Primo - Rockland
Primo - Rockland

Primo - Rockland

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.primorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2075960770
  • Hours of Operation:
    Early May to June: Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm; July 1st - Labor Day: Wednesday - Monday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Labor Day - October: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
    November - Close: Thursday - Sunday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm

    Closed for season - Early January through Early May
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Melissa Kelly
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Custom Menus

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Park adjacent to the restaurant and garden. Feel free to stroll through the garden before or after your Meal!
A word from Primo - Rockland
Italian and Mediterranean inspired menu...James Beard Award winning Chef Melissa Kelly prepares Farm to Table Cuisine in a restored farmhouse.

4 Acres of kitchen gardens, heritage pigs & chickens supply the restaurant with the freshest ingredients. Primo is both a gem to our local clientele as well as a culinary destination for food lovers in search of casually elegant dining.
Supporting local and sustainable farms & businesses.


Creative & seasonal cocktails, artisanal breads, handmade pastas, gelato and much more.

Sundays and Thursdays come for $1 oyster night at the bar or join us for our small plates menu at our new Antipasti Counter. WE HAVE 40-50 SEATS AVAILABLE FOR GUESTS DROPPING IN WITHOUT RESERVATIONS.....THERE IS ALWAYS A PLACE !!!


Private Salon on the second floor for up to 14 guests or reserve one of the original parlor rooms.
Make a reservation or feel free to drop in to our lounge area.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Primo - Rockland reviews from OpenTable diners
330 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (276)special occasion (267)romantic (178)notable wine list (136)neighborhood gem (88)hot spot (76)vibrant bar scene (52)good for groups (40)scenic view (25)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Outstanding concept
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    A beautiful concept to create meals that use the freshest ingredients, locally grown produce, and interesting ways to prepare the dishes. Service was excellent and the restaurant is cozy. The bar area upstairs also looked like a great place to enjoy what this restaurant has to offer. Wine list is fairly heavily European-based and being from California we would have liked more variety and found the markup a bit steep. Portions are generous and presentation is beautiful. Only quibble -sometimes less is more. Sometimes having so many elements in a dish doesn't make it more appealing or enhance the taste of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Duck soup!
    TommyVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    No joke. Very good duck soup with wonderful filled tortellini. This must be my 4th or 5th review in the past year or so? And we just keep coming back. I hit notable wine list here only because I think it's a bit much. Lots of pricey wines. But then Primo is both notable and pricey. I dared to have the special bone in pork chop tonight. Huge. Excellent. A best ever chop. And she used hot peppers in the ragu. Again, excellent. And they're hot. Don't leave without a piece of that Lucifero cheese. And their cannoli are really, very darn good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Wonder birthday dinner. Food and service excellent. Server entertaining.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mind-blowing
    delink
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The old house the restaurant occupies is beautiful. Each of the rooms are laid out with generously sized tables, even just for two. You will blink in surprise at the first sip of your cocktail. Each that I tried had a perfect balance of flavors. Once the first course arrives, you will forget you are in a room much less a house. Every course was inventive, perfectly prepared, and presented by an expert staff. You do a crime against your own tastebuds if you pass an opportunity to dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Garden to Table experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fabulous Garden to Table experience with wonderfully creative dishes and excellent service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply wonderful
    travelerMEgirl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Amazing ambiance and stunning plates of food. The restaurant feels cozy, warm and inviting. All dishes on the menu seemed approachable and not too fussy, and portion size was perfect. We really enjoyed our dining experience at Primo and would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best food i have had in maine
    Travis2090
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Im not sure why ithers left poor reviews this plce is great. Food is great and wait staff is super friendly. We had a great table by the window and they even gave my wife a free dessert for her birthday. It is a little expensive plan for over 100 for a couple but it's definitely worth it. Make sure you ask or wait for a good table because there are a few tables that are cramped together. Overall best experience in Maine so far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Primo Rocks
    LandRover110
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    From start to finish, this was a true foodie experience. Melissa Kelly does not disappoint. Every single item that we chose, from both the Bar Menu, and the Dinner Menu was superb. Perfect flavor combos with over the top ingredients. On top of producing a twist on oldtime favorites (Bolognese), creativity was a pure TEN! Orlando is fantastic - but the Mother Ship rocks in Rockland Maine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Best meal we have had in maine in the last 10 years!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • long-term favorite
    huff
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Over and over, Primo is prime in the field. Its that simple.Primo continues to live up to its name and often ,goes way beyond 5 stars in the loving attention to every aspect of farm-to-table experience. Rockland is so lucky. The people who help us in the dining room are wonderful, generous, well-informed professionals too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem of a restaurant
