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Down River Ice Cream

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241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
(978) 768-0102
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious, creamy ice cream that is packed with flavor. Menu is a hoot of creativity and makes it hard to choose. Go sit in the chairs behind the shop and listen to the nearby river flowing. Delicious and Relaxing - How do you beat that!

Thank lindaD7977AC
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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114 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our second visit to Downriver-we went to the Rowley location about a month ago and recently checked out the flagship in Essex. This is the BEST homemade ice cream. It's so dense, you know it's super slow churned and absolutely delicious. My husband is a huge fan the peanut butter/chocolate combo-I can't recall the exact name but he... More 

Thank lisac1962
Milton, Massachusetts
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

The ice cream was amazing... But the very serious yellow jacket problem on the property is out of control. Kids were traumatized! Until the owner fixes this I would recommend bringing an epi pen and taking it to go!

Thank greenec81
Sharon, Massachusetts
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230 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

I love trying great ice cream, and this place has it. They have a board that describes what is in each of their named flavored. I went with chocolate peanut butter and the coffee Oreo. My kids loved the cookie dough and the cake batter. The kids sizes are huge. More than enough for an adult. The only downside was... More 

Thank Ghiatrain
Chicago, Illinois
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110 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

Homemade ice cream at it's finest. Best mint oreo ice cream I have ever had! Salted Caramel was great too.... I am glad I don't live close to this one - I'd gain so much weight on my daily stops by! LOL

Thank VLKenyon
Essex, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

Highly recommended!! Fresh, homemade ice cream. Definitely make your way down there but beware that sometimes there is a line (that's going to happen when you serve heaven in a cone).

Thank Anneliese B
Milford, Pennsylvania
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109 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Stopped in with friends. There was a line but it moved quickly. I had an ice cream flavored with walnuts and maple syrup - more like nuts surrounded by ice cream. It was fantastic. Each of us had something different and they were all wonderful. They have the regular stuff which I am sure is great but their innovative flavors... More 

Thank Karl M
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Saw this Ice Cream place on our way to go shopping...was very busy...so we decided to stop on our way home...Thank God we did...It was the most delicious ice cream we have ever had...the combinations were very interesting..I had mint chip...my husband had a blackcherry...I can't exactly remember what they called them...but they were large scoops...they were not inexpensive either...but... More 

Thank Kathy V
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

you can never go wrong with your choice of ice cream here! worth driving over to even if you don't live nearby. Just yum!

Thank LoGly
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

This little ice cream joint is at two locations, one in Essex and one on Route one in Rowley. One of my biggest gripes in life is that they're are simply not enough outstanding ice cream places. But there is Downriver. Their ice cream is so rich and flavorful. Incredibly creamy and sweet. There tons of varieties to choose from,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: (978) 768-0102

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