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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Of the four best known (I think) informal fried seafood restaurants (Woodmans, Clam Box, Farnhams, and Essex), Essex has become our favorite (replacing the Clam Box). The Clam Box is still strong, but we had an "iffy" experience, are less tolerant of the slow moving line, and it's slightly higher prices. In 2016, Essex has been consistently excellent. we generally... More 

Thank chap4
Chicopee, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We never get to try the rest of the menu because the lobster rolls are so delicious! It's served with fries or onion rings, both perfectly cooked. We need to plan a multi-day trip to the area sometime so we can order a fried platter--in addition to the lobster rolls. Hardly worth experimenting at other places that charge so much... More 

Thank Harry B
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Do yourself a favor and don't order the fried clams. Even though,on three occasions, i requested big bellies which the counter person said they had,out came the usual tiny, overly-battered tasteless clams.In addition, hoping to get some flavor , i requested that they lightly fry them. This too was ignored, and as usual, they were overcooked.No more chances, Essex. Goodbye.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's not on the water, so the tourists don't tend to stop there, but it's where my family goes for seafood. The fried platters are amazing, as is the crab sandwich for lunch. The portions are very generous and everything tastes like it was just caught, which it was. No self-respecting New Englander eats clam strips; we like our clams... More 

Thank nancymaebe
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

We usually get the fisherman's platter and this one beats any of the area restaurants . We drive right by the Clam box and Woodman's at least once a month for this great local place. Forget the tourist traps and try Essex Seafood!

Thank modjr
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Finally after years of living in the area I finally made my way to Essex Seafood. I was always a Farnham's girl for fried clams (because of course there is no better place ON THE PLANET for clams that Essex) but went to Essex Seafood on the insistence of a friend. Delicious clams, perfectly fried. Excellent onion rings and pretty... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating
Good for
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?