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Conte's 1894 Restaurant

148 South Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
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Ranked #2 of 77 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
NH
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
767 helpful votes 767 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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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Camden, Maine, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

If you like seafood, Italian cuisine, and an informal setting with friendly but irreverent service, Conte's is the place to go in Rockland. Don't expect to be catered to or pampered! You won't get a white, linen table cloth. What you see is what you get, but the seafood is fresh and well-prepared. Order at the door, grab a beer... More

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Attleboro, Massachusetts
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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We are frequent year-round visitors to Rockland, Camden and surrounding towns and always looking for a new restaurant and dining experience. Recently read about Conte's 1894 Restaurant and after reading the reviews, decided to try it. It was everything and even more than recent reviews described! We arrived at 5:00 on a Friday night and got in right away. The... More

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franklin new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

First time having lobster absolutely delicious for a crab eating girl like me. Me andy family absolutely pleased with the homey-welcoming feeling we received from staff! Those girls know what they are doing. :-) great lobster and shrimp - GO TO CONTES -jersey

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Baltimore, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A trip to Maine for us always includes dining at Conte's. The seafood is the freshest, the portions more than satisfying (my husband and I split an entree) and the ambiance conducive to talking across tables with others, sharing an appreciation for the meal and the place. It's not a white table cloth restaurant, but a dining experience that will... More

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Portland, Maine, United States
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12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

A spur of the moment food adventure happened upon us as we walked into Conte's 1894 restaurant. I had my doubts as I walked in the door, but the fresh baked bread and the smell of garlic, pasta and seafood had my juices flowing. My choice was a mountain-sized serving of one-half lobster, a whole lot of shrimp and scallops... More

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Kensington, CT
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566 reviews 566 reviews
499 restaurant reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We asked for directions to Conte's 1894 Restaurant and discovered it is difficult to be certain as it is located in a residential area with little signage. The only menu is hand written on a board at the entry way and largely illegible. A kindly server provided assistance explaining one chooses the type of seafood desired and then a sauce... More

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I drove to Rockland specifically to check out Conte's. Being seafood lovers and hearing such intriguing tidbits about the place, we figured we had to. We were not disappointed. In fact, it exceeded all expectations. The first night we got there at 6:15pm and they were already closing (they opened at 5). Understanding that that sort of... More

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Big D
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

After a beautiful day at Owl's Head harbor and lighthouse, and an incredible afternoon at Marshall Light, we raced for our 4:30 dinner date at Conte's on Hwy. 73 near the frame shop. We'd heard the place opened at 5 and to be there early. We arrived first...but a small line soon formed. Disappointment struck when we learned the lobster... More

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