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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 10
    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
Periwinkles-good food with a view

A Groupon coupon introduced me to Periwinkle, Essex, MA today. I would never have traveled that way and probably would have missed it if i wasn't specifically looking for this little restaurant with a small parking lot sitting on the bend of the round. Now that I have eaten their PERFECTLY cooked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
Mary W
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

A Groupon coupon introduced me to Periwinkle, Essex, MA today. I would never have traveled that way and probably would have missed it if i wasn't specifically looking for this little restaurant with a small parking lot sitting on the bend of the round. Now that I have eaten their PERFECTLY cooked fisherman platter and sampled the lobster roll and... More 

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Last time I was at Periwinkles, I wrote a review stating the food was good, but the staff seemed stressed. We just took my 97 year old mother-in-law and our kids for Easter dinner. I made a 2:00 reservation. The restaurant was very crowded and we waited about 30 mins for our table, which is okay on a busy holiday.... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Periwinkles Taking advantage of a groupon we went to Periwinkle for lunch. I was not at all impressed. The food is OK the clam chowder is sub-par the meat in the tips and bits was pretty tough. The first thing I noticed was the smell of fried fish in the dining room. It can be a little unpleasant. The hostess... More 

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North Reading
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189 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

the food and the service was very goo. The only problem I found it that the food is over priced for the amount you get. But, what we did get was very good. The fisherman's platter had 4 clams, 3 medium shrimp, 3 bite sizes pieces of fish, cole slaw and French fries. what we got was very good but... More 

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Ipswich, MA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We dined last Saturday night and were especially attracted because they have a nice sized gluten free menu. As soon as we entered the restaurant we noticed a very stale smell similar to a hospital or an elderly person's home. Not urine or anything like that but just stuffy, stale, and unpleasant. It was worst by the bathrooms but the... More 

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Boston
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133 reviews 133 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We were at the Topsfield Fair and cruised over to Essex to use a soon to expire Groupon. My expectations were modest, but we were very pleasantly surprised. Both of our meals were excellent plus generous portions. My husband had the baked haddock which came with plentiful veggies including broccoli, green beans and carrots. I had the Mediterenean scallops which... More 

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tristate NYC area
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106 reviews 106 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The location right on the river overlooking the marsh and flowing water is lovely. The restaurant was not very busy on Thursday night so we could eat in peace and enjoy our conversation. Food is rather lackluster, on the soggy side, though presentation is good. We would go back perhaps for lunch on the deck to enjoy that view.

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North Andover
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11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We had wonderful meals at Periwinkles in Essex. The Mediterranean Scallops were out of this world. The scampi sauce was delicious and the tomato ravioli was a very pleasant surprise. My dining companion has coconut crusted haddock and was equally pleased. The view of Essex harbor was enjoyable, as we sat by the window watching loads of boaters haul out... More 

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Woburn, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Stopped at Periwinkles for a quick drink on their deck at 2:30 PM this beautiful sunny afternoon. Place was busy and waited about 5 minutes for a table river side on their deck. The hostess sat us with menus and our waitress was there for our drink order but we had not had time to look at their offerings so... More 

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Hyannis, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is located on the Essex strip, certainly is upscale from Woodman's. We took my 88 year old mother for lunch and it pleased her very much. Wait staff was very attentive, but the wait for our lunch was a bit long. In fairness they were very crowded. All the meals were fine with the exception of the pasta dish... 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?