18 Central Oyster Bar & Grill
Baked oysters, mussels, salmon appetizer special, and the cassoulet special were all absolutely marvelous!
Everything was perfect and delicious!
A local favorite, fried chicken is best to be found. Service also very good on a busy night.
Very nice time. Great for a romantic dinner. Definitely recommend!!
I had avoided going here for awhile because the noise level was just a little too much at a previous visit. Previous visits were sometimes unpleasant with exuberant fellow diners but also music that was far too loud. As a result everyone had to yell to be heard above the din of the cool-kid music. This was a big distraction from the great food.
This time we had a table in the back so it was much quieter and this allowed us to have a conversation and enjoy the great food, which was unique and imaginative and delicious. Our server was really great. I would go again!
This also left us in great spirits to walk down the street to a fabulous concert at Union Hall. 18 Central was the first part of a great evening.
18 Central is my go to for a special night out. The winter half price raw bar on Monday and Thursday are an added plus. The food is consistently excellent with a variety of special offerings. The wait staff is always friendly and attentive. Simply fine in my book!
My husband and I were excited to try this place. Quaint town, good vibes. Owner explained a misunderstanding between us and our server John, whom we like very much. He asked that we Ofer everything at once for the chefs. I wasn’t sure how much I was going to eat. During the busy season it is best to order everything at the same time. We were not in a hurry. Food was excellent! Oyster bar and BBQ chicken. Yummy! Looks like the locals love it here!
Wonderful meal as always. 1/2 price bottle of wine with entree was a delightful special.
Excellent chef and food quality!
Everyone was nice there and all the food was just wonderful. The place is beautiful too in a rustic way.
The food was generally over seasoned and not worth the price tag
This restaurant has the classic ambience of a harbor front with an incredibly service oriented and friendly staff as well as an energetic and comfortable environment. Most importantly, the food was spectacular and the fresh oyster selection was outstanding! Really great spot
One of the best meals I have ever had. Super fresh and creative menu and preparation. Attentive and professional service. Great vibe inside which beautiful views of the harbor below. Beer and wine list broad and reasonably priced. Highly recommend.
Love this restaurant
First visit for friends to Maine! Loved everything about 18 Central and lovely village of Rockport Harbor!
Wife’s birthday outing. Everything was perfect. Excellent oysters (selected 4 different types) followed by beautifully tender hanger steak for me and barbecued half chicken for my wife. We both had sides of garlic herbed frittes. We drank a glass each of Prosecco with the oysters and an excellent Cabernet Franc with the main course. All perfect!
This is a lovely restaurant with a water view in Rockport. The local oysters were superb, and the scallops entree was amazing. The scallops were melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The lobster special, on the other hand, was not up to par. Perhaps it was a one-off, but the lobster was burnt making it a messy business to extract the lobster meat. In addition, the taste of some of the meat was overpowered by the burnt taste. I wouldn’t get the lobster again. Everything else we had, though, was great. We’d go again.
A high-end dining experience that feels like a neighborhood eatery. Stunning views of Rockport harbor.
The fresh oysters were great. The drinks also. We both had the halibut and it was very good. Dessert was the strawberry shortcake and it was marvelous.
Wonderful great meal
We have been visiting 18 Central for a few years now.
What impressed us the most is that they are sticklers for obtaining the highest quality ingredients for each offering.
The Blue Fin tuna is of the highest quality. They slow roast the fennel that goes into their mussel dish to bring out extra flavor.
Their version of any dish has more layers of flavors that others do not achieve.
The servers are extremely well trained and very informed about the source and every detail of how dishes are prepared.
When we talk to the co-owner at the front of the house she truly enjoys talking about sourcing and preparation.
We wished we lived closer as this would be where we would bring or meet all our friends it is that good.
Solo diner visiting the area for the first time this summer and I wish I could be a regular at this restaurant. Prompt, knowledgeable, hospitable staff (I think my server’s name was Logan?), great food, and incredibly enjoyable ambiance.
