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1 Holly St, Gloucester, MA 01930-1708
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Winchester, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We needed a lunch place between trips to Beauport Sleeper McCann Historic House and Hammond Castle. Time was tight and good food was important. Willow Rest was recommended and was perfect. Parking right outside the entrance, 3 picnic tables and a short distance to Hammond Castle. I had the best BLT ever with lots of tasty smoked bacon on a... More 

1 Thank Jo-Ann M
Newton, Massachusetts
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Willow Rest is a prototypical average restaurant. Service was slow, even in mid-afternoon. The spicy gazpacho was excellent, but the hamburger was tasteless.

Thank Arple
Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

This is a real find. A breakfast, lunch, and take out place. Even has limited amount of produce and select gourmet foods.

Thank 7prataap
Bedford, MA
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130 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Very friendly owner and staff, great food, electric furnishings, groceries from many ethic food choices, some crafts, locally made soaps and jewelry, candies!

Thank ljkdtm
Lucan, Ireland
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145 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Big delish sandwiches of all kinds, fish, meat, veggie. Fab focaccia pizza with balsamic. Very busy at times, best to call ahead. All kinds of fancy treats to buy, since they are a market/take out/restaurant. Casual and crowded. Sit in or outside in the summer. Richardson's Ice Cream, pastry goods and great coffee. I don't know if they serve dinner... More 

Thank ellengloucester
Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

This little roadhouse is well worth the stop. We pass by every weekend and it is always packed! Great food, great company. We know lots of people who drive long distances to come here just for the sandwiches! Pick up some fresh veggies and baked goods to take home.

1 Thank 2diane144
Maidstone, Uk
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261 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Just passing through - a couple of Brits with US friends recently moved into Rockport. This little roadside stop is just great - fresh coffee and fresh fresh cakes and savouries cooked on the premises. The store is full of organic produce and goodies to take out and there are wonderful handicrafts on sale, made by the community. Our only... More 

1 Thank John V
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Willow Rest uses the freshest ingredients with daily soups, etc. We regularly order takeout there, i.e., soups, sandwiches (The Annisquam), Caesar salads, in fact, ALL sandwiches and salads. Fresh produce and the BEST cheeses to purchase as well. If you have the time, their breakfasts are also outstanding! Rare find. P.S. Be sure to call and order ahead for takeout.... More 

1 Thank Loretta L
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Soups and sandwiches are the absolute best with totally local ingredients. Constantly changing menus add to the fun of eating at this great local institution i.e. dining cafe.

Thank douski
Boston, MA
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Don't go to Willow Rest if you're short on time. This roadside stop (don't be discouraged by the vintage gas station sign it really is a restaurant) is a special place meant to be taken in and savored. Go for fresh produce, organic goods, and AMAZING SANDWICHES, BREAKFASTS AND HOMEBAKED GOODS! Organic cheeses are available, an array of organic drinks,... More 

Thank ReallyANewYorker

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Holly St, Gloucester, MA 01930-1708
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Gloucester
  • Phone Number: 9782832417

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?