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About 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.

2 S. Main St.
Rockland, ME 04841
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish

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 - Open: Thursday - Sunday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Closed for season - Early January through Early May



Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 596-0770

Website:
http://www.primorestaurant.com/

Catering:
Custom Menus

Parking Details:
Park adjacent to the restaurant and garden. Feel free to stroll through the garden before or after your Meal!

Executive Chef:
Melissa Kelly

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Primo - Rockland Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Organic (46)
Seasonal (43)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Rated the best in Maine and is the best...charcuterie my favorite, salmon was the best with a sauce that is beyond comparison, I had beef shank and pasta...food orgasmic...deserts were the tops

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Primo gave us excellent service in a comfortable environment. The wine was very good and the food was exquisite! I recommend it highly...one of the best restaurants I’ve eaten at. It does come at a premium price but you do get what you pay for.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We have done some extension traveling and this is by far my favorite restaurant. Atmosphere, Garden fresh produce and meats, locally sourced and exquisitely prepared! I am lucky enough to be able to travel each year for our wedding anniversary! Splendid! Thank you!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

great service, wonderful food. best ever cosmo - zen ginger. yellow fin tuna done perfectly with wonderful sauces, brussels sprouts, etc. Cavetelli pasta - always a favorite.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was exceptional. Service was great. Definitely a special place for dinner. My only concern was the noise level. The restaurant was full and it was difficult to have a conversation with my wife because of the noise. However, the noise would not keep us from coming back. The food and service far outweigh the noise level.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Amazing place - the food was awesome and the atmosphere was perfect. Was disappointed in our waitress as she didn't talk up the food or do it nearly the justice it deserved. She kind of mailed it in, if you will. But this place is top notch and highly recommend!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary at Primo on Friday night and the experience was just outstanding! Coming from the Hudson Valley and working in NYC, we have an opportunity to dine at many fantastic restaurants and Primo ranks right up there (if not better) than many of the high-end farm to table establishments in our region. It is no surprise that Melissa Kelly is the winner of multiple James Beard awards as her attention to every detail shows from the attentive service to the exquisite food!

Also, the best lobster risotto that I have ever had and my husband loved the charcoal ravioli! Both simply phenomenal!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

What a wonderful restaurant! The food was delicious - we had the lobster risotto and a fresh roasted beet salad. Our waiter recommended an Italian white wine to go with our meal that was perfect.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Outsranding experience was the highlight of our vacation! Great food, inventive preparation, locally sourced ingredients of highest quality, and thoughtful, attentive service in a warm setting! Well worth a visit!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 28, 2017

After 34 years of marriage and enjoying gourmet dining we concluded this is one of our top
5 dining experiences. Superb plus much of the food is grown and raised on site.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Fantastic food and fantastic service! Some of my favorite dishes: the oysters and the lemon dessert.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The food at Primo is beyond belief. It is fresh, locally sourced, beautifully prepared and presented, and delicious. The service was excellent. The only down side to Primo is that on a busy night (and they are apparently all busy nights....a testament to how wonderful they are!), the restaurant becomes extremely loud. But I can overlook that for a dining experience like my wife and I had as we were celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 27, 2017

A wonderful experience and fantastic food.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

This was one of the nicest dining experiences we have had recently and would highly recommend this for an special night out

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This was my third visit. I have gone each time I have been there with family for dinner, with a group for a birthday, and with my daughter for a meal for two. The cuisine is exquisitely prepared, creative, locally sourced, and seasonal. Their handcrafted cocktails are excellent as is the wine list. Service was friendly, timely, and informed. Ambiance is not loud but not super quiet. Dress business casual to a bit more casual, but one would not stand out strangely if dressed more formally. Overall, it is an area standout. The only lament is that I cannot afford it often.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had been looking forward to trying Primo's because of it's reputation for it's food. The food was good but for the price, there are other local options that surpass Primo's. The tables were very close, it was too loud to hear someone sitting right in front of you and it was overpriced. We may go to sit at the bar in the future for a drink but will dine elsewhere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Mind blowing meal! Lived up to its stellar reputation! Not only that but the wait staff was excellent; went above and beyond.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Looks like a very good restaurant if you eat meat. Very limited options for those who do not, although the waiter /kitchen were as accommodating as they could be. But nowadays I really expect any fine restaurant to offer at least one legitimate vegetarian main course.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food was so good. However, I don't think it is as good as they think it is. They are a bit pretentious. I ordered the sirloin medium rare, but it was served medium to medium well. The white pizza appetizer was a bit heavy. We made our reservation through Open Table. However, trying to teach a person on the phone was next to impossible. We have dined there twice and don't need to go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great service, unique menu loved the food and experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Delightful and creative food and service was great. Noise levels made conversation difficult.

