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Rudder Restaurant

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73 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-4179
+1 978-283-7967
17:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 17:00 - 22:00
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129 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a little for dinner but we decided on the Rudder as we walked the area. We were seated on the patio where we had a good vied of the harbor and boats. As it turned out they were having 1/2 off all menu items. I started with 3 oysters on the half shell that were delicious. For the... More 

Thank snowmiser
Boston, Massachusetts
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66 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Nice restaurant, good food, amazing view. We were a bit in a hurry and our waiter was very attentive to that. He brought everything very quickly. We sat outside and it was very pleasant. I've forgotten a pair of earrings in the restroom and came back to pick it up on the next day. They were wonderful finding and keeping... More 

Thank Natalie V
South Sioux City, Nebraska
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110 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

YUMMY! We sat outside and had a scallop bacon pizza! It was beyond expectations. The olive, garlic, olive oil topping for the warm bread was an unexpected delight. Going back for more tomorrow...

Thank MarilynAK
Northampton, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I've been going to The Rudder for a long time as a frequent visitor to Gloucester. I've had a great many meals there but hadn't been back in quite a while. I went with my wife, daughter and family friends (a family of five with three teenage children). To put it bluntly, I was pretty disappointed. Drinks before the meal:... More 

1 Thank Kenneth H
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Went out for a very early dinner knowing how fast this place fills up. Got a table for myself outside. Lovely view. Entree was absolutely yummy! Waitstaff did not bring me a dish for the mussel shells and shrimp ails, which would have been appreciated. Going solo to restaurants can be not fun, especially when the waitstaff seems to ignore... More 

Thank literacycoach
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016

The Rudder is one of Gloucester's better quality restaurants It is on Rocky Neck a picturesque harbor section of Gloucester. The food is excellent and consistently good. The lobster cake for lunch or diner is the best I have had anywhere. Seafood is excellent overall and the drinks are substantial .

Thank ecloutier2016
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

It's our 2nd time to the Rudder, last year was great so we return this year. Service not good maybe even bad, took long time to get the drinks and didn't ask if we need 2nd. The eggplant appetizer that we ordered came under cook and hard, main dish- got the Salmon that came under cooked was sent back and... More 

1 Thank Yuval B
Grafton, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

This is always one of the two go to place's we dine at when we visit the area. Not a very big place so it fills up fast which is always a good sign !! You can have outside or inside seating as well as the bar. Nice quaint atmosphere that can get a bit loud when packed. Menu has... More 

Thank Richard L
Sydney, Canada
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

The atmosphere was really relaxed with an excellent view and the meal was delicious and so were the drinks. The service at the restaurant was great. A very interesting town to visit. Loved it!

Thank Marysummer1
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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252 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

A small group of us went here for dinner on a beautiful summer's evening. The restaurant looks out on a small harbor and across to another shore. There is no parking, but we parked on the street as one of us is a town resident. Not sure if out of town cars will have luck finding on street parking. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Seafood
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?