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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 October 3, 2018 via mobile

Terrific. We had a long day and it was across the street from our room at Shea's. We gave it a first time try. The food was fresh, hot and yummy.

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

Dear Patricia, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate it. Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed October 2, 2018

This resaurant seems famous and there were a lot of guests but there are many tables available. My friends had fried fish and I had clam chowder famous in New England, which i wished a bit more salt. One serving of fried fish is too...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Nobuko F
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

Thank you for your response and yes we do give quite a bit of food! Many customers know this and split a dinner and order chowder and clam cakes or a smaller portion of something they really like. We are an easy place to mix...More

Reviewed September 24, 2018

My grandson and his wife had a destination wedding in Essex with immediate family, Grandparents included! His reception was at Woodman's upstairs in the Raw Bar and we had a blast. Great seafood dinner and service was exceptional. Attention was paid to every detail to...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Patricia M
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2018

I'm very happy to hear you were so pleased with your service, I will be sure to spread your kind words to our crew! Thank you for your comments (:

Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

Stopped by for lunch driving from Maine on my way to Cape Cod. Picked this place based on reviews. Very disappointed. Very expensive & food was not that good. I ordered a small fried whole belly clam - it was chewy & batter was too...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Worldtraveler4372301
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2018

So sorry about your visit! If you would like to talk to me personally, please contact me at letusknow.com

Reviewed September 20, 2018

Woodlands has been crushing it for the thick end of a century, so they don't really need my endorsement..... but they are going to get it anyway. A fantastic old school seafood shack where the welcome is warm and the food is fresh. We shared...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank mmck745
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback about your visit to Woodman's - Customer service is our top priority so we LOVE to hear when people are happy! Thanks again (:

Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

First time at this establishment. They have been here for a hundred years so they must be doing something right! Both my friend and I had the 1 1/2 pound lobsters. Casual eatery. The lobsters came on a cardboard tray. Sides and drinks are extra....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 510conniel
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2018

I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your first trip to Woodman's! Thanks for your feedback (:

Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Revisited a childhood destination with my own family and it was better than I remember. Be prepared to wait patiently both to order and for a table. HUGE heaping servings of fried seafood, fries and batter dipped onion rings. Belly clams, fried shrimp platter and...More

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

Dear Bambi, Thank you for your kind review! We do work diligently to do our very best. Your words are encouraging to all of us. Thank you, Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed September 14, 2018

Visited Aug 2018. Long line but quick. Fresh lobsters outside. Party of 5 and the food came rather quickly? Fried clams were not that good. Seemed like they were sitting around. They were small and kinda of heavy with grease. Definately did not just com...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Lobstah-19
Rhonda W, General Manager at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2018

I am sorry that your clams were not up to par. Please contact me personally at LetUsKnow@woodmans.com. Sincerely, Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed September 14, 2018

I\d been here several years ago, and after all the hype was disappointed. It seemed to want to live on reputation rather than results. Yesterday, I embarked on the 1 1/4 hour drive down to Essex for some seafood, originally intending to go to JT...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

I visited Woodman's once before - in 2004 - and it hasn't changed. They still serve super fresh super delicious seafood in a cardboard box. The servings are generous, and the prices are reasonable. I had a 1.5 pound lobster for $25. The clam chowder...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 646lorit
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Dear Lori, Thank you for your five-star review we are very grateful! We hope you will return before the next fourteen years! Best, 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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