The Market, GloucesterStandout Qualities: A quintessential New England view overlooking the boats bobbing on the Annisquam River, paired with thoughtfully prepared seasonal cuisine.
What’s New: Extended weekend brunch hours, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
33 River Rd., Gloucester, 978-282-0700, themarketrestaurant.comYear-roundBeauport Hotel’s 1606 Restaurant, GloucesterWhat’s Unique: The best view in Gloucester, overlooking the mansions of Eastern Point, with craft cocktails and a firepit for chilly nights.
Insider Tip: Make a night of it by checking into the glamorous Beauport Hotel upstairs.
55 Commercial St., Gloucester, 978-282-0008 Ext. 5, beauporthotel.com
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Seaglass Restaurant & Lounge, SalisburyStandout Qualities: Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the ocean inside the dining room.
4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, 978-462-5800, seaglassoceanside.comThe Deck, Salisbury Standout Qualities: With an expansive double deck on the Merrimack River and breathtaking views of historic Newburyport, The Deck is the perfect summer hangout. Try the Rum Bucket—it’s a favorite on the menu!
179R Bridge Rd., Salisbury, 978-499-4422, thedecksalisbury.com