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Down River Ice Cream

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241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929
(978) 768-0102
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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  • 4
    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Homemade ice cream!

Delicious homemade ice cream! And there a cute little garden area out back that you can enjoy your delicious ice cream in

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
plenilunio11
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Delicious homemade ice cream! And there a cute little garden area out back that you can enjoy your delicious ice cream in

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Buffalo, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Best ice cream ever! So many choices to choose from with very unusual names...very entertaining. All the unusual names are explained below and there is even a list of what each flavor contains for those with food allergies...very helpful. I don't remember the name of the ice cream I choose but it was coconut ice cream with almonds and there... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I love ice cream, but I'm also picky about my ice cream and this is one of my favorite places. They have very unique homemade flavors. Relaxed Adirondack chairs and huge servings. It's cash only, so be prepared. My favorites are the Kung-fu grasshopper, and deer tracks. Enjoy!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Being a family of 4 professional ice cream eaters, we hit just about every ice cream joint we come across throughout the summer in MA. Down River has a unique list of flavors, many of which have add-ins which is what we liked most about this place. It's right off a main road, but has a very peaceful stream and... More 

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Essex, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is the best ice cream stand I've ever gone to. Great assortment of flavors, friendly staff, and Eco friendly products. Sit in the yard in their comfortable brightly colored chairs and enjoy the view of the marsh and the many birds that frequent it. I can't drive by without stopping. Everyone who is leaving Crane's Beach should stop here.

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The ingredients are choice... interesting flavors... I like the Cocoanut chip. A little pricey but you are paying for quality. Would love to see more yogurt flavors. This ice-cream is very rich. Love the garden planted by the owners!

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newburyport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Went to Essex for dinner and decided to stop here for a treat, if you don't mind the waiting line and the misqitoes (sp) it is totally worth the wait. I am a vanilla person so if the vanilla is good I assume everything else is also. The vanilla was outstanding. My husband had rum raison and a friend had... More 

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Down River has lots of very interesting flavor combinations. I particularly like the Mill River Mix (coffee ice cream with toffee and fudge) and the Jerry Cherry (guess what that one's like). I figure all the main flavors are chockful of calories as they all have tons of mix-ins. There are some fresh fruit sorbets and no-sugar selections as well,... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Tree Sap Ice cream was sooo good! They have a creative menu and love that everything is compostable!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We've been here more than a few times and it never disappoints. Great flavors, ice cream and service. 5 stars all around. Make sure you try it

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: (978) 768-0102
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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