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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Charming

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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 348 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 16 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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North Reading, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Have been there several times and have not been disappointed. Last Friday I had a Gourmet Lobster roll and it had one pound of lobster and no fillers. WE were there with 3 other people and everyone was satisfied with their meals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful view of Essex river and boats...great service, very friendly, and the food was outstanding! Steamers prepared just right, dinners of Swordfish and Mediterranean scallops...very flavorful and perfectly cooked! Kudos to chefs!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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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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Additional Information about Periwinkles

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

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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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