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We will be spending a week in the Camden/Rockport area next week. Where are the worthwhile places you would recommend?

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  1. If you're looking for adventure dining, try Conti's in Rockland, just down the road on Rt. 1. It is behind the police station, right on the water, and not well lit at all- look for a shack covered in lobster crates. It's open nightly from 4- the butcher paper roll when you first walk in will have the daily specials, from $10-25, mostly featuring the freshest seafood. After ordering, you'll be seated among many years worth of boxes, books, knick-knacks, on tables with candles and newspaper spreads. you'll get homemade bread that's hit or miss, a fresh salad with Conti's own fab dressing, and lot's of great ambience, including the old dog who lives there... in the restaurant. Oh, and the food is always fresh, and fantastic 74% of the time.

    1. PS- try searching for Mid-Coast Maine, Rockland, etc- there are some great suggestions on the boards.

      1. No, Conti's is dark, dirty and so random that you never know what you will get. We (locals) never go there, dirty dirty dirty...
        You have to try Francine bistro in Camden, check out thereviews on Trip Advisor, the place is fantastic. For more casual but still really good, the Breakwater Cafe in the Samoset Resort in great, and beautiful view of the ocean and the breakwater.

        1. I second the vote for Francine's. Cafe Miranda next door in Rockland is awesome!

          No, no, no to Conti's!

          1. We've been to Conte's a few times and loved it. So what if it is dark, didn't find it dirty and didn't have a bad dish. So what if it is quirky and eccentric. We had great, simple seafood there. Ate at Francine's too and it was good but we loved the atmosphere and the fresh seafood at Conte's- and no, fine dining it ain't.

            1. Another vote for Cafe Miranda. Some of the dish descriptions might make you say "huh?" but they work - just awesome. Between trips to the area, we check out their menu (huge) on their website just for fun (and to drool): www.cafemiranda.com.

              Also enjoyed Amalfi in Rockland very much.

              1. Prism Glass Cafe on Route 1 between Camden and Rockport . . .

                1. Try In Good Company on Main Street in Rockland. It's a wine bar with small and large plates. Great atmosphere. Far better than Cafe Miranda, which has slipped some of late. And certainly better than the Breakwater Cafe!

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                  1. re: Shooley

                    In Good Company is definitely great, when I recommended Breakwater Cafe it is the type of place for a tourist, the view and everything.I thought it would be nice for someone that hasn't been here before. The absolute best in fine dining is Francine Bistro on Chestnu Street in Camden, even better than Primo we think. Cafe Miranda has way too much going on in their dishes, and way to large of a menu to execute anything well. It's kind of a mish mash of everything and not really anything that great.

                    1. re: aynne35

                      Well, we really like Cafe Miranda; but it's quite possible we have no taste. I look forward to checking out Francine Bistro on our next trip, though. "Better than Primo" sounds pretty darn good.

                  2. Conte's is hit and miss and we have been disapointed so we don't go much anymore. But when it first opened it was a real breath of fresh air in Rockland and I think it raised the bar for the local restaurants. It is eccentric and unpredictable - that is the charm - and anyone I have taken there for the first time has been completely enthralled. Last summer my guests insisted we go twice in the same week. And I will never forget the dinner I had there one winter with the wood stove so hot the iron was cherry red. The space was only lit by candles and the glowing stove. it was really magical.