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Village Restaurant

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55 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1342
978-768-6400
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Today
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dependable!

Recently, family from Pennsylvania came to visit and we had a small family reunion. We decided to go to the Village, knowing we could get fresh tasty seafood without fail! Everyone, including two children had seafood, and we were all pleased with our choices. The desserts are very good, also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
msmunich01930
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Rowley, Massachusetts
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Rowley, Massachusetts
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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently, family from Pennsylvania came to visit and we had a small family reunion. We decided to go to the Village, knowing we could get fresh tasty seafood without fail! Everyone, including two children had seafood, and we were all pleased with our choices. The desserts are very good, also. Prices have changed over the years, but quality remains high.You... More 

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Thank msmunich01930
Georgetown, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We first started going in college, and because of the consistency in food, value and excellent service we are still going! It's been fun to literally grow up with the staff over the years. We remember having one of the current co owners being our waitress (Luane), and Dana has been a stalwart all these years as our greeter. Since... More 

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Thank PJandLindyLu
Beverly, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

I worked as a senior executive at Legal Sea Foods for 8 years and still love it but, this is where I have gone many times for great seafood, in a nice, warm environment and get the best value all the way around; it is consistently the best in the greater Essex are for seafood!! The Ricci Family are top... More 

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Thank Stephen R
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53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

We arrived fairly, but not too late on a Sat evening. The crowd was pretty much leaving and we got the distinct impression that the wait staff saw us as a reason they wouldn't get home early. Food was ok, price not bad but the service was kind of a hustle out. Would try it again but I hope this... More 

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Thank Buslist
Ipswich, United States
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Had not been to The Village for a while and was looking for a good meal in comfortable surroundings. It exceeded both of our expectations. We ate at the bar and each started with the sicilian style fish chowder, then an order of stuffed clams and then the Seafood Provence and Seafood Buena Vista. Everything was wonderfully fresh and filling.... More 

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1 Thank Peter W
Hampstead, New Hampshire
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Been here many times, having grown up in nearby Ipswich( home of the clams!) menu is basic, priced affordable for most. A lot of senior age people! Lunch especially. Service is ok, but never rushed! Recommend fried clams or baked scallops. Could use a good cleaning/updating.

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Thank Susan H
Lunenburg
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

We visit the area annually since 1998, and keep going back once a visit with the hope there will be something different on the menu, but no luck.

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Thank Lianne L
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Was this restaurant sold to someone else? Did they get a new chef? We've been going to this restaurant for 40 years, have always enjoyed--today clams were bigger than my fist, rubbery & not chewable--chewed off batter & spit out clams to my butter dish, was afraid I'd choke if I tried to swallow, my husband were the same. This... More 

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1 Thank susan m
Brooklyn, Connecticut
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

When we went to visit Cape Ann, we always eat at the Village Rest. The food is wonderful, the wait staff is on point and knows about the food that they are serving. There is not a long wait for the food you order and it is served hot. I will say that I did work here in the 1970's.... More 

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Thank Holly P
Salem, New Hampshire
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We went with the family after apple picking at a local orchard. It was hot inside and the food was good, but nothing spectacular. There were 12 of us and we ordered haddock and scallops, mac & cheese, fried clams, buffalo wings, chicken fingers, steak salad, hot dog, little of everything. Everyone left satisfied. The service was wonderful - every... More 

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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