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Red Rock Bistro
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141 Humphrey St Swampscott, MA 01907
141 Humphrey StUSMASwampscott01907
(781) 595-1414redrockbistro.com
$$American Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant
American Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Bar & Grill
Piano Bar
Today 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 9:30 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 9:30 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 9:30 pmThursday 11:30 am – 9:30 pmFriday 11:30 am – 10:30 pmSaturday 11:30 am – 10:30 pmSunday 10:30 am – 9:30 pm
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Set in the beautiful and tranquil seaside community of 13,800 residents located 15 miles northeast of Boston along the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Red Rock Bistro is an inviting, warm restaurant
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Oceanfront restaurant offering locally-sourced New American fare & frequent live music at the bar.- Google
People talk about beautiful view, jazz brunch, flat bread pizzas, artisanal cheese plate and classic creme brulee
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Christine Mader
reviewed 8 months ago
My husband and I have been fans for awhile, while I've alternated bringing some girl friends/food fanatics along at times. We've always had a great experience. The creative food menu and distinct flavors along with a well designed plate have always kept us coming back. Drinks have always been good and prices comparable.The atmosphere overlooking the water along with live music would keep our attention and we would linger while ordering an extra drink at the end of our meal. However, much to our dismay, we arrived this past Friday for an 8:45 reservation to find there was no more live music. We also noticed the prices have increased and were even blown away at a $39 Frute di Mare! Yikes-we are in Swampscott, not on Boston's waterfront! We hope the new owners, while must have their reasons for their actions, reconsider some of their changes. The bar was noticeably more quiet for a Friday night and can't imagine the bartenders are too happy either. I hope I can soon give it the 5 stars again like I used to!
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Dan Gross
reviewed a year ago
The great view and the delightful live jazz are sadly the only items to recommend Red Rock. On a Sunday brunch with my family, we ordered 6 oysters which arrived warm, mangled, and clearly not fresh. The waitress kindly took them off the check. The clam chowder was thin and watery, and the two omelets were okay but slightly overcooked and mostly flavorless. I ordered the lobster roll, which strangely had a little bit of mayo and some chopped celery on the side. The lobster meat itself was relatively fresh, it seemed, but arrived in a tiny, dried-out, super-cheap hot dog roll. The fries that came with it were like a sorry, cold imitation of the McDonald's version. As for the drinks, my mother's Bellini strangely came with lemon zest in it. And though the selection of beer in bottles and cans is good, there is strangely nothing on tap. Our waitress was nice, but the friendliness is not enough for me to return. The food is just too bad. A real shame, considering the great view.
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Jennifer Perguson
reviewed a year ago
The worst dining experience of my life. I think we were marked by the waitstaff because we had asked to sit at another table. We weren't going to pay 12 dollars a cocktail and sweat while we drank them. The server came and took our drink and food order. Of course since she wasn't writing anything down, I knew she would probably screw it up. Ten minutes later, our drinks came and my drink was the wrong one. The drink runner was rude, I tried to take the drink out of her hand to help her and she barked "I GOT IT!!!!". I then realized that this was not the drink that I had ordered, and she just took it and walked out. Another ten minutes later the right drink showed up. Then our food showed up. I ordered a Margherita pizza, which is basically just cheese, sauce, and basil. I ended up with lobster and fig.... The food runner was very apologetic. I still have not seen my server in over 20 minutes. She comes storming in to the room where we were sitting and started acting very aggressively, and declared "IT HAPPENS!!!" when I said that I was getting frustrated at the service. She even had the balls to ask me "SO, DO YOU WANT YOUR FOOD OR NOT????" My husband at this point has had enough and we got up to leave. We heard the server talking crap about us to the manager. When she saw us, she ran and hid in another room. I am a server and have never had such a bad experience. I would never treat my customers as this place does.
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Donna Giannantonio
reviewed 9 months ago
My second visit to the restaurant, it was a very hot early evening and my daughter was up from Virginia, so we were looking for some good seafood~They had only ceiling fans running, no AC that we could feel, sun pouring through the windows~I asked to be moved to a shadier spot, I didn't feel like eating with sweat dripping into my food. The waitresses were all sweaty. They said we could try eating outside, and we found a table in the shade, and then were told that was reserved so at that point I gave them back their menus and said SEE YA~You better see your HVAC guy about getting some AC working~Absolutely do not visit if temp is over 75
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Zahara Yee
reviewed a year ago
The location of the restaurant gave it the potential to be a fantastic place for a relaxing evening out but unfortunately, the staff and management made the experience so miserable I couldn't even stay to comment on the food. Like others, we discovered the restaurant on Groupon and decided to try it out with a deal that allowed us to order 2 appetizers, 4 entrees, and 2 desserts. Our party consisted of more than 4 people but we planned on ordering more entrees, possibly sharing some plates, but nonetheless, paying the difference. Upon being seated, the waitress informed the party that everyone must order their own entrees, which we had planned on doing anyways, but said it in a manner that was incredibly offensive. It went something along the lines of: Yeah but the kid has to get his own entree. Now I'm not sure what irked me more, the fact that she referred to him as 'the kid' or that she assumed we were going to try and take advantage of the Groupon by only ordering 4 entrees for our party of 8. Eight people will not be able to satisfactorily eat a dinner meant for 4. However, I have not found it uncommon for two siblings to share a meal as opposed to each getting their own individual entrees, or an adult splitting a plate with his or her young child. I do not believe that is an unreasonable way to eat dinner and regardless, I do not feel it is necessary for the restaurant to tell us how we are to eat. We may have originally planned on ordering 8 full entrees for our party, but it disturbed us that the waitress took away our right to ordering anything less than that. Her presumption that we would try to be miserly and possibly give gratuity meant for a party of 4 when we had 8 people was insulting. Naturally, we asked to speak with the manager, hoping to straighten out any possible miscommunication, who but only met us with intense resistance at maximum volume to anything we tried to say. We ended up leaving the restaurant in search of a more pleasant atmosphere, which we did end up finding at the location next door, Anthony's Pier 4. The waitstaff there was polite and there were no restrictions on what we were to order. Now reading the reviews on Red Rock, I'm grateful we left. The food sounds mediocre at best and not worth sitting through awful service for.
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Eric Roger
reviewed 2 years ago
I have only been to this place once so I have not given it my normal second chance but from first impressions it was good and I would go back. I was with a group and we only enjoyed the bar area but the atmosphere was great with a band playing and was not too loud. The food was good, nothing to write home about but I would eat there again. The service was great, with an excellent bar.
Liked: Service, Value

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