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3 Duncan St, Gloucester, MA 01930-6001 (185 Main St.)
978-281-3997
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: You should have no problem finding Alchemy. It is a great restaurant.
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 72
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Well Worth the Trip to Gloucester

Alchemy is part of the Serenity Group, a well run restaurant chain North of Boston. Our first trip there for a celebratory dinner with friends. Great decor, brick and casual with comfortable chairs, ours was a table for six in the back, private with a nice padded bench for the ladies. Good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
Tony P
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North Andover, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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139 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Alchemy was closed for a while; we are delighted they have reopened as they are our favorite spot for a romantic dinner on the north shore. Brussels sprouts are a favorite, but everything we've tried has rocked.

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Mark M, General Manager at Alchemy Cafe & Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Gini C., Thank you so much for your lovely review of our restaurant. I am delighted you had a wonderful experience. We cannot wait for you to join us for dinner again soon. Best Regards, Stefanie Dodds General Manager, Alchemy More 

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

We were expecting a pleasant experience with excellent food when we went out for dinner at the reopened Alchemy on Friday night. The backstory: the old Alchemy Tapas & Bistro closed last spring and after renovations, reopened as Pinoli a few months ago. After being open only a few weeks the chef took a position in California because Gloucester wasn't... More 

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Washington, D.C.
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

After closing and remodeling to open the kitchen area and upgrade, Alchemy is back with a great menu and great chef. We had three courses each and each course was fantastic. Wait staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. Wine and beer selections were varied and interesting even though there was not a long list of either. Over the past month... More 

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North Andover, Massachusetts
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74 reviews 74 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Alchemy is part of the Serenity Group, a well run restaurant chain North of Boston. Our first trip there for a celebratory dinner with friends. Great decor, brick and casual with comfortable chairs, ours was a table for six in the back, private with a nice padded bench for the ladies. Good selection of beer and wine got everyone in... More 

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Rockport, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Last night four of us, from Gloucester and Rockport, dined at Alchemy in Gloucester. We've eaten there many times during its various reincarnations. For those who don't know, it had been Alchemy for years,then latest and most short lived it became Pinoli, but they immediately closed and Alchemy returned. Our last meal at Alchemy in its past version (before Pinoli)... More 

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massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

If you want "sophisticated", go to Alchemy. Price point, upper moderate, good food and service. Gloucester has so many good food choices that range from "dives" with character to pretentious restaurants. We like to "play it by ear" depending on mood, energy and plans for next day.

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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We visited Alchemy on a little family get away to Rockport. We were originally supposed to eat at Latitude 49, their sister restaurant but it was still under going renovations. The atmosphere of the restaurant was very warm but trendy. The menu had many delicious sounding options. There were several nice craft beers on tap and they had a nice... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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104 reviews 104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

PINOLI IS CLOSED. Alchemy has once more assumed its place in the building that was, briefly, something else. Let me disclose up front: After our meal, with drinks and dessert, we were comp'd. Our wait person said that mgmt knew somehow that our last experience there (when it was Pinoli) was not optimal. That is certainly true, but we aren't... More 

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Boston
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101 reviews 101 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We were very sad when Alchemy closed its doors last Spring. We had some great meals there and some great cocktails including the infamous "Piso Sour." The good news is that the Serenitee group is opening a Northern Italian restaurant on the site and the interior will remain very much the same. We hear that the Mafia table will remain... More 

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Frenchman's Cay, BVI
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I really enjoyed eating at Alchemy, but it has now be closed for many months. There is a sign saying it will reopen, but it looks like it is closed for good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3 Duncan St, Gloucester, MA 01930-6001
    (185 Main St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Gloucester
  • Phone Number: 978-281-3997

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

You should have no problem finding Alchemy. It is a great restaurant.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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