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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 December 28, 2018

We've been going to Woodman's for fifteen years and while we have tried lots of other places along the shore, this is still the one to beat when it comes to flavor and coating. Onions rings are also excellent. It's a very rustic setting with...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Vanessa V
Reviewed December 12, 2018

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
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2019

Janice So sorry for the late response to your review. Thank you for taking the time to let us know that you weren't happy. please contact me at letusknow@woodmans.com Thank you Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed November 28, 2018

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 December 4, 2018

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 8, 2018

I was born in Essex County, MA in 1941. Discovered Woodman's while in high school in the 1950s. While in college it was our weekend source for steamers and "suds". My work took me out of New England and I've been a West-coaster since the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank W1419ZDstever
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Dstever Thank you for your comments! We love to hear from our fans, especially those visiting from the so far away (: I'll be sure to share your review with our crew-They LOVE the praise! Thanks again Rhonda Woodman

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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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