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Tom Shea's Seafood Restaurant

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122 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1304
(978) 768-6931
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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, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
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
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Ventured to Essex to find something new and relaxing on a lovely August date night and so pleased to pull up to Tom Shea's restaurant to discover a menu that has something for everyone and plenty of outdoor seating. We walked in and were instantly seated out on the back deck overlooking the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
Nancy L
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Newburyport MA
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Came by boat from the back side of Cranes beach. There is dock space for about 4 20ft boats to tie up while you dine. Excellent drinks, beautiful views and tasty food. Lobster roll $14and blackened chicken taco $12 were great.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Ventured to Essex to find something new and relaxing on a lovely August date night and so pleased to pull up to Tom Shea's restaurant to discover a menu that has something for everyone and plenty of outdoor seating. We walked in and were instantly seated out on the back deck overlooking the waterway and immediately began to relax and... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We are in Gloucester every August for the Gloucester Blues Festival which my husband co-produces. Tom Shea's is always our go-to spot for fried clams. The bartenders are great, and the food is delicious. There are a lot of choices for clams in the area, and this is ours. See you next August!

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Arlington, Texas
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Enjoyed this restaurant. They have a wonderfully refreshing drink with vodka and muddled grapefruit that is very nice. The back of the building is all glass, so you can sit by the windows and look out upon the marsh. The food was good, fresh and hot. They also have a nice bar.

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Campton, New Hampshire
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We ate an early dinner seated on the outside deck. Deck and view were awesome. We shared the spicy tuna spring rolls, beet salad and blackened mahi fish tacos. The spring rolls were bland and doughy, the beet salad was ok, the fish tacos meh. We also share a lemon berry tart which was good. Over all, food was mediocre,... More 

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Essex, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?