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Michael’s Harborside Restaurant

October 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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One Tournament Wharf

michaels restaurant 2Michael’s Harborside Restaurant, overlooking the Merrimack River, is a favorite spot for lunch and dinner dining all year round.  In the summertime, it is bustling with locals and tourists sitting at one of three outdoor decks and the waterfront bar, listening to a live band and enjoying fresh seafood and signature cocktails. Boaters love its easy accessibility from the public docks (available on a first-come, first-served basis) just a two-minute stroll away, and enjoy visiting Newburyport’s pier and local shops before returning to their vessels.

In any season, Michael’s provides entertainment and a family-friendly menu in its casual indoor dining room. On a recent evening visit, the candlelit dining room was warm and welcoming. A fire was roaring in the corner as we gazed at the sparkling river from our window seats.

Appetizers are extensive here; we chose the equally-delicious shrimp cocktail and sourdough pretzels from offerings that included crispy fried pickles, pumpkin seed scallops, tater tots tossed in truffle oil, and boneless chicken tenders or bone-in chicken wings (served with a choice of four sauces). My daughter enjoyed the chicken Caesar, and some of Michael’s salads would satisfy vegans and vegetarians, including the romaine with garden fresh vegetables or the cranberry and pomegranate salad, with greens topped by fried butternut raviolis, red onion, blue cheese, and sugared curried walnuts

My husband’s all-time favorite meal is Michael’s Seafood Pasta Toss — linguine mingled with lobster, shrimp, scallops, and mussels, with stewed tomatoes and Pernod sauce. I had the house special of baked haddock topped with browned bread crumbs. The restaurant offers an extensive selection of fried and fresh seafood, including raw bar items; steak; beef, tuna, and veggie burgers; fish tacos; and a crabcake served on an English muffin.

It’s hard not to fill up, but leave room for coffee or tea accompanied by desserts such as their molten chocolate cake, key lime and peanut butter pie, hot fudge sundae and cheesecake.

The menu listsngluten-free items , and the kids’ menu has plenty of choices, ending with dessert where kids can frost and decorate their own cupcakes!   The wait staff was extremely friendly, considerate, and attentive to our needs, making Michael’s Harborside Restaurant an extremely pleasant and delicious place to dine.

By Kerri O’Connor

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