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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
11:00 am - 7:00 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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Middletown, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The have picnic tables outside and it is a nice setting. Clam chowder is fair has bacon Clam strips are very good. Native clams are just good

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Essex, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

A great place for lunch during the week. It's too popular the rest of the time. Terrific fried clams and onion wings. Friendly staff and quick service.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Wow. Cannot believe how good the food is here. The place looks nice enough from outside but nothing special. It's kinda ordinary inside - casual dining I suppose you'd call it - and the prices are not especially cheap. It was also cold the night we were in. None of that matters though, order the clams and realise you found... More 

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Ontario Canada
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105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

Shrimp, scallops, fish taco and lobster rolls along with a side of french fries and onion rings served and satisfied four adults. Delicious!

Thank dkb60
Rockport, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

Great food great staff very clean. Clams are always the best around. Every meal I have had here has been excellent. I highly recommend JT Farnhams

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

Order at the counter - folk s are friendly and very helpful. Clam Strip plate with small sides (very small) was $16 - clams came fried to perfection - sides (two come with the plate) were ok, but not noteworthy. But then again you don't go for the sides. Parking at the height of the season can be challenging but... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

They take your order, cook your food and wait for you to collect it and eat it. What could be simpler. Such a special little place reminiscent of a past age where food places just provided food. Well worth it if you are passing.

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Watertown, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

I had the haddock tacos, which were awesome. More like taco ingredients in a fried tortilla bowl. My wife had the fish and chips, and it was probably the best fried fish we have ever had.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

I like doing things off season to avoid the crowds. I had out of town company, so decided to head to Farnham's. It was easy to get a parking place and a table. Since the others in my group ordered chowder, I also ordered it, which is something I rarely do. We all enjoyed it on a cool fall day.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Stopped at Farnham's for lunch before heading home after our extend weekend visit to Cape Ann. My wife and I both had the New England Clam Chowder. My wife also had the fish sandwich which was a very good size piece of fish on a good roll with fries. I had the lobster salad sandwich which also came with fries.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?