Atmosphere awesome, service awesome, ordered hanger steak, it was terrible, too tough to eat and the sauce dreadful, if not everything on the menu wonderful why take a chance? I ended up eating my husband chicken which was just okay.
Excellent raw bar. Service very attentive. Beautiful restaurant. Prepared dishes all had too much seasoning and way too many ingredients (e.g. raw rosemary leaves overpowered the broiled oysters , so much seasoning on the salad such that we couldn't see the greens, weird mix of flavors for the crudo, main dishes salty and overspiced...). Would only go back for the wine selection, ambience, and raw bar.
Spectacular views of Rockport harbor from the right tables, and delicious, creative food (both seafood and other dishes) from a fun-to-watch open kitchen. A slightly hidden gem.
Absolutely delicious top notch food. Good friendly service. Would definitely return. The place is a little noisy and cramped but a nice atmosphere.
Excellent all around. One of our favorite dining spots between Rockland and Belfast. We have never been disappointed.
We had been in the area celebrating our 14th Anniversary and our meal at 18 Central was the most memorable. The dinner was delicious, the best all week! Their staff and the personal touches they did for our anniversary were so sweet. We will rush back the next time we’re in town!
I love to cook and am very frugal, so we don't go out to each much, but when we do we like to eat food we can't make at home. 18 Central is our go-to place for special-occasion dinners and they never disappoint. The quality of the ingredients, the presentation, the sauces, and the service are all top notch, way beyond what I could produce at home. The ambiance is comfortable, the staff warm, and the the vibe unpretentious. We're grateful for it this gem of a place!
Absolutely amazing food and service!
Not a pretentious place but not tank top and flip flops either😉
Come for great food and the great atmosphere ! Comfortable outside seating as well! We were very impressed and will definitely go back.
Fabulous food and service and lovely environment. Highly recommend.
Our mussels were probably the best we have ever had. Our wine was excellent. Our waitress, Georgianna, was attentive and talkative. Perfect engagement for a pleasant evening.
I love it here. The food is always delicious and the people always so friendly. My favorite restaurant in Rockport. I highly recommend it.
We had a truly memorable meal at 18 Central. My husband took me there for my birthday, and with an advance reservation, the menu given to me had 'happy birthday' printed at the top, a fun detail. From the selection of raw bar oysters to entrée to dessert, everything was flawless and exceptionally prepared. I had the Arctic Char from the menu, and my husband had the BBQ chicken. Each had lovely accompaniments, and every forkful was swoon-worthy. I've written about this restaurant last year, when with a much larger group, and a later reservation time. The food was similarly wonderful, but timing of seating and timing of service were problematic. This year, just the two of us and an earlier seating, and we had none of those concerns, so I can't say if they would recur, but that won't stop us from going again, and again.
We always enjoy our dinners at 18 Central. Their focus on the highest quality fresh local ingredients prepared with creativity means dinner is always outstanding. The drinks are well crafted and the service is friendly and professional. It's our go to for a special meal with friends and visitors.
Very nice server. I believe her name was Georgianna.
Top notch cocktails, wonderful raw bar and a broader menu than our last visit. Half-price bottles of wine with an entree on Sat. add to the value. We split a fabulous house salad and enjoyed the salmon and the cassoulet special. Emily provided excellent service at just the right pace. Our only regret was we didn’t have room for dessert!
My husband and I came here to celebrate Valentine's Day, which is also his birthday. We had oysters and I had the hangar steak and my husband had the sirloin steak special. As always, the food is incredible and the portions are just right. The oysters are always fresh and presented nicely with an array of accoutrements. They have a creative cocktail list and I must also mention that if you come here on a Saturday night the bottles of wine are half price with purchase of an entree so that is a huge plug. The service is attentive and friendly. I highly recommend this place. It's cozy and romantic and also good for gatherings with friends too.
Absolutely amazing. The service was incredible and offered knowledgeable and excellent recommendations. Great atmosphere and delicious food. I would recommend to anyone. The owner was also very warm and welcoming!