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Rockport/Cape Ann - Quality Dinner/Wine

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CMT Sep 11, 2008 06:54 AM

Hello,
Visitors from Sweden, canada, US meeting in Rockport area-looking for quality local seafood and restaurant with quality wine list or BYOB
Thoughts?

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  1. ScubaSteve RE: CMT Sep 11, 2008 07:27 AM

    this should start you off:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/553355
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/543497
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/153137
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/344460
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/555543
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/490752

    1. pondrat RE: CMT Sep 11, 2008 10:48 AM

      As far as I'm concerned My Place by the Sea is a must stop in Rockport. It's not specifically a seafoood restaurant but the seafood they cook is excellent. Wine list us great. Plus the view is spectacular especially as the sun sets. Out of town guests will love it.

      http://www.myplacebythesea.com/

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        ScubaSteve RE: pondrat Sep 11, 2008 11:09 AM

        up until a friend at work went a month or so ago and thought MPBtS was great i would of had this on my must-miss list for people looking for great dining. now, not so much. although i do think they rely on the view to sell the place. i've also read reports about the service being hit or miss.

        1. re: ScubaSteve
          bgavin RE: ScubaSteve Sep 11, 2008 11:16 AM

          My Place by the Sea.

          Based on two visits last summer and three the year before.
          A classic case of their reach being greater than their grasp. They simply miss - in terms of service, food preparation and food presentation.
          Well intentioned, certainly, in terms of menu.
          Service is amateur-ish and probably reflects the problems recruiting and retaining skilled servers to a place only open 5-7 months a year.

          Last time I went, I felt like the dinner was an awful lot of money (close to $200 for two, IIRC) for a mediocre experience.

          I live in Rockport, year round, and for special treats, we go to Duckworth or Franklin Cafe.

          1. re: bgavin
            ScubaSteve RE: bgavin Sep 11, 2008 11:19 AM

            so i'm guessing (probably correctly) that my friend's experience was a fluke.

            1. re: ScubaSteve
              pondrat RE: ScubaSteve Sep 11, 2008 11:48 AM

              I've been twice this year without incident and had great meals both times. Service staff does tend to be young. Maybe I just didn't care as much about service being slow, because I really liked sitting there.

              I do agree with bgavin's Franklin cafe recommendation as far as food quality..it's terrific..I'm just not quite sure a downtown Gloucester venue would be that memorable for international visitors. The deck on the roof was nice but it was just that...a deck on a roof with lattice work blocking the view of air conditioning systems on other roofs. Better experienced when it's very dark outside. Again the food is terrific.

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