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About Plum Island Grille
2014 WINNER of Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
Featured in the -Boston Globe, WCVB TV’s Chronicle, Billy Costa’s TV Diner, North Shore, Portsmouth & Accent Magazines - and awarded YANKEE Magazine's prestigious Editors’ Choice honor, the Plum Island Grille’s eclectic bistro style menu exemplifies New American Cuisine at its finest. And reflects co-owner Chef Francis’ passion for uncomplicated, fresh, local ingredients.
Minutes from downtown Newburyport and overlooking a two mile vista of salt marshlands, the Sunset Bar offers sensational sunset views and-while there are plenty of meat dishes on the menu
Housed in what was originally a beach cottage at the gateway to Plum Island-a tiny barrier island off the northern coast of MA-the restaurant is charmingly rustic and has a laid-back island feel where guests can enjoy year-round fine bistro dining and service, only 35 minutes north of Boston.
Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic, Organic
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music Every Thursday from November to February; Sunday Jazz Brunch every Sunday 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Offering our passion for excellence for
your private event needs. Plum Island Grille proudly offer full service"s catering through our catering division, Plum Island Catering. We can host your special occasion in our restaurant, on our spectacular Sunset Deck on Plum Island, in your home, or at a venue of your choice. We cater for all special occasions: weddings, private dinner parties, bridal showers, business meetings, rehearsal dinners, client appreciation dinners, anniversary and birthday dinners and company holiday parties.
On site parking and street parking
Private Party Facilities:
Offering our passion for excellence for
your private event needs. Plum Island Grille proudly offer full service catering through our catering division, Plum Island Catering Catering. We can host your special occasion in our restaurant, on our spectacular Sunset Deck on Plum Island, in your home, or at a venue of your choice.
Private Party Contact:
Francis Broadbery: 9784632290x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
Plum Island Grille Ratings and Reviews
I've eaten here several times. The last few times it's been getting worse and worse. I think they have staffing issues. The food and service have both been getting progressively worse. Such a pity. Used to be great, lovely location. Won't go back again.
Fill up before you go!
Drink selection was lacking and martinis terrible. Appetizer (crab cakes) were TINY, was splitting with spouse. Main entree was decent, but also on the small side (Scallops). Dessert was OK, not great. Table was TINY, my plate hung over when my spouse's entree arrived. Felt like I was on top of the large group behind us. Wait staff was very attentive, but left feeling hungry and that we paid quite a bit for a subpar meal. Would not return.
Great menu, service, and setting
We went here in the evening of Mothers Day. It was a perfect mix of a high-quality meal for my wife and me, and a casual enough setting for the kids. We had eaten in the main dining area once before. This time we were in the bar area which was much more lively (playing Jackson Five and other classic R&B music most of the night) with a nice view of the marsh. The food was as good as anything I have had in Newburyport. I had ginger-lime ribs and my wife had swordfish, both great. Dessert was also excellent - we rarely order it but it looked too good to pass up.
Used to really like this place, but this ...
Used to really like this place, but this recent visit the food was mediocre at best and service was exceptionally slow. Never had crab cakes with one cold and one warm or seafood chowder without any seafood and lukewarm temps. Disappointing meal and won't rush back like in the past.
Very expensive for the quality and aesthetics of the meal presentation, ambiance and taste. The Scallop and Crab Stuffed Haddock for $29 had almost no fish - just flakes.... 3 scallops .... poorly presented. The oysters were small, no-name and ordinary for $3/piece. The ambiance is a beach shack converted into a small beach restaurant, with a vibrant outdoor bar scene. Great hangout outside enjoying the views and marsh.... disappointing experience culinary wise.
Ate in the main dining room near the bar. the room was very loud. not because of the bar, but the acoustics in the room. I had the stuffed haddock that was supposed to have scallops in it. It was so dark neither my son or I could see what was in it. We ended up with lots of mashed potatoes underneath it. My wife's swordfish was dry. Quite disappointing service also. We got a basket of bread that had 1 1/2 rolls in it!! it was clearly someone else's already used basket of bread! Many other choices in Newburport will be chosen first next time!
I had made a reservation two days before ...
I had made a reservation two days before the meal, and the reservation was confirmed. Upon arrival at PI Grill, we were told that they had been overly generous with their walk-ins, and we could not have our table. We were told it would be a 45 minute wait. We agreed to sit at the bar.
The sun was in my eyes, but I just decided to grow up and make do. We ordered salad. Two of our entree choices (and it is a limited menu) were not in stock (it was only 6:30.........).
Have always loved PI Grill, and I will return, but it was just a disappointing experience.
We have been to PI Grill many times, but never for brunch. It was really a mixed bag. My omelette was a smoked salmon omelette and there was some salmon in in- but not traditional smoked salmon. The eggs were thick and rubbery and arrived cold. They took the dish and reheated it, and did not charge for it. My daughters waffles were also barely warm- but that was fine with her. My son's burger was great and my husband enjoyed his mussels. Drinks were great, and the service was excellent. I think maybe sticking to lunch / dinner dishes is the way to go!
The PIG is a magical place, the North of Boston Cheers-like bar, where nearly everyone knows your name--or soon will. In season arrive early to get a bar seat, have sunglasses handy and stay to see a fabulous sunset. Off season go for the half price appetizers. The James Bond martinis are not to be missed. Follow up with the Plum Island clams, or one of the fish specials.
It was a little chilly! But it was the c ...
It was a little chilly! But it was the coldest day of the year so I understand. The food was great! Service was really nice-- seating was definitely tight but it was cozy and a great experience for Valentine's Day.
We loved our first time there!
The food was awesome. They were have trouble with the heat. It was below zero, and the heating system was not working, and we were freezing throughout the meal. I would not go back in the Winter, but look forward to going back in the Summer and maybe dining outside, and enjoy the view.
Thai seafood stew had undesirable shimp and too many carrots. The seafood chowder was tastey but there was no seafood in it. Very disappointed. We got there early on Valentines day so there was no rush in the kitchen. Previous dinners were good.The apple crisp ended the night with" never again"
Great "In Season" - Not Ready for Year Round
Tale of Two Cities - the best of time and the worst of times. Cold weather carried over into restaurant with temps inside a cool 60 degrees! Food seemed to follow as menu items ordered were also cold and not the same recipe as advertised. Service was the only saving grace. Without it, we would have walked. With this said, during the Summer this restaurant has an awesome sunset and we have had great meals. May be that the off season is difficult to overcome.
Disappointed in Plum Island Grille as thought the food was very bland. I had a lemon chicken that was very watery with absolutely no flavor whatsoever. My Husband had the Shrimp and Scallop Carbonara dish and thought it lacked flavor. The only good part of the meal was a fall sangria I had and their mixed green salad with the rosemary balsamic dressing is very tasty. Overall nice drive and area but the kitchen needs to add some spice.
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