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J.T. Farnham's

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88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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118 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I truly enjoy Essex or Ipswich fried clams! They are the best around and those served at Farnham's are in the top tier of the local clam shacks. Their clams are, fresh,tasty, sweet, and not greasy! Everything else that accompanied the main course was just as delicious. This is a very informal restaurant with food served on paper plates and... More 

Thank Richard I
North Andover, Massachusetts
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190 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My sister Karen always speaks highly of this place so we checked it out this weekend. It was awesome. Best fried seafood ever. No oily taste, no upset stomach afterwards. Fresh fish all the way. We had fried clams and oysters with onion rings on Saturday and Haddock bites, grilled scollops and rings again last night.

Thank Tony P
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Farnhams has been around forever it seems & I have always enjoyed the fried clams there, although wish they weren't so expensive, or you could get a smaller portion (1/2 box) for one person. I didn't feel like paying the price for clams for just me so I tried the lobster bisque and was very disappointed. It didn't seem to... More 

Thank Kathy W W
Powhatan, Virginia
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196 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In my humble opinion this little place has the best fried clams you're going to get anywhere. Snapping fresh and tasty and reasonably priced for clams these days. Go to Woodman's once but come here often.

Thank kevin c
Rutland, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The delivery-of-meal-to-tabel is a nice touch and a step up from the "carry your tray yourself" norm of seafood joints. All served with a smile...and the seafood will make you smile! Nice water view and less crowded than the tourist trap down the road a bit. Prices were fair (Fair meaning $30 for a medium fried clams) but this is... More 

Thank Tiredtravel
Boston, Massachusetts
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137 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told we should go there. We tried it. It's ok. Very crowded, no parking (actually we got a parking ticket) Certainly not their fault, the ticket. Personally I like Bob Lobster in Plum Island better. Would I go there again? Maybe give them a second chance. It is what it is..a fried seafood shack. Can't expect a 5*... More 

Thank masulliv
Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food,staff and location.Clams are just great ,so go ! Tartar sauce on tap so are all the other condiments. It does show how good this spot really is.

Thank Ludo R
Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We couldn't wait to try the local favorite...fried clams. We stopped here because we saw a line. A line is always a good thing but...this line took forever. We waited well over an hour for our food. We chose to sit outside to eat. They also have a small dining room inside but it was packed. My husband had the... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On vacation from Virginia and had to have fried clams and was told that Farnham's were the best. Definitely was not disappointed. Fried fresh they were delicious as were the onion rings and homemade coleslaw. Extremely friendly staff - warm and welcoming, Parking lot is small.

Thank Susan R
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We had dinner here while on our anniversary trip, due to a recommendation from a friend back home. I had shrimp & fish tacos while my husband had the clams. The food was delicious, served very casual on paper plates with a view of the marsh. The lady working behind the counter was very friendly and the dinner was perfect!

1 Thank Islander4evermr

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view
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: 978-768-6643

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?