Standout Qualities: A full raw bar, a rotating array of trendy crudos, chops, and a caviar tasting menu round out the menu at this State Street staple.
What’s Unique: On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Brine is open until 11:45 p.m. for your dining pleasure.
Insider’s Tip: Buck-a-Shuck ($1 oysters) is 9-11 p.m. every Thursday night through Columbus Day.
25 State St., Newburyport, 978-358-8479, brineoyster.com
Elm Square Oyster Co., Andover
Standout Qualities: This fun, fresh, and exciting restaurant serves brilliantly creative seafood and American dishes until 10 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
What’s Unique: Elm Square is a scratch kitchen, meaning all of its sauces, seasonings, and condiments (even the sea salt) are made from scratch.
Insider’s Tip: Oyster happy hour—$1.49 for chef’s choice oysters on the half-shell with your choice of three house-made sauces—is 5-7 p.m. every day.
Fun Fact: Elm Square has an extensive American bourbon selection, along with small-batch spirits, American and imported wines, and local craft brews.
2 Elm Square, Andover, 978-470-2228, elmsquareoysterco.com