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Periwinkles

74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
978-768-6320
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Ranked #3 of 22 Restaurants in Essex
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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- Aug 26, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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HdeG, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Just a nice little place along the water in Essex. Nothing special - just comfortable. Friendly, homey service and good food. Just an enjoyable, laid back experience in the quiet town of Essex - New England at its best.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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99 reviews 99 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We recently had a great meal at Periwinkles in Essex. The setting is really nice there – right on the Essex River with indoor/outdoor dining options. We chose indoor with a window view. There were four of us (two couples) and what initially brought us there was a Groupon voucher … but it was the delicious food and wonderful service... More

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Maryland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was recommended by a business colleague. It is a small restaurant on the Essex River. If you are visiting the area, recommending tying in a sight seeing trip to visit this historic and picturesque Massachusetts town, and include lunch or dinner in this outstanding restaurant as part of your visit. The menu was mostly seafood, with a handful... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went to Periwinkles with our Groupon. We ordered a half ceasar salad and a cup of chowder to share. The half salad was very tasty and plenty for both of us; the chowder was delicious! We also ordered two of the specials - fried flounder and fried oysters. They we both very tasty and the batter... More

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Vermont
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86 reviews 86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Haven't eaten here for a number of years. Had a wonderful lunch, sharing a BIG (wonderful) clam chowder, an order of Flounder/Chips, and delicious order of calamari WITH fried peppers. Both the clam chowder & calamari were among the BEST ever. The flounder was also "light" and lovingly/perfectly fried. It was also a BEAUTIFUL day and we had a desirable... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Our friends promised the food would be great, and it was. We ate outside, so had a great view. Some nice art, too.

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Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We sat at a table outdoors overlooking the water and it was very quaint. The steamers were sweet, delicious and plentiful. We also shared one of the specials, fried filet of sole, and it was very fresh and tasty. The service was also very good and you can't beat the location

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Pleasanton, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

When for dinner tonight and all three meals were a 2 out of 10. Overpriced Lobster Ravioli and Mediterranean Scallop dishes were poorly presented and barely luke warm. Both dishes were clearly not worth half the cost. I will never go there again.

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Laurelville, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We had a Grouponn and used it toward or meal. The meal was spectacular. I have the clam chower(out of this world good) and the steamed clams. My daughter had the native clams and she enjoyed them. Food was of large portions. I plan on being in the area on July 3rd, 2014 for the other groupon purchased. I have... More

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Lunenburg, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My wife and I recently ate at Periwinkles as we had a Groupon to use. It is a great restaurant for Seafood, and has a nice water view. The Clam Chowder was exceptional, and the Lobster Roll as well. The roll is larger than most, and worth every penny. It's also nice they have an Art Gallery, and while waiting,... More

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