We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

J.T. Farnham's

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
+1 978-768-6643
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

266 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 262: English reviews
Bedford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
154 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank hjworton
Ontario Canada
Level Contributor
185 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank csibf99
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
134 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank chimneysweep1912
Level Contributor
75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank 722philipb
Watertown, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank DJ G
Brookline, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
130 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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 

Thank Voyager2480
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Thank Cliff M
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
84 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

We had a clam dinner and a clam box 2 adult beverages. Clams about what you expect for the area- good. The prices slightly higher than competition. BEWARE BRING CASH. they have an on site ATM which charges $2.00 and when your BOA bank statement comes another $2.50.

Thank Jerry5567
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
289 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 424 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Most people probably go to J.T. Farnham's for clams or other yummy seafood. I however absolutely love their chicken finger basket (with French fries). I don't know how they manage to fry the all white meat, tender chicken so crisply and without them being even the least bit greasy. They taste delicious! During my recent visit I ordered take-out and... More 

Thank Hexy

Travelers who viewed J.T. Farnham's also viewed


Been to J.T. Farnham's? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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
Good for
Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, 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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of J.T. Farnham's and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
5 months ago
over a year ago
Dedham, Massachusetts, Usa
over a year ago
North Andover, Massachusetts
over a year ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from J.T. Farnham's staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?