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J.T. Farnham's

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American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
978-768-6643
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11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 86
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Heart Attack on a paper plate!

I was on the long way to Gloucester and stopped for lunch on the suggestion of a friend. I think this place has been featured on Dinners and Dives which may account on a Sunday afternoon at 3 PM that there was a long line up for food. You order at the counter and then try and find space to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Tempoman
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Pickering, Canada
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  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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English first
Austin, Texas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

A hold in the wall type restaurant with fine food, limited indoor seating. the line may be long to take your order but the food, especially the fried clams are worth the wait.

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Kalamazoo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Such a treat to eat at Farnham's! I ordered a split plate of fried scallops and fried whole clams, and they were perfect - light batter, sweet and tender. We ate inside due to the heat, but you can also eat outside. This is the place where all the locals eat (we were sent there by a local friend), and... More 

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Pickering, Canada
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99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I was on the long way to Gloucester and stopped for lunch on the suggestion of a friend. I think this place has been featured on Dinners and Dives which may account on a Sunday afternoon at 3 PM that there was a long line up for food. You order at the counter and then try and find space to... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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86 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This place is an old favourite of our relatives who live here or visit often, and now we know why. I ordered the small clam box (see photo) and an Ipswich Ale. Mom had the small scallop box, and my cousin ordered some fried cod cheeks for the table, a specialty here. Everything was delicious, the restaurant was clean and... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We stopped just for a quick bite while driving through and we grabbed fish tacos.....Oh my they were so good! We will be making a trip back to try the fried clams and other menu items!

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I live in this area, and try to only eat here 1x a year, because the food is very unhealthy - but SOOOO delicious!

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My English cousin was new to clams. We arrived at opening time after a morning walk on the adjacent Cox's Reservation, which provides an interesting walk out to "the clam shack" and the river. JT Farnham's is a traditional shack - more simple cafe style than restaurant. We enjoyed excellent fried clams at a window table with an expansive view... More 

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Cape Carteret, North Carolina
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Awesome. Fresh. Crab to die for.....Clam strips and Haddock........love My New England Roots. Thank you for a great meal.

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Boston, MA
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Farnham's is our "go to" place when we are jonesing for fried seafood. Their batter is light and crisp and portions are pretty good - you can order boxes, plates or boats (on side - choice of fries or rings). They have grilled selections for folks who don't want fried and a decent selection of salads. Their chowder is good.... More 

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Essex, Massachusetts
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Service is excellent. Food is excellent. Now the best fried clams on Cape Ann. Parking can be difficult.

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Additional Information about J.T. Farnham's

Address: 88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
Phone Number: 978-768-6643
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 978-768-6643

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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