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74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

view here of the marsh is great. And the food is consistent and good. Nothing stupendous, but a good reliable place for a meal out. The service is attentive and responsive. The menu is straightforward. They know what they are doing. keep in mind that this restaurant is seasonal and closes during winter months.

Thank MHS7560
Westford, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

We found Periwinkle's while driving through Essex, MA. We bypassed Woodman's (last time we went there we had an hour wait - in line!) and we were looking for a nice seafood dinner that wouldn't require a second mortgage. On a whim we decided to try Periwinkles and I'm glad we did. We were seated and our server came over... More 

Thank Gusto45
Middleton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Visited on Sat night. Made a reservation for four and was seated when we arrived. The room was a little crowded but not uncomfortable. The side salad was very good and quite large. We got a salmon dish that was great comes with veg and rice, The Fried clams were great, small and crispy with fries and a good serving... More 

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Mundelein, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Visited for lunch and the lobster rolls and steamers were excellent. It was also $10 less expensive than Legal Seafoods!! The restaurant has great water views and one can eat indoors or outdoors. The waitress was a little brisk, but efficient. I would eat here again, no questions asked!

1 Thank Trini-trekkers
Hamilton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Had guests from out of town and planned a leisurely lunch at Periwinkles. Food was outstanding, service excellent and views just the best. Prices better than most on the Causeway. Have always done their mussels, fried clams etc. and always delicious...but ordered sushi this time. The Islander and Zing...in a world of great sushi restaurants, Periwinkles was seriously excellent. Going... More 

Thank noshore2016
Dothan, Alabama
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56 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

This lovely restaurant sits right on the Essex river. Fantastic seafood as well as other items. Great waitstaff. View from every table. Good value. Lobster roll was gigantic sweet, fresh. Art work on walks

Thank grammysuesue
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Enjoyed a filling lunch during the mid-week in Essex. Had steamed clams and fresh tomatoes from the restaurant's on site garden for appetizers. Scallop stuffed sole was cooked to perfection.

Thank Rebel53
Boston, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

We stopped at Perriwinkles for lunch prior to a river boat trip. We had a beautiful deck to ourselves, overlooking the river and old boatyards. Food and service were excellent. We shared an excellent lobster roll and a big bowl of mussels. The broth for the mussels was beautifully (and unusually) seasoned. A beautiful setting for a memorable lunch.

Thank Kima's_Consort
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

Lunch was delicious shrimp taco's, New England clam chowder and oysters. Nice view and wait staff! Sits on the Essex river so fun to water the waterway.

Thank Tom G
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Overall this restaurant is one of my favorites in Essex , Ma. Wait staff is attentive , and accommodating. Food quality is excellent. Fried clams are the best in Essex. Other seafood dishes are fresh and expertly prepared

Thank ecloutier2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Kids
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?