We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Essex Seafood

$$
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
143R Eastern Ave., Rt. 133, Essex, MA
978-768-7233
Website
Improve this listing
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 51 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 20
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Go With a Local, BYOB

After a few initial mishaps related to our not knowing the ropes, my mom and I ended up glad we struck out on our own and found this local haunt just 20 minutes from downtown Gloucester. I found us a table then went back up to the window to order a large side of crab cakes not realizing how huge... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
Kelly M
,
Windsor, Canada
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
Add Photo Write a Review

51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Tuckerton, New Jersey
Level Contributor
137 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I grew up in New England and my parents always went to woodmens. My husband and I came to visit for my dad's birthday and all he wanted was Essex clams from Essex seafood. The clams are wonderful, no sand , and fried perfectly. The onion rings are just delicious and again fried to perfection. The only thing negative was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Windsor, Canada
Level Contributor
88 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

After a few initial mishaps related to our not knowing the ropes, my mom and I ended up glad we struck out on our own and found this local haunt just 20 minutes from downtown Gloucester. I found us a table then went back up to the window to order a large side of crab cakes not realizing how huge... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rowley, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Just returned from Essex Seafood with a friend. He ordered a fried scallop and haddock plate with fries and onion rings. The plate was heaping, not greasy and quality was excellent. I ordered a lobster roll with onion rings in which I was extremely disappointed. The barely toasted hot dog roll had maybe 1/3 cup lobster in it. For $15.95... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saugus, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
75 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

If you are from out of town or out of state and want to really enjoy the New England seafood experience, Essex Seafood is a good example of a New England Clam Shack. We were buying some fresh clams for steamers at their attached fish market and decided to go inside for a snack for the ride home. We ordered... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
90 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Huge portions, the fish sandwich was so huge my boyfriend couldn't finish it! Creamy Clam Chowder. Great clam cakes.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Jacksonville, Florida
Level Contributor
35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Lunched with my husband & parents, we had the option of sitting outside, in the atrium, or inside. We ordered steamed clams, a fried clam plate & a fisherman platter. Everything was satisfying.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Pembroke Pines, Florida
Level Contributor
26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I love fried clam and Essex is the BEST place anywhere to have them. They are cooked just right and oh so flavorful!!! A MUST TRY!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

the seafood is great and so fresh and the portions are huge I shared a seafood platter with my spouse and we were barely able to finish it all.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Woburn, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Best in the area. Locals love it. I've been there more than once and everyone really liked it. Food is very fresh and the portions more than adequate. Shrimp are sometimes small but the clams and scallops make up for it. Atmosphere is casual, price is right and the wait is short. Will definitely go there again.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dracut, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Small place with fresh seafood! Choice of eating outside or in, BYOB, I enjpyed the fried lobster plate it came with fries AND onion rings. I couldnt eat it all there I saved more than half to take home. IT WAS ACTUALLY BETTER THE NEXT DAY! the food was great! Next time I woll try the clam bake the portions... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Essex Seafood also viewed

 

Been to Essex Seafood? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 143R Eastern Ave., Rt. 133, Essex, MA
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 978-768-7233

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Essex Seafood staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?