Primo Est. 2000

2 Main Street, Rockland, ME, United States

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Take in Maine the way it should be with an award-winning meal at this upscale eatery.
Started as a garden, and now with two additional locations, this acclaimed and creative Italian restaurant is surrounded by acres of produce that is harvested each day. Any food grown off-site is brought in from neighboring sustainable farms.
The Lowdown
Type
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Bar / Club / Lounge
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Garden
Private Dining / Restaurant
Views
Coastline
Forest
Garden
Lagoon/Pond
Landscaped Grounds
Ocean
Style
Classic
Contemporary
Elegant
Rustic
Sophisticated
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Birthday Party
Corporate Event
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

The Barn at Primo is situated a top the green hills of our private, four acre, organic farm on the beautiful Mid-Coast of Maine. James Beard Award winning Chef, Melissa Kelly and the extraordinary staff at Primo look forward to hosting your friends, family, guests and colleagues and providing you with a true farm-to-table experience.
 
You will have the unique opportunity to see firsthand the love, time and commitment that goes into everything we do here. You will enjoy first class service, incredible food and all of the best Primo has to offer. Walk through our lush, organic gardens while enjoying one of our signature cocktails. Savor exquisitely prepared appetizers in comfortable outdoor seating areas. Gather with your party in our beautiful post & beam barn.
 
Amenities:
Menu prepared by two time James Beard Award Winning Chef, Melissa Kelly
In house pastry department for wedding cakes & specialty desserts
First class service provided by seasoned, knowledgeable, talented PRIMO staff
Full use of property, including restaurant and gardens for photographs
On site coordinator available 7 days a week
Option to source flowers from organic gardens
Indoor and outdoor seating options
On-site parking
Multiple ceremony sites
Satellite lavatory facilities
Plentiful space
Flexible parameters regarding 3rd party rental drop off, set up & pick up.
The basic rental fee includes standard white linen
Tables, chairs, glass, dinner & flatware for up to 75 guests. 
Private Event Space is also available in the resturant depending onthe size of group and time of year. Please inquire.
Adding a tent to your Barn event is also an option.
Each group/client/occasion is addressed individually and our offerings vary based on our clients specific needs, wishes and requests. 
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Estimated Price Per Head

from $85 to $300

Additional Charges

We are pleased to assist you in any part of the planning process. Additional fees may apply if planning services are requested. 
 
We have many wonderful relationships with local vendors, wedding and event planners and are happy to refer you.

The basic venue rental fee is $3500 for up to 75 guests. Parties exceeding 75 guests and requiring outdoor seating for dinner may incur additional venue fees.
 
All tents must be approved by PRIMO are the sole financial responsibility of the client.
 
Please inquire about reduced rental fees in May, June, November & December.
 
In addition to weddings, we welcome rehearsal dinner parties, corporate groups and a multitude of other gatherings.
 
We look forward to working with you and helping you to create the perfect event.

Private event menus start at $125/person*
Open bar charges for duration of event start at $75/person*
This fee includes premium selection of beer, wine, liquor, cocktails, mixers & garnishes
 
We will work with you to customize your food & beverage offerings.
Prices may vary based on options selected*

Insurance

Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event

Capacity

Seated
80
Buffet
100
Standing
200
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2000
Curfew
1 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations
Our On-Site Coordinator will be happy to assist you in recommending local accomodations.
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Other
Yes
Inside Scoop

Chef Kelly may be famous, but this does not change her intense, unwavering commitment to Primo. On any night, you can find her, in the kitchen, leading her team of dedicated chefs. We are a TRUE farm-to-table restaurant with many of the ingredients we use being harvested directly from our almost 5 acre farm. Come for an afternoon visit! Walk through the gardens, say hello to the chickens, ducks and of course the Primo pigs. Our amazing staff are the definition of seasoned service professionals, many of which travel in the off season to continue working, gaining experience and doing what they love - cooking, serving, gardening, bartending, etc. We are a team of many talents and celebrate the many “in house artists throughout the season. We also have locations in Tucson, Arizona and Orlando, Florida both located within the J.W Marriot resorts.

Amenities
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:

After 15 seasons, numerous awards, recognitions and two other locations, Primo - Rockland Maine has matured into what Chef Melissa Kelly calls a "Full Circle Kitchen..." the ultimate farm to table experience.

What started with a garden, a few hens and a couple of pigs has now become an evolution of food; an endless pursuit to accomplish more. Primo is much more than a restaurant, it is about love and respect for food. It is also about creativity. Produce is grown & harvested here and the animals are raised on the property. Nothing is wasted – everything has its place. It is a continuous cycle that occurs throughout the restaurant with, the kitchen, the animals and the gardens. The kitchen uses and savors every little piece. Seasonal to the moment, it is actually the farm and the garden that make the incredible ever-changing menu.

With two greenhouses and acres of produce, each day harvests: honey, fruits, veggies, eggs, edible flowers, micro-greens, fresh chicken and house cured & smoked meats. What is not grown at the restaurant comes from other local and sustainable farms that owners Chef Melissa Kelly and Price Kushner are proud to support.

The Primo experience is truly special and unique.

Design:

Primo downstairs offers another type of dining experience - a different ambience. The original parlor rooms are warm, intimate and cozy, perfect for a more formal celebratory meal. These rooms have lovely views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Primo farm provides a stunning backdrop to a refined dining experience.

The larger, new 'Primo Room' also offer an intimate aura, but allows for a more modern, yet traditional vibe. Reservations are always suggested for dinner downstairs.

For the second season in a row, Primo will feature a "Primo Family" member's artwork during our "Homegrown Artist" exhibit to be shown in the Fireplace Room.

Standout Venue Features:
Melissa Kelly is the Executive Chef and proprietor of Primo, a restaurant located in mid-coast Maine. She is the 2013 James Beard Foundation Award winner of the American Express Best Chef: Northeast Award. She also received this award in 1999, making her the first 2-time winner of the same award.
Awards & Notables Please visit our website for a full list of featured press and awards or simply Google Chef Melissa Kelly and enjoy the endless notables and accolades.
Celebration Locations
The Barn @ Primo:
Rustic, beautiful, sophisticated elegance, award winning food and 5 star service
- View: Organic Gardens, Maine Woods, Seasonal Views of The Atlantic.
- Max Capacity: 80 Seated ++
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
All food and beverage will be prepared by Chef Melissa Kelly and her incredibly talented team.
Bars & Lounges:
Visit the Bar at Primo and the Counter Room for a vibrant, inviting, chic atmosphere with hand crafted cocktails, house made charcuterie and an extensive, worldly wine selection.
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