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Permanently Closed - Academy Ocean Grille

4.2
289 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Located right off Route 28 in Orleans, the Grille offers a menu of eclectic global dishes with a touch of Cape Cod. The dining room offers a casual elegance; Junior's Bar is perfect for a light bite or a cocktail before dinner. Additional seating is available seasonally on the breezy patio. Eclectic definitely describes the menu where Salmon Gravlax with Potato Pancakes, Raspberry & Brie Springrolls and Pork Potstickers are among the many appetizers offered. Customer favorites include grilled Monkfish & Lobster Provencal, Veal Saltimbocca and Frutta de Mare. Lazy Sundays are perfect for lingering over Eggs Benedict and Bloody Mary's or sip a mimosa while enjoying our Kahlua Stuffed French Toast. Lunch features an array of sandwiches and salads along with heartier items for diners looking for more of a midday meal. Don't forget the special Tapas and Flatbread Pizza menu available exclusively at Junior's Bar.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental, Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Tapas: Wednesday - Sunday from 11:30am - Close at Junior's Bar
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Phone number
(508) 240-1585
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Todd Davis
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Private party facilities
With an intimate dining room that can accommodate up to 55 people and a dining bar, as well as an open air patio, we welcome private parties looking for a relaxing location to host their events.
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Private party contact
Erica Goldberg Cummings: (888) 608-1360
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Catering
We do not offer off-site catering, but have prepared appetizers and cold plates for guests to pick up.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Route 28
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Parking details
There is ample private parking available at the restaurant. Additional parking is available on the street out in front of the restaurant.
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Public transit
There is limited Public Transportation in our area.
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Special events & promotions
Throughout the year we offer special Holiday Menus (Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve) as well has special dinners like our semi-annual Beer Dinners.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
3.9
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on January 11, 2017

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

We had New Year's Eve dinner. They had a reduced menu but great options and excellent prices on wine by the bottle. There was also a very reasonable pris fixe 4 course menu option. We eat here regularly and have always had excellent food and attentive service.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2016

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Nice restaurant for everyday dining or a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2016

Several quite good bistro-like meals here lately have made AOG one of my favorite places on the lower Cape. Low profile, not ostentatious, pleasing food, we leave feeling great!

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2016

We had our Thanksgiving meal here this year. Service was great, food delicious, and it was quiet--- seems they know how to manage sound, unlike most restaurants.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

We were on the Cape for Veteran's Day Weekend and were looking for a nice yet not too expensive meal. We found it. Very nice place. Only think I woulds say is that since the summer people are gone, the median age goes WAY up. My wife and I are in our early 50's and we were the youngsters of the room.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2016

Hi,
Everything was as we expected - perfect. A delightful evening spent at your establishment. A special singling out of your bartender He runs a tender bar. I like a guy who has spark and some banter to go along with the drinks. The waitress was natural and possessed a sense of humor
Sincerely,
Jay Mahoney ( the side car guy)

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2016

The food at the Academy is always good. I have never had a bad meal there and I recommend it all the time. One of our favorite places here on the Cape.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Excellent service and food. We had swordfish and halibut both of which were fresh and tastefully prepared. Recommend to go to for seafood

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2016

The server was most attentive, delivering fine food with friendly polite service.
We go by all the time but now we'll stop much more often.
No steps were at treat for our handicapped guest.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

We have driven by Academy Ocean Grille for years during the summer and it was always crowded so we were able to try it slightly off-season. While the decor is nothing special the food was varied, interesting and very good. There was many options and being on Cape Cod it was nice to see a variety, including seafood.

The service was good, pleasant from a person clearly happy to see the busy summer season coming to an end.

We certainly plan to go back, many other choices to try!

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2016

Great table to start, then excellent service with a smile and all 4 of us loved the presentation and quality of our dinners!

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2016

Very attentive service for my gluten free dairy free needs! Service was friendly and the menu was representative of the sea coast town location.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2016

We went for Sunday Brunch. We've had dinner there many times and it's one of our favorite restaurants around. Their brunch has echoes of the dinner menu. There were four of us. The Brie and raspberry rolls with lime yogurt were excellent. We split it just to try it. It came with five very small rolls (think tiny spring rolls). Our party ordered gravlax on potato pancakes, the fried seafood platter, the crab melt, and the beef ravioli with portobello mushrooms and asparagus in a wonderful wine sauce. The seafood platter was huge and reportedly tasty. The raviolis were wonderful although the portion was somewhat small (four raviolis). The crab melt was somewhat unexceptional. The crab tasted a bit fishy and was "mushy" according to the diner. It was the only meal that we wouldn't order again.

Then onto the desserts. We tried three and split them. The baked chocolate pudding was dense and chocolatey and definitely calorie worthy. It made us close our eyes and say, "ooh". The sticky toffee pudding (my favorite) was sweet and brown sugary and probably spiked our blood sugars out of the park but I t was oh so good! We also ordered a special lemon cake which our diners loved. The waitstaff was friendly and outgoing. Our waitress chatted us up and joked with us and was very welcoming as was the person who seated us. No complaints at all. I'd love to go back and try some of their other choices. It was a delightful way to spend a Sunday with friends.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2016

This is a little gem in Orleans. 13 or 14 tables and great food. My wife had cod and I had the lobster ravioli, both prepared perfectly. And the service was terrific!

