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Tom Shea's Seafood Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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122 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1304
+1 978-768-6931
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful marsh views. Seems like a great local place. Great bar. Had the fried clams....amazing! Delicious chowder. Fallen chocolate cake one of the best I ever had.

Thank danylik
Boulder, Colorado
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71 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have eaten here many times, this past trip the restaurant had a new name. The fish was fresh as always, my son had some egg hash dish which he really liked. We sat by the window even though it was a cold grey Sunday in January. Service was good as well.

Thank Janet N
Beverly, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

The restaurant is now called Shea's. We went on a Monday evening. The dining room was about 1/2 full. They did have fireplaces going and if you like sitting next to the fire request a table near the fire or the back of the restaurant over looks the Essex river. We generally like to order appetizers only, so we can... More 

Thank 2gmas
Beverly, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

I had the clam plate which was delicious my husband had the Seafood plate. We also enjoyed a few cocktails as well.

Thank tiegansnana
Boston, Ma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

12 of us went to Shea's for Thanksgiving dinner. One never really knows how a restaurant is going to handle holiday reservations, but this place got it right. Our table was ready when we arrived, we never felt rushed, the service was terrific, the food great, the dining room was nicely decorated. Even though it was busy, we never felt... More 

Thank Triplover31
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Years ago, this was a great place for dinner. It's showing its age. Food so-so. For the price, can get a better meal elsewhere in the area.

Thank kate m
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Very good restaurant with lovely view. This is a good choice if some in your party are not seafood lovers; the menu includes burgers, chicken, and salads. The service was great and the view is beautiful.

Thank Pumpke
Merrimack, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Took our family (10 of us) to Sheas to celebrate my our parents 60th wedding anniversary. Got there early, 5-ish, on a Saturday and was seated right away. We had a long table so conversation was difficult After we were seated our Server (Janet) showed up 5-10 minutes later. She never introduced herself, appeared stressed out, and felt a bit... More 

Thank Gary K
Sandown, New Hampshire
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Docked my boat and had the baked haddock and my wife had the haddock fish and chips with a mix of onion rings and sweet potato fries - wow! Highly recommend!

Thank luv2flyboat
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Very beautiful view, had our 1st date here about 25 years ago so it brings emotional ties to us, foods always been good and the bartenders are too!

Thank Sharon G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 122 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1304
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-6931

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