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Tom Shea's Seafood Restaurant

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122 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1304
(978) 768-6931
Today
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 31
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  • 39
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  • 18
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Restaurant/Bar on the Essex River

The bar is hosted by very friendly and efficient tenders. An interesting sea-foody bar menu. The main menu is also available. Daily specials. The bar and restaurant overlook the Essex River and the Great Marsh beyond out to distant Crane Beach. Very popular with locals and visitors Quieter at lunch... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
Christopher F
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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Essex, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I live in Essex and if I were bringing friends who'd never been here this is the restaurant I would choose. Ask for a window table by the windows and enjoy the beautiful views of the Great Marsh and Essex River. The menu is fine dining and a bit pricey but I've always been happy with my meal. Pleasant atmosphere... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The bar is hosted by very friendly and efficient tenders. An interesting sea-foody bar menu. The main menu is also available. Daily specials. The bar and restaurant overlook the Essex River and the Great Marsh beyond out to distant Crane Beach. Very popular with locals and visitors Quieter at lunch than in the evening.

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Boston Mass
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We have been there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The waitresses and bar tenders where great, the food is good a b+ if not A, the view.. wonderful. But on Friday July 3, 2015 around 3pm we where a party of 4 the hostess would not seat us! She said that they had no outdoor tables when we told her... More 

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Boca raton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

My first Visit to this beautiful restaurant. Outside Patio dining overlooking the Essex River is stunning. The Seafood is super fresh and fairly priced. The Wait staff is extremely nice and attentive. Treat yourself to this great seafood restaurant, you will not be disappointed

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Newburyport, MA
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Five of us made a lunch reservation on a Sunday for 3:00. We were seated at a great table overlooking the water. The restaurant was not busy yet as it was late for lunch and early for dinner. Our server was very polite but seemed to be overseeing all the tables in our dining room. It took a long time... More 

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MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We wanted a water view, lobster rolls, and a beautiful drive. Tom Shea's got A+ in all of these categories. The restaurant offers seating indoors, in a large glassed-in porch, and on outdoor decks--take your pick. All are arranged right along the Essex River where we had great views of the river and the salt marsh, boats coming and going,... More 

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

My father, my wife, and I returned to a place we went to unintentionally last year. Last year, on Father's Day, we wanted to go to Woodman's -- across the street from here. But there was an insanely long line. And Shea's was practically empty. So we stopped in. My Dad had lobster, my wife fish, and I fish dish... More 

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Boston, Ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We had lunch here yesterday. Sat at the bar with a beautiful view of the river. Fried haddock sandwich and clam plate were delicious. Had a nice tequila on the rocks and Gerry had several beers on tap which were served in a frosty mug. Service was excellent along with great ambiance. Outdoor dining is great but a bit too... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We've been eating here for years and have always been pleased. They opened a new larger deck last year. Great place to eat and watch the river.

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Essex, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

If you're looking for a fun weekend day trip or a great place to share a special occasion this is the spot for you. Fabulous food, friendly bar, two outdoor decks with unmatched views with consistently great food and beverages and great service.

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Additional Information about Tom Shea's Seafood Restaurant

Address: 122 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1304
Phone Number: (978) 768-6931
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 122 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1304
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: (978) 768-6931

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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