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2016

Great service. Different take on traditional dishes, excellent. Great portions, definitely a second meal for home.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2016

Good food at reasonable prices, great service and a varied menu.

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4.0Dined on August 24, 2016

Nice place! We dined there two times during vacation. Please get a nicer host. He puts a damper on the experience and doesn't seem to care about the customers. No personality! However, the wait staff is very nice and the food is very good.

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2.0Dined on August 21, 2016

Host was very friendly. Food was very bland...was looking forward to great seafood but was very disappointed. Service was slow. Only 3 other groups there...

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4.0Dined on August 21, 2016

We hadn't been here in many years but were thrilled to come back and have a very delicious dinner. Chef is changing the menu weekly to offer fresh, seasonal creations. We both had fish (sole and halibut) and it was excellent. We ate on the early side so it was nice and quiet when we got there. We'll definitely go again!

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4.0Dined on August 21, 2016

We were there for Sunday brunch and thoroughly enjoyed the cod Ruben and lobster roll. There could have npbeen more lobster meat, maybe a piece of tail, but it was delicious. The homemade pickles were an added delight!

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1.0Dined on August 20, 2016

The manager/owner/ maitre d' was the rudest greeter any of the four of us had ever experienced. One guest was gluten free. The excellent waitress recorded all this information and sent it to the kitchen. Her dinner, indicated in the menu to be gluten free, came with ravioli, a gluten item, at the bottom. The waitress was appalled.
When confronted at the end of the evening the manager/owner/maitre d was totally rude, did not apologize and blamed it on the waitress. The food was okay, but the evening was ruined by the rude greeting followed by the fact that the gluten free symbols on the menu cannot be trusted. The manager/owner/maitre d did not accept respnsibilty, as he should have. The reservation system worked very well. I do not recommend going to be insulted at this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2016

Everything we had was excellent - seafood and steak dishes alike.

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2.0Dined on August 12, 2016

The crab cake tasted like it was made from canned crab. The caesar salad looked and tasted like it was made from boxed croutons, bottled dressing, and bagged romaine. The filet was not bad, but not particularly good either.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

Consistently the best food and service. Have been going here for 8 years. Have never had bad service or bad food. Always feel very welcome!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2016

A perfect meal. One member of our part is allergic to pepper (the seasoning). The waitress went to speak to the chef, who, it happens uses pepper in all his preparations, so he offered plain grilled fish, begs and no potatoes as they were peppered. Our friend was very disappointed until her beautiful dinner plate arrived, overflowing with food, including a delicious fresh pasta side in place of the potatoes and two vegetables! Happy ever after!

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2016

Everyone was very happy with their meal. I'd go again.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2016

We have been several times over the last few years when we come out to the Cape. The service is always good, as is the food and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2016

Imaginative menu and lives up to it! What arrives on your plate exceeds expectations. Prices are very reasonable considering what you get for your money. Staff are friendly and efficient. Great ambiance. Dine here when you are in or near the charming town of Orleans. You will be glad you did.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2016

We've samples many dishes over the years and loved them all. Of course, the liver is a classic and all the fish dishes are outstanding.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2016

OUR SERVER WAS TERRIFIC, WISH I COULD REMEMBER HER NAME!!!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2016

Great restaurant for date night or small
Group. Interesting and thoughtful menu that was just as delicious! Loved the "whistle wetters" too! We had the veal and the cod for entrees and the raspberry Brie spring rolls as an app- were all amazing!

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2016

The host was very rude and the bar tender got our drinks wrong three times, but our waitress was good and the food was tasty

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2016

Very pleasant surprise. We hadn't gone there for many years, and when we finally returned it had improved dramatically in elegance and in service. We would certainly return there. As usual, there were always things that we would prefer not to have on the menu: those stringy stems that adorn the plate, stick in your teeth, and don't add any flavor to speak of, for one.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2016

My halibut was super-fresh and perfectly cooked. Incredibly tasty combined uniquely with vanilla bean cream sauce and crispy cashew bread crumbs on top. My husband's swordfish was equally delicious. Waitress was extremely helpful with recommendations and prompt friendly service. We can't wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2016

My husband and I went with our adult son and daughter on a summer Sunday. The restaurant was not too crowded, and very pleasant in appearance. Service was great. Our meals were all very good. Very friendly. A nice place for dinner out.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2016

Your restaurant is always consistent great service, great food, and love the reservation service on line.
Will always bring my family and friends. Thank you.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2016

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2016

Great simple menu. Small but with a nice ambiance and not too loud.
Good and fast service.
Very, very good seafood.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2016

Everyone on the staff was pleasant and professional and the food and atmosphere were excellent. It is SO hard these days to find a restaurant that is quiet enough that you can have a pleasant conversation. Bravo Academy.

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