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44 Inn St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2516
19784659600
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11:00 - 19:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 19:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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Rye, New Hampshire
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805 reviews
512 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

We had lunch here -- vegetable soup and sandwiches. They were good but a little pricey. It's just a little place, cozy and nice. We found it just average for Newburyport, but we're not local, so maybe we need to try it again sometime.

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

nice selection of light sandwiches in an informal setting. located next to a playground park so perfect location for lunch with the kiddos.

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1 Thank VT-Steve
North Andover, Massachusetts
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71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

A friend and I ate lunch here based on good reviews. There were many choices, and I guess I chose the wrong item. The vegetables in the roasted veggie wrap didn't appear to have been roasted, nor did they have any roasted taste. There was too much vinaigrette in the wrap, making it a messy eating experience and dominating the... More 

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Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
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72 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

I was driving to Newburyport and started thinking that I have not had the tomato soup at The Purple Onion in along time. So I had to go try it again and see if it was as good as I remember. It was very good and like the last couple of times I had it I believe it is the... More 

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Thank Ed V
Concord, New Hampshire, United States
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015 via mobile

My wife and I were looking for a quick lunch stop and literally dropped in on the Purple Onion while trying to find another place. We were warmly greeted by the owner who made some vegetarian suggestions for my wife. I had the chili which came with a bag of tortilla chips and my wife had a piece of homemade... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

Very good Roast Turkey Sandwich with Roasted peppers and Chipotle spread( although it was better tasting in the past with more care takin' in its preperation- but still good). Excellent Mushroom/Chicken Teryaki Bowl. Good selection of quenching sodas. The Cheese taco needs some inspiration and the chilli is just o.k.. Overlooks the State St. Playground that my daughter and I... More 

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Long Island, NY
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152 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

Stopped here on our drive up to Maine. A bit hard to find even with GPS - just ask one of the folks walking around or in a shop and you'll be directed to it. Food is wraps, soups and sandwiches - made to order and very good - vegetarian friendly . Tiny shop, but found plenty of seats -... More 

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Thank West46th
near Boston, MA
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

We stopped at this cafe at the end of Labor Day while looking for something that was healthy, tasty, and not overly expensive. Purple Onion delivered on all counts. My lime and black bean salad came served over brown rice, guacamole and diced tomatoes. It was totally delicious and I'd go back for it again when in town. My wife... More 

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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124 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

Located on a walkway between 2 rows of buildings, it can be easily missed. We went there for lunch and it was filled with locals so its probably consistently good quality. We went there just one time and found an abundance of choices at reasonable prices. You can sit inside or out, or if you want, to take away. It... More 

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Thank FloydBaran
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

It wasn't in the rest of my family's list of bests but I really liked it. There was an eclectic menu and they have PB & Fluff so you can't that

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 17:00
Monday
11:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 19:00
Thursday
11:00 - 19:00
Friday
11:00 - 19:00
Saturday
11:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 Inn St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2516
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newburyport
  • Phone Number: 19784659600

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?