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Rudder Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2016, 2018 Winner
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Special occasions, Scenic view, Large groups, Bar scene

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Menu

APPETIZERS‎
12.00
Mediterranean Calamari
Lightly‎ fried, tossed with our spicy, pepperoncini, roasted tomato and caper sauce
14.00
Crab Cakes
Super lump crab, that’s about it, served with dressed greens and aioli
14.00
Mussels
Mussels simmered in a light, creamy, broth of garlic, herbs, and fennel sausage
13.00
Duck Spring Roll
Ground duck, hand rolled over caramelized fennel and an apple onion compote with plum dipping sauce
13.00
Fish Tacos
Local haddock flash fried served over two flour tortillas topped with homemade fire roasted corn salsa, guacamole, and shredded greens
9.00
Artichoke Dip
Generous‎ amounts of artichoke hearts tossed in our imported cheese blend with spinach and served with our homemade pita chips
10.00
Baby Eggplant Rollitini
Grilled eggplant rolled with prosciutto, roasted red peppers and fresh mozzarella, roasted and topped with a spicy red sauce served with dressed greens
15.00
Seared Tuna
Seared rare and sliced served with a dicon and carrot slaw, sesame seaweed salad and soy broth served chilled
17.00
Cioppino
Shrimp, scallops, mussels, and clams sauteed in a spicy garlic and roasted tomato sauce seasoned with lemon and thyme served with a crispy fried polenta square
13.00
Flash Fried Oysters
Lightly season and served with tarragon cream sauce of pernod, pancetta and sauteed spinach
SOUPS & SALADS‎
7.00
Clam Chowder
Chef wheeler’s recipe, a thick and creamy broth with fresh local clams
8.00
Mixed Greens
Tossed with carrots, onion, tomato and cucumber, drizzled with homemade balsamic dressing
9.00
Wedge Salad
Romaine, tomato, applewood bacon and gorgonzola cheese dressing
11.00
Grilled Peach Salad
Mixed greens tossed with candied pecans, craisins in a cranberry balsamic dressing garnished with fried goat cheese rounds
11.00
The Natural
Julienned beets, carrots and jicama tossed with a homemade honey mustard dressing with gorgonzola cheese and candied pecans
ENTREES‎
20.00
Baked Cod
Day boat cod, topped with traditional crumbs and served with mashed and vegetable
25.00
Seafood Risotto
Creamy blend of arborio rice with a medley of shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams and imported cheese
17.00
Pasta Bolognese
Gemelli tossed with northern italian tomato sauce of veal, pork and beef, finished with cream and sprinkled with imported cheese
27.00
Lamb Chops
Grilled lamb chops served with mashed and vegetable and topped with red wine demi glaze
23.00
Cider Bacon Salmon
Honey mustard and cider bacon encrusted salmon, oven roasted and served with a vegetable aside braised lentils
18.00
Steak Tips
Generous portion of charbroiled sirloin tips, served with french fries and a vegetable
17.00
Grilled Portobello
Marinated then grilled these hearty mushrooms are layered with slow cooked vegetable and lentil medley served with a vegetable and topped with a veloute’(gluten free, vegan and vegetarian friendly)
17.00
Shrimp +22.00
Homemade Mac ‘N’ Cheese
Gemelli‎ slathered in a four cheese cream sauce with bacon and spinach topped with a lite crumb and baked served with dressed arugula
17.00
Chicken Piccata
Pan seared chicken breast in a lemon butter sauce with capers served over pasta
24.00
Seafood Fra Diavlo
Mussels, clams, and shrimp in a spicy roma tomato sauce over linguini topped with flash fried calamari
LIGHTER FARE‎
10.00
Rudder Burger
Eight ounces of all natural beef, served with lettuce and tomato, american or cheddar cheese and french fries
15.00
Tuna Burger
Hand ground and gently seasoned, grilled and served on a toasted onion roll with caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato and french fries
13.00
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Slow cooked pork butt basted in our signature citrus BBQ sauce served with coleslaw and french fries
13.00
Fish Sandwich
Flash fried haddock fillet served on a toasted roll with tomato and lettuce served with french fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce
Lamb chops 20.00
Seafood risotto 18.00
Bistro steak 17.00
Pork tenderloin 17.00
The “Petite” Plate of Your Choice
Enjoy a smaller portion of one of the following entrees
CHILDREN'S‎
Ages 8 and under
9.00
Choose One From the Following Selections
All are served with soda and ice cream
DESSERTS‎
7.00
Ice Cream
A vanilla ice cream parfait with choice of chocolate or caramel sauce, whipped cream and a cherry
8.00
Our “Changa”
“Dessert burrito” filled with banana cream and tossed in cinnamon sugar, drizzled with caramel sauce and whipped cream
8.00
Chocolate Lover's Delight
Chocolate fudge brownie served with ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce
Reba's Homemade Dessert
Ask your server about our limited specialty desserts
BEER‎
5.00
Ipswich: Ale, IPA or Seasonal
6.00
Fisherman's Seasonal
5.00
Sam Adams Lager
5.00
Harpoon UFO White
6.00
Murphy's Stout (20 Oz.)
6.00
Pilsner Urquell
4.00
Coors Light
5.00
Stella Artois
4.00
Budweiser
4.00
Bud Light
FEATURED MARTINIS‎
10.00
Hot and Dirty
Ketel one vodka w/pepperoncini and olive juice, garnished with a perroncini and jalapeno stuffed olive
9.00
The Ruby Red
Ruby red vodka, patron citronge, ruby red grapefruit juice, topped with prosecco, and a sugar rim
11.00
Caramel Washington Apple
Crown‎ royal, apple schnapps and cranberry juice, shaken and served up in a caramel-drizzled martini glass
11.00
Italian Pear Martini
Pear vodka, pear congnac and pear nectar with a splash of amaretto
9.00
Southwest Cosmo
Silver tequila, patron citronage and fresh lime juice finished with a splash of pomegranate juice shaken and served up
SPECIALTY DRINKS‎
8.00
Rum Rudder
Mt.‎ Gay white rum, pineapple, orange and cranberry juices with a myers dark rum float. Ask for it “hawaiian” and we’ll add makibu coconut rum
9.00
“Clean” Margarita
No sours mix here! Silver tequila, agave nectar and lots of fresh lime, finished with bug hill farm’s local, organic black currant kiss of cassis(tm) salt or not, up or on the rocks
11.00
“Clean” Margarita
No‎ sours mix here! Silver tequila, agave nectar and lots of fresh lime, finished with bug hill farm’s local, organic black currant kiss of cassis(tm) salt or not, up or on the rocks bump up to patron silver
8.00
Smith Cove Sidecar
Brandy, cointreau and fresh lemon juiuce served on the rocks with a sugared rim
SPARKLING WINE‎
7.00
29.00
Lunetta, Prosecco
Italy
80.00
Roederer Brut Premier
95.00
Perrier Jouet Grand Brut
9.00
B and B
11.00
Courvoisier Vs
11.00
Hennessy Vs
12.00
Remy Martin VSOP
11.00
Ferreira 20 Yr Old Tawny
9.00
Madeira Broadbent 10 Yrs
8.00
Ramos Pinto, 2004 L.B.V.
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Table Service
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

