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109 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1331
978-768-0050
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 41
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
very good food and value.

Been here 2 times, once around the holidays and once Good Friday before Easter, Very busy with a wait both times. I found out this last time they do take reservations for smaller parties as well, 2-3 people so I will be sure to make one next time to avoid the wait. I ordered haddock dinners both... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
BUG B
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Danvers, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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82 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Danvers, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Been here 2 times, once around the holidays and once Good Friday before Easter, Very busy with a wait both times. I found out this last time they do take reservations for smaller parties as well, 2-3 people so I will be sure to make one next time to avoid the wait. I ordered haddock dinners both times, haddock Marsala... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Several visits to this clean, professionally run establishment with mature staff who more than cater their customer base. Honestly, best burger and sides option on the North Shore. Keep it consistent. Simply a nice experience.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Husband and I eat out every week, but twice a week often at the Windward. 12 shrimp specials Tues- Thurs. Steaks are prime and delicious. Every vegetable is fresh and flavorful and the prices are amazing from $10 - $21, lunch to dinner after 4:30pm.Sunday brunch is awesome with so many choices and again reasonable prices. The bar is up... More 

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Rockport, MA
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We had a wonderful dinner this past weekend with friends. Shrimp and ravioli , chicken picatta and onion soup were very good, Major disappointment was the French martini which was terrible to say the least. No flavor, flat tasting, just terrible!

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Salem, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 via mobile

Went on a Friday around 4:30 for dinner with my husband. We heard great reviews so it was a easy choice. No waiting, seated at a small cozy booth right away. I ordered prime rib well done. Very dry and pink inside. No taste and almost tasted like leftover not fresh. Baked potato was awful. Tasted like dirt! Husband had... More 

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Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

When visiting Essex, MA or just traveling through the area make sure to plan to eat at the Windward Grille on Route 133. My husband and I have eaten there alone and with friends and we've never had a bad meal. A variety of baked haddock entrees are most often our choice but I also love the traditional roast turkey... More 

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Massachusetts
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Heading out for a birthday dinner with my wife, we decided on going here as it had been awhile. Very nice choice for sure. I greatly enjoyed the Prime Rib as did my wife. Started off with some drinks and I had the chowder which was wonderful. Saved a little room to share a brownie sundae. So glad we went.... More 

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Having been to the Windward a number of times; I am always impressed with their consistency. The food, the service, the cleanliness and the friendly staff are ever present. Last night, December 17th, the restaurant was crowded with business parties for the holidays, but there was still room for my wife and I. We were seated in a timely manner,... More 

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Beverly, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The Windward Grill on Rt. 133 in Essex has been around for a while but may not be well known outside Essex-Manchester-Gloucester. We went there 4 years ago and were not too impressed. But after my wife attended a few luncheon parties there with friends and loved it, we went back, and back, and back, and back again. What a... More 

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boston
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Went recently on a Saturday evening, and the restaurant was very crowded.....but we were able get a high-top table in the bar area, which worked out very well (not too noisy as in some). The service was excellent...waitress was friendly, accommodating, but not overbearing. And the food was also excellent. If you like duck, order the duck breast with cranberry... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 109 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1331
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 978-768-0050

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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