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Down River Ice Cream

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241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929
(978) 768-0102
Today
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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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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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
The best ice cream around!

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Star, Idaho
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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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Massachusetts
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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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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Cuisine: Ice Cream

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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

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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