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J.T. Farnham's

88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
978-768-6643
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Ranked #5 of 22 Restaurants in Essex
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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English first
Ashland, Mass
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We have driven past J.T. Farnham's for many years and decided to stop this past Sunday. Parking is a problem on a busy summer Sunday. Parking is limited. There are roadside Spaces on the opposite side of the busy road and a marked crosswalk and signs warning Of a crosswalk. The order process is efficient and meals and drinks delivered... More

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Bedford, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Dog friendly outside seating with a beautiful view of the wetlands and wildlife. Fried clams were made of fresh clams that were washed thoroughly, cooked perfectly, and the batter did not overpower the contents. The crab roll was delicious but the fish chowder left something to be desired.

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Tolland, Connecticut, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Fried clams were on our must have list and we had read this was the place to go. I admit it was crowded but I won't vouch for the overpriced offerings! Way too much beading masked the whole clam flavor and as for the fried calamari.... It was like eating cardboard. We learned later that this is not a place... More

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Nottingham, New Hampshire
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Farnhams was our go to place for fried seafood in the rough years ago when we lived on the north shore. Figured we go down memory lane and go back, Surprised to say the least, first off, signs over the counter stated, $5.00 increase to the seafood platter because of availability of the clams. $5.00 increase for a few clams,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Old school service, sweet, fresh, and succulent fried clams. Old school service. They were featured on diners, drive-ins and dives a few years back.

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New York City, New York
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591 reviews 591 reviews
383 restaurant reviews
1,564 helpful votes 1,564 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

I asked a some people where I could get some really good chowder, and this place was suggested. I gave it a shot. I had the best New England Clam Chowder I have ever had, and this area is seafood heaven. I had a small box of fried clams, (not too small) also very good, but the chowder was not... More

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Enfield, Connecticut
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My husband and I stopped at Farnham's to answer a craving for fried clams. The clams were expensive because of problems with the flats but there were worth every penny. They were fresh, nicely battered, and cooked perfectly. We added freshly made onion rings and were thrilled with the meal. We had our dogs with us so we also needed... More

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New York State
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is a great place to eat...we stopped here years ago and have gone back several times since. The fish is always fresh and delicious..the fries are very good and the service is pretty fast, considering the fact that they have so many people piling in there. They do a large local business which always tells us that the food... More

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Parking is very limited. Don't open your drivers side door without being extra careful if you must park on the side of the road going East. During the vacation season everyone passing through this most dangerous spot is looking everywhere but on the road. Lines are long at times but it's worth the wait, most of the time. I found... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is one of the finest seafood restaurants in Massachusetts so far. Having not known of the quality of the entire menu, the FRIED CLAMS deserve to be called the best ones in the state. I guess, this is supposed to be your highest priority when you come visit Essex - come to J.T. Farnham's and enjoy the plateful of... More

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