Permanently Closed - Seven Seas Tavern

2.3
34 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Newly opened restaurant serving fresh seafood in an upscale tavern setting in the heart of Downtown Rochester! Two outdoor patios accompany an elegant dining room and a lively bar and lounge area. Choose from a wide variety of freshly caught seafood, steaks & specialty meats, or join us for an appetizer and a handcrafted cocktail in our bar and lounge area. Now accepting dinner reservations.
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2.3based on all time ratings
2.5
food
2.6
service
2.9
ambience
2.2
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Donald
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked through open table. Arrived and restaurant was not opened. Called multiple times. Knocked on door. Finally landlord came out and advised that restaurant owners had left a few weeks ago.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t waste your time and money. The restaurant was closed. No indication why.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Seems to have closed without warning. Had purchased a Groupon which were still being sold.

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vipPinpoint
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place is closed. When we went we found the bartender cleaning up behind the bar and he told us they were closed for good. It would be nice if Open Table was on top of this. Everyone who blindly reserved while this place was closed should get 1,000 points for their trouble or something. And worse yet there’s still no decent place seafood in Rochester

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GFgirl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were closed at 6:30 on a Friday night. We had a reservation on open table. Would have been nice to get a notification before we drove all the way there!

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vipSammy
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never had a chance to eat there. Had a 6:30 reservation on a Thursday evening thru OpenTable. Per restaurant's website they are supposed to be open from 3 in the afternoon. Got there at 6pm. Doors were locked. Inside was dark and there was no one there...dead! There was another couple who came to have dinner there also, but we all left very disappointed. After I got home I tried to call them but got no answer. I emailed them asking if they were still in business. It has been 4 or so days and I have gotten no reply. I've written them off already.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

it was closed when we got there. Very disappointed - at Open Table for alllowing me to make a reservation and at Seven Seas for not notifying their customers. They actually steered people to Seven Seas after Havanah Cabanna closed, fully intending to close the doors there too. Very shifty.

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vipH826
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never had the chance to try it. Restaurant was closed and we were never told.

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Kaykay
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Couldn't tell you. Had made reservations a week in advance for 4 on a Saturday night. When we got there they couldn't seat us. Their food truck never came so they couldn't open. Was not pleased at all. Don't know why they couldn't have called us earlier to let us know so we at least didn't have to drive out there.

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Gust
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Mediocre food, limited menu and wait for rolls which weren't toasted and salad without ordered dressing. Although owner previouly ran successful restaurant, this venture won't last long without dramatic improvements

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LawrenceR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Huge problem with service. mgmt did offer apologies, so hope will fix.

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Opad
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The hostess/waitress did a good job considering she was by herself. Not sure why but she also spent a fair amount of time in the kitchen. We sat for quite a while before our salads arrived. There was no bread and our wine arrived after our salads. The only salad dressings offered were all creamy. We all had fish entrees, which arrived rather dry; perhaps not fresh or perhaps overlooked. The vegetables and potatoes were good but nothing special. We were given ten percent off to compensate for the wait, but at is not enough to bring us back.

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Lynndee
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience4

This restaurant has great potential but they have to 'get it together' first. There needs to
be more professionalism in their overall service. Little things such as having the needed
condiments on the table (S and P for example, or silverware), smaller plate sizes so that they
all fit on the table, bread offered if not a regular part of the meal, having all or most of the
selections on the menu available or at least letting you know before you ordered (they were out of two of our party's choices at 7:30). The food was judged better than average for 2 of the 4 of us but menu could use a few more choices in wines. Overall they aren't as yet 'comfortable in their own skin' but have high hopes as it a very good location near the East End, and the
restaurant has a lovely courtyard for summer evenings.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was very slow even though we were one of 2 tables in the entire place. Appetizer (steamed clams) was not as described on the menu; it was supposed to be clams in a white wine garlic sauce with crostini; it actually was a bowl of peppers and onions with a few clams. We had to request the crostini and we're told "oh, you mean bread? We ran out of bread last night and they probably didn't get more bread for today" It was a Saturday at 8pm and they were sorely unprepared. We heard them tell the other table in the dining room that they were sorry but the oyster appetizer they ordered would only have 5 rather than 6 oysters because they ran out. I never got my salad. When I asked for it again after our entrees arrived,I was told 20 minutes later that the chef was "making the sauce for the salad; that's what's taking so long" it was a Caesar salad. Our waiter never told us the dinner specials. There was no bar tender so any time drinks were ordered, the waiter had to make them which further delayed his service. There was only one waiter. There was. Nondescript young lady who was poorly dressed and randomly wandering around. She helped bring out food and she asked us why we sent our clams back. I'm guessing maybe she was some type of manager? She never introduced herself and she looked very unprofessional with her ultra casual dress and hat. I will not return and I would not be surprised if this place closes very soon.

