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Conte's 1894 Restaurant

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148 South Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
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Dining options: Dinner
Good for:
Local cuisine
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  • 100
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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Different and unusual...

Very low maintenance restaurant but boy was the food good! Fresh salad...scallops just right! Hidden gem

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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Windham, Maine
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  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
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Windham, Maine
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Very low maintenance restaurant but boy was the food good! Fresh salad...scallops just right! Hidden gem

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Phippsburg, Maine
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Start to finish this will be a meal to remember!!! From the chalkboard menu as you enter the door to the newspaper on the tables, delicious salad and bread, a Goblet of wine and the freshest most perfectly cooked seafood you cannot go wrong with Conte's!! Thanks to our server, Raven for making our evening even better!!!

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Phippsburg, Maine
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64 reviews 64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Having previously reviewed, or possibly over reviewed, Conte's, I'll just give a friendly thank you to Raven, who served us a wonderful meal last night. You rock, Raven!

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Midcoast Maine
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106 reviews 106 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

When the shrimp and scallop dish arrived, I was transported. Usually with a dish like this I would count the scallops or shrimp, and pace myself. But here there was no counting - they were piled up to the crack of doom. And for the first time in my many years of gourmandizing, I could not finish eating a fabulous... More 

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Belfast, Maine
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

Fish is NEVER overcooked, always fresh, and seasoned. Can you ask for more??! We have been several, several times, Conte's has never wavered

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Portland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We came looking for Conte's on nothing more than a quick recommendation from a friend of a good place to eat in Rockland. The sleuthing began. No website. No Facebook. No Twitter. No sign. Residential neighborhood. Somewhat dark and mysterious on the outside. Happy people and Christmas lights on the inside. We had heard that getting there early was a... More 

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39 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

Finally had a chance to visit Conte's after several visits to Rockland. Never saw the Anthony Bourdain segment but the restaurant was recommended to us by the innkeeper at our favorite B&B. Do not go here if you're looking for white tablecloths and matching ambiance. But if you want wonderful food and don't mind quirkiness, definitely visit Conte's. Your wine... More 

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Waterville, Maine, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

So like many of the reviewers, I also watched the Anthony Bourdain episode where he went to Conte's. I had never even heard of Conte's before, despite having been to Rockland hundreds of times. I read the reviews and had an idea of what to expect. I will say that the worse the review the more intrigued I became. The... More 

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Carroll, Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Once you find the place, you will love it. We had read quite a few reviews, some good, some bad, so we didn't know what to expect. What you get...dive bar atmosphere with great food. We had the lobster and salmon. Both were wonderful, large servings. WIne was passable but that just fit the whole theme. I would go back... More 

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Chicago
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

As many before us we learned of Conte's via Anthony Bourdain and wanted to experience it for ourselves. I have to say John Conte and his crew outdid our high expectations. Conte's is unlike any "restaurant" you've probably ever been to and that's not a bad thing. Order when you walk in, sit at tables with newspaper for tablecloths, and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 148 South Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Rockland

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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