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My Place by the Sea

October 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

my place 1On the tip of historic Bearskin Neck, My Place by the Sea restaurant offers sweeping views of the rocky Cape Anne coastline and some of the freshest seafood on Massachusetts’ North Shore. Just a short walk from the public docking at Rockport Harbor, it’s a perfect choice for guests seeking upscale cuisine.

Diners can enjoy unparalleled views seated on the lower deck, sheltered patio, or inside through the historic building’s many water-facing windows. Watch seabirds dive into the waves and the area’s working boats go by as you enjoy a glass of wine and take in the sunset. The interior design and menu are both locally inspired, capturing Rockport’s history as a thriving seaport and artist colony.

The staff is young, but energetic and well-supervised. Every meal starts with a large basket of fresh-baked herb bread and sea-salted butter that’s warm and savory. The menu is full of New England staples, including a creamy New England chowder, locally sourced oysters, and a daily chef’s seafood tasting.

The arugula salad with shaved Asiago and prosciutto was fresh and beautifully prepared. The baked scallops and artichoke with mustard panko crumb appetizer came out quickly and was enjoyed by all at the table. Steaks were perfectly cooked and a quality cut of swordfish was delicately prepared.

Creative cocktails and a diverse wine list round out the menu. Save room for the rich and aptly named Best Ever chocolate cake topped with espresso ice cream.

The My Place by the Sea staff is accommodating; be sure to mention any allergies or preferences when ordering, including gluten-free. Vegans will enjoy a variety of salads and the chef will prepare a pasta primavera loaded with fresh vegetables. Vegetarian chili and curried spice noodles are also flavorful meatless favorites.

The restaurant opens for lunch at 11:30 am and for dinner at 5:00 pm. Closing times vary by the day and season, but usually no earlier than 8:00 pm. For seating on the lower deck, same day reservations are required due to weather.

Public docking is available in Rockport Harbor. Boaters staying overnight pay a fee of $1.00 per foot per night and are encouraged to contact the harbormaster by phone at 978-546-9589 or by email at harbormaster@town.rockport.ma.us in advance to secure a spot. It’s strongly advised to have an up-to-date chart when boating in the area due to navigational hazards that include small islands.

My Place by the Sea
68 Bearskin Neck
Rockport
978-546-9667
www.myplacebythesea.com

Review and Photos by Liz Alton

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