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Gene
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We have been there 4 times and the food has always been good. In fact the first 2 times I had the cajun shrimp alfredo because it was so good. My wife has had a different fish dish each time and has liked each one. The place looked a little slow the last time we were there which made it easy for us to get in. I'm just afraid it won't be that easy getting reservations later on as more people find out about this placce.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Went here on a date, and regretted it. Waitress tried to clear our plates while we were obviously still eating, and she didn't even know what type of soda they served. Food was insanely overpriced, particularly for the quality, or lack there of. It was something like $14 for a single crab cake without remoulade sauce. My wife got the fried seafood platter and it was terrible. Salty. The batter was over seasoned. It didn't taste fresh. I got the swordfish, it was overly spicy and served with the wrong side dish.

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LYNNIE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Dined there several times when they first opened. The lady bartender was always very friendly and attentive. The food was ok. The fourth time we went there was a new bartender and when he made my drink he said it would taste different because they were out of lemon juice. My husband ordered a scotch and water and they were out of scotch. It was a nice outside so we went out on the patio to eat. We decided to order a bunch of appetizers to share. We were surprised when the bartender also became our server. I ordered a different martini and he brought me a glass of wine??? When we were ready to order, we had to wait because he was working the bar. Out of the 6 appetizers we wanted they were out of 4 of them. The restaurant had been open for a month why are they out of everything? We waited a few weeks and went back Wednesday night. They already have a new scaled-down menu. Many items gone. I ordered the seafood nachos. They were awful. It was nacho chips from a bag, some cheese wiz from a jar and a few tiny shrimp from a can for$19.00. We won't be going back. We miss Tavern 58!!!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

had a lovely dinner sunday night. It was quiet and easy to chat. Although pretty much center city, it was quiet and th epatio was awesome. We had a great seafood meal.

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Josie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our party of four brought the total number of diners to seven. Very sad that the vibrant scene of Tavern 58 is no longer there. The food was just so-so and when our coffee came there was no milk or cream available. Really? I doubt that this restaurant will be in business very much longer.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This was maybe the worst restaurant we have been to. While the bartender was great, the waitress was not. She didn't let us know the specials and when we asked her if there were any she wasn't able to describe what the special was. There was confusion about what they were out of (any by the way why are you out of things at 7 at night?). It took forever to get drinks, no bread was served and the salads came without dressing. The dinners were supposed to come with vegetables and they were left off one of the plates so we shared with that person. It might have all been forgotten if the food was decent but it was not. I'm not a complainer and I never write reviews but you should stay away from here.

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vipLarryA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Horrible evening. Limited wine and offerings at the bar. Only 1 kind of gin. Food was horrible and expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience1

The kitchen was very slow and my tenderloin was "stringly"

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vipAlio73
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

My husband and I were not impressed with anything about the Seven Seas Tavern except the inexpensive bar tab we ran up. A Ketel One martini was $7.50 and a Jack Daniels on the rocks was $8.00.

The dining room was dark with a gas fireplace as well as a tank of tropical fish both at eye level.
Food was unimpressive and mediocre at best. The French Onion Soup appetizer ($8.00) was served in a flatter soup bowl with more swiss cheese than broth, melted but not necessarily broiled since there was no evidence of toasty goodness on the cheese. The salads which came with dinner had chopped iceberg, chopped strong onions and 1/4 slice of tomato with little else. My entree, Steamed Clam Linguini ($20.00), was supposed to have chopped clams along with middleneck clams in a lemon butter sauce with fresh herbs. Mine had 6 baby clams (frozen, not fresh) with no evidence of herbs or chopped clams. I didn't finish it. My husband had the Pesto Swordfish ($27.00) which included a thin slice of previously frozen swordfish topped with basil pesto along with mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach. Not "World Class Seafood."

Service was good. Our total bill before tip came to $85 which also included a glass of chardonnay ($8.00). Sadly, not going back. That's too much money to spend on fair food.

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roccitylisa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My beau and I tried the Seven Seas Tavern early bird time on a Sunday. No beer on draft (yet) and (extremely) poor bottled beer choices set things off on the wrong foot for him, but he rallied and ordered us a bottle of wine. There were several intriguing entrees on the menu, we both had a hard time choosing. My dish did not disappoint. I had the crab stuffed flounder, which was perfectly prepared and served with lightly seasoned, crunchy asparagus. I devoured every bite. His palette is legitimately more sophisticated and while he was not overwhelmed by his tuna, he said it was solid. He also had and enjoyed the asparagus, but his tuna came served with mashed potatoes as well, which seemed odd and kinda ruined the plate. With did both receive effortless iceberg lettuce based salads with our entrees and felt a little sad. They do also offer a Caesar, which might be the better choice.

