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J.T. Farnham's

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88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
+1 978-768-6643
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good25%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travelers talk about
“clams” (154 reviews)
“chowder” (41 reviews)
“onion rings” (44 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I consider myself a fried-clams connoisseur and Farnham's is so far above everyone else that it's not even debatable in my mind. Haven't ever had anything else there but I hear it's all good. Granted, small place and it gets busy but that's to be...More

Thank Justin R
Reviewed May 4, 2018

My wife and I ordered a fried clam strip basket with onion rings and Greek pasta salad .The fried clams tasted for all the world like oysters so not sure if we got the right order .They were however delicious .pasta salad was good .Onion...More

Thank arh0070
Reviewed April 15, 2018

Second time here to give it another chance. Still not good, food is average, actually I had the fish tacos and can't figure out what the shell was? It's a slap dash kind of spot. If you are in a hurry or just leaving the...More

Thank masulliv
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

I found the food to be really good. My girlfriend and I ordered a fisherman's combo, burger plate, small order of oysters, a medium order of clam strips, and two waters. The amount came to $79.18. A bit pricey if you ask me. I was...More

Thank Kyle B
Reviewed March 11, 2018

Absolutely the best seafood around. Every time we go we get a fisherman's platter and a side of chicken fingers. Cooked to perfection and never greasy. Whenever the choice for dinner is mine, it's off to Farnham's we go. Beats all other restaurants in Essex!

Thank Ramjam13
Reviewed November 17, 2017

It's a New England clam shack overlooking the traditional New England marsh with seating inside and out. One Friday for lunch, two grandchildren were out the door and in the car when I mentioned this place - one of their favorites. We ordered the large...More

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Reviewed November 10, 2017

After a beautiful hike in Ravenswood Park enjoying the fall leaf peeping, we stopped at this "joint" along the highway. The location has a beautiful view of the Essex river. Most of us ordered the fried clams with fries and ate every morsel. One of...More

Thank tbgranite
Reviewed October 19, 2017 via mobile

Ok, it was a clam shack tour but that night I was jonesing for fried scallops. Best clam shack decision I’ve ever made! Huge, enormous, plump and juicy mollusks fried just so...it was fried food nirvana. I say get the scallops!!!

Thank VTPickles
Reviewed October 15, 2017

If you want the very best fried clams you have to go to Essex or Ipswich MA and sample their local clams. There are several excellent places to enjoy fried clams in both towns and Farnham is one at the top of this list of...More

Thank Richard I
Reviewed October 11, 2017

We went here specifically because we saw it on the TV show, "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives." My husband and I shared the fried clam basket and a lobster roll. Both were delicious, but we've had better in Harwich/Chatham/Dennis. The bonus to JT Farnum's is the...More

Thank Narci W
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July 4, 2016|
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Response from RockportBirder | Reviewed this property |
Must be a combination of two items, such as scallops and shrimp.
September 22, 2015|
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Response from robertwD7057IG | Reviewed this property |
The price for a "fried clam dinner" (served on a paper plate with fries or onion rings) was $26. Lobster roll was $19. Slaw $1 extra. Price of clams is high right now - I have seen a clam dinner priced as high as $48 (in... More
September 7, 2015|
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Response from Al O | Reviewed this property |
Take 128 north to Peabody Take 95 north to route 133 Take 133 east until you get to Farnhams
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-6643
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