Primo

Italian Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Rockland
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  • Eater
    "Melissa Kelly partner Price Kushner"(3 Tips)
    Jenny
    "Also don't miss dollar oyster nights every Sunday..."(2 Tips)
    Margot M.
    "back through the garden"(2 Tips)
    David D.
    "Best Desserts!"(2 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterApril 23, 2013
    Melissa Kelly partner Price Kushner grow or raise the ingredients for nearly everything on the menu. Upstairs, dining is more casual and affordable than in the main floor. OPENS FOR THE SEASON 5/10
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITMay 22, 2015
    The most farm-to-table you can get without dining in a hen house. Head upstairs to the tavern-like walk-in area for $1 oysters, tapas, and the entire reservations only menu.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 8, 2013
    Today, Kelly and Kushner grow or raise the ingredients for nearly everything on the menu. Upstairs, dining is more casual and affordable than in the main floor dining room. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurJuly 9, 2016
    One of the best meals I've had all year, and going back through the garden was a really lovely experience. Sit upstairs—it's a lot more casual & comfortable. They can make veggie substitutions!
  • lisa
    lisaMarch 1, 2012
    Don't miss this spot for all occasions or just stop by for a bite. Melissa & Price and all the staff are amazing! Enjoy again and again and again! Can't wait for it to open again in May!
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff ChinJuly 2, 2013
    If you didn't get a reservation - show up early (around 5-5:30) and get a spot at the bar upstairs. You can order off of both menus here rather than just the dining room menu.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 30, 2012
    Today they grow or raise the ingredients for nearly everything on the Italian-inspired menu. Upstairs, dining is more casual and affordable than in the main floor dining room. [Eater 18 Member]
  • Jason F.
    Jason FryJuly 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Marvelous experience -- consistently good, surprising food and a knowledgeable, attentive staff. Walk the gardens before you come in for dinner and don't commit until you hear the specials.
  • Miquel SV
    Miquel SVAugust 3
    Amazing foie! It has plenty of different good dishes.
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    CIA Alumnus Melissa Kelly is executive chef and proprietor of Primo. She is also the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef Northeast 1999. Read more about her and many of our other alumni here: Read more
  • Tom W.
    Tom WolfsteinSeptember 11, 2015
    Just get everything you can possibly eat. I had mostly specials and they were all fantastic. Easily worth an hour drive.
  • David D.
    David DyerAugust 19, 2013
    Delicious, Reasonable, Incredible staff, Awesome drinks! everything on the menu is worth a taste! Best Desserts!
  • Miles E.
    Miles EvensonSeptember 5, 2014
    Skip the reservation and head upstairs to the bar for the small plates menu. Be sure to try the Crispy Pimenton Octopus.
  • Jenny
    JennyAugust 20, 2012
    Make sure to order dessert - worth every calorie! Also don't miss dollar oyster nights every Sunday...
  • Ian P.
    Ian PoynterOctober 6
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit in the counter room if you can (the bar there is fun, since you watch the magic happen).
  • Visit Maine
    Visit MaineMay 20, 2011
    Melissa Kelly is another of Maine's Jame Beard Award Winners for best chef in the Northeast! Fresh, local food, most is grown and raised right on the farm...
  • Adam N.
    Adam Noonan-KellySeptember 11, 2016
    Solid food, but nothing mind blowing. You pay dearly for the costs of the owners running a hyper-local, farm-to-table restaurant.
  • Ricky C.
    Ricky CheungSeptember 14, 2012
    Must get the pasta. Everything is freshly made!
  • Virginia L.
    Virginia L.July 30, 2013
    Good food but almost no point in making a reservation if they just blow it off then wait 20 min to take your order...
  • Michael C.
    Michael CiccaroneDecember 14, 2014
    Get there early and take time to see the grounds
  • Nick C.
    Nick ContiAugust 31, 2015
    Great date spot and unbelievable food...
  • Lark B.
    Lark BlumSeptember 23, 2016
    The best restaurant in the mid-coast of Maine!
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherAugust 10, 2012
    One of Sara Jenkins 6 Favorites in Maine Read more
  • Baked_in_Maine L.
    Gorgeous food. Great service. Good tme!
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HJune 3, 2010
    Cel-rey Tonic is stiff, unique cocktail on the savory side <3
  • Nathan C.
    Nathan CaressJuly 6, 2013
    ProTip: it's basically in owl's head
  • Nicole
    NicoleSeptember 28, 2015
    Everything was wonderful!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 27, 2014
    Check out Primo Restaurant as seen on No Reservations Read more
  • Tony H.
    Tony HaileOctober 31, 2015
    Eat upstairs at the counter
  • Brandon P.
    Brandon PerlmanJuly 3, 2011
    The Rigatoni is unreal
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