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Topside Grill and Pub

50 Rogers St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5026
978-281-1399
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Ranked #8 of 128 restaurants in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
New Haven, Connecticut
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Decided to have lunch here based on reviews, wasn't overly happy with the good or the service! Ordered clam chowder, was luke warm and the clams where chewy! Then had the lobster roll, or should I say the roll! Not much lobster inside.

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southern NH
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I actually went to the Topside based on the reviews at Tripadvisor. Unfortunately, we were quite disappointed. We were greeted nicely and promptly seated because we had reservations. I ordered a martini which (at $9) was miniature in size and not cold which irritates you right off. My husband and I split a seafood plate which had fresh haddock, fried... More

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Based on reviews and the potential lobster specials, we decided to give this place a try during our recent stay in Gloucester. It was certainly nice, but the service was a bit all over the place, very friendly and welcoming, but not the best for food service. My dish was pretty excellent, the seafood bake. The boys got the fried... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This place was excellent. Don't be turned off by the bar-like feel on the outside. The restaurant is actually very nice and the wait staff is well dressed like a nicer restaurant. Our waiter, Keagan I think his name was, was excellent and extremely personable. The food was fantastic and the cocktails were also very good. I had a fresh... More

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Lynn, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

After reading some reviews and checking the menu i was craving some seafood. The server, food and atmosphere were decent but was surprised in the discrepancy between the menu prices here and the actual prices. There are a couple alternatives nearby that won't break the bank.

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Princeton
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Based upon so many positive reviews, we ended up here. Unfortunately, the meal was super disappointing and the service was generally befuddled. Topside is the kind of place that when you go anywhere else afterwards, you regret having ever seen it! Unless, of course you want to eat uninspired, northeastern MA, italian-American cuisine from 1983.

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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39 reviews 39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Read numerous good reviews on TripAdvisor, so decided to give Topside a try. My wife had the Fish & Chips, and I had the Clam & Shrimp Combo. The food was very very good. The service was excellent. I asked for a substitution which was cheerfully accommodated, and extra tartar sauce was supplied on request. I was in the mood... More

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My boyfriend and I wanted to try this place since we love Gloucester and it was rated so high on tripadvisor. He had the shrimp scampi and I had a shrimp dish (with tomatoes, feta, and spinach). Lots of little shrimp. Maybe we should have tried the fried food or lobster that everyone was raving about? It was okay -... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We've been in Gloucester/Rockport area for a week now and I've eaten a lot of lobster rolls - Topside's was the very best! Service was prompt, but not rushed, food was great and this is the first ace that has offered us coffee and dessert. I've been amazed at how many restaurants here just bring us the bill without checking... More

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Latham, New York
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My wife and I had dinner here the other evening while visiting Gloucester. We were looking for a place that had good food and was reasonably priced-not a tourist trap. The Topside Grill & Pub turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. I had fish and chips while my wife had the fried oysters. We both found the food... More

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