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Village Restaurant

55 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1342
978-768-6400
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Ranked #6 of 22 Restaurants in Essex
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Saugus, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

There are many places to get good seafood along route 133 in Essex, but the Village restaurant really stands out. They have an extensive menu of New England seafood favorites all cooked to perfection, any way you like: baked, broiled, or fried. They dig their own steamers and you haven't enjoyed good steamers until you've had a platter-full of their... More

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Hastings on Hudson, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

I don't know how this place does it the restaurant is very large, and the food is consistently good. The fried clams are the best I've ever had. They taste like they came right out of the ocean. I've never eaten anything here that wasn't delicious. Order the coconut cream pie for dessert even if you're full. It's fabulous. The... More

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Groton, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

i agree with the review by 'lotus' below. this place was great a few years ago but it is no longer. not only were the clams huge and disgusting but the scallops were overly salty, the onion rings were heavy and the waitress talked about herself *way* too much to the point that it was disturbing. it was full of... More

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Echternacherbrueck, Germany
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129 reviews 129 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Our yearly sojourn to Cape Ann was celebrated by a return visit to the Village. Seating was prompt, never had the noise level so distracting in the glass covered room yet was friendly noise. Server Luke; professional, diligent, cordial, helpful, persistent, perhaps he needs to run for President someday. The dinner; initial clam chowder outstanding, the best of the many... More

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Boston, MA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Great seafood restaurant on Cape Ann, known for its clam dinners. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the chowder and the Beachcomber seafood entree, which included shrimp. My fried clam strip dinner was excellent as well. The waitress provided excellent service. The restaurant is bigger than it looks and offers some outside seating. Generous portions. Lots of choices on the dessert menu,... More

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North Reading
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175 reviews 175 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We were there today and as always it was fantastic. The fried clams are the best in the area and the onion rings are out of this world. The service is fast and friendly. Once you go there you will not go anywhere else.

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Great food!! Good service ...Wonderful after a day on the river or antique shopping. I am a repeat visitor am sure most people will be.

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Columbus, Ohio
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207 reviews 207 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My folks use to take the family here when we were kids on our family vacations to the old family stomping grounds (it's right next to the church my great great grandfather pastored in the 1850s). Once we even ran through apouring rain just to get a cup of their clam chowder as carry out, as my dad wanted one... More

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TOPSFIELD
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46 reviews 46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was always one of our favorite restaurants, but sadly no more. Something has changed?! Does it have new owners or possibly a new cook. Whatever it is, it definitely is not the same. We ordered clams and they were large and chewy. Couldn't eat all of them because of this. Ordered two draft beers and it took about 20... More

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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I have been coming to this place for years, always to eat seafood, and have never been disappointed. Their fish and seafood are all local and fresh and the steamers in particular are sensational. This place has been around forever but it has never slacked off -- it's as good as it always has been. Highly recommended.

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