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Village Restaurant

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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 14
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  • 7
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Old school classic

The best fried clams on the North Shore. Comfy, family friendly, booths and servers who have worked there forever. Give it a try. Not a peak experience, but reliably good food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Sarah S
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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BH Florida
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Oh my gosh, we go there at least once a month and feast on their predictably fabulous seafood. Best Fried Clams in the entire area. My personal favorite is the Oyster Stew, so incredible, and not many places offer it anymore. Lobsters are available, of course! I must say their Steak Tip dinner is to die for as well. The... More 

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The best fried clams on the North Shore. Comfy, family friendly, booths and servers who have worked there forever. Give it a try. Not a peak experience, but reliably good food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

Nice friendly place. The service was great. I had baked haddock on a bed of spinach. It sounded healthy but it had a creamy buttery sauce that wasn't so healthy. It was very yummy, though! The coffee was not very good but ok. The decor was dark and on the old, tired side. We got to sit in the porch... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We drove up to Essex for lunch at the Village Restaurant and we arrived around 2 in the afternoon. It may be because of the time but we were seated and waited about 10 minutes+ for a server to stop by. A waitress came,to,the table and asked if we're helped and when we said no, she said it was not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

On route from Rye, NH to Rocfor, MA, we stopped in Essxand stumbled on this great venue. Highly recommended are the loaded potato skins, calamari and village burger

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Essex, Massachusetts
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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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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 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 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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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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Additional Information about Village Restaurant

Address: 55 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1342
Phone Number: 978-768-6400
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
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
Average Prices: USD 12
Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood

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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 12
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?