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Franklin Cafe Cape Ann

118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
978-283-7888
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Ranked #14 of 127 restaurants in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
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English first
New York City, New York
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

OK! What a surprise! We tried this place for the first time last week, and now it's on my TOP 5 List for good dining in Gloucester. We ate early evening midweek before the solstice ushered in the summer rush. It's a beautiful bar and room, comfortable upholstered booths and also tables street level. Not crowded, cool and friendly. Jen... More

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Gloucester, MA
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Franklin is reliably very good. The menu changes seasonally and always includes some seafood and at least one vegetarian option. There are always some specials, too. The food is fresh and well-prepared, they have a great drinks menu and the service is usually excellent. It's a bit upscale, so probably not the place for small children. The downstairs area... More

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Manchester, MA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My wife and I have tried most of the restaurants is Gloucester, a marvelous seaside town, the real-deal. The Franklin is our favorite, our go-to place, by ourselves and with friends. Has been for years. Nice atmosphere, cozy bar downstairs, a second bar upstairs great for watching the B's, Sox, or Pats, really good food that is reasonably priced. We're... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Last month, my husband and I had our rehearsal dinner at the Franklin Cape Ann. We could not have been happier with our choice! We were able to have the second floor to ourselves with a private room and bar which was great. From the early planning stages, the manager Maria was a great resource and she and her staff... More

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MA
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

During a trip to Gloucester I ate here and at Duckworth's. This place was fine, but not exceptional like Duckworth's. Service was very good. It was quite crowded, being a Friday night, and noisy. It would not be a good place if your hearing was not up to par. Parking took a long time to find.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Very loud place! Waitstaff was slow and didn't keep us informed that our meal wd take an hour to deliver . Sad . Food was good but would not return due to service

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Netherlands
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204 reviews 204 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

N42°36.760' W70°39.794' Recommended as one of the best restaurants in Gloucester, this restaurant has a modern New American menu with daily fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables. Looking forward to enjoy their menu in August 2013, we entered a time warp of super-fast service. Ordering had to be done instantly before looking at the menu. The raw oysters as an entrée... More

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Reading, Massachusetts, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I'm skeptical about writing this review, as i do not want the word to spread like wildfire how special this restaurant truly is. Great selection of super apps., I highly recommend the lobster flat bread, it's to die for and priced right. The entrees were perfectly prepared and fresh, fresh, fresh. We had two orders of the chefs special, which... More

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Hillsdale, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We were visiting colleges in the Boston area and our hotel concierge recommended driving North to Gloucester for great seafood. When we arrived in Gloucester most of the restaurants were closed for the winter. I quickly checked Tripadvisor for recommendations and found Franklin Cafe Cape Ann. I am so glad we went in! The food, atmosphere and service were all... More

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

My wife and I and two friends ate there recently.. The service was very slow, even though there were few diners in the restaurant. It took forever to get our drinks. Three out of four of the entrees arrived cold and had to be sent back. I think that mom and dad were on vacation and they left their children... More

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