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J.T. Farnham's

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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: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 71
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 23
    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
Fun to eat Wonderful lobster on a picnic table

Go on off hours for a lovely boiled lobster sitting outside on a picnic table You order inside but can also have freshly shucked oysters outside Or go up the road to woodmans for incredible fried clams

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
Lynnesjackson
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Chicago
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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162 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Somerville, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Farnham's quality of frying is inimitable - less greasy than the Clam Box. We have never been disappointed by the clam strips and the calamari. The breading is light and crispy, and never separates from the seafood. Their self-serve/all-you-can-eat tartar sauce generosity is notable. You can add grilled hot dog rolls to your order for $0.50 each even if you... More 

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Chicago
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Go on off hours for a lovely boiled lobster sitting outside on a picnic table You order inside but can also have freshly shucked oysters outside Or go up the road to woodmans for incredible fried clams

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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269 reviews 269 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Small place long wait but good food. They do have outdoor seating too. nice ride on the bike to get there.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Farnhams: great views, limited parking, no plastic, get in line, place your order and enjoy! What you see is what you get. Best bet: get the spicey seafood chowder and the regular seafood chowder to go. Then mix them together for an audacious meal.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

It's excellent seafood, but you have to expect a lengthy wait. It's a cash-only business and they aren't the friendliest people. However, the food's awesome and that's all I came for. Great place! Def try it! I will definitely be back again sometime.

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My beloved Jennifer & I love sharing the Fisherman's Combo. Their fried clams, scallops, Shrimp & cod are just great! We ask for only Onion Rings. No french fries. We go quite often. Best Fried Clams on the North Shore!

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Boxford, Massachusetts
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65 reviews 65 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The best thing about this restaurant is the views across the marshes. The breading on the seafood is heavier than we like and the fried onion rings are disappointing. They are not even close to the Clam Shack or Woodman's

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Mattituck, New York
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111 reviews 111 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

Traveling thru Massachusetts, we had to stop at one of the famous fried clam restaurants so we tried Farnums. We were not disappointed. The clams were not greasy and the batter was light. My wife tried the seafood chowder and said it was the best she had eaten. My clam chowder was also good. The counter lady was very personable... More 

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Columbia, MD
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83 reviews 83 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

As a fried clam lover, I usually make an annual pilgrimage to some of the best purveyors of this New England gem. I've read about all the famous clam shacks in the New England states, but it's a tough choice on the "clam highway" connecting Ipswich and Essex. You will see the famous Clam Box, Woodman's, and a few smaller... More 

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tristate NYC area
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106 reviews 106 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We were spending a long weekend in the area, as we did last year. We tried Farnham's for lunch and were very pleased. Food was better than at Woodman's and staff was pleasant. We will remember this for next year's outing!

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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 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?