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Franklin Cafe Cape Ann

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American, Seafood, Contemporary
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118 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
978-283-7888
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4:30 pm - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 77
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
perfect from start to finish

We went for dinner on Friday night, without a reservation, and were promptly seated in their upstairs dining room. I ordered the baked haddock special and my companion had the chicken with apple cider reduction and butternut squash risotto. This was by far the best baked haddock that I have ever... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
cydney04106
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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122 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We went for dinner on Friday night, without a reservation, and were promptly seated in their upstairs dining room. I ordered the baked haddock special and my companion had the chicken with apple cider reduction and butternut squash risotto. This was by far the best baked haddock that I have ever had - the breading was crunchy, the fish cooked... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Six of us enjoyed dinner here on a cold evening a week ago. We all had different appetizers or salads - grilled calamari which was tender in a light lemon sauce, 4 had the Caesar salad and loved it, followed by a swordfish special w/ lobster sauce, steak w/ the best pommes frites you'll ever have, the half chicken, etc.... More 

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MA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Has the best grilled calamari appetizer in or out of town! Good service and will accommodate a gluten free diet.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Without reservations, we sat at the bar; within minutes the restaurant was full so we were lucky. The bartender made a superb rob roy as we read the menu of many choices. It was tempting to dine on a collection of appetizers but instead chose a splendid cod dish and a special tuna on greens. The fish was perfectly done... More 

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Whidbey
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This is a perfect place for dinner. The service was terrific, great drinks, and delicious food. We ordered the cod which was wonderful. Get there a little early or be prepared to wait...it fills up quickly but is worth the wait.

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Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Arrived in Gloucester late and our only option was Franklin's. I'm happy that it was because the food was simply amazing. Best burger and fries I've ever had. Do not let the pricy menu detour you from eating here, you will not be disappointed. We also took a chance on an orange creme desert and it was awesome

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Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
728 reviews 728 reviews
499 restaurant reviews
330 helpful votes 330 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Franklin's surprised us... we just weren't expecting it to be this good... the reviews are good, but the restaurant is worthy of better reviews in our humble opinion. There was actually nothing we didn't like... the service was attentive, the food was fabulous and we were never without drinks :-) Really great place to eat and would most definitely recommend... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Authentic cooking with fresh ingredients and nice presentation. Special for the day (fish dish) price was on the high side.

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Highland Mills, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

First Class Place, busy and nice atmosphere. Went there for drinks and hear the Thursday night music. It was excellent

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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The cod was perfectly done, but the salads were overdressed, and the appetizers were oily. Service was great and the atmosphere was peaceful and warm and intimate. Definitely worth coming too, but need to be vigilant about how you order.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 118 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Gloucester
  • Phone Number: 978-283-7888

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Monday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Thursday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Friday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?