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Down River Ice Cream

241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929
(978) 768-0102
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Ranked #1 of 22 restaurants in Essex
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Most recent review
- Aug 3, 2014
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English first
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

All right. I've seen the "best" choices in "Boston Magazine," the Globe and several other publications, and cannot understand why this place isn't at the top of the list every single time. There just is not better ice cream, PERIOD. The array of creative flavors is amazing and the ice cream itself is smooth and creamy. Service is quick and... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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83 reviews 83 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I wanted to try all their uniquely named treats, but settled on the "mug up". Rich, creamy, and with just the right coffee flavor it was outstanding. My friend, an ice cream aficionado, labeled her choices possibly the best ice cream she has ever had. We relaxed in Adirondack chairs overlooking the salt marsh while enjoying our generous portions of... More

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Concord, New Hampshire
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is excellent Ice Cream!!!!!! The portions are huge loaded with tons of extras. They have a huge variety of different flavors as well :) Served on a waffle cone or sugar cone! Yummy!

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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We enjoy home made ice cream in Massachusetts. But this maple walnut was exceptional -- the pure Vermont maple syrup and fresh black walnuts were immediately evident in an enviable creamy base. No foreign additives, enhances, or incorporated air here -- just pure luscious-ness! Generous servings, reasonable prices, and friendly service enhance the experience. Our new most favorite! Note --... More

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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

the staff here is super friendly, and you can sit on adirondack chairs while eating your amazing ice cream. The flavors are innovative without seeming stupid or contrived. We are big ice cream snobs (loyal to Benson's in Boxford) but after a day at Crane's Beach, this became another family favorite. A great addition to the area.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

So in love with this place! Wonderful girls behind the counter, gave us samples, were extremely polite, and even told us about a great icecream treat for our dog. The icecream was yummy, great names and great taste. Portions were huge even for their "baby" which is their small. I also thought the prices were extremely reasonable. The only downside... More

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Harpswell, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Have been here numerous times and the ice cream is about the best I have ever had - rich and creamy with loads of chips, nuts, etc. Amazing.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I'd given up eating ice cream years ago, because eating it, whether from the parlor or the supermarket, made me feel sick to my stomach. Had heard good things about Down River, and took a houseguest there one hot July day--being a well-bred houseguest who didn't believe my protestations about not eating ice cream, she picked me up a scoop... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We used to drive for twenty minutes to enjoy the ice cream at this wonderful local gem. Now that they have opened a second venue in Rowley, the drive is only ten minutes and I would go daily if calories were irrelevant. There is often a line and patience may be needed; but this is some of the best ice... More

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Boston
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69 reviews 69 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Butter Pecan was soft, rapidly melting, and laced with ice crystals. Since this ice cream stand is local we visit fairly often. The quality this year has been very variable. The property is clean and well kept.

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