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Editors’ Choice (Casual)

Sunset Club, Plum Island

Open on Plum Island since the summer of 2021, this largely open-air space from Starlite Management Company—the team behind Newburyport’s The Paddle Inn, Somerville’s Trina’s Starlite Lounge and Parlor Sports, and Boston’s Audubon—occupies the former Angie’s Service Station. In addition to unparalleled sunsets, the Sunset Club offers an international menu, including tuna poke, char siu BBQ wings, and fried fish tacos. Equally compelling is the restaurant’s selection of drinks, available both mixed and frozen. 4 Old Point Rd., Newbury, 

Editors’ Choice (Upscale) 

1606 Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Gloucester 

Located within Gloucester’s Beauport Hotel, 1606 Restaurant & Oyster Bar enjoys sweeping views of Gloucester Harbor. Guests can also enjoy some of the most robust raw bar offerings around, including caviar service, a rotating daily selection of oysters, and conservas, or tinned fish. The restaurant’s seasonal crudo is ever-changing, drawing inspiration from the market and from the catch of the day. Views of Ten Pound Light, combined with some of the North Shore’s freshest seafood in a luxury setting, make 1606 a perennial favorite. 55 Commercial St., Gloucester, 978-491-5090,

Readers’ Choice 

The Deck, Salisbury

With an unreasonably good view of Newburyport’s distinguished shoreline, The Deck, in Salisbury, offers guests seasonal, casual dining in one of the best locations on the Merrimack River. A substantial menu of sandwiches, burgers, tacos, and appetizers is matched by The Deck’s drinks list, which includes on-tap beers from local breweries and cocktails that feature New England–made spirits. The restaurant also hosts live music events throughout late spring and summer on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 179 Bridge Rd., Salisbury, 978-499-4422, 
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