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Oceanside outdoor dining on the North Shore

saridt Jul 17, 2013 10:19 AM

Looking for a place where the food isn't second to the view...doesn't have to be fancy, does need to have a liquor license or BYOB. Would like to not be ravaged by mosquitos. Had dinner on the deck at Lat43 last weekend and while the cocktails were great the food was just okay.

To give an idea of my taste, favorites are 5 Corners Kitchen, Blue Ox, 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar, 9 Elm, ipazzi, Azorean, Cielito Lindo, Kame, Farnhams, The Causeway...just to name a few!

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  1. pinehurst RE: saridt Jul 17, 2013 10:38 AM

    Hmm...might be too far north but Latitude at the Wentworth by the Sea in NH was quite nice the last time we dined.

    We tend to head north (as in NH, ME) for oceanfront dining rather than to Gloucester, etc, as it's tough for us to get theah from heah.

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      saridt RE: pinehurst Jul 17, 2013 10:46 AM

      Yeah, that would be too far, but thanks. I do enjoy the Portsmouth and Portland restaurant scenes when we are going overnight.

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      Northshoregirl RE: saridt Jul 17, 2013 10:39 AM

      After years of answering this question, I can confidently say that what you are looking for does not exist. There are plenty of great restaurants on the North Shore, but none of them is on the water. The restaurants on the water all suffer from the-view-is-better-than-the-food syndrome. It's interesting that you mention Lat43 because I have had some very good meals there and would have named it as the closest to what you are looking for. If you haven't been to The Market in Annisquam, you might want to give it a try. It's a cove view rather than the ocean and on the pricey side, but the ingredients are all locally sourced, and the food is definitely upscale.


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        saridt RE: Northshoregirl Jul 17, 2013 10:44 AM

        Thanks -- I actually posted the question on your fb page earlier hoping for your insight ;)...yeah, that's what I thought but I was hoping there was some secret place I hadn't heard of. I actually was just looking at Market but it looks like they don't have reservations available this Fri. so I will deny the Hubs' request for outdoor/waterfront and make him take me to one of my old standbys instead.

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          Northshoregirl RE: saridt Jul 17, 2013 10:54 AM

          You're welcome. If you want to try someplace new, you could try Opus, which just opened in Salem (same group as Lat43) or Wild Horse in Beverly, which is now run by the folks who were in charge (not the owners) of 15 Walnut in Hamilton (we haven't been yet). Another thought is Barrel House American Bar in Beverly, which has some fun, interesting stuff on the menu. Like poutine. Yum.

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          saridt RE: Northshoregirl Jul 17, 2013 10:50 AM

          What about The Rudder on Rocky Neck?

        3. drewinmrblhd RE: saridt Jul 17, 2013 10:52 AM

          Finz's in Salem is decent and on the water. The Barnacle in Marblehead is on the water but less than decent food, same as the Landing in Marblehead. I do enjoy Capt. Carlos in Gloucester which is on the water and the food is usually quite good.

          1. digga RE: saridt Jul 18, 2013 03:50 AM

            I like Madfish Grille on Rocky Neck. It's been a couple of years since I've gone, though.

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              treb RE: saridt Jul 18, 2013 04:42 AM

              My Place on Bear Skin neck in Rockport, great view goods chow.

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                CookintheHam RE: saridt Jul 19, 2013 11:43 AM

                The Pickering Wharf in Salem has a number of options with outdoor seating overlooking the harbor.

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                  littlegreenfrog6 RE: saridt Jul 20, 2013 12:18 PM

                  You may want to drive a little further and try Browns in Seabrook. It is a BYOB place on the marsh side of the ocean. Picnic tables and no frills, but the food is plentiful and tasty. Don't be put off by the crowds. They move them quickly.

                  1. saridt RE: saridt Jul 20, 2013 05:19 PM

                    We ended up going to 5 Corners Kitchen and it was excellent from start to finish. I had the tuna tartar (so, so good) and my husband had the lobster and shrimp croquettes ( I am not a lobster fan so to me they were just okay). We split the beet and watercress salad with horseradish dressing -- I don't think I have ever enjoyed a salad quite so much; it was superb. I had the skate wing with potato puree and haricot vert -- every bite was insanely good. Husband had the Asian inspired sea bass special which he said was perfectly cooked. I was too stuffed for desert but had a bite of his mint chocolate gelato while sipping a nice Moscato. Cocktails were great also; between us we had the Bees Knees, Watermelon cooler and my fave, Bourbon Smash. Another home run there for me!

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                      opinionatedchef RE: saridt Jul 20, 2013 11:13 PM

                      we're big fans of 5KC as well. And, if you have the time, you can precede dinner, or follow brunch, with the ethereal views at Fort Sewall. so, a two-step meal with a view.

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