1606 Restaurant & Bar
**To adhere to MA COVID Safety Protocols, parties are limited to 6 per table, masks are required at all times unless actively eating or drinking with a mandatory 90 minute time limit. We welcome reservations until 8:30PM daily.**
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
Native Cape Ann Lobster Bisque
knuckle meat, focaccia crouton
New England Clam Chowder
oyster crackers, chive oil
Native Cape Ann Lobster Roll
buttered brioche, boston bibb, light mayo
Excellent bar staff and beautiful ocean views. Great choice for a warm evening!
The restaurant refused to honor a confirmed Open Table reservation for outdoor dining. The harried hostess, quite unapologetically explained that 1606 does not take reservations for the deck— yet this was the only type of reservation available on Open Table. The hostess actually blamed Open Table rather than accepting responsibility for the fact that management is too inept to manage its Open Table account properly. Bait and switch? Instead we were seated in a joyless function room with unmasked diners (Covid, anyone?). Atmosphere reminiscent of a home for the aged dining room. Food arrived room temp to cold. Dirty dishes piled up on the table. The polite and cheerful waitress was clearly not trained to serve consistent with $36 entrees. You can and should do much better in Gloucester at local places with more honest operations.
Met an old friend here for early supper on a Monday afternoon. We picked that time knowing it would be quiet. I arrived early to give the server my credit card and to request a birthday candle on our dessert. She was friendly and helpful throughout out meal and delivered the dessert with candle as planned. I had the Caesar salad to start and we both got the 1606 Burger which is always good. I am a fan of their Caesar salad so usually get one when I am there. All in all we had a nice time and the dining experience was pleasant.
We enjoyed a lovely Easter dinner at 1606. It was a prix fixe menu with great options for appetizers, entrees and desserts - hard to choose just one from each! It was a gorgeous day so we got to sit outside on the deck. Food was delicious. Service was friendly and attentive. A wonderful time from start to finish.
Good food, great atmosphere and service! Very pleasant experience!
I was a guest and I had a reservation and my party was no accommodated for the bar which was requested at booking
Always a lovely, lively atmosphere. We sat at the bar and even though they had plexiglass dividers we were sitting on top of the other person on either side of us. The service was terrible, it wasn't busy and we kept trying to flag down the bartender to order food. So we ended up leaving after 1 drink and going elsewhere.
Got there and restaurant was not that busy. After 10 min our waitress came over with a menu and took our drink order and we ordered shrimp cocktail for an app. No water for table. Shrimp were dropped at table with no plates or utensils. Shrimp were good size but cocktail sauce was tasteless. We noticed our Waitress picked up a large private party in a separate room. Quite a bit later We told her about shrimp and ordered our meals. My wife had swordfish blackened which was excellent. I had the half chicken which was horrible. Looked horrible on plate and tasted even worse. Asked for dessert menu but waited 20 min before our waitress came back. That’s after I asked another waitress where was our waitress. When she finally came back for desert order I Told her it was too late and said her service was subpar. She said it was due to large party. I complained to on duty supervisor who said she would tell the general manager. We never heard a peep. I would have given lower grades but breakfast next morning was very good with huge portions. Also guests were allowed to close shades during our entire dinner. Most of our view was now gone.
Excellent food. Beautiful view. Nice ambiance and good service
AMAZING CRAB CAKES
Patio seating on a warm sunny day was perfect. Food was slow out of the kitchen but when it came it was perfect. And great service from the waitstaff.
Nice view. Good food snd cocktails.
limited menu but everything that I have had met my expectations. Wonderful view.
Make sure you ask before ordering! I am allergic to fish. I ordered a lobster Cobb salad without the lobster and was told there would be no adjustment on the price. My husband was not happy.
My parents and I had lunch here. My mom and I had the lobster roll and both were really sick for the next two days. Bottle of champagne was great as was my dads steak
Food was exquisite!
Overall good. Food & ambiance good. However, the appetizer was brought out at the same time as the main course and they forgot to put a birthday candle on the dessert as I had requested prior to the meal.
Wonderful place to be! I was just a little disappointed they didn't follow through with the appetizer & wine specialty they had offered for the night. Why offer it if you are not going to follow through?
I love it there, however, and would go back again!
1606 is a charming venue with excellent food and service.
Very nice. Not too loud
The lobster bisque was to die for. I'm from Maryland so I am picky about crab cakes. But your appetizer dish was very good.
Hello JayB, We are so glad you enjoyed our lobster bisque! It is one of our most popular dishes. The crab cake appetizer is also a guest favorite and we are honored you agreed. We hope you dine with us again soon! Cheers, The Staff at 1606
Fabulous ambiance out on the deck next to the fire-pit on a windy late-winter afternoon (appreciated the complementary blankets!) Excellent menu choices, bolstered by hot toddies; we watched the seagulls and the setting sun over the ocean, and almost forgot about the pandemic. Beauport is our go-to for special occasions.
The lobster bisque is divine! Haddock was great too!
Came for a special occasion and requested particular seating but we were sat right in the middle of the dining room. Menu is confusing - is it fine dining or a gastropub? Wrong entree came out but error was fixed quickly. When right food came out, it was tasty. Would not go back to again, especially for a special occasion. Service was average.
We ate out on the porch on an early spring day of warm weather, in front of the firepit. It was lovely and the food was excellent. The water view is wonderful for Covid escape!
Women’s business network meeting so much fun. Food and service was great!
I revived my glass of wine after my soup.
We had the clam chowder and the lobster bisque as appetizers. Both were served luke warm which was disappointing and I found the lobster bisque very bland. The lobster meat was tender though. I would not order either again.
We both ordered the prime rib. I had MR and my guest had an end cut. The best part of the meal was the twice baked potato. The meat was so bland I had to ask for steak sauce, salt and lemon juice to help.
I was left with no beverage for quite awhile. I had to catch the servers eye just to get another wine.
I will say the home made steak sauce was amazing. That was the only saving grace.
Overall I would not visit this restaurant again.
Just ok service, ok food. Come forward the view and don’t eat here.
Great food and atmosphere!!!
La comida bien estándar
La mujer que nos atendió muy bien, pero lo tiempos de atención excesivos!!!!!!
El lugar es bonito y por eso pudimos aguantar la espera
This is a very nice friendly restaurant with good food and a beautiful view of the harbor
This restaurant provided a wonderful post-engagement breakfast. A great place to celebrate a special occasion.
Our server Mason was outstanding! Get the Parmesan Garlic fries!!
We were able to be sat by a window and experienced the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
The food was great! The shrimp cocktail was huge, and definitely worth the cost. The short rib sliders were amazing. The beef tenderloin entree, the pork shank entree and the salmon were great as well! We had a member with gluten and dairy allergies, and the restaurant was very accommodating to ensure that she had plenty of options and was aware of what she could order off the menu. Also cocktails were great, "By the Fire" was by far the favorite of the table.
Phenomenal food, beautifully presented!
Lobster bisque was off the charts great!!
Service was perfect and the view spectacular!
Both dishes were excellent, as were the drinks. Table with a view of the harbor. Pleasant servers. Nice experience overall.
great ocean view on a cold sunny day..drinks were great! food & service was great!!!
1606 Does an amazing job exceeding expectations during these times. The staff goes above and beyond and are friendly and professional. The food is delicious!
1606 Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (978) 491-5090.
1606 Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 616 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.