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At the River, we know the perfect summer needs 3 things: sun, good music and great food! River DJs are hitting the streets of Boston’s North Shore, the Merrimack Valley and New Hampshire’s Seacoast showcasing great places to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Castaways Seafood & Grille

209 Ocean Blvd, Seabrook, NH

At Castaways Seafood & Grille you can enjoy your favorite cocktail while digging your feet in the sand overlooking the breathtaking view of the Seabrook harbor. It’s not just the stunning views that make Castaways a great place to go. Their vast selection of fresh seafood, live entertainment, and that authentic island flair will make you wave goodbye to the real world and escape to paradise.

Looking for a deck with views of the ocean, great drinks and a menu to please? I found it at Castaways.Dana

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The Copper Door Restaurant

15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, NH

Copper Door Restaurant’s Executive Chef’s culinary creations have been called “Approachable New American and Upscale Comfort Foods.” Guests at the Copper Door enjoy a wide ranging, exciting and inventive combination of tastes featuring local sources. From New England seafood to classic oven creations, each meal at The Copper Door personifies their passion and respect of fine food and classic culinary technique.

I love their Sangria Sundays on the patio.AJ

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Ipswich Clambake

196 High St, Ipswich, MA 01938

If you’re looking for local seafood, craving delicately fried clams, or planning a special catered event, Ipswich Clambakes’ kitchens are fired up all year long to serve you delicious fried, baked and grilled creations. You must try their award-winning chowders and hearty lobster rolls. This is where the locals go – because they know! Here, you don’t stand in lines! And Ipswich Clambake’s Catering Division is committed to making your event guest will rave about! Book your next summer gathering or tailgate party on their website or give them a call. They do all the work from set-up to clean-up, so you can enjoy every moment with your guests. Go where the locals go – Ipswich Clambake! And get your clambake on!

I had my first fried clams of the season, and honestly, they were some of the best I’ve ever had!Matt

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Mile Marker One Restaurant & Bar

Cape Ann’s Marina Resort, 75 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Eat, Drink, Chill, Dance! North Shore’s best deck dining and live music. With four unique dining and special event venues, our goal is to provide happiness and enjoyment through our fresh food, music and atmosphere. Open everyday, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with specials. Small to large events from 20-250+ welcome. Come by boat and try our “Pain Killer”!

The strawberry summer salad was just perfect!Matt

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My Place by the Sea

68 Bearskin Neck, Rockport, MA

Located on the tip of Bearskin Neck in Rockport, My Place by the Sea showcases New American cuisine highlighted by fresh local seafood and an unrivaled romantic setting. Multiple-level seating offers breathtaking views of Rockport’s rocky New England coast – the perfect venue for sipping, savoring and celebrating indoors and out. Award-winning Chef Kathy Millbury’s passion for local and sustainable cuisine and co-owner Barbara Stavropoulos’s eye for design have perfectly captured Rockport’s rich history as a local seaport and an artist colony. Come for the food. Savor the views. Create memories…My Place by the Sea – make it yours!

The food and the ocean views…Mind-blowing!Dana

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Opus.

87 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970

Just named Reader’s Choice for Best Cocktail, After Work Drinks, and Bar in Northshore Magazine’s Best of the North Shore (BONS) issue! Opus boasts a cocktail list of original creations unlike anything else you’ll find on Boston’s North Shore. The restaurant also features contemporary dishes and creative sushi for a truly delicious dining experience. And if you’re looking to keep the night going, Opus Underground is home to live music across multiple genres (from punk to hip hop to classic rock) earning the restaurant Best nods for Singles’ Night and Girls’ Night Out– for a grand total of six BONS this year.

Opus has a great hip, creative vibe – and live music downstairs!Carolyn

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Oregano Pizza & Ristorante

16 Pleasant St, Newburyport, MA

Oregano Pizzeria and Ristorante is located in the heart of historic downtown Newburyport. We take pride in our homemade tomato marinara sauce which is prepared with crushed San Marzano Italian tomatoes and our quality cheeses. Each pizza dough is hand stretched and topped with the freshest locally grown ingredients then finished in our signature brick oven imported from Genoa, Italy. Al dente pasta and Italian entrées, fresh salads, and house-made desserts are sure to entice you! All of our menu items are available gluten free! Enjoy a variety of local brew beers, unique cocktails, or one of our 30 wines from the premier regions of Italy. Come visit our cozy dining room or order takeout to bring home.

You won’t find a more authentic pizza this side of Venice.Dana

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The Peddler’s Daughter

45 Wingate St, Haverhill, MA

The Peddler’s Daughter, with locations in Haverhill & Nashua, offers an authentic taste of Ireland all year-round. The Peddler’s Daughter is not only a great place to get a refreshing pint, a bite to eat, it’s also a place where friends are made and good times are enjoyed, so stop by for some good Irish hospitality and make yourself at home. Slainte.

When it’s time to celebrate, there’s nothing better than the authentic Irish hospitality you’ll find at the Peddler’s Daughter.AJ

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Periwinkles Restaurant & Bar

74 Main Street, Essex, MA

Experience exceptional waterfront dining in Essex, Massachusetts with critically acclaimed cuisine. Enjoy Periwinkles’ fresh local seafood, sushi, pasta, steaks and salads. Dine indoors, at the bar, or on our riverside deck. With a picturesque view of the Essex River, relax in a casual atmosphere with artwork from Eventide Fine Art Gallery adorning the walls. Savor Periwinkles’ award-winning clam chowder – a perennial favorite and 14 time winner of the Essex ClamFest competition and their new expanded menu of sushi, small plates to share and gluten free options.

A charming spot with panoramic views of the River. Truly the best fish. Fresh, flaky and perfectly prepared.Dana

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Dana Wilson Raspberries Catering

Haverhill, MA

If you’ve been to a River Music Hall performance or other River event–you’ve probably tried the delicious food from Dana Wilson Raspberries Catering. Raspberries Catering provides tailored menus for any budget, in any setting, like your home or workplace–or at a function hall. Their versatility, accompanied by their flavorful and fresh menu ideas have kept them serving north of Boston and throughout New England for almost three decades!

No matter your budget, they’ll create a flavorful and fresh menu for your event.Carolyn