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Woodman's of Essex

121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
+1 978-768-6057
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Overview
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good29%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“lobster” (165 reviews)
“onion rings” (145 reviews)
“chowder” (68 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Ordered fried clams and clam cakes. Fried Clams were small and the clam cakes were very greasy....had to throw them out. Very disappointed because of their good reputation. I will not be returning.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank janice l
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed August 27, 2018

OMG its been many years since I had a chance to visit Woodman's of Essex and I was not disappointed. There have been some upgrades with the addition of upstairs everything else was as I remembered it. The lobster pools out front, the ordering and...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Debra M
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Debra, Thank you for your five-star review. We walk a fine line keeping things "the same" while working to make improvements. Yet serving the best food we can is always central. It has been a while since you came if you had not seen the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Woodman's was recommended to us, and on the way back to Boston we stopped in for lunch. The place was packed! We came in the side door off of the parking lot, don't make the same mistake, go to the front door and pick a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank beetrvln
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear beetrvln I'm happy to read you enjoyed your first Woodman's visit! However, I'm so sorry you were not aware that we serve boiled lobsters. We do have a sign inside about the lobsters out front, yet I understand it can be a bit confusing...More

Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

The seafood is fabulous. It looks piled high on the plate, but they do put a lot of French fries under the seafood to make it look like more. But what you get is really good. The food comes out fast and hot. It is...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 536kathys
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

Woodman's this time of year is a treat. Not crazy as the Summer. it was relaxing and the fish was very fresh and cooked to perfection. The fried clams are the best ever. Woodman's is a fun place to go and the surrounding area is...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 181billz
Reviewed October 26, 2018

No one can compete with their clams. Whether its the cornmeal flour or the lard in the deep friers, these are the crispiest, non-greasiest, tastiest clams you can find. When combined with their ice clod draft beer the combination can't be beat

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank brianbollwage
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Brian Thanks so much for your great review about your visit to Woodman's! We appreciate such positive comments and we are very happy you enjoyed your meal (: Thanks again! Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

We went to the beach in Gloucester yesterday and on the way home drove through Essex and found ourselves at Woodmans . We usually go to Woodmans 3 or 4 times in the summer months for the famous Fried clams . Yesterday the fried clams...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MassZiggy
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Dear MassZiggy So sorry your recent trip to Woodman's was not up to par. As much as we don't like hearing the negative feedback, it's important for people to let us know, so we can address the problem. Please contact me offline at letusknow@woodmans.com Thank...More

Reviewed October 16, 2018

This place was great. We had deep fried lobster, shrimp, clams and crab cakes. You get a enormous portion. The staff was friendly.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Rebecca L
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Rebecca We appreciate your review and are happy that your enjoyed your visit to Woodman's! I will spread the word to our staff, they LOVE to hear the praise (: Thanks again Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed October 14, 2018

I love to stop at Woodman's and get their Lobster's which are arrayed on an ice table outside the restaurant -- they look great, and the workers are always ready to help you pick out the best one. After picking, they throw it back in...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank F9713OQwalterc
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Walter Thank you for your positive comments about your visit to Woodman's! We love to hear the praise, and we love to share the reviews with our crew (: They all work so hard, and we appreciate that. Thanks again! Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed October 9, 2018

I live in Essex, and of course, this place is legendary but it's not worth the 1 1/2 hour wait. Go to JT Farms and eat like a local.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank BONNIE G
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410kaleighb
October 27, 2017|
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Response from John M | Reviewed this property |
I think you can. I left mine in the car but I seem to remember that there were a few tables outside.
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121058
December 3, 2016|
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Response from Rhonda W | Property representative |
Yes we ship clambakes, lobsters, and fried clam kits to anyplace in the continental USA. You can place an order on our webpage. Thank you, Rhonda Woodman
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EMMJKM
September 7, 2015|
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Response from Rhonda W | Property representative |
The Top Deck area has air conditioning.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$10 - $30
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-6057
  • E-mail
Description
"Best Waterfront Seafood Shack"- USA Today "Best Restaurant in New England" about.com Readers Serving fresh award-winning seafood for over 100 years! Chubby and Bessie Woodman invented the fried clam back in 1916 Casual, family-friendly atmosphere. Gluten-free, seafood, chowder and more. Fried clams, scallops, shrimp, steamers, boiled lobster, lobster rolls plus burgers and chicken as non-seafood choices. Full Bar, Seasonal Raw Bar Catering throughout New England Shipping across the USA
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