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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
- Jul 22, 2014
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32 reviews from our community

93% Recommend
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English first
Concord, New Hampshire
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
12 helpful votes 12 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
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60 reviews 60 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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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Rowley, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We started going to the second second location in Rowley and decided to take a drive to Ipswich. Both locations have limited parking but have a few places to sit(can be very buggy at times). This is the BEST ice cream I think we have ever had. So rich, creamy, tasty authentic! If you are driving by make sure you... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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68 reviews 68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

"Please let your server know if any one in your party has a food allergy." So we did. Allergic to artificial colors, flavors or additives. "Do you have any flavors that don't contain any artificial flavors or colors?" Server: "I dunno." "Is there an ingredients list we can look at?" Server: "Its all made from the same base" "What's in... More

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