The Best Restaurants Near Rockport, MA

The 9 Best Restaurants Near Rockport MA

A $150 tab, without drinks, and you don’t even remember what you ate last night. We’ve all been there. Restaurants that were able to help you fend off starvation and hanger-related crimes, but were not very memorable.

Life’s too short for sub-par dining experiences. Not to worry, we have you covered. Here is a list of the 9 Best Restaurants near Rockport, MA.

Feather and Wedge

A welcomed addition to the Rockport dining scene, Feather and Wedge offers a thoughtful, regularly updated menu that brings new life to a village often associated with seafood staples such as lobster rolls and fried clams.

Feather and Wedge Restaurant Rockport Massachusetts

The menu at Feather and Wedge is modest, but dishes run the gambit from fresh striped bass and seared tuna to Thai green curry and Pho. The creative culinary team has truly ensured that there is a dish to stimulate every palate.

Located a few doors down of the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Feather and Wedge is the perfect place to pop in before the show for dinner and drinks.

The ambiance in the restaurant is modern bordering on industrial with a playful nod to Rockport’s rich history as a quarry town. In fact, the restaurant takes its name from the simple hand tool that was used to split large granite blocks.

Feather and Wedge
5 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966
https://www.featherandwedge.com

My Place By The Sea

If we were ranking our favorite local restaurants by location, My Place by the Sea would be the hands down winner. The restaurant is located at the end of Bearskin Neck and features a beautiful deck overlooking the ocean that provides diners a stunning view of Sandy Bay.

My Place By The Sea Restaurant Near Rockport MA

The restaurant has been owned and operated by Kathy Milbury and Barbara Stavropolous for over 23 years. It offers diners craving local New England seafood accessible dishes such as steamed lobster, barbecue shrimp, grilled lobster tacos, and baked scallops

The ambiance could be described as French farmhouse and it has a warm homey vibe. But the star of the show is definitely the al fresco dining.

My Place has both dinner and a limited lunch menu and we recommend making a reservation because it fills up quickly, especially in the Summer months.

My Place By The Sea
68 Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966
https://www.myplacebythesea.com

Talise

This casual upscale restaurant is located off the beaten path in an older residential neighborhood on the Annisquam river, and it’s an absolute hidden gem.

The Market Restaurant Near Rockport MA

The nondescript shingled building, formerly a fish shack, oozes coastal New England charm and provides the perfect setting for this creative yet humble cuisine. The previous owners, Nico and Amelia Monday, got their start in Alice Water’s critically acclaimed, Chez Panisse. A couple of years ago they sold, what was previously called The Market, to their friends Joshua and Ariel Smith who took the reins and renamed it Talise. 

Joshua is a CIA trained chef who was most recently the Chef at Gloucester’s Short & Main. You can learn more about Joshua & Ariel here

The farm to table cuisine is primarily locally sourced from farms and fisherman on Cape Ann. The limited menu changes daily and allows for a new adventure with every visit.

Talise is seasonal and open from late spring to early fall each year and is one of the best fine dining options that Cape Ann has to offer. It’s easy to see why it made our list of the best restaurants near Rockport, MA. 

Talise
33 River Road
Gloucester, MA 01930
https://www.taliserestaurant.com 

Minglewood Harborside

If you’re looking for a relaxed place to knock back a few drinks, enjoy some live entertainment and camaraderie, then Mingelwood Harborside is a great place to spend an evening.

Minglewood features a spacious, centrally located bar, with concrete floors and oversized TVs that provide a comforting gastropub vibe. While the Dead-inspired décor delivers some welcomed flashbacks to the Haight heyday.

Minglewood Restaurant near Rockport MA

The restaurant has an ample selection of unique cocktails, the latest craft brews from local microbreweries, and the service is on point. The menu is accessible and diverse and includes everything from tasty pub fare (calamari, wings, roasted cauliflower, frickles, dumplings), to seafood dishes, to burgers and a full sushi menu.

Trust us, a few hours in this place will cure even the worst case of Minglewood Blues.

Minglewood Harborside
25 Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
https://minglewoodharborside.com/

Tonno

Located in the historic Blackburn building in Gloucester, Tonno offers diners seeking a diverse, creative menu centered around Italian seafood, a fantastic dining option.

