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241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929
(978) 768-0102
Today
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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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
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Donna G
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Essex, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Four people, three flavors, and all were extremely impressed. Ice cream made on the premises. Seating in the yard with nice views in back. Quite a lot of ice cream when you order the kiddie size (two could comfortably split the smallest of their servings), prices are in line with other ice cream stands. Lots of interesting flavors. Nice "green"... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

After walking around Essex we finished the evening with ice cream to complete the experience of this charming town. Had Lobsta' Tracks, a play on Moose Tracks ice cream, Strawberry and Mint Chocolate Chip. All were creamy and good and a nice dessert after a fried seafood meal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have not eaten store bought ice cream since Down River opened.That's how creamy and tasty it is! I would rather save my money and calories for great ice cream.

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Additional Information about Down River Ice Cream

Address: 241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929
Phone Number: (978) 768-0102
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
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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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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