I understand from the server that they have only been open 5 weeks, which might explain some of the hiccups. The service was decent, but not at all memorable, except for her extremely casual, frumpy outfit. They seem as though they haven't quite finished the redesign, but are on the right track - great light fixtures. The stereotypical instrumental Italian music overhead reminded me of being in "Italy" at Epcot and felt out of place. Minor things that did not take away from the experience, but didn't really add anything to it either.

Perhaps we will return next time we feel like seafood, hoping they get some decent beers on draft. If they work on doing everything as well as the entrees, they'll do just fine. Easy to find, convenient location, friendly staff and plenty of parking. Definitely worth a try.

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Sunny
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I was a long-time customer of Tavern 58 and was sad to see it go. However, the new owner honored a gift certificate from that restaurant, which was great. We ate there on a Saturday night. I had the duck and my husband had a filet mignon. The duck was advertised as being roasted with "crispy skin," and instead the skin was actually soggy, with no real flavor although it was supposed to have an orange/horseradish glaze of some kind. The mashed potatoes were lukewarm on both of our plates, and the amount overwhelmed the entrees. Salads came with our entrees which was nice, but it was glorified iceberg lettuce. My husband's filet was described in the menu as having gorgonzola cheese and a mushroom cap, but instead it was wrapped in bacon with neither of the other two items. I was told that they needed some extra time to mix the balsamic salad dressing, which seemed odd for a prime time on Saturday night. There was no bread basket with our meal. Admittedly we did not order seafood, but we probably won't be back.

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Steve14612
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience3

First time trying this restaurant. I really like Havana Cabana and it is the same owner so I figured I try this place since it just opened recently. I wanted the stuffed flounder but they were out so I had the Mahi Mahi. The fish was over done and dry but the potatoes and salsa was very good and tasty. I would go back but try something else.

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vipMFan
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We ate outside which we enjoyed. The tables and chairs were cheap outdoor furniture. The calamari was excellent but the rest of the food was just OK. The worst part of our experience was the service. The waitress did not come for at least a half hour after we sat and then didn't Check on us at all. Our water was only filled once. After our initial cocktail we were never asked if we wanted another. No bread was offered with the meal. We will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall3food5service2ambience4

It wasn't busy but the service was slow. Entrees were great. Had to ask for rolls. Coffee and tea were delivered without spoons or cream and sugar. Tea water was tepid. Friend said the coffee was great. Hasn't been open long so those service links need to be worked out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Got a nice table outside and ordered 2 drinks. No bread was brought to the table! We also ordered an appetizer of the Calamari, should have gotten Portabello mushrooms. We also ordered the Shrimp special with risotto and I got the shrimp Alfredo. Up until now we did not receive napkins or silverware. Also we were not offered a salad which was supposed to come with the meal, waitress thought we didn't want as we got appetizer. My wife's special came with risotto (wasn't cooked). The prawns looked awful for a special entree. My dish had 3 very tasty shrimp but noodles were full of grease. I thought it might have spices but no just greasy!

Recommendations:
Train your wait staff better!
QA your meals they should have everything the menu says they should.

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AnthonyT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I think it is too early to review this restaurant. We were the only table occupied, therefore we received excellent service. They didn't have everything we asked for but tried to make thoughtful substitutions. The restaurant, bar, and outside dining were clean and ready for diners. The location is great. We were able to use our gift certificate from Tavern 58. We would like to give it another chance this summer.

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Belle22
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

If you love seafood, this is the place for you. The Fried Calamari and Cajun Shrimp with linguine is amazing. They're a very new restaurant and seem to be battling against the different standards of the previous owners but I think things will pick up for them very soon. Friendly staff and great music!! Highly recommend this dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great experience - the staff were welcoming and friendly, and the seafood menu was solid. Try the jambalaya!

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Newtonnola
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

They were only open for three days so I'll cut them a little slack. No bread basket to start, no side salad available, no oysters crackers with the bisque. When wait staff exited the kitchen they had no idea where food was supposed to go so they would wonder around with people's meals. My husband enjoyed his steak but had to send his plate back because the mashed potatoes were cold. My seafood plate was fair but the fried clams were way way over cooked. Could not finish them. I informed one of the owners and he said he would let the chef know.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We ate there their first week of operation. The food was tasty, though not served hot, nor all together. I attribute this to their newness. I'm certain their operations will improve with time and they will perfect timing and service.

The bar area, though small, is fun and lively. Great bar staff, especially Desiree, the bar manager. She's friendly, knowledgeable and a great mixologist.

I expect this to be a really great place very soon.

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Permanently Closed - Seven Seas Tavern is rated 2.3 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.