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Rudder Restaurant

73 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-4179
+1 978-283-7967
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“scampi” (5 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
73 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-4179
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Rudder Restaurant on a Saturday and fortunately we ate early (5:30) because we were going to the theater. We easily got a seat by the harbor and the service was prompt. But by 6 or so it was hopping and very busy...More

Thank stillheron
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always sit on the outside deck, shrimp and lobster scampi, seafood risotto, lobster salad and the best desert ever is the change! service is always very good. Ate here several times during our stay in Rockport

Thank sharronsibley
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were in Gloucester to take a whale watching trip and we're talking to some people who recommended this restaurant. We were not disappointed! The entrees were all half price and the food was served hot with minimal wait time. The wait staff were wonderful...More

1  Thank Beverly T
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Went to the Rudder with our son and his fiance for a late dinner (8pm seating). Everyone enjoyed their dinners, all were served hot and tasted wonderful. We sat in the back covered deck area and the breeze was nice. We ordered desserts, but I'd...More

1  Thank RobynW731
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

The Rudder and sister restaurant The Studio have been favorites since long before current ownership. While the feel is a little less hometown and personal as it used to be, it's a great location and the food is consistently good. Went for a late dinner....More

1  Thank NancyABNashvegas
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Great atmosphere is a very cool location. Inside and the deck are both good choices. The food was well prepared and very good. The only negative which is understandable considering the location is it can be crowded and the seating can be a bit tight....More

2  Thank David R
Reviewed 30 July 2017

We followed a recommendation to Rudder and had a great lunch on the deck. It was a bit overcast so good for a cooler lunch experience. We had shrimp, lobster rolls, fried haddock sandwich, and crab cakes. Service is good and ambiance is summer in...More

Thank Nancy2005
Reviewed 27 July 2017

On beautiful Rocky Neck, the Rudder offers a relaxing atmosphere and great food. The view was nice from the deck.

1  Thank Eileen L
Reviewed 27 July 2017

This is a small restaurant located on Rocky neck by the Railways, small building right on the water with dock access if you would like to stop by boat A nice quaint bar, good size dining room and outside deck for eating as well can't...More

1  Thank bubbia1
Reviewed 22 July 2017

We had fairly high expectations, based on TripAdvisor reviews. We found the food uneven, so we ultimately decided we could not recommend Rudders. For example, the asparagus was stringy and not sufficiently cooked, and the mashed potatoes were served tepid and inedible. We had two...More

Thank SisBoston
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, View, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 73 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-4179
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Gloucester
  • Phone Number: +1 978-283-7967
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