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Tom Shea's Seafood Restaurant

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122 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1304
(978) 768-6931
Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Open now
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Beautiful view and good food

Had dinner with friends who live nearby Essex, MA and they love this restaurant. We had a table facing the marsh and it was a lovely view. As many have said, the food is very good, our waitress was attentive and humorous but be prepared to pay a lot of money. My husband and I each had 1 glass of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Byron S
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Brookline, New Hampshire
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94 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Essex, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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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Gloucester, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Had a few spots in mind for if and when 20-something son showed up for an unexpected low key holiday with his mom. Shea's was top of the list for location and distance though no reservations were made. Welcomed professionally and enthusiastically and sat at the bar for a full experience of great drinks, appetizers and main course. Lovely meal,... More 

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Brookline, New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Had dinner with friends who live nearby Essex, MA and they love this restaurant. We had a table facing the marsh and it was a lovely view. As many have said, the food is very good, our waitress was attentive and humorous but be prepared to pay a lot of money. My husband and I each had 1 glass of... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Toms Shea's continues to bring great food and friendly service to the Essex area! Exceptional Bloody Mary's!! . The brunch menu is extensive and the food has never been a disappointment. And the views - incredible marsh views out the Esssex River! Can go by boat in the summer, highly recommended with plenty of dock space ( more recently added)... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

The food was good. I had the duck, it was cooked nicely, and my friend had the filet mignon and he said it was cooked perfectly. The service was friendly and the dining room pleasant. The two problems we had with Shea's were 1) their high wine prices, both by the bottle and the glass. Only one bottle was priced... More 

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Rockport, Massachusetts
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Today, I visited Shea's restaurant with my elderly mother for lunch. We have been going there for years and it was always a favorite, until recently. A few years ago, the name changed from Tom Shea's to just Shea's. The remodeling is beautiful, as is the scenery, but we have noticed in the last 3 or 4 visits, that it... More 

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Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

A group I belong to celebrates every holiday season with a luncheon. Tom Shea's was one of the few local restaurants that would accommodate us for 11:30 a.m. We were seated in a small function room on the second floor, with a beautiful view of the Essex marshes. Service was quick and courteous and food presentation very attractive. Among the... More 

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Merrimac
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Great Food and Atmosphere. Scenic Views, Good range of sections. Wait staff was very attentive and nice.

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Danvers, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Just had first visit/late lunch at Shea's. We sat in the sunroom and had a beautiful view of the river and marsh. Unfortunately, it was cold and seemed to get colder the longer we were there. The heat came on just as we were leaving. My husband had a salad, which was nice and fresh. Also had broiled fish sandwich.... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Had a great family dinner here. 8 people. service was first rate. wide variety of dishes. rice was right and service exemplary. the window on the river was made the restaurant special - will go again.

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?