    Mainegirl
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Went here solo on advice of my cousin and husband who are foodies. I was wary as I am trying to eat more vegetarian but the menus she told me about featured so much meat. I was surprised to learn that the chef will make accommodations and adjust the menu! I had a fabulous butternut squash cannelloni with ricotta cheese that was out of this world! For appetizer the apple salad was great for the fall. And dessert was a plum and blueberry crostata with ricotta gelato-simply divine. Would go again in a heart beat. Worth the hour drive there from Palermo and then through monsoon rains on the way home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliciously Romantic
    thebrasilian
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner here while visiting Rockland, Maine recently. Everything on the menu looked fresh and delicious. The dining room setting (downstairs) was quiet and romantic. The meal itself was delicious, and the service was courteous and attentive. Definitely a must-do when visiting this part of coastal Maine. We highly recommend Primo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • primo
    vetfoodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was absolutely exquisite! Very interesting combinations but all delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I WANTED THIS REVIEW TO BE A PRIVATE NOTE TO THE RESTAURANT BUT COULD NOT DO SO BECAUSE OF THE WORD COUNT We have been to Primo's several times before (we live in Portland); and we were very much looking forward to this return visit. We brought visitors from London and reserved 3 weeks in advance. Unfortunately, our service was barely adequate with the receptionists bordering on rude. The food was also not up to standard. For a restaurant of this reputation and price, we very disappointed. I doubt that we will return for a long time if ever; and we certainly will not be recommending Primo to friends.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    tippy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We scheduled our vacation around our reservation here as the chef has been getting glowing reviews. The food was heavy handedly prepared. There were too many flavor combinations that sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. For all the hype about this place and the high prices, I expected more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Farm to Table
    Brendan
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Primo is an amazing dining experience. Many of the items on the menu come directly from their farm or are locally sourced. They have a great selection of beers, wines, and mixed drinks. We always make a trip to Primo when we are in the area. Be sure to bring your wallet as the excellent meal also has an equal but fair price tag.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well taken care of
    Kevin
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We recently celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary at Primo. The staff at Primo was outstanding. They congratulated us and provided A++ service. Thank you for a lovely evening. We will absolutely recommend to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RoyL
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As close to perfect as anyone can expect. Our guests agreed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • shaunw8lftr
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our first time at Primo and it was very good. We enjoyed the meal, the food and service was excellent. It was a special occasion for us so worth the money but not for us for every day dining! It would be tough to get out of there for less than 100 dollars for a couple. If your looking for a high end dining experience I suspect this is tough to beat. If you an average every day Joe there might be better options... :) We really enjoyed the "Farm to table" experience. I'd like to see more restaurants doing this and bringing the costs down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Primo Rockland ME
    stephabbey
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This was recommended by a pastry chef we met in Kaui HI. When they heard we were going to Maine the instantly recommended Primo as she had worked there in the past and raved about the chef. She was right! Food and service were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but salty
    PIckyDiner47
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The crostini misti were FAB! Ditto for Profiteroles. Sea scallops were way, way too salty. (No need to salt seafood as it is salty enough and delicate in flavor.) my 3 friends were enraptured.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best In The State
    Villanifavs
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Primo is a beautiful restaurant. Food ingredients are harvested from their own farm. Both our apetizers were really special. My husband had 5 crustinis with different toppings. My calamari had a sauce with capers, olives, tomatoes and cuscous. My husband's entree was almost a stew with fall vegetables and different cuts of beef. I ordered quail dish but did not enjoy it as much. We will include this restaurants we enclude every timr we visit Maine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Primo was outstanding!!
    wjmrVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We LOVED our meal at Primo. From our cocktails through dessert, we were treated to exceptional food! Crostini done four ways as an appetizer was delicious and gorgeous to behold. The ingredients throughout the meal were fresh and plentiful. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet in the far North
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is true gourmet food prepared and served in a very professional way. The ambience is casual, but in no was is the food. The fresh ingredients really show. Service was excellent and in no way stuffy or pretentious as some gourmet restaurants tend. We drove over 200 miles to eat there and it was well worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All show no go!
    Puffin
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    It was all show no go! The veal chop and halibut were bland. Could have stayed home and saved a lot of money and had a better meal. So disappointing! Fail to see why this place is rated so high. Travel the world seeking out excellent restaurants. This was not one of them.
