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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Primo - Rockland reviews from OpenTable diners
280 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (233)fit for foodies (228)romantic (172)notable wine list (120)neighborhood gem (93)hot spot (47)vibrant bar scene (42)scenic view (35)good for groups (33)late-night find (10)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Awesome!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Amazing Farmers salad and scallops were totally awesome!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My wife and I had been waiting three years to come here and it did not disappoint. All the staff were wonderful, knowledgeable, and the food was perfect!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DonnieJim
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Not our first visit and it won't be our last. We had wonderful service by a very professional server. However, she's leaving!! Haven't been to many places that charge $11 for a cocktail.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    May be the finest meal I have ever eaten. And I consider myself a foodie. Wow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I don't go out very often, but when we do we look for a place to talk, relax and enjoy the evening together. At Primo we found exactly that. The wait staff was very knowledgeable about the menu and non-intrusive, the menu (and off-menu specialties) all sounded delicious and we were both very happy with our meals. I had the quail stuffed with a duck stuffing served on top of local greens and a ravioli and it was absolutely delicious. My wife had the saffron infused linguini with smoked swordfish that she couldn't get enough of. Our table was close to others but we had plenty of space and we were able to sit next to each other for a more romantic anniversary. We will certainly be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    JFM2VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    First time experience was wonderful. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Service Exceptional!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food and Service was exceptional. Atmosphere was slightly less than exceptional, only regarding the level of noise. We weren't aware to ask for seating downstairs vs. upstairs next to the lounge/bar area. Will certainly will be coming back and will request downstairs seating. Aaron and the wait staff were perfect. The food was an experience unlike any other.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Primo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A true farm to table experience. We have been there 3-4 times over the years and the experience has always been excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We come to Mid-coast every summer and Primo is always on our to do list. This year all four of us thought it was the all around best time yet. Everything -service, drinks, food was outstanding. My halibut seemed to melt in my mouth, i highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    ThedukeoftookisheimVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    As a Chauvinistic New Yorker, especially when it comes to restaurants and great food, I viewed what I read about Primo with a bit of skepticism. Man, was I wrong. The food was amazing, the service first rate and the setting beautiful. This chef really knows what she's doing. Every dish we had was creative, locally sourced, and prepared perfectly. Our waitress was upbeat, friendly and knowledgeable. Precisely what u want your server to be. A spectacular dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, but . . .
    EricDRVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I've eaten at Primo several times over the past years. It is an excellent restaurant with very creative, well-prepared food. This time around was less "wow" for me. The cucumber shooter amuse bouche was acidic and rather unpleasant. The papardelle dish was less tender than I hoped and needed salt. All that said, so much else was simply fantastic: the oysters, the pizza, the desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a place!
    JINXVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    There isn't enough room here to describe the experience - the food, the service and the ambience! JUST GET HERE AS FAST AS YOU CAN!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always on top of their game!
    JoeN
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The best restaurant in Maine!! Great atmosphere and excellent food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice for a Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was very well presented and tasty. Service was friendly. It wasn't quite as intimate as I remember from a few years ago. It was a more casual crowd.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the drive!
    Bistro
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We have been wanting to try Primo for years after reading so many reviews. It was worth the wait and worth the 3 hour drive. The food was amazing, grilled octopus and tuna dishes were incredible. Thank you Primo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Csamson
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    One of the best restaurants we have been to in Maine! The food was outstanding!! If I had to offer any critical feedback it would be to have a bit more spacing between the tables. We were at a table for two and felt like we were a crammed in a corner and very close to the table next to us. Enough so that they leaned over to see what we were eating and ask us questions about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb!
    florka50
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Never disappointed in Primo - beautiful food, fantastic wine selection and wonderful staff. A trip to this restaurant is always a very special occasion and we have never left there with any unfulfilled "foodie" dreams! With five of us, we had a range of dishes from incredible cedar-planked king salmon to Pork Saltimbocca to the most gorgeous steak ever - each dish was beautifully presented and the food cooked to perfection. All of this served in a room with beautiful art on the walls. Perfect evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    Theatergoer
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I don't think I can characterize us as "regulars" just yet, but twice in a little over a month puts us on that path--for good reason. The place is just superb. Each course was scrumptious, the portions were just right, and the service was great. Primo is not just a great midcoast Maine restaurant, it's a great restaurant. We again took the time before dinner to stroll through the carefully maintained garden out back, which added to our appreciation for the freshness of the fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get thee to Rockland!
    Seafoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Dinner here is always an event,reason enough to drive from New York. The bluefin tuna was the best fish entree I can remember ever having had.Would love to be able to try everything on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Primo is Primo
    Livetoeat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Primo Restaurant in Rockland, Maine is the best or one of the very best Maine or any other state has to offer. The Menue is creative, attentive to healthy and fresh and is executed to perfection. Not inexpensive but an outstanding value and culinary experience. If you like creative food preparations and friendly knowledgeable service, you should like Primo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Primo exceeded our expectations. The preps were imaginative without being overly self-conscious. This is a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TinajaneVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Fabulous restaurant from beginning to end. Small intimate dining rooms, wonderful wait staff who were knowledgeable about menu. Papadella pasta special outstanding and pork sambucco was amazing. Leave room for the gelato. Wonderful wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Night to Remember
    dinner42
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We live in Maine, but had yet to visit Primo until this summer. We chose it as the place to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary. As advised, we arrived before our reservation to wander the grounds, giving us a glimpse of the expansive vision that defines this unique place. Despite gray skies and a sudden chill in the air, the service and food brightened our spirits and pleased our palates. We don't dine out often, so when we do, we are all the more disappointed or ecstatic about the experience. The food here is to be savored and lingered over; Primo certainly belongs in our top five Maine dining adventures. It must be even more exceptional when the sun is shining and there aren't as many annoying/entitled tourists ruining the charm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, worth the wait!
    Beaneats
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a reservation and were still seated 20 min late. Totally worth it! Killer backyard chicken with dumplings and the rhubarb crostini was incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely fabulous
    Happy2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    What a great evening. Service and food was spectacular. Can't wait to visit again. One of the best meals we have ever eaten. Beautiful farm too Not to be missed if you are in Maine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    TheTravelers
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We went to, and stayed in Rockland Maine based on reviews of this restaurant. We were NOT disappointed. One is allowed to make reservations only 30 days in advance so it was a bit mystifying that there was only a 9:30 time slot left. It worked out perfectly, however. The food was even better than reviewed and we were most pleased to have spent our anniversary with them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reliable always
    Owlfred
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Extremely reliable as the 'special occasion' place to take our summer visitors...never fails to deliver....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We were seated at our reserve time of 630pm. 10 min. before anyone came to table. 20 min before we got a glass of wine. 45 min till salad. An hour and one half before main course. Both fish dishes dry and overcooked. Swordfish had some sort of hot spice on it which was not mentioned in description. My wife had to wipe the fish off with bread so it was edible. Had to send bill back because we were charged for a whole bottle of wine rather than a glass. We have been there 2x before and were happy with the place, but this was > than 2-3 yrs. ago. Crowded and Noisy. Doubt we will ever return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This is my second time at Primo. It never disappoints. Food is fresh, delicious, and innovative without being strange. Service is top quality. Just can't get enough of this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Travelon109
    Travelon109
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Enjoyed another special evening with friends. As always great presentation and very creative food and small bites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BlueReview
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Country setting in charming old house. All vegetables are grown on the premises as well as free ranging chickens. Gourmet food, attentive wait staff, pleasant surroundings and gardens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely evening
    leaftree14
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    creative dishes, lovely selections - definitely on the pricey side! we had a wonderful waiter, he was more than willing to spend time with us, had a great sense of humor and knew the menu inside out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We made our reservation on April 1st for our August dinner as we were told it is the "best" restaurant in Maine. While I am certain that it might be debatealbe, the service was great, food excellent and we were not disappointed. We would highly recommend it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING!
    Karen
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    There are just no words to describe how wonderful Primo is! The food is AMAZING and the service is outstanding! If you look up perfection in the dictionary a picture of Primo will be there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of five thrilled
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We very much enjoyed a wonderful and relaxed dinner. Everything came at a comfortable pace and the food was exceptional. We ordered a wide range of items and it was staged wonderfully. Impressive wine list. Fabulous specials and a creative and changing menu. One of our favorite places and one of the reasons we look forward so much to heading to Maine. We have visited Primo for at least a decade and there is also something new to look forward to, while also knowing how good the bread will be and how we will be curious about what mix of local ingredients Melissa will imagine next.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    DiningSkink
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our second time was as good as our visit last year. One of the best places we have ever dined.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Primo, a prime choice
    janie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We arrived early and not with the number of people on our reservation. We were seated promptly nevertheless. The food was fabulous. I had a salade frisee and, for an entree, pasta with sausage, ricotta and greens. The wine was excellent. The meal was pricey but worth it. A celebratory dinner for one of our last nights in Maine.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very special dining experience
    Truffle
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We are most fortunate to have a home within a few miles to this especially fine restaurant where food is wonderfully prepared and presented. It is a standard setter for fine dining any where. The vegetable gardens are always worth a visit before dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy return customers
    Mevita
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We have eaten at Primo many times over the years and have loved every time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just terrific!
    BobOVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Hard work by chef and staff results in a perfect experience. Excellent flavors and presentation. Good wine choices. Service just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.