The brick walls, and vibrant décor convey a stylish, yet accessible Bostonian vibe.

Tonno Restaurant Near Rockport MA

The menu is well-rounded and includes everything from fresh fish to pasta and meat dishes. You can whet your palate with Italian classics such as arancini and meatballs or raw bar mainstays such as oysters, cherrystones, and tuna tartare before moving onto the entrees.

From pasta and fresh fish, to pork, veal, and steak, Tonno has something to satisfy every craving. The restaurant is the perfect spot for a larger party to settle in for an enjoyable evening.

Tonno is guided by the capable hands of Chef-Owner Anthony Caturano, a Revere native, who presides over Prezza in Boston, and is also the new owner of Lynn’s beloved Blue Ox.

Tonno
2 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
https://www.tonnorestaurant.com

Fleur Cuisine

A new addition to the list, replacing the beloved Duckworth’s Bistro, is a brand new Rockport MA Restaurant called Fleur Cuisine. 

Located right in the heart of Rockport, Massachusetts (in the former Ellen’s Harborside Restaurant), Fleur Cuisine provides waterfront dining in a lively renovated, coastal setting. 

Fleur Cuisine Rockport MA Restaurant

Owners, Daphne and Wanddy, strive to provide fresh, flavorful, locally sourced cuisine that is both creative and delicious. The menu seamlessly blends American and Caribbean flavors in a fresh and creative way.  

Start off with a delicious creamy clam chowder, some perfectly prepared coconut shrimp and some tasty fried plantains. If you are a wing fan, you will love their flavorful wings that have a delicious jerk-style seasoning. If you want to go big you can try their delicious ribeye or go with some more traditional seafood fare such as a fresh lobster roll tossed in tasty cajun mayo, a whole steamed lobster or you could opt for one of their tasty salads. We are excited to welcome this new Rockport restaurant.  

You can follow along with the latest happenings in Rockport and at Fleur Cuisine on their Facebook Page

Fleur Cuisine
1 T-Wharf 
Rockport, MA 01966
https://www.fleurcuisine.com

Lobsta Land

Just before you hit the island, you will see Lobsta Land on the left-hand side of Route 128. It may not look like much, but for almost 30 years, this Gloucester staple has been catering to New Englanders crustacean cravings.

Lobsta Land Restaruant Gloucester, MA

The vibe in Lobsta Land is reminiscent of a classic seafood shack that you may remember from childhood. The casual restaurant is adorned with wood paneling replete with nautical nods, a large raucous bar and cozy wooden booths.

The Lobsta Land menu is an eclectic mix of New England seafood staples and more creative dishes. If you’re looking to get your chowder, lobster, steamer fix, Lobsta Land has you covered. But more adventurous eaters can also indulge in dishes like Sole Meuniere, Pepper Crusted Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl or Portuguese Style Haddock with Mussels and Clams.

If you’re looking for a casual comfortable restaurant to enjoy some delicious seafood, as a couple or as a family, Lobsta Land is a great stop.

Lobsta Land
84 Causeway Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
https://www.lobstalandrestaurant.com

The Franklin Cafe

A boisterous gastropub vibe with delicious, creative food and excellent service. Located on Main Street in Gloucester, The Franklin Cafe has been providing a consistent, upscale/casual dining experience for many years. 

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Dishes like Grilled Octopus, Crispy Duck Confit, and House-Made Butternut Squash Ravioli are sure to keep your palate engaged. Not feeling adventurous? Not to worry, The Franklin Cafe also offers some tasty chicken, steak, burgers, soups and salads.

If you’re looking to a great place to grab a well-built cocktail and dinner with friends, Franklin has you covered.

Franklin Cafe
118 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930 
https://www.franklincapeann.com

We hope that you found our guide of the 9 Best Restaurants near Rockport, MA helpful! We want to ensure that visitors to Rockport, Massachusetts, especially our Rockport, MA Hotel guests are able to find the best places to eat. 

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If you have any questions about any of the Rockport MA Restaurants on this list or the Cape Ann area, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re happy to help!

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