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Conte's 1894 Restaurant

148 South Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
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Ranked #6 of 75 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
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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69 reviews 69 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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Falmouth, Maine
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47 reviews 47 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

There were three of us and we ordered two entrées. One was a dish with Scottish salmon and wild sockeye salmon. The other dish was shrimp and lobster in the shell. All dishes come with pasta and either olive oil/garlic sauce or a red sauce. Each entrée comes with a big salad and homemade bread. The atmosphere is Bohemian with... More

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Torrington, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

If you want fresh seafood at a decent price with plenty of leftovers and a laid back atmosphere...this is the place for you! Conte's has its own way of doing things though. You place an order before sitting down. The menu is limited since they prepare whatever is bought fresh that day. Every dish comes with pasta and you have... More

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Owls Head, Maine
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The salmon dish I ordered was not only huge (I got 3 meals out of it!!) It was deliciously fresh. The bread and salad was delicious as well. The atmosphere was nothing fancy but it gives it character. Somewhat hidden location that isn't very well displayed for passing diners but a great location for those looking for a quiet getaway... More

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Fairfax County, VA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

First, we had read an article in a magazine warning about the do's and don'ts. Don't look to the left where the kitchen is was the first thing not to do. Don't even think about going in the kitchen. We'll my wife doesn't like being told things not to do so she asked the waitress (owner/cook and waitress comprise the... More

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Boston
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Conte's is a terrific find! The seafood is amazingly fresh, the portions are huge, and the prices are reasonable. The chef's focus is on seafood caught that day (as there is no refrigeration at the restaurant except for drinks). There are only 4 sauces from which to choose. One of us had garlic and oil while another had the spicy... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Conte's is a legend! delicious,fresh,huge portions! lobsters,shrimp,salmon sooo fresh a tasty...a must visit when in Maine

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