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74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
978-768-6320
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 41
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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The one with the extra cash in it for emergencies. The food here is very good, which is important, because the price of it is, well, not very good. For lunch, a half a sandwich and a cup of soup came in at a hefty $14. Had a lovely cup of lobster bisque elsewhere this week for $6, which would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The one with the extra cash in it for emergencies. The food here is very good, which is important, because the price of it is, well, not very good. For lunch, a half a sandwich and a cup of soup came in at a hefty $14. Had a lovely cup of lobster bisque elsewhere this week for $6, which would... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The food here is good. I got the haddock sandwich, that's made with a cornflakes crust. It was a different twist than most fish sandwiches I've had in the area. It was delicious. However the prices here are outrageous.

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The staff are very attentive and cheerful. We had a waterside table which was what we wanted for our company. Food is excellent. We had steamed clams to share. Their wedge salad is huge and crisp. Lobster rolls were good as was a flatbread special. There was a good side salad which they did not mention. I usually get their... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Charming little place with riverside seating. Friendly service and the fried clams were delicious!! The menu seemed to have a bit of everything, but was mostly seafood.

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 372 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Periwinkle's is such a great place for lunch or dinner...a perfect venue for two friends, who rarely get to spend time together. They have a very nice menu with something for everyone's taste. They specialize in seafood, but they also serve beef, chicken, several salads and of course soups and chowders. We started with shrimp scampi bruchetta...followed by perfectly prepared... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This, once upon a time, was our favorite Essex seafood restaurant. Dining experiences at Periwinkles over the last seven years or so have been mixed and unpredictable, but they're top-notch again! Food, service, timeliness of serving the main course and pricing - just right. And the view is ALWAYS sublime. We're already looking forward to our return to Periwinkles when... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Among all the fine choices on the Periwinkles menu, you will find an award-winning clam chowder. For a modest price, a bowl was a treat.

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Hilton Head Island SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Periwinkles is one of our all time favorite seafood restaurants. We live in the South, but whenever we are in Massachusetts we head for Periwinkles. The clam chowder is the best anywhere. We always get their fried clams because they are great and we can't get them where we live.

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Byfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We used our Groupon coupon for lunch for a group of four. The exterior of Periwinkles is pretty unassuming but its location on the waterfront, next to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, makes up for it, as do the tables on the outdoor veranda. There are two dining rooms, and every table has an unobstructed view of the water, ships and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Despite my sappy title, Periwinkles is a great little place to eat if you find yourself in the Essex area. My wife and I had eaten there a couple of years ago and drove up again to see if it was as good as the first time. In two words, it was. My wife, who is a self-proclaimed clam chowder... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 978-768-6320

Price and Cuisine

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

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