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Essex Seafood

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143R Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1330
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Essex Seafood was recommended by a friend who lives in Magnolia. Four of us decided to drive up and try this place out. It was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday night. There were only two other parties in the Restaurant. We ordered the Fried Clam Plate, Fisherman's Plate, Shrimp Plate & Fish & chips Plate. As far as quantity the... More 

Thank VVHT
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32 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just stop for quick lunch. Very fresh lobsters and calamari. Friendly owner and food was good. Service was quick.

Thank UriM15
Boston, Massachusetts
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41 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Large portions of seafood caught the same day. Food is served hot, and you can eat inside at a table of your choice or outside at a picnic table. We took our haddock sandwiches (you had a choice of fries or onion rings) outside to enjoy the evening, which also allowed our dog to dine, too. It's not terribly scenic... More 

Thank Z-OC-Family
Greenwich, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

This us an order at a window seafood business with tables you pick yourself. It can. Be very busy, so go early. The food is good. If you like the self serve, casual atmosphere, this is the place for you.

Thank hoponatrain
Mukilteo, Washington
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348 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

I wanted some fresh fish to grill, and Essex Seafood not only is a restaurant, but a small fish market as well. The selection is limited, but it is fresh daily. Much better than taking a chance at the market. I bought the Halibut (for $3 a pound less than at the market) and it was great!

Thank Richard R
Dublin, Texas
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59 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

My first clam chowder and I loved it. Plus there were options for those who don't like sea food. Great atmosphere and appeared to be a local favorite and family owned.

Thank KarenHawkinson
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77 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

I went here with my parents last night. They let me choose and I picked Essex Seafood because I have always liked the food there. I got the Haddock Boat which means you get a large slice of haddock with either onion rings or French fries. I picked the onion rings and they were delicious For an appetizer I got... More 

Thank sleeper61
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Originally from Gloucester but moved to Florida 14 years ago. But every time I come back this is definitely on the must do list. Incredible portions and competitive prices.

Thank luvmyteams
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71 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

This is a usual stop for us when we are in Cape Ann. Consistently excellent seafood. We've had clams, scallops, calamari, fisherman's platter---all wonderful. Fries are good too. Onion rings cut by hand to order. This visit was with my friend and his children who got the chicken fingers.....real chicken tenders which were delicious. The restaurant is inland so no... More 

Thank JKBD
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18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

Our first time to try whole belly clams. We split an order of fried whole clams, onion rings and fries. It was all very good. The price was rather high we thought--$28 to split the whole dinner. We did like the clams though.

Thank joby01

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 143R Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1330
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 978-768-7233

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