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Tom Shea's Seafood Restaurant

122 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1304
(978) 768-6931
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Ranked #11 of 22 restaurants in Essex
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Most recent review
- Jul 9, 2014
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
Byfield, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

We went to Shea's for lunch because we were given a gift certificate. After reading the reviews I didn't expect much but was pleasantly surprised. Our waitress was excellent and the view was outstanding. We started with the calamari which was very good. The sandwiches we got for lunch were good and the portions were quite generous. We will definitely... More

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Burlington, Massachusetts
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64 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We went to Shea's with friends and it was a nice evening out on the deck, watching the boats go down the river. I had the broiled salmon with the crisped arugula and blueberry sauce which made for an interesting combination. The surf and turf was the favorite meal at our table and the drinks were fun and potent. Next... More

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Somerville, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

After a couple of hours at the beach, my husband, son, daughter and law, grandson and I were on our way to Woodman's for a casual lunch. The very long line was a deterrent with a sleeping toddler so we happened upon Shea's just across the street. Without a reservation, they were very accommodating on Father's Day and set us... More

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Rockport, Massachusetts
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15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We try and go to dinner with our son once a week. We had received a gift certificate to Shea's in Essex so we had our family night there. Although the few is lovely and the dining room is nice the food is not worth it. We started with a calamari app as we always like to try the different... More

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Boston, MA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We went around 8:30 on a Friday night (without a reservation) and didn't have any wait for a table. The menu had a good selection (and several vegetarian/gluten-free choices). The waitress was attentive but didn't hover. We had fisherman's platter and the tempeh tacos. The fish was nicely fried; light batter and not at all greasy. I felt that $7... More

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Essex, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The view of the Essex river is great however the food is OK but nothing out of the ordinary. I would not return because of the service. It is just too bad for this restaurant has one of the best location in Essex.

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I had a birthday surprise reservation confirmed it two days before they screwed up the reservation service was slow the food was poor and cold they didn't apologize for screwing up the reservation I would never go back again. I would never go back again.

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Lancaster, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Sat at the bar early Saturday night. Had to wait 15 minutes to get served while the bartenders washed glasses and talked to patrons. I had to wave my arms around around to get some attention. The male bartender was simply rude. I had to ask for bread which came with my bruschetta - poor timing. Meanwhile a man came... More

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11 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

$27 fishermans platter had oversalted not very fresh fish It came without clams,unless you paid an extra $7 Seafood risotto same price & "quality" Visit the bar & enjoy the view, but if you want a great Meal there are other choices in Essex.

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Returning after about 7 years for Thanksgiving was at best a disappointing meal. The appetizer was wet and sloppy as well as dismal taste. My Turkey dinner was a mess. The chef must have saved the worst for my meal. It was hard to separate the turkey meat from the gag awful skin thrown in. Mashed potato was cold, Brussels... More

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