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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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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good29%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“onion rings” (123 reviews)
“lobster” (152 reviews)
“chowder” (63 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
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Reviewed September 9, 2017

Decent Fried seafood and boiled lobster, family friendly eating area, very long lines especially for the boiled lobster...bring your $$$ because its not going to be cheap rather quite expensive.More

Thank Al D
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thought I might take a minute to share about our pricing. Our portions are very large and often two people share a platter with each having a chowder. We are also self-service which does not require any tip so you save on that aspect as...More

Reviewed September 6, 2017

I don't know what all the excitement is about! In all honesty, I think it's the history of the place (which I'm not denigrating), as well as the fact that people get excited about platters that are piled high with an array of deep fried...More

Thank AssikoGal
Reviewed September 5, 2017

Woodman's is definitely a good but touristy restaurant. Even when I showed up around 3 pm for a late lunch there was still a steady stream of people coming in. The good news is that there's a quick turnaround and lots of tables. Service is...More

Thank Dimitrios D
Reviewed September 4, 2017

Always consistent and great fun. The clams and the boiled lobsters are fantastic and the informal atmosphere is very family friendly.

Thank rdzaiger
Reviewed August 28, 2017

I think this place stands more for it's century plus of a reputation rather than for how good the food is. I have to admit, it's just ok. I had fish and chips, my wife had steamers and we both got chowdah. The fish was...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed August 28, 2017

Having recently moved to the North Shore, one of my first priorities is to find a great place for fried clams. When I think about a great fried clam, I want it to have a big belly, a light coating and be cooked in fresh...More

Thank laslototh
Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

Woodman's of Essex is a well know seafood restaurant. Five of visited Woodman's on a Sunday afternoon and the line was already out the door. We were told it is always crowded and many times the line is down the street. Order your food at...More

Thank katherine f
Reviewed August 22, 2017

Ok, yes I'll admit I tried my friends fried clams and yes they are moist, fresh and delicious. However I was not in the mood for fried food so I had the steamers. Oh so good, moist, fresh and delicious served with melted butter and...More

Thank Gershwin12
Reviewed August 16, 2017

The first time I ate at Woodman's was probably close to sixty years ago. Little has changed. To me, Woodman's is all about clams. I know they sell lobster and fish and other seafood (and chicken?) but its the clams. Over the years the clams...More

1  Thank Bjdoliber
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2017

Thank you so much for your review... I have been at Woodman's, first as an employee and then as an in-law ( I married my high school sweetheart Steve Woodman), for fifty years ... so at sixty years you have been around longer than I...More

Reviewed August 14, 2017 via mobile

If you come here for a meal, avoid the cardiologist for a few days as all the really good things, excluding the lobsters, are fried - clam strips, shrimp, onion rings, fries. I prefer Farnhams chowda but woodmans is not too bad. Beware, the lines...More

Thank tomasso54
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2017

Thanks so much for writing a kind review! Appreciate it. Rhonda Woodman

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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
September 7, 2015|
Response from Rhonda W | Property representative |
The Top Deck area has air conditioning.
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
$10 - $30
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, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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
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"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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