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Woodman's of Essex

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Certificate of Excellence2016, 2019 Winner
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FRIED PLATES‏
Served with fries and onion rings
Mkt
"Chubby's Original"
Fried clams
Mkt
Sea Scallops
15.95
Jumbo Shrimp
13.95
Native Shrimp
13.95
Clam Strips
14.95
Haddock
10.95
Chicken Fingers
26.95
Fried Lobster
26.95
"Down River" Combo
Clams, shrimp, scallops, fish
FAMILY STYLE BOXES
Sm. (½ Pt. ) 5.50
Md. (Pt. ) 7.00
Lg. (Qt. ) 11.50
Onion Rings
Sm. (½ Pt. ) 3.95
Md. (Pt. ) 5.50
Lg. (Qt. ) 8.50
Fries
Sm. (½ Pt. ) n/a
Md. (Pt. ) n/a
Lg. (Qt. ) Market
Fried Clams
Sm. (½ Pt. ) n/a
Md. (Pt. ) n/a
Lg. (Qt. ) Market
Sea Scallops
Sm. (½ Pt. ) 12.95
Md. (Pt. ) 20.95
Lg. (Qt. ) 39.95
Jumbo Shrimp
Sm. (½ Pt. ) 10.95
Md. (Pt. ) 14.95
Lg. (Qt. ) 26.95
Native Shrimp
Sm. (½ Pt. ) 10.95
Md. (Pt. ) 13.95
Lg. (Qt. ) 26.95
Clam Strips
Sm. (½ Pt. ) n/a
Md. (Pt. ) n/a
Lg. (Qt. ) 13.95
Haddock
One size
Sm. (½ Pt. ) n/a
Md. (Pt. ) n/a
Lg. (Qt. ) 10.95
Chicken Fingers
One size
SANDWICHES‏
Served with potato chips
19.50
Lobster Roll
14.50
Clam Roll
10.50
Clam Strip Roll
10.50
Crabmeat Roll
8.50
Haddock Sandwich
7.50
Steak Burger
7.50
Grilled Chicken
2.95
Hot Dog
7.50
Salmon Burger
SIDE ITEMS
Sm./cup 4.95
Lg./bowl 6.95
Clam Chowder
2.95
Home Made Cole Slaw
One size
2.95
Corn on the Cob
One cob‏
One 2.35
Four 6.95
Eight 10.95
Nana Bessie's Famous Clam Cakes
FOR KIDS 12 AND UNDER‏
5.50
Chicken Fingers
7.50
Clam Strips
7.50
Native Shrimp
7.50
Fish Boat
5.20
Hot Dog
5.25
Grilled Cheese
STEAMED CLAMS
W/ drawn butter
Market
Small
Market
Large
HOT BOILED LOBSTER‏
W/ drawn butter
Market
Choose Your Own
About
"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
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $30
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups
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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lobster and steamers were awesome. Slaw and sweet potato fries were an unexpected bonus. Friendly staff. Just as I remember from 30-years ago. I highly recommend this "rough" dinning experience with great food. I must for a trip to the North Shore.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Tim R
woodmansofesessex, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Tim, We appreciate you taking the time to write about your recent trip to Woodman's, we always love to hear from our fans, and hear that its just as you remember! We are celebrating our 105th year this year! Thank you for sharing your comments...More

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 via mobile

I have a difficult time with stars. Must think of them in a genre and not as an all time basis. Want fried clams, scallops, shrimp or fish one cannot do better. Even going there for over 60 years and always look forward to our...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Nonchallant1
woodmansofesessex, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I enjoyed reading your rave reviews about your recent visit to Woodman's - Thank you for being such a loyal fan, and especially thank you for taking the time to share your comments about your trip! Sincerely, Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is noisy but the crab roll is to die for. We ate upstairs In The raw bar as it was quieter and came with a good view of the river with passing boats as long as you can do steps, it was terrific.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Marcia S
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Marcia It's nice to hear you enjoyed your crab roll, thank you (: I agree that this time of year, it does get a bit noisy so it's great you found our Top Deck. You may enjoy coming in the off season...although some don't...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out - no, not that Woodman, this is the legendary Woodman’s of Essex. We’d read about Woodman’s for years and finally made it up that way a few weeks ago. We were four and had varied items and...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank JoeKupe
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Joe It sounds like you all enjoyed your visit, customer satisfaction is our top priority, along with top quality of food, so we always appreciate the positive feedback!. It was nice to read you enjoyed the chicken. I know when I order chicken fingers,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Woodman’s stands on its own. Seriously the best lobster roll I have ever had. Not too much mayo and no dull filler meat. Even the bun is perfectly grilled. It’s got great New England ambiance and picnic tables out back to enjoy a beautiful summer...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank travel_historic
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

...about the place that “invented” the fried clam. It is a classic. Always on my agenda in Essex, and never disappoints (except why do they really need to put a hot dog roll in the clam “roll” dish- $18.99 ?. I buy it for the...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank mgerhardt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like lobster and fried seafood, you’ll probably like Woodman’s, a local institution for over a hundred years. It serves huge portions of fried clams, shrimp, and scallops, accompanied by mountains of French fries. Not too many other choices, though. The New England clam...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank RGinCT
Reviewed May 12, 2019 via mobile

We’ve been coming to woodmans for years. They have the best chowder and fried clams. Most of the menu items are gluten free!! Delicious.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank travelingfamily57
Reviewed May 7, 2019

Although more of a tourist attraction, it's fun to go at least once. It's where the fried clam was invented. Pricey but good portion sizes. Options to eat in the rough in the dining room, or outside under the tent with great marsh views. Ice...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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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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December 3, 2016|
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Response from woodmansofesessex | 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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Response from woodmansofesessex | Property representative |
The Top Deck area has air conditioning.
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