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55 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1342
978-768-6400
Today
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 53
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Comfy and good food

Good food and a very comfortable place to relax. My husband and I sit in the bar area which usually has local people and everyone is very friendly. We enjoy the food and the service is very good. Have also gone with a large family group and everything was very good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Judith H
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Essex, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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116 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Essex, Massachusetts
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Good food and a very comfortable place to relax. My husband and I sit in the bar area which usually has local people and everyone is very friendly. We enjoy the food and the service is very good. Have also gone with a large family group and everything was very good.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

First off, a drive to Essex any time of year is the bomb! With family there, we make the trip a couple times year. The Village has been a staple there for years. The food is good - not fabulous, but for the price, you get plenty of it! Yummy clam chowder! Friendly service! Worth a trip , but beware,... More 

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S.hamilton
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3 reviews 3 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

the food is ok not very exciting or different always the same. There are some better places to go in Essex. Like the Windwood ( spelling ??) for example.

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Pacific Grove, California
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I am from the North Shore of Boston but have lived in California for the last 25 years. Whenever I return to New England, this is my first stop. It's the fried clams and onion rings I love, but don't forget the corn bread and chowder, it's great!!!

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Massachusetts
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141 reviews 141 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Son wanted clams so we headed to The Village. Place was packed, busiest we have seen it in awhile, maybe we have just been lucky. Was not in the mood for seafood so I went with the steak tips, they were wonderful. Service was good and friendly. Onion soup was on the special board so I gave that a try... More 

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

When visiting the Boston area, head to the North Shore area to a little seaside town by the name of Essex. An easy 1 hour drive up Rt. 128 will bring you to a fabulous restaurant specializing in anything seafood. But they are especially known for their fried clams. We now live in North Carolina and look forward to our... More 

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Estero, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We stumbled across this on our last night of a week's tour of New England and it was a perfect last meal. Chowders, oysters and a luscious stuffed lobster big enough to share. You could tell many locals were dining there as well. The interior dining areas could use some sprucing and lightening up but the meal was memorable.

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Wakefield, MA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I began visiting this restaurant back in the 1980's with my mom. We had many memorable meals there together. Many restaurants "peak" and then begin to go downhill, however, the Village Restaurant is just the opposite. They keep getting better and better. I love their fried lobster which is a very ample serving, their Sicilian Chowder is one of my... More 

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Northwood, New Hampshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The place was good portions are a good value my scallops were slightly over cooked and like rubber bands the rest of the meal and experience were very good the wait staff was excellent

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Texas
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130 reviews 130 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We had a great lunch in this restaurant with my brother and his family. It is a full service restaurant featuring classic New England seafood. I enjoyed the steamed lobster and clams. The fried haddock was fresh and tasty. They do have an extensive menu. The service was fast and friendly. It also has a great location in the middle... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 55 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1342
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 978-768-6400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 12
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?