We have been going to Close Harbour Seafood for many years for the seafood market. I will preface this review by saying that if you are looking for cheap seafood this is NOT the place to go. However, if you are looking for the freshest of the fresh, creme de la creme seafood in the area Close Harbour is by far the best. I cannot say enough about the quality of Close Harbour Seafood. The Close family takes great pride in their business and is committed to excellence. We have purchased salmon, all types of white fish (tilapia, halibut, cod, flounder, etc.), tuna, and shellfish and have always been incredibly satisfied with our purchase. The cocktail shrimp in particular are a standout. In addition their takeout items such as any of the seafood cakes, coconut shrimp (I SALIVATE at the thought), etc. are divine and worth the purchase.
The restaurant itself is a great place to treat yourself or celebrate a special occasion as it does run on the slightly pricier side. I have recently had the opportunity to have both lunch and dinner at Close Harbor. The staff and bartenders were incredibly attentive and friendly and the restaurant was well kept and exceptionally clean. For lunch my guest and I had the Captain's Roll, which is a blend of fresh lobster and fresh jumbo lump crab. The roll was perfectly buttered and the seafood itself was so tender and fresh with just the right amount of seasoning to accentuate the quality of the seafood. The onion rings were fresh from the fryer and were exceptionally crisp, albeit a tad greasy. It was an ample, filling portion for $22 (market price of the time for fresh lobster and crab plus a side). For dinner I decided to go light and try a couple of appetizers - the seared scallops with a cauliflower puree and the seafood sausage raviolis. The scallops and cauliflower puree were a little cold, but the scallops were sweet and seared without being rubbery or conversely dry in texture. The seafood sausage raviolis were light and fresh tasting and paired perfectly with the sauteed spinach. My guest had the captain's roll for dinner with the Old Bay fries. The Old Bay fries were so good, but warning decently salty as it is (duh) Old Bay seasoning. Close Harbour restaurant does offer a diverse offering of wines by the glass or bottle, draft beer, and cocktails. If you have several members of your party interested in wine splitting a bottle is probably the best deal.
The quality and selection at Close Harbour Seafood cannot be beat whether you shop at the fish market or the restaurant and I would certainly recommend both if you are looking to cook or enjoy a special meal. I hope to hit up their happy hour at some point soon and we will definitely be back at the fish market for our next seafood centered meal.
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