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  • Another great dinner.
    CRS1VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant simply because Chef Kelly is great. The salmon and sturgeon meals were perfect. Service was a little rough this time after numerous prior dinners with perfect service. A minor complaint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My husband and I took our mothers here for a dinner to tell them we had eloped. The dining experience was a perfect setting to celebrate this special and momentous occasion. Thank you for making this wonderful event even more memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sublime food, no pretense
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Given the reputation of Primo, we were pleasantly surprised that there wasn't even a tinge of pretensious attitude-- just exuberance and passion for the great food that's being served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Romantic.
    Ruthie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Rockland for the weekend and had Primo reservations for 6:30.We were 1/2 hour early and they very graciously seated us.The service was friendly and impeccable. I had fried oysters and the presentation was beautiful and the taste of the different ingredients was a very pleasant adventure. The main course was fried scallops in a very nice presentation.My friend had the chicken. He felt it was a little tough, but the taste was good. His favorite item was his appetizer of 4 baguettes. The one that had eggplant on it made quite an impression on him.(He is the best cook I have ever known). We were brought a lobster bisque in a small glass that surpassed any I have ever had. We will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great meal at Primo
    mdennis201VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Wonderful food served with flair at PRIMO. I have been to this restaurant at least 3 times and the Primo in Orlando twice. The food never fails to be less than perfection. Definitely worth the money that you will pay. Had delicious red snapper with shrimp and grits that I will remember for a long time. Husband salmon was yummy as was the appetizer of heirloom tomatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as we knew it would be
    JJfromArlington
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We treat ourselves to Primos once a summer. We always love it. We ordered the duck breast for our main course and the peach croustades for dessert. Both were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very good food and lovely evening. Extremely pricey!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Iffy for the aplomb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Primo's gardens are enticing, the food was very good. However, the second floor is very noisy. Probably due to the bar upstairs. I wish we had known to ask for downstairs. Definitely a place for "People to be Seen."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely outstanding
    rich707
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our party of four was seating upstairs; the seating was very comfortable and the noise level was unexpectedly low which allowed for a great evening of conversation among our party. Service was truly outstanding and the food superb. The wine list was excellent and when we asked about a particular concept of wine, our server came back with a recommendation for a wine that was not yet on the list. We went with the recommendation and it was a wonderful choice and exactly what we had asked for. To comment more on the food: every course was tremendous and within each course, all of us were extremely pleased with both the menu and our choices. We all thought it was one of the most outstanding restaurant choices we have made in years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lived up to Rave Reviews!
    Food4thought
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Primo's in Rockland exceeded my high expectations! From the easy and efficient online reservation process to a well-trained and most hospitable staff and highlighted by an outstanding pork saltimbocca and glass of Sancerre, I was glowing by the end of our lovely dinner. I was particularly impressed with the high level of service we received. Our reservation was at the beginning of a very busy Saturday night, but we never felt rushed. My husband's birthday which was the reason for the evening out was even noted in thoughtful ways. I have and will continue to enthusiastically recommend Primo's in Rockland to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, tasty and great service
    BadgerVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Many places talk about farm to table, but Primo lives it as they use ingredients from their own farm. We were here during tomato season and so many dishes benefited from it, as they enhanced the dishes. I recommend the specials as they were our favorites with all that we ordered and yet I do not think you can order wrong. Service and atmosphere are fantastic as well. I do wish the salumi I saw on the bar menu upstairs was available downstairs on the menu, although we did not ask. Highly recommend a visit to Primo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Primo's the best!
    Bill
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We always enjoy our dinners at Primo. The menu is innovative. Food is fresh and local. Service is always excellent and not rushed. Hope to get back there soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Imagination in food
    pine
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Outstanding service and eclectic menu with super fresh food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • repeat visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We try to eat at Primo whenever I have visitors come from out of state - have never been disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ahh, Perfection!
    Disappointing
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Best meal of the season! After several less than satisfactory visits this summer, I was starting to worry that our favorite restaurant was slipping. Those concerns were wiped away this weekend. Everyone in our party loved their selections - the pork chop with fried green tomatoes, a delicious pasta with butternut squash and duck, lamb, heirloom tomatoes and scrumptious deserts. Truly perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.