All-in-all, a great meal for less than we'd spend at a chain restaurant. Highly recommend!

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for a beer on a cold, rainy day and had the best fried calamari I've ever had. Cooked to perfection and served with a variety of dipping sauces.

Thank cpnytravel
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Sometimes you find a gem....great food, great drinks, great service, all in a funky little bar where things are actually affordable in a city where a thirty dollar plus entrée is the norm. Gerry Rath and Jim Duratti ran the Gallery and Grille in the...More

Thank rmurphy_12
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

While wandering around Newburyport on a warm February day, we happened upon The Thirsty Whale. The daily specials board advertised Fish & Chips which were perfect for the warm weather. The Fish & Chips were light, flaky, and delicious. It wasn't heavy or greasy at...More

Thank Wsdole
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 Market Sq, Newburyport, MA 01950-2565
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newburyport
  • Phone Number: +1 978-462-1140
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