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“Out of this world-food at sky-high prices” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Woodman's

Woodman's
121 Main St, Route 133, PO Box 349, Essex, MA 01929-1305
+1 800-649-1773
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Ranked #8 of 22 Restaurants in Essex
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Los Angeles, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Out of this world-food at sky-high prices”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I grew up going to Woodman's when "eat in the rough" implied "pay in the rough" and families could definitely come here for a tasty dinner after a day at the beach. While the setting is still terrific and old-school (wait in line to order/pay, no table service, breeze coming in the screen windows), the prices have gone crazy. My two young teenagers and I shared 2 entrees and a side dish, and paid $105 to drink iced tea in a plastic cup and eat with our hands. I get it, I LOVE eat in-the-rough, but doing so at these prices felt ridiculous. The food, I must say, continues to be perfect. The steamers are insane and the fried food is done better than anywhere else. Just save your pennies before you go, don't be shocked (like I was) by the prices, and have a great time.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Massachusetts
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Outstanding Seafood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great clam dinner and seafood dinner with plenty to take home. Wait was ok as they
gave free lemonade . Busy but food was served fast,. Staff is very good .Plenty of
parking and if still hungry you can get Gifford' ice cream server in a separate building.
This is a New England Classic not to be missed

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Imlay City
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Clam heaven”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Super clam chowder, tasty fried clams & fries...NOT greasy! Great historic casual dining with more on the menu, picnic bench/ wooden booth seating...100 year anniversary!! Fun T-shirt too.

Visited June 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“This is a place everyone should go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Woodmans has been around for 100 years, that should tell you something about the food, people and atmosphere. Been in the same family the whole time. Best seafood on the coast. A must!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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138 reviews 138 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Best fried clams on the planet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

If you want to eat healthy, skip it, everything on the menu is fried. But if you want fried clams you are crazy to go anywhere else. They are perfectly cooked every time, delicious little nuggets of New England flavor. The wait can be long so get there early or be prepared to stand in line. It's just the price you pay when everyone wants the best!

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