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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 good43%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“escargot” (5 reviews)
“walnut salad” (9 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 2 days ago

I hadn't been to the Black Cow in quite some time but stopped in recently with some work friends. I had the hummus and roasted carrot starter which was quite tasty except it lacked pita bread - a standard accompaniment to hummus. For my main...More

Thank lizlubee
Reviewed 5 days ago

Sometimes restaurants substitute quantity for quality. The Black Cow is not one of those places. The portions are gargantuan, but there is no slippage in the quality of ingredients or preparation. I'm speaking specifically of the walnut salad, which I ordered fully intending to pair...More

Thank amherst_reader
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Black Cow is a well known restaurant on the Merrimack river in Newburyport. It has been serving up food and great views for a long while. It is especially lovely in the summer and spring when you can dine on the deck or simply...More

Thank cyberi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for lunch. I had the Grilled chicken walnut salad and substituted the lemon olive oil vinaigrette which was good. The spicy walnuts were also good, but the salad could have used a little less goat cheese and maybe something fresh like cucumber or...More

Thank nancygilmartin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Started with great drinks, followed by corn chowder which was delicious. Two of us had the haddock and one had the sheperd's pie. Both were excellent. We shared the apple crisp for dessert-big serving! Fabulous time!!

Thank 17bliss2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went two times during business trip. Good food with a nice selection of local craft beers. Service was good and the view of the harbor from the patio deck was nice.

Thank larryrobertl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When sitting out on the deck, you get a beautiful view of the harbor and boats. Lots to see and great for people watching. The menu has something for everyone. My favorite is the burger, and they know how to hit medium-rare perfectly. Also, I...More

Thank myTelf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be sure to focus on the seasonal specials and you'll enjoy the experience fully. Also step out and try one of the many local craft beers

1  Thank eswheeler613
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First, please note the pricing online does not match the actual menu pricing at the establishment. Ordered today's special which was penne pasta, chicken, spinach and diced peppers. ($19) Apparently it was cooked in butter or wine or garlic or all of the above as...More

Thank NHDebandAl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you, Mike! Black Cow is our all time favorite restaurant in Newburyport and always has been. We have celebrated birthdays, graduations, meet the daughter's boyfriend's parents, daughter's engagement, meet the son's girlfriend's parents, son's engagement with grandparents, and even our daughter and now son-in-law's...More

1  Thank Kristin R
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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
13 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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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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