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Primo

2 South Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
207 596 0770
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Ranked #4 of 76 restaurants in Rockland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Italian and Mediterranean inspired menu...James Beard Award winning Chef Melissa Kelly prepares Farm to Table Cuisine in a restored farmhouse. 4 Acres of kitchen gardens, heritage pigs & chickens supply the restaurant with the freshest ingredients. Primo is both a gem to our local clientele as well as a culinary destination for food lovers in search of casually elegant dining. Supporting local and sustainable farms & businesses. Creative & seasonal cocktails, artisanal breads, handmade pastas, gelato and much more. Sundays and Thursdays come for $1 oyster night at the bar or join us for our small plates menu at our new Antipasti Counter. WE HAVE 40-50 SEATS AVAILABLE FOR GUESTS DROPPING IN WITHOUT RESERVATIONS.....THERE IS ALWAYS A PLACE !!! Private Salon on the second floor for up to 14 guests or reserve one of the original parlor rooms. Make a reservation or feel free to drop in to our lounge area.
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Falmouth, Maine
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I have been lucky enough to travel and eat my way through lots of amazing restaurants and friend's feasts (anything my best friend's husband David makes takes my breath away!), and yet Primo remains my absolute favorite place to eat on the planet. I got to spend a lovely night alone with my youngest daughter this weekend and was thrilled... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Food, wine list and cocktails were good - but not worth their price tag and overshadowed by the poor service from beginning to end. To start, the easily-flustered hostess was unable to tell us how long the wait would be when we arrived at 5:30pm to sit in the lounge/upstairs. She told us we could get comfortable on the porch... More

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Sharon, Connecticut
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118 reviews 118 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We come here each time we are in the area. The food is truly wonderful and well worth a stop over if you are passing by the area. The oysters ($17/dozen) are fresh. Kale salad is very tasty with a nice light dressing ($14). We had liver ($9), Blossom salad ($16), Turbot ($36), Halibut ($38). Banana cream pie ($11) was... More

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We have been to Primo before but it has been a few years. What they have done upstairs by adding another bar area and tables has just opened the restaurant up to an whole different experience. We always liked dining at Primo for, in our opinion, some of the best food you can eat in Maine if not the Northeast.... More

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Reston
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We ate at Primos twice during our week here – both times in the bar upstairs. This was not our 1st trip to this restaurant(more like our 10th). If you are looking for a sit down, more restuaranty meal get reservations for the dining room – it will be quieter. If you cannot get reservations or you want something a... More

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Preston, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Primo was once the highlight of my visits to spend time with my parents in Rockland, Maine. Once my father passed away, I have been visiting his favorite eateries in his honor and to absorb myself in the memories he had made through his wonderful dining experiences. This was not the case when I dined on July 20, 2014. The... More

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We couldn't get a reservation at the last minute so we decided to pop in and were able to sit at the bar. The beauty of sitting at the bar is that you are able to discuss food and drink options at length with a very knowledgeable staff. We tried several different appetizers. All were outstanding. It is a beautiful... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have been going to Maine for 2 weeks every year since 2002. Primo is the highlight every time. If you are accustomed to highbrow dining in Manhattan, you won't get that here. It is the genuine love of food, lovingly prepared, and great service that comes through in a more simple, rural Maine way. This year we ate at... More

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rockland me
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Between 1978 and 1984 I wrote a NYC Restaurant Guide just for my friends, family and my Hollywood clients. And even now at age 71, I can tell you exactly where I dined and what I ate on those nights I regard as the 10 best meals of my life. Yes, I could cook serious food that was seriously delicious... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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124 reviews 124 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is THE best restaurant I've been to. We live in Charleston, S.C., a foodies meca. I've lived in Europe and have traveled throughout the world. Nothing (well, maybe Tuscany) compares to Primo. The choices are amazing. EVERY dish the four of us had -- appetizers, pasta, entrees and desserts were outstanding. Even the wood-smoked strawberry and jalapeño cocktail was... More

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