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Rudder Restaurant

73 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-4179
+1 978-283-7967
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
73 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-4179
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank dcpoppe
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful place! We don't know Gloucester very well and we were trying to avoid the touristy places. A wonderful dinner! Great service, amazing atmosphere! Cozy and romantic even though it was packed. We got there early, before 5:00. It was nice to watch the...More

Thank Anne Marie B
Reviewed 15 September 2017

We went to Rudder Restaurant on a Saturday and fortunately we ate early (5:30) because we were going to the theater. We easily got a seat by the harbor and the service was prompt. But by 6 or so it was hopping and very busy...More

Thank stillheron
Reviewed 4 September 2017

We always sit on the outside deck, shrimp and lobster scampi, seafood risotto, lobster salad and the best desert ever is the change! service is always very good. Ate here several times during our stay in Rockport

Thank sharronsibley
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

We were in Gloucester to take a whale watching trip and we're talking to some people who recommended this restaurant. We were not disappointed! The entrees were all half price and the food was served hot with minimal wait time. The wait staff were wonderful...More

1  Thank Beverly T
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Went to the Rudder with our son and his fiance for a late dinner (8pm seating). Everyone enjoyed their dinners, all were served hot and tasted wonderful. We sat in the back covered deck area and the breeze was nice. We ordered desserts, but I'd...More

1  Thank RobynW731
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

The Rudder and sister restaurant The Studio have been favorites since long before current ownership. While the feel is a little less hometown and personal as it used to be, it's a great location and the food is consistently good. Went for a late dinner....More

2  Thank NancyABNashvegas
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Great atmosphere is a very cool location. Inside and the deck are both good choices. The food was well prepared and very good. The only negative which is understandable considering the location is it can be crowded and the seating can be a bit tight....More

2  Thank David R
Reviewed 30 July 2017

We followed a recommendation to Rudder and had a great lunch on the deck. It was a bit overcast so good for a cooler lunch experience. We had shrimp, lobster rolls, fried haddock sandwich, and crab cakes. Service is good and ambiance is summer in...More

Thank Nancy2005
Reviewed 27 July 2017

On beautiful Rocky Neck, the Rudder offers a relaxing atmosphere and great food. The view was nice from the deck.

1  Thank Eileen L
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 73 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-4179
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Gloucester
  • Phone Number: +1 978-283-7967
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