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Village Restaurant

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55 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1342
+1 978-768-6400
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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111 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like good seafood at reasonable prices, this is one of the best places to stop on Cape Anne. Lots of choices and they all look good. Whether you like fried, baked, or broiled, there is something for everyone here. The staff is very attentive and did not rush us out at closing time.

Thank William O
Saratoga Springs, New York
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118 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Constant Companion and I have driven by the Village Restaurant probably a hundred times. It has always seemed popular(based on the number of cars parked out front) but we had always stopped earlier to eat somewhere else. Finally, we gave the Village Restaurant a try and we were rewarded for our decision. CC ordered two House Chardonnays(Beringer) @ $6.99 each--very... More 

Thank Robert B
Suffield, Connecticut
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85 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this family style restaurant - comfortable and laid back! We were treated to excellent service and great meals. The calamari appetizer was delicious and plenty for three people easily. The baked haddock was perfectly prepared and very rich, just the way I like it. The steak tip salad was perfect for the non-seafood diner!

Thank AnneMarie B
The Villages, Florida
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This family owned restaurant has been in Essex MA for decades. In a town full of seafood restaurants, Village Restaurant is at the top of the heap. From steamed clams to lobster pie, their seafood is as good as it gets. Fried, boiled, steamed - however you like it. I'd suggest making a reservation because I've never been there when... More 

Thank David B
Portland, Connecticut
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very popular on weekends. Large choice of menus items including local seafood expertly prepared. Great specials.

Thank robincauble
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lobster was delicious.Great service - little waiting time for food. More seats available than it looks from outside.

Thank Ann C
Hamilton, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

One of the best of the "oldies but goodies" on the North Shore of Boston. Large restaurant, plenty of seating, great wait staff, so friendly and accomodating. Food is always great...baked haddock is the very best...never order anything else, though clams, lobster, fresh fish offerings and chowder all outstanding. Perhaps some might think it a drawback because they are not... More 

Thank noshore2016
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107 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

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 

Thank GranolaGal
New York
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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

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 September 19, 2016

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

Thank Alex718_207

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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, 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: +1 978-768-6400

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