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Franklin Cafe Cape Ann

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American, Seafood, Contemporary
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118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
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Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 12:30 am
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Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This may be the most consistent restaurant in Gloucester. Food quality if always good, the wine list has something for everybody's taste and the bar is one of the coziest in town. Waitstaff are well trained, friendly, knowledgeable, service is fast. Franklin is a keeper. Highly recommended

Thank Garth C
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66 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went there on a Tuesday evening about 6:30 which happened to Oyster night. Oysters on the half shell cheap, as well as other oyster dishes. Had no trouble getting a table. The waitress was very friendly and helpful. Gave us plenty of time to get settled and chose an adult beverage and then time to look over the menu... More 

Thank BostonJandP
Boston, Massachusetts
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204 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A dinner for four at the Franklin fine as usually. Four patrons four different meals: Cod; ravioli; hanger steak; chicken. Also 4 different appetizers: tuna tartare; fresh mozzarella and native tomatoes; greek salad and asian dumplings. Each meal and appetizer done exactly as ordered. Good desserts, and a decent wine list. Add in good service and you have a standby.

Thank Buppa1
Palm Harbor, Florida, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent!! We enjoyed everything! Service was friendly and helpful. From the wine taste to pick the perfect bottle to the scrumptious desert we LOVE this place!

Thank Jerry C
northshore, massachusetts
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maria and her staff do a great job here. A tight, tasty menu that offers one great dish in cat agonies like seafood, steak, and chicken. The grilled calamari is 5 star. The wine list offers a great value. We have been dining here for years and will continue to do so.

Thank misterclean6
Wappingers Falls, New York, United States
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A real surprise to find this A+ restaurant in downtown Gloucester. The food and service was excellent. My husband adored the hamburger and freshly cut fries and my halibut was wonderful. I had walked past this restaurant several trips to Gloucester in the past and I'm so glad that I finally go to try it.

Thank Elisa S
Hamilton, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

An "old guard "great that still keeps on keeping on. Main Street establishment putting out great dishes in a most comfortable and cozy setting. Consistent cuisine with inviting specials depending on night. Continues to shine despite new "comers" competition. Still great even after of their Boston Independence. Check out their web site.

Thank Charles C
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Maybe we just caught the chef on a bad night but both my wife and I had dinner that was just fair. We both had fish. My haddock had very little seasoning and was on top of spinach and potatoes- not very imaginative. My wife had the salmon that was not hot enough.

Thank tesiman
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

All good-drinks, wine, food, and service. We ate there on a Sunday evening, busy but not excessively so. The restaurant seