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“Busy Place; Very Good Wood-Fired Pizzas and Salads; So-So Entrees” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rock harbor grill

Rock harbor grill
18 Old Colony Way, Orleans, MA 02653-3214
508-255-3350
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Ranked #10 of 54 Restaurants in Orleans
Cuisines: Gastropub
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Sharon, MA
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“Busy Place; Very Good Wood-Fired Pizzas and Salads; So-So Entrees”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If this place were somehow (!) less popular, we'd like it even more than we do; as it is, we've still enjoyed several good meals here, despite the loud noise level and general hubbub.

We've had very good wood-fired pizza and salads here on several occasions (note: while two adults might split a pizza and a salad here, that might not leave much room for dessert). The thin crusts on the pizzas have come out perfectly each time -- crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. We've especially liked the Wild Mushroom, Mediterranean, and Margherita pizzas -- all have been very tasty. Our favorite salads have been the Tuscan Kale and Artisan Greens salads.

In comparison, the entrees we've had here have been so-so -- nothing bad, but not the most exciting meals, either. Maybe the best one we've had has been the fish and chips -- an ENORMOUS portion of fresh fish in a slightly greasy but still tasty beer batter. Artisan Greens with Scallops has been another good (not great) choice.

For those who like to drink, the wine list here offers lots of good and unusual choices (e.g., Tohu Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand), some at very reasonable prices.

Much as we've enjoyed the food and wine here, it's hard to ignore the crowding and noise levels. Whether early or late on summer evenings (weekends or weeknights -- it doesn't seem to matter), we've had to wait up to 45 minutes for a table here. While the friendly staff always suggest putting our names in at the bar as well as at the front desk, the seating "system" at the bar isn't always as clearcut as the "regular" waiting list up front -- even when the bartenders post names of the waiting parties on a name board, some folks who are aggressive grab seats anyway as soon as they open up, making for an awkward situation. Also, the noise level tends to be loud throughout the restaurant (though we once had a quieter table by one of the windows away from the front desk and overlooking the front parking lot). So, it's usually not the easiest place to have a relaxed conversation.

All of that said, we'd still come back here again if we were in the neighborhood -- the pizzas and salads are consistently better-than-average, and the staff are always very friendly and solicitous, despite the typically busy atmosphere.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Foxboro, MA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Really Good Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

There's quite a few places in Orleans where the food comes and it's just fine, but it isn't that special. My wife, 18-month-old son, and I found it to be different here. The chefs in the kitchen are clearly more with the times than others on the Cape. The plates look and taste fantastic.

They were also great with my toddler, everybody from the wait staff to the kid who brought the water refills. They all engaged with him and wanted to make sure he was having a good time.

Went early (just after 5PM) on a Friday and didn't have a wait. But there was a wait by 6 PM.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Waitsburg, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“A very pleasant experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

A bit busy and noisy for my taste with a very long wait time to get a table, but, hey, this is a popular restaurant on the Cape in July. Once the meal began, the service was good (not so easy to do when the place is so busy), and the food was way above average. Keep it up!

Visited July 2014
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Lively experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This was recommended by our motel. We ate here twice on our cape cod stay and loved the food both times. Service was good but it was the buzzy atmosphere we really liked. Somethingbfor everyone on the menu

Visited June 2014
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Sandisfield, Massachusetts
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4 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good food, long wait”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The food was excellent and our server was personable. It was a full half an hour wait to get a table for two people. I suppose that was because the food is so great. Warm pretzel bread sticks were brought to our table accompanied by butter with mustard seeds in it. We had a great appetizer that was made with dates, bacon, and cheese. My salad was delicately flavored. There is also a full gluten free menu.

Visited July 2014
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