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Village Restaurant

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55 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1342
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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106 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dined here with friends recently, and really enjoyed it. This is American comfort food as it should be: fresh, simply and deliciously prepared, good sized portions, reasonable prices, served in a cozy room, with Thelonious Monk playing softly in the background. Our server brought us a generous basket of fine crumb homemade corn bread to start. The menu had... More 

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New York
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a five-star review for the clam chowder. My husband, who is a vegetarian, didn't have much choice at this restaurant, which primarily serves seafood, so he had a salad. I had the clam chowder, which was absolutely delicious, and came with a basket of delicious bread and corn bread. The restaurant was full at lunch time and is... More 

Thank lauranda
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice cozy place, great food, friendly waters. Recommend Shrimp Scampi Bruschetta. Char-grilled Steak was also excellent.

Thank Alex718_207
Tampa, Florida
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

We've been going to The Village for years and it never disappoints. Love the cornbread in the bread basket. We went for the Tuesday 13.99 fried clam special. Dessert menu is dizzying. Only place left serving Indian Pudding. We always take home a quart.

Thank J D B
Janesville, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

I am a Midwesterner so I am not around the East Coast a lot but I do love seafood. When I go to the East Coast I always find my way to The Village in Essex, MA. It is by far my favorite place out east. The fish is great but the fried calms strips I have ever had came... More 

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santa barbara
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

The Village is the place to go for good, fresh seafood. Haddock, fried clams, steamers, clam chowder, swordfish, scallops--all delicious. We eat there twice a day when we are near Essex!

Thank cassismeg
Hampton, New Hampshire
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193 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

This restaurant has been around for as long as I can remember because it is always striving to improve their guest dining experience. The interior seems to change every two years. The menu always has somewhat of an update; the prices are a cut above any other restaurant in Essex but the food is always presented properly and with a... More 

Thank critic49
Davenport, Florida
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Have always loved this place..food delicious and staff very attentive to our service....Seated quickly without reservations...Thanks again for all the delicious Essex foot!

Thank Debby S
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86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

There are many restaurants in this area and the Village lacks a view and ambiance but is surprisingly good. There are many seafood offerings so you will find something appealing. I had a delicious haddock with fresh tomatoes and onions. My companion had a haddock with a cream sauce that she enjoyed There are choices for sides but I don't... More 

Thank drregina
Boston, Massachusetts
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583 reviews
333 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

Came here for a late lunch and was not disappointed. My Husband and I both really wanted a Lobster Roll and the Village Restaurant did not disappoint! Tons of meat, claws and all in the roll. French Fries were done perfectly. Will be back!

Thank CMC_2012

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood, Soups, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1342
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 978-768-6400

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?