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The Rudder

October 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

On Massachusetts’ scenic north shore, the Rocky Neck area of Gloucester has been home to a burgeoning artists’ colony for more than 150 years. Located in the heart of Rocky Neck in a historic building, The Rudder offers diners an unhurried meal of fresh seafood and innovative American cuisine.

IMG_1920Boaters can dock directly at The Rudder’s private boat dock on Smith Cove; docking is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the tide chart before visiting— there’s less than two feet of water at the dock at low tide. Boaters are encouraged to call ahead to check availability at the dock. Transportation is also available via the Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle, easily accessible from the Cape Ann Marina, a short walk away. The Cape Ann Marina offers transient slips by the hour; boaters must contact them on Channel VHF 10 for a slip assignment prior to docking. Long-term docking is also available.

The restaurant, a favorite with locals and tourists alike, has a lively yet relaxed atmosphere. Guests at The Rudder can enjoy indoor and outdoor seating. The interior, with its dark wood and active bar, evokes a pub in a working seaport. Deck seating affords patrons views of the harbor and its steady flow of passing boats.

They have a varied menu with many seafood options. The artichoke dip, packed with fresh vegetables, was served piping hot and accompanied with tortilla chips. Crab cakes, enlivened with a spicy aioli, were crisp yet tender. The salmon was cooked to perfection and dressed in a sweet soy glaze over a sesame noodle salad.

The burgers have been voted among the best in Gloucester in local’s choice awards with good reason. The thick, juicy patties are made with grass-fed beef and stacked with fresh lettuce, tomato, and onion. Guests in the mood for something other than seafood will enjoy steak, chicken, and a rich and creamy pasta Bolognese.

The Rudder has a range of salads and appetizers to accommodate diners seeking vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. A rich eggplant Napoleon dish and the natural salad with Swiss chard, jicama and a honey apple cider dressing are standout options.

Finish off your meal with one of the homemade desserts. The Chocolate Lover’s Delight is a gooey brownie topped with chocolate sauce and ice cream. More adventurous diners should try the Changa, a banana cream-filled dessert burrito with cinnamon sugar and caramel.

The restaurant opens daily for dinner at 5:00 pm. Closing times vary by the day and season. Reservations are recommended, and be sure to specify if you prefer deck seating, as it fills up quickly in warm weather.

The Rudder
73 Rocky Neck Ave
Gloucester 01930
978- 283-7967

Review and Photos by Liz Alton


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