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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 September 10, 2018

My hubby and I came here for dinner. Love coming "off season" with no lines!! Food is done so well here, they really have it down to a science and they should after 100 years in business. Clams are not gritty and sweet. Shrimp are...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank CMC_2012
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Yes, you and your husband came at the right time of year when there are no lines. Did you know that after Columbus Day weekend we have Daily Specials (listed on our webpage) and that KIDS EAT FREE ALL WINTER LONG... right up to the...More

Reviewed September 5, 2018

Everyone told me this was the place to go for clams and stemahs. Ok did not have the steamers but did have the clam roll. Maybe because it was the day after Labor day they just did not hit right. Had a great clam roll...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank LazyPoint
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2018

Dear Lazy Point, I am sorry that your clams were not up to par. Should not matter any day or time we work hard to serve the best. Please contact me personally at LetUsKnow@woodmans.com. Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

We had to go here when we realized we were close to this place and it was in the movie Grown Ups, and reading the reviews and seeing the pics. We were not disappointed. Order food at one counter, pay, order drinks at another counter...More

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

Dear Island Girl Traveler! We are happy you decided to drop in. Yes part of the Grown Ups movie was filmed here! It was quite and experience and many of our families and staff were extras in the movie. Best, Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed September 3, 2018

In the mood for fried fish or clams? This is the place. Not at all fancy, in fact it is at the opposite end of the decor spectrum. The fried clams and fries fish are top notch. The onion rings might be the best that...More

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

Thanks for a great and fun review. Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We have been coming to Woodmens for years as a family. We use to come on Mothers Day every year, but the long lines and seating has kept us from coming on that day for a couple years now. However, we still make the visit...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank MeganneM1
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Dear Meganne, We do love to see the all of the mothers on Mother's Day yet yes it can be a long line yet as you know it moves along quickly and we do our best to make every Mother feel very special with her...More

Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

I have a difficult time with stars. Are they based on all cuisine or on a genre. In this category, and I have been to several this summer and gazillions over the years it gets five. We had fried, what else. But when we started...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Nonchallant1
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Dear Five Stars! I missed your comment and so sorry! if you happen to see this please contact me at LetUsKnow@woodmans.com. We would love to honor you as a longstanding customer! Sincerely, Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We went with another couple on Saturday evening. The line was long but it moved quickly. My wife said she had the best clam strips ever. My calamari was perfectly cooked. Go there. It’s worth the drive.

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

Dear Len, Thanks so much for your succinct and kind review! We hope you will return in the fall when the lines are not that long. I am wondering how long your drive was? I can be reached at: LetUsKnow@woodmans.com Sincerely, Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

If you like fried seafood this is the place to go. Almost everything is gluten free due to using corn flour. The biscuits, crab cakes and onion rings are the only ones that are not. They use separate fryers for those items. The kids meals...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank cstamps18
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Not bad for deep fried foods which is mainly what is served here. Platters, think clam strips, whole bellies, calamari, etc., come with onion rings and French fries. Lobster is also available. This is a walk up counter-pick up own food when number is called-type...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank dickster243
Reviewed August 15, 2018

You pick your own lobster outside. They are already mostly cooked and when you pick one it is briefly dipped in hot water. The counterman cracks the lobster for you and then you go inside to eat - or take home. The lobster is good...More

Date of visit: August 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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