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Franklin Cafe Cape Ann

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Seafood, American, Contemporary
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118 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
978-283-7888
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4:30 pm - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 104
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Incredible Food

We were stunned by how good the food is here! This place is a North Shore jewel. The cod was fresher than any fish I've ever had, and my wife's shrimp perfectly cooked and seasoned just right. My 9 yr old son had an Angus burger that was as big as his head, with fresh house-made fries, and our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
FamilyEK
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

We were stunned by how good the food is here! This place is a North Shore jewel. The cod was fresher than any fish I've ever had, and my wife's shrimp perfectly cooked and seasoned just right. My 9 yr old son had an Angus burger that was as big as his head, with fresh house-made fries, and our mother-in-law... More 

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1 Thank FamilyEK
Denver, Colorado
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115 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

We have visited this lovely little restaurant twice and both times our server was sullen, mostly absent, and apathetic. (It was the same young woman both times). The music, menu and food were great. But her passive and dour approach put a damper on a fun night out. Once we were there as a couple and tonight with our gracious... More 

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Thank JeannieChiliBeanie
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This was the first time I had been to the restaurant in quite a while as the last time I was there it was so noisy that we could not carry on a conversation. This time I was pleasantly surprised that something had been done to the ceiling to make it absorb the sound and we were able to talk... More 

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1 Thank Lucile G
Rockport, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Always a great experience at the Franklin! Courteous and friendly staff, food is outstanding, elegant comfortable atmosphere! Consistently excellent!

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2 Thank SusanMcg22
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The Franklin is a good restaurant with good service. The wait staff are knowledgable and helpful. We especially love Grace who is a waitress, we ask for her always! Check it out if you are in town. It's really nice in the off season, a little quieter and very cozy!

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1 Thank PadraigiNineill
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Had dinner with friends. The food is outstanding. Unique preparation, beautiful presentation, right temperature, great flavor, very high quality ingredients. Though I'm not sure exactly what perfection would be I am confident this is close if not there. The lemon rice soup was unusual and delicious; the marinated grilled calamari delicious and tender; fresh ground sirloin burger amazing, spicy shrimp... More 

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1 Thank RoadWarrior47
Gloucester
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I have never had a bad meal at the Franklin. They also make a great drink. Presentation is also great. They have daily specials. Maria and Joe are awesome.

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1 Thank Flipflop54
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I love that they change their menu seasonally. So you never get bored if you frequent the establishment. Food and service is consistently very good

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Thank carolyn b
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Delicious, memorable food that is never disappointing. Elegantly funky atmosphere and terrific service. The Franklin is consistently special.

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Thank artlover91
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Great atmosphere, food and cocktails! Not somewhere I would eat every week but for special occasions! But I look forward to going when I do a few times a year!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 118 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Gloucester
  • Phone Number: 978-283-7888

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Monday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Thursday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Friday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
4:30 pm - 12:30 am

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