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Franklin Cafe Cape Ann

118 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
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Ranked #11 of 130 Restaurants in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $15
Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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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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English first
Charleston, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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

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Sarasota, Florida
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589 reviews 589 reviews
427 restaurant reviews
281 helpful votes 281 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
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.

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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

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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.

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New York City, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Additional Information about Franklin Cafe Cape Ann

Address: 118 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
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

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