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Conte's 1894 Restaurant

148 South Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
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Ranked #3 of 78 Restaurants in Rockland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner
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English first
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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
12 helpful votes 12 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Alpharetta, GA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Contes is a one of a kind place. The atmosphere is rustic and the service surly but the food is fabulous. Don't come here expecting anything but great food and a unique experience.

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Holly Springs, NC
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Best meal I've had in a very long time, and it was in the "dive iest" hole-in-the wall I've ever eaten in. If you can deal with old newspapers for tablecloths and funky plastic (but comfy) chairs in a tiny room, you'll be treated to the tastiest Italian seafood dinner. Warning, the food is served in pyrex pie plates, in... More

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Portland,Maine
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

In the are with some friends who suggested having dinner there. So glad we did. I loved the staff, especially Raven, the ambiance, the food, the layout, the decor! So totally original that it will stick non my mind for a long , long time. Can't wait to introduce some friends to it! I have to say that because of... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Bring your appetite! Great fresh seafood served on pasta. Menu is posted at the door, you order your food and are seated. This is not a fancy place-really does not seem to be updated since 1894! No changing of the menu and bring cash because they do not take credit cards.

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NH
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113 reviews 113 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
943 helpful votes 943 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We laughed so hard reading the reviews of this place, and reading articles about John Conte, that we had to go to Conte’s. I made sure I knew how to find the restaurant by doing a drive-by in the morning. Sure enough, his sign was down on the ground, and other than an OPEN flag, you would never know it... More

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Rochester, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This restaurant is for the adventurous foodie. Place is a hole in the wall with a limited but delicious seafood/pasta menu on a blackboard. Kitchen is visible upon entry which might scare you away but hang in there! Food is plentiful and delicious. Newspaper on the tables. Food is served in pyrex dishes which overflow. Waitress - Janice was hysterical!

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Address: 148 South Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Rockland
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15

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