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Essex Seafood Two

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1360 W State Road 40, Pierson, FL 32180-2802
386-749-1557
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Dining options: Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Great fried seafood!

I have been to Essex many times over the years. Don't be fooled about the location. Because they are east (just barely) of Emporia Rd. on Hwy 40, their mailing address is Pierson, FL, which is about 8-10 miles away. They really should be considered an Astor, FL (1 mile west on Hwy 40) area... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Ocala, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Outstanding meals. Catfish W/O. Alligator tail, Shrimp all fried, will make this a stop every time I am on 40 eastbound. A must stop.

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Thank Jim C
FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to Essex many times over the years. Don't be fooled about the location. Because they are east (just barely) of Emporia Rd. on Hwy 40, their mailing address is Pierson, FL, which is about 8-10 miles away. They really should be considered an Astor, FL (1 mile west on Hwy 40) area restaurant. That said, they have... More 

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Thank iclog
Ocala, Florida
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

We have been visiting Essex Seafood for a number of years. If you have a craving for New England seafood, this is the place to go! My Dad and I visited on a recent Sunday afternoon. Dad had Whole Belly Fried Clams and Fried Scallops with Coleslaw and Onion Rings. The seafood was cooked perfect and very tasty. The Onion... More 

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Thank Goatman1962
Fl
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

We make this a required stop when we are in the area. I know fried food is not good for you, but no one does catfish, clams, or onion rings better. My mouth waters just thinking about it.

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Thank Cajun329
Silver Springs, Florida
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

took my lady there sunday nov 15 ,great meal fried clam`s ,good food,service,price,get there early only about 12 table`s good parking room for r,v,`s ,if your looking for the big city stuff don`t go here,this is a down to earth ,clean whole in the wall small place with the filling of grand ma`s with family,,had to laugh one guy said... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

1st. time here: drove 40 mi. each way. As former residents of N.E., the Essex 2 serves whole belly and strips that are comparable in quality of what you will find in N.E seafood restaurants., great tasting, & batter not too thick, & not greasy. .We ordered medium side order of strips, a medium side order of whole bellies &... More 

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Clermont, Florida
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This was my first trip to Essex, but my friend has been going to this place for years,stating that it's the best seafood in all of central florida. Well I was skeptical, but wasn't disappointed. For under $20 I got a HUGE plate of snow crab legs. They were absolutely delicious, never had better! Don't be deceived by the appearance.... More 

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Altamonte Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Several weeks ago our friends took us to the Essex Seafood restaurant for the first time. Our friends have been going there from a couple of years and wanted us to enjoy the great food, which we did. We haven't had good fried clams in years but the Essex brought back those memories of the great fried clams we enjoyed... More 

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1 Thank Tom L
Ormond Beach, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

This place is such a run down dive. They don't mow the lawn out in front of the place. Ordered steamed Maine lobster, baked potato, coke slaw. The lobster was so over cooked, it has to be cut with a knife, and it was hard to even get out of the shell!! The cole slaw was swimming in mayonnaise. The... More 

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1 Thank Scherzogirl2
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

We love fried clams, and these are the best we have found since moving to Florida in 2005. They also have steamers and lobstah rolls....and we'll be trying those the next time we stop.......which will be soon! The prices are very reasonable, the service was friendly and the ultra-casual atmosphere was totally stress free. Not as good as Cape Cod,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1360 W State Road 40, Pierson, FL 32180-2802
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Pierson
  • Phone Number: 386-749-1557

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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