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Aug 26, 2009 08:28 AM

Lunch in Rockport Area

Hi -

Going to a wedding in Rockport this weekend and looking for a good lunch spot. I do not want fried clams, lobster roll, etc (ie no Clam Shacks) rather looking for an upscale lunch spot, good view, good bottle of wine (perhaps outside dinning....).

I've searched the boards and can't find any non clam shack type places (willing to go to Newburyport/Ipswich, Gloucester, etc.)


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  1. My Place in Rockport fits your criteria, outside dining, great view, nice chow. Also, lots of good places in Gloucester but, not a lot oustide with views.

    1. One of my favorite lunch places in that area is Ithaki in Ipswich. It's upscale Greek food and truly outstanding. Not on the water, though. (See our blog for a full review; we also did a post on outdoor dining spots.) Also, we are going to Madfish Grille in Gloucester today for lunch. Will report back. From the Web site, it doesn't look all that upscale, but it's on the water and certainly not a clam shack. The menu looks interesting.

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      1. re: Northshoregirl

        Hey - thanks and look forward to what you find at Madfish

        1. re: vtmark

          Madfish was good but not great. The view is incredible, the dining room is very attractive (varnished wood with fun colorful fish artwork), and the sweet potato fries were good. The rest of our meals were just okay. We tried some of the more gourmet items, and we're now thinking we might have had better luck if we'd stuck to the basics.

        2. re: Northshoregirl

          2nd Ithaki, actually I like to sit at the bar, in front of a bowl of their olives, with a glass of wine and order apps. Awesome!

        3. I haven't been, but Bistro 127 in the Yankee Clipper is is good, allegedly.

          1. I enjoy Capt's Carlos in Gloucester. They are on the water and have outside sitting and a bar on the harbor. Best tuna steak in Gloucester!

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            1. re: drewinmrblhd

              My friend went to Captain Carlo's in Gloucester and said that he had the best grilled swordfish in his life there. My aunt and cousins go to Captain Carlo's every year and report that the food is very fresh and delicious.

              1. re: drewinmrblhd

                I wouldn't consider Capt'n Carlos an "upscale lunch spot". Inside is pretty ugly. Outside is much better and can be fun if there is a band (I think there are bands on Sunday afternoons).

                Latitude 43 in Gloucester fits the description, as does My Place By the Sea in Rockport.