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“Great Restaurant and Outside Dining”
Review of Rocktide Inn & Restaurant - CLOSED

Rocktide Inn & Restaurant
Price range: US$15 - US$50
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Enjoy spectacular harbor views, a menu full of fresh seafood and delicious dishes to tease the taste buds, and the On the Rocks Lounge at the Rocktide Inn & Restaurant. Situated on the water on the east side in beautiful downtown Boothbay Harbor, the Rocktide has been a landmark in the harbor since 1968. Enjoy hot popovers with every meal, and one of the finest selections of house wine and liquor to be found on the water. Enjoy good times and great food at the Rocktide Inn & Restaurant.
Boston
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant and Outside Dining”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

We have been dining at the Rocktide for years - always great food, popovers and dining with a beautiful view of Boothbay Harbor. They just got a new chef so this last time we were there it was clear they were getting used to a new cook and menu. Hopefully, they will get back to their usual level of excellence.

Visited June 2014
Helpful?
Thank mcgwirejeter
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English first
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“What Happened?”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

What on earth happened to the Rocktide Inn? For 25+ years we have enjoyed the atmosphere and wonderful meals but our most recent experience left us searching for a new "special" restaurant. We got the impression that any sort of contingency might create a crisis for the staff, from a couple of tour buses (likely scheduled) to inclement weather (forecast all day) to a computer problem. These conditions resulted in apparent confusion and extremely slow service. The harried waitress obviously had too many tables to serve. When after about an hour we were advised that the chef had yet to begin preparation of our meal and that another 25 minutes would be required we decided to call it a night and dine elsewhere. Using good sense, management did not charge us for our two drinks. We don't want to give up too soon on this respected restaurant so we will try once again hoping this disappointment was an aberration.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Bill M
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Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Change in quality”
Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

We have visited many Summers, for dinner. We always enjoyed Rocktide's Lobster in Champagne sauce, their signature dish.The new Chef has destroyed a great dish! Watered down, and very different. Lady Host said new Chef did not have the old recipe? And that is the way it's gonna be..Won't be going back

  • Visited June 2014
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Helpful?
Thank A.D B
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Boothbay, Maine
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Waitress not trained! She was clueless!”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Arrived early for lunch. Only a couple of tables were seated. So it wasn't real busy. First rule of a restaurant is don't put a waitress on the floor who doesn't know what is going on. Today we had server #9 from Transylvania. She answered more questions with "I don't know" than she had answers for. Real tough questions like "what kind of salad dressings do you have". We had to push her to go to the kitchen and find out what kinds of dressing they serve. She "didn't know" if the garden salad was iceberg lettuce.
The waitress waited until after we picked out what we wanted to order and then told us that we couldn't order from a specific page until dinner. Would have been nice to know that up front. My mouth was now watering for what I couldn't have.
Three of us ordered salad dressing on the side. All three came out with the dressing.
on the salad. Her response was "I didn't know they put dressing on the salad". And there was no offer to take it back and fix it.
Ordered coke, but was served Pepsi. Waitress response... (you got it) "I didn't know."
Somebody tell her that they do taste different.
Ordered onion straws from the menu. Order came out as onion RINGS. Didn't want rings. Sent them back. Chef sent out a second order of onion RINGS. They were good, BUT not what we wanted.

Possibly in a month the staff may figure out what is going on and the service will be ok. But today the staff appeared clueless.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank pelican33
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Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Weird Menu, great view”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

We went for lunch on Windjammer parade day and the view is excellent. They were only serving from the bar menu and the spring salad menu. Our waitress must have been new because she was terrible. The people next to us had their food delivered so late that the manager offered them free drink not one but twice. Great view, expensive and average.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Peglegbbh
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