We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 127 Gloucester Restaurants

Franklin Cafe Cape Ann

118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
Improve this listing
Ranked #11 of 127 Restaurants in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $15
Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Write a Review

119 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
515 reviews 515 reviews
389 restaurant reviews
255 helpful votes 255 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Highland Mills, New York
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Boston, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Gloucester, MA
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Manchester, MA
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Franklin Cafe Cape Ann also viewed

Gloucester, Cape Ann

Been to Franklin Cafe Cape Ann? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Franklin Cafe Cape Ann

Address: 118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
Phone Number: 978-283-7888
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Gloucester
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 15
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Contemporary

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Franklin Cafe Cape Ann staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?