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

We were very disappointed. Service was very slow. My cocktail was served moments before that salad, which was a head of butter lettuce with a boring dressing. Other salads were nicely presented. The problem was that we expected to be blown over with service, taste, presentation but it was all so underwhelming. I do not like writing a bad review because I know this restaurant can do much better.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The noise level is so high that conversations are almost impossible.

Most of the food was very good, but not worthy of the high prices, averaging $35 per entree.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

This was my second time to dine at Primo. I will never go back. Exceedingly overrated and extremely and ridiculously overpriced. I ordered the waiter's recommendation of the chicken cordon bleu. It was awful. So dry I had to send it back. The stuffed ham was way too fatty. The "single" small potato served with it was so undercooked it was unetable. Primo is not all is its cracked up to be from reviews in quality and serving size. A very unpleasant experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We have been to Primo many times. This time was a big disappointment. We were seated upstairs and the noise from the bar was way too loud for us to enjoy our friends. The service was below average. The food was ok. We probably will not return again.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Maine. The chef provides wonderful locally sourced seasonal dishes . We usually come here for special occasions because it's a two hour drive, but we sometimes come just to create a special occasion. Our rule is you must come hungry and prepared to dine.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Superb restaurant--always.
My husband and I go there whenever we are in the area. My last visit, I took a friend from Boston. She eats at lots of restaurants-- and she was wow'. Outstanding food, delicious and very well thought out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Amazing place. Very romantic and homey vibes. I notes that it was our anniversary through the app and our server got us cannolis for dessert. Very sweet dining experience and would do it again in a heartbeat!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I first must tell you I never leave food reviews because something always seems a bit off at most restaurants to me... sorry I'm very picky when it comes to food. But Primo is off the chain... everything is awesome there from the comfort of the room, table setting, menu, friendly staff, and awesome food. This was our 10th time eating at Primo we went for my daughters 17th birthday(she had never been) .. her eyes lit up when she ate the farmers salad ... then came the duck she loved.. the sweet potato flan was amazing! For dessert she ordered a warm chocolate cake and we had the cream puffs with sea salt ice cream... everything was perfect! We have never been disappointed by any of the meals we had. BTW - I had the scallops and my husband had the lupino fish both were spot on! BRAVO Primo... even on a busy Saturday night you seem to never rush us and have everything done perfectly!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

A gem in Rockland! We are foodies that always look for the Top Chef/ Master Chef type places everywhere we go. Recently while we were touring through Maine, we came across this find and were not disappointed! The ambiance is beautiful, the service was excellent and the food was fantastic! We had a fabulous evening and would highly recommend!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Service was lovely; oysters delicious; halibut was excellent; creme puffs memorable. And I'm happy they keep Rombauer Chardonnay on the list. I also like that nearby tables often offer a little interchange--an air of friendliness presides.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Over priced ...and attempt to include so much on a plate resulted in minimal portion...ex...$48 pork chop special was supposed to be on cheddar polenta....could not find any polenta..veggies good but not distinguishable- pork so tough that they did end up comping half the meal... vacation special night was terribly disappointing

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 15, 2017

drove 5 to nake our reservation and worth every min-

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Healthy, Great Beer, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Seasonal
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed dinner at Primo! The food was all fabulous. The foie gras was especially good. Definitely 'farm to table' as we could see the chickens and some of the gardens from our table. Our server Katharine was delightful and attentive. We were in Rockland to celebrate our anniversary and Katharine had 'happy anniversary' written in chocolate on our dessert plate - it was very sweet (pun intended!).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The very best restaurant that we have ever been to . Our waiter Ed was exceptional.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

I have been going to this restaurant 2 - 3 times a year for the past 15 years. It is slipping a bit from its lofty reputation.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

I had always heard that Primo was a great place to eat so the bar was set high, way high.
The entire staff and the food exceeded my expectations by a mile.
How good? World class good. No kidding.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Was recommended to come visit primo during our vavaction to Maine in September. Though we could not choose the time we preferred for dinner, we had delicious meal and great service. Most happy to recommend to others!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was amazing and service incredible!
I started with the Farmer Salad and my Husband started with the Tomato salad both very good.
My choose the pork saltimbocca as my meal ---it was so incredible and such a big portion too.
My husband had the lamb Bolognese and loved it!
It was a wonderful evening!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Primo was wonderful and we will defineately recommend it

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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