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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, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Great food in Gloucester!

We loved this restaurant so much, we went twice for dinner. Not a big lover of cod, but the cod dish here was really outstanding! Everything we ordered was prepared beautifully and quality of food was very high. We made a reservation in the afternoon and had no trouble getting a table midweek... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
Lisa B
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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English first
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We loved this restaurant so much, we went twice for dinner. Not a big lover of cod, but the cod dish here was really outstanding! Everything we ordered was prepared beautifully and quality of food was very high. We made a reservation in the afternoon and had no trouble getting a table midweek. Would definately make reservations as this place... More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My husband and I had a delicious dinner here. It was a busy Friday night but not too noisy, and the waitstaff were attentive. I opted for 2 appetizers - the fried lobster dumplings and the seafood mac and cheese. The dumplings were good but not as tasty as I had expected. The mac and cheese was great, with lots... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Franklin Cape Ann is a gem! It is consistently fantastic, the food, the menu, wine list and the service are all terrific. And the price is reasonable for all of the above! It is a Boston or New York experience in downtown Gloucester!

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I visited from Toronto where we have some of the finest establishments on the continent and was delighted to visit this wonderful restaurant. It was immaculately clean and is a pleasure to walk into,with décor that welcomes you and intrigues you at the same time. The superbly well thought out yet unpretentious atmosphere is merely a hint of what follows.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I've been to Franklin Cape Ann about 4 times now with a friend who lives in the area. The food is excellent and interesting. Always a lot of seafood selections and great apps. The wine list is very reasonably priced with a range of choices everyone will be happy with. My most recent favorite meal was halibut on the best... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

My wife and I, along with 4 friends had dinner recently. We had a drink and a glass of wine along with our entree. I had the hanger steak that came with hand cut fries. The fries were julienne cut and were burnt from frying them a number of times. My hanger steak was no more than 6 ounces which... More 

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Our party of six enjoyed very good food on a Friday evening. The atmosphere is pleasant. The real key to our evening was the excellent service of our server Kelly. She made the evening a complete pleasure.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The creatively fresh approach to food is a standout in the seaside fishing town. The owner and her careful selection of ingredients, preparation and delivery would challenge any establishment. The service and the amazing cocktails provided an amazing enhancement to a great culinary experience! They clearly succeed because they care!

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London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Overall great experience from start to finish and best food we had during our stay in Gloucester. Nice welcome by the staff, great cocktails, fantastic clam showder, fresh and delicious fish,.... and also live music as we were Saturday evening. The decor is cozy and nice atmosphere so we had a great evening. We would go back without any hesitation... More 

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Rockport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The Franklin Cafe experience is best known for its consistency, class and incomparable cuisine. The inviting ambiance of this restaurant allows the patron to enter a thoughtfully designed space and enjoy welcoming staff that can accommodate small or large parties or the comfort of two well-stocked bar areas. The menu connects the patron with the impeccable taste and careful planning... More 

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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 15
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions
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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