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Thirsty Whale

24 Market Sq, Newburyport, MA 01950-2565
+1 978-462-1140
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good32%
  • Average20%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“fries” (5 reviews)
“calamari” (3 reviews)
“sandwich” (2 reviews)
American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
24 Market Sq, Newburyport, MA 01950-2565
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everyone's talking about the "new" Thirsty Whale. I've visited twice since the changeover - once for lunch with my daughter and once for dinner with my husband - and I have to say I like what I see so far. I can tell that they...More

Thank Ilene
Reviewed 7 May 2018

We stopped in for a quick drink. Some of our group ordered one of the hard ciders that was on tap and neither liked it. The bar tender quickly replaced it with one that was good (one of the Downeast products).

Thank Nikko4Me
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick lunch on a Saturday. Service was superb, food was very good. Chicken tenders were better than most. Perfect onion rings and fries. Haddock sandwich was delicious. Only thing I didn’t care for was the cole slaw but that’s a bit...More

Thank johnnymordant
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch with my sister in law. We had soup and sandwich. The sandwich was grilled cheese with bacon and horseradish. It was awesome!!! Also the clam chowder was great.

Thank Lauren Z
Reviewed 8 February 2018

We stopped in for a quick drink after a hot afternoon on shopping downtown. The folks were friendly, the beer was ice cold, and it was wonderfully cool inside. Nice ambience and decor, casual, and welcoming. Excellent location, fair prices. we didn't eat there. but...More

Thank StormyDaze0929
Reviewed 18 December 2017

We were two adults for lunch. Such a calm little bar with typical bar food. Very clean inside. Food came quickly. Cooked perfectly. Loved that you could get tater tots instead of fries! Waitress was perfectly attentive.

Thank Kristen C
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

1  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

1  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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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