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Conte's 1894 Restaurant

148 South Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
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Ranked #6 of 76 restaurants in Rockland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner
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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

Gotta go. Great food and huge portions. Definitely split one order no matter how hungry you are. Lots of choices of fish and sauce combinations and each order is individually prepared so expect to wait a bit. Great wait staff are entertaining and make the wait fly by. Don't be put off by the exterior. Go!

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Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I had heard the stories, seen the articles, listened to the raves from friends, but none of those did this restaurant justice. Conte's was quirky, splendid and delicious from start to finish. The haddock with gorgonzola was some of the freshest fish I've ever eaten and the sauce combo was heavenly. My husband had the fra diavolo-- which he raved... More

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Long Valley, New Jersey
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Fresher fish you will not find, with portions enough for 2 meals. And prices that are great value for money. Our party of 4 had the Haddock and Shrimp & Scallops, and both were over the top. The salad beforehand was average, but with a good dressing. The bread was outstanding, with a nutty, cake-like texture. If you are looking... More

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South Portland, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

You cant miss it. Awesome, delicious, an experience. So not what I was expecting, but loved every minute and had a great time. Got animated, was telling a story to friends and stood up and jumped around, then excused myself to the waitstaff, who;s comment was: No, No, you fit RIGHT in! Keep it up! Cutest cook you've ever seen.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Not for everyone. The food is the freshest tastiest and well in portion sizes this is the only place in town where you will find great tasting food. For a fraction of the price (altho there is no food better than this in town) the other places are simple and bland and somewhat pretentious. The kitchen crew is the hardest... More

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South Royalton, Vermont
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

i was looking at restaurants in rockland area, found primo at a primo price (entrees were in the $40 range). then i saw this restaurant. i love eclectic holes-in-the wall. you walk in, the waitresses are great, the cook (who does not want to be referred to as a chef, cuz they're punks) is 70 years old. you order off... More

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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Go for the food and atmosphere. The seafood is seriously fresh and the preparations are amazing. Large glass of wine with meal, a perfect dinner!!! Waitresses are excellent and friendly!!! Go early!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Absolutely the best! The food was incredible. This is a must for anyone who loves to eat. The subtle charm of the place lies in its modesty. I love the concept, it's like "why cater to over the top asthetics. Forget the pomp and circumstance and let the food do the talking."

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Brewer, Maine
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My wife and I drove an hour and a half to go to Conte's 1894 Restaurant. Be prepared for the unexpected. Opened at 5 and usually sell out by 7 7:30. Menu is on the board when you walk in. Hostess?? explains the menu and you place your order at that time on a piece of scratch paper. CASH ONLY!!... More

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Top Contributor
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53 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Each year we spend several weeks in Rockland. A highlight of our stay is dinner at Contes. Last night we went with some friends who are also Contes fans. As usual, the menu was printed on paper at the entrance and the waitress reviewed it. We placed our orders and found our table (covered with newspaper) on which there were... More

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