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Rockmore Floating Restaurant, Salem?

pemma Aug 18, 2008 08:19 AM

Does this place still exist? They don't seem to answer the phone. If they are still around, how is it? Reviews are sparse, but I saw a couple that weren't so great. I'm not looking for fine cuisine, just something not terrible. We plan to be in Salem this week and it looks like it might be fun place to stop for a light lunch/snack when the weather is good.

Thanks for any information you can provide.

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    somethin_gd Aug 23, 2008 10:55 AM

    Stay away from Rockmore, then were sited by the Board of Health for various infractions sometime ago. Go to Finz next door and get the fried oysters with the spicy remoulade sauce. Great sittng on the deck in the harbor sipping on their fantastic specialty martinis.

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    1. re: somethin_gd
      pemma Aug 25, 2008 06:09 AM

      Coming in on the ferry we saw no sign of the Rockmore and after the lackluster comments here decided to not bother looking for it. We ended up having lunch at Victoria Station and it was surprisingly pretty good. We did end up a Finz later for drinks and snack.

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      bostonsooner Aug 19, 2008 11:43 AM

      Fun place, but agree with the other posters on the mediocre food, which has gotten worse this summer. For some reason, they aren't using the fryolater anymore -- so no fried seafood and fries. The menu seemed to be cold sandwiches (including a lobster roll), maybe a hot dog, and potato chips. I don't think they even had burgers.

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        pemma Aug 19, 2008 05:05 AM

        Thanks very much. We are just thinking of drinks and light snacks, so will probably give it a try. The weather is supposed to be nice.

        1. Food4Thought Aug 18, 2008 07:25 PM

          Ditto. Not a destination for food, but if your are in a partying mood it's tough to beat, sucking back cocktails or beers on a moored mini barge during a summer afternoon or evening....Think of an aquatic Durty Nellies/ Ames Plow.

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            bachslunch Aug 18, 2008 04:42 PM

            Will agree with the naysayers here -- food's lousy. Best thing about this place is its unusual location, plus the idea that you can drive up in a boat if you own one.

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              drewinmrblhd Aug 18, 2008 01:33 PM

              The only thing the food is worth ordering for is to feed the fish with it. The fish love french fries. Food is horific in general but is a nice spot out on the water.

              1. ScubaSteve Aug 18, 2008 09:14 AM

                last summer i had both the burger and the fried haddock sandwich both of which were serviceable. other than that i'd take a pass on the food and stick with the Giant Coronas. they also do a nice Rum Punch.

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                  msmacandcheese Aug 18, 2008 10:32 AM

                  you definitely do not go for the food... more so, the beer and atmosphere. i had the chicken caesar wrap last time and it wasn't horrible though. they will not pick up the phone, you just have to go to the dock and wait for their ferry boat to pick you up. the boat runs regularly and there are instructions on the dock so that you know you are in the right place.

                  1. re: msmacandcheese
                    twentyoystahs Aug 18, 2008 01:34 PM

                    Agree with everyone else. Go for the experience & atmosphere, but don't go too hungry. Have a few cocktails and a few light bites, but don't expect to have memorable food here.

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                  catsmeow Aug 18, 2008 08:40 AM

                  A few summers ago, it anchored in Boston Harbor for the month of Sept. (I think Salem Harbor was having work done and it had to move for the month)and it was pretty good. You're typical burger type menu with a few other options as well as your usual summer libations. The big deal was floating in the harbor with planes coming in very close overhead to land at Logan. Best views around! I had a boat back then and it was a great spot to pull up to. I wish they had stayed in BH permanently.

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                    Diski Aug 18, 2008 08:35 AM

                    nice for a cocktail but the food is HORRIBLE!

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