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74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Beverly, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely location, water views from most of the tables. Salads are fresh and large enough to split. We've been here several times and usually order a baked or broiled fish dinner, however we decided to try their fried fisherman platter. Their batter is very light and the shrimp, scallops and clams were crispy and very flavorful. We've tried a lot... More 

Thank pall48
Beverly, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We meandered into this establishment after a day at Cranes Beach. The beer was super cold and we tried the 3 different oysters. They were fresh and delicious! I love a little horseradish and a tangy red sauce on top. The bartender was a local gal who was friendly and accommodating. We plan on trying the food next time.

Thank angelasn2003
Columbia, South Carolina
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116 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is hard to get excited about a small sandwich shop...but not this one. Periwinkles is the best! They have wonderful, large sandwiches, and great customer service. My favorite is the tuna salad.

Thank CarolinaConclave
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Essex was a zoo with long lines all over Essex. Yes, we made a res for the 4 of us for 6:30PM which did make it easier. We also reserved lobsters. While the place was packed, we were seated within 15 minutes of our reserved time and had an enjoyable time at the bar. The steamers were amongst the best... More 

Thank Point_of_View01945
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

I came to eat lunch with my girlfriend and it took 45 minutes to bring our food. Three other tables were sat after us and received their food. Horrible service ! Definitely not a good restaurant!

Thank Christos2525
Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We were returning to Boston from the north shore via side roads to sightsee. We stumbled upon Periwinkles in Essex and are happy we did. The restaurant is bright inside, lots of windows and offers wonderful views of the town marina. We all thought their clam chowder was delicious, as well as the ever replenished basket of hot bread. I... More 

Thank TheCaptBob
Oswego, New York
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129 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Went here on a Wednesday for lunch. The restaurant opened promptly at 11:30 and we were greeted by a very friendly hostess and introduced to our waiter Jesse. The dining area is typical of seafood restaurants in New England. All was clean and neat. I ordered fried haddock and my wife had the very large and very fresh lobster roll.... More 

Thank jmartibOswego_NY
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218 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We had a Groupon that was expiring & needed to use by May 18 so we threw caution to the wind and made an early reservation for a Saturday night knowing it would be very busy. We sat in the bar area which I didn't think I'd like but we had a good view of the river and it was... More 

Thank FancyNancyBoston
Naples, Florida
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87 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Stopped for an early lunch on a spring Saturday. It was nearly empty and service was good. We enjoyed the meal and watching activity at the boat ramp from out window table. But at $2.25 apiece for oysters and $8 for a glass of ordinary wine, we wound up paying $80 including tip for lunch for two. We've had good... More 

Thank David F
Boston, Ma
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

I recently went here with three friends on a weeknight. It was busy and we wish we had made reservations. The main dining room was pretty full and we were led to a back room. This room, with views of the marsh, is in the same room as the bar, which only seats about 6-8 people. The folks at the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 978-768-6320

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?