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All 22 Essex Restaurants

Essex Seafood

143R Eastern Ave., Rt. 133, Essex, MA
978-768-7233
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Ranked #9 of 22 Restaurants in Essex
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch
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English first
Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I guess this could be called eating in the rough; however, the seafood is fresh, cooked to order and it is excellent. Considering they have a fish market attached, their sole focus is on quality seafood. The clam plates or boats are terrific. Their other offering of onion rings, fried shrimp, lobster rolls and lobster cannot be beat. This is... More 

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Danvers, Ma.
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We were told to try this place because the clams were better than the clambox! What a joke! We ordered the Clam Boat($22.95) when we got our order I took it to the table and said to my wife, can this be our order there were only 9 clams in the boat along with onion rings. I went back to... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Great seafood - Fast. Orders are placed over the counter, you take a number and find a picnic table. I had chowder and a seafood platter that was so much food I almost couldn't finish it. This was my first stop here, but won't be my last -

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Bolton
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68 reviews 68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This place is amazing probably the best fried clams and Fried haddock. I've ever had! My only complaint is their french fries they're the kind that with greasy batter on it You don't come here for the fries though and the seafood outweighs the fries. Seriously

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Gloucester,MA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We went hear for Fried Clams about a month ago and had probably some of the best fried clams ever ! However, having a craving for fried clams again this past week, we went back. Only this time the fried clams were over cooked. They were dark brown and crispy to the point of chewy. I can only rate them... More 

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Rockport, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is not the Ritz for tea, its all about the food, fried seafood, and there is none better, about a tie with with JT Farnham's and the Lobster Pool. Casual and comfortable, no view, unfortunately. Much faster service during busy times than The Causeway in Gloucester, the fatal flaw.

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Beverly, mass
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85 reviews 85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Classic clam shack style restaurant. Order at the window, Pay Cash, about ten tables in the restaurant, Paper plates. What you get is really good seafood, mostly fried, very fresh, prepared well and priced fairly. If you are looking for ambiance or views, you won’t get it here. Parking can be an issue, but it is mostly frequented by locals.... More 

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Rowley,Mass
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

only fried seafood available not that great and booths only I think they bought the booths at an elementary school so if you are a large person you cant sit comfortably will n ever go back

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Hudson, NH
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I am a fired clam afficionado and have been suffering from winter fried clam withdrawal and decided to make a pilgrimage to the Mecca of fired clams, Essex, Massachusetts. It was a nice Saturday amid a horrid winter and we went for a late lunch, about 2:00 and the place was not very busy. I ordered a fried clam plate... More 

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Boston
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68 reviews 68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

A no frills operation where the locals go for local clams. We were served right away unlike the other tourist focused Essex and Ipswich clam shops which have long lines almost all the time. My wife and I split a clam plate. Plenty for both of us A big heap of fries, onion rings and fresh fried clams. Perfectly fried... More 

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Additional Information about Essex Seafood

Address: 143R Eastern Ave., Rt. 133, Essex, MA
Phone Number: 978-768-7233
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: Seafood

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