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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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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • 36
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  • 2
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 1
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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
A gem!

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
mainelover76
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Massachusetts
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40 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you like homemade ice cream, this is where it lives. Great flavors...something for everyone including low fat/low sugar flavors. All served with compostible dishes and spoons. Both locations easy to get to....US Rt 1 in Rowley and Rt 133 between Essex and Ipswich MA.

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Essex, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Good ingredients-they grow some of them themselves. Everything that leaves the window is recyclable. Diverse fun selection of flavors. I like to choose from the daily seasonal specials which change as the fresh fruit, etc,. change. They are posted separately right in from of the window and often get missed. The staff are friendly and always allow "sample" bites if... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

30+ fkavors, all hand made on-site. Gluten free and no high fructose corn syrup used. All paper products are recyclable But that's not the amazing part about Downriver. The ice cream is delicious; every flavor, rich and creamy. Unique varieties like Mexican chocolate (zingy), O'Day (ginger snaps!), and Willie Wonka (packed w/ your favorite candy). Definitely check it out!

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Boston
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We decided to try this after a trip to the beach, which was probably a mistake. The flavors we had were yummy and now I'll be tempted to stop here after every trip to the beach. My husband really enjoyed the maple ice cream and I had deer tracks which was also good. There is some outdoor seating - scattered... More 

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Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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
48 helpful votes 48 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Ice Cream
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?