After a lobster is properly cooked, its once-brown exoskeleton turns bright red, letting chefs know that it's both ready to serve and profoundly embarrassed for showing up without pants. Make a meal of deliciously mortified seafood with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale seafood and contemporary cuisine at Red Rock Bistro in Swampscott.
Fresh from the celebrity kitchens of Todd English and Barbara Lynch, executive chef Joe Guarino of Red Rock Bistro devised lunch, brunch, and dinner menus brimming with haute cuisine and fresh-caught seafood. Diners wonder at the natural beauty of the lobster pizza ($19), in which the scrumptious crustaceans repose in their native fields of black-mission-fig jam, unconcerned by a light drizzle of scallions and blue cheese. Gazes wander to the restaurant's massive bay window and the expansive beachfront and picturesque skyline vistas beyond before settling on the salmon ($23), which lurks under a maple bourbon sauce and swaddles braised and fried leeks in a blanket of chorizo risotto. Brick-pressed chicken in lemon thyme jus ($19) draws upon powerful weight to fill plates like a sumo wrestler in a cafeteria, and red bliss potatoes with sour cream back one or half a pound of new york sirloin steak roasted garlic and chives, broccolini, and a red wine demi glace ($24–$35). Sunday brunch, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., greets nostrils with dulcet aromas from challah french toast with blueberry syrup and cinnamon whipped cream ($10).
Live music sends strains of blues, rock, and jazz drifting out across open waters every weekend. Though not included in this Groupon, Red Rock boasts a copious range of wines ($7–$11/glass), and has hosted wine tastings paired with fashion shows, celebrity appearances, and supersoaker fights.
Red Rock Bistro
Veteran executive chef, Joe Guarino of Red Rock Bistro, devised lunch, brunch, and dinner menus brimming with haute cuisine and fresh-caught seafood. Gazes wander to the restaurant's massive bay window and the expansive beachfront and picturesque skyline vistas beyond before settling on flatbread pizzas bubbling with gourmet cheeses or house-made ricotta gnocchi. Delicate sauces simmered from lemon and thyme, maple bourbon, sweet onion, and other flavors season fillets of seafood and hearty chops of steak and filet mignon. Thursday through Sunday, Red Rock celebrates life with live music, which ricochets from glasses, breaks up Super Soaker fights on the patio, and bounces out across open waters as musicians cook up the sound of blues, rock, and jazz.
141 Humphrey St.
Swampscott, Massachusetts 01907