Like so many seasonal restaurants, service and food at The Rudder can be uneven. At the beginning of the season (May-June) the waitstaff are often overrun with too many tables, and the kitchen follows suit. That said, once the swing is on, The Rudder can...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed March 6, 2019

Rudder Restaurant is a go-to place in Gloucester's Rocky Neck Art Colony. I have been frequenting this spot for years either by boat or on land. The food and service are high-level whether sitting at the bar or table. If you are a tourist you...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed July 25, 2018

On July 16 2018 My wife and I had a 5:30 Dinner.We frequent this Restaurant often. We ordered Swordfish and eggplant Both dishes were so bad we picked at them even had dessert paid the bill left . In all these years the first bad...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank racsbama
Reviewed July 1, 2018

We had calamari, crab cakes, steak tips and a cosmo cocktail. They were all good. The place could use a rehaul, though - old world ambience is nice but the place needs new furniture and a lick of paint.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Trips8967
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

First of all it was 1/2 off the entire menu. Great price! Oysters were fresh and tasty. Tuna app was large and delicious. Tuna steak entree was rare and also delicious. Tiramisu was great! Drinks were strong and moderately priced.

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

We did not have reservations however were seated right away. Server was friendly very chatty. Good personality food was good atmosphere great. Would definately recommend

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank nusmail
Reviewed January 21, 2018

This used to be a great place. it has always been too crowded but the location is truly awesome. The food has gone downhill and they run out of staples like bread and the great tapenade they serve as a free appetizer. Sushi is not...More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed October 28, 2017

My husband and I went to the restaurant about 5:30 pm, before the rush. We were immediately seated and the service was excellent all evening. The environment was great with a view of the ocean on the deck, where we sat. The Cioppino was excellent,...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank LuckyMesaAZ
Reviewed October 21, 2017

My sister and I were told about this restaurant by the staff at Atlantis Oceanfront Inn and we were not disappointed. After a questionable start, trying to locate it in an art colony on Rocky Neck, with parking literally on what appeared to be a...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank peeg1947
Reviewed September 28, 2017 via mobile

Four adults, we had a wonderful and very affordable evening dining out on the deck. Calamari appetizer to share, love the capers! And seafood appetizers all around. Generous portions of monkfish, seared tuna on seaweed salad, clams with linguini, and baked scallops. No room for...More

Date of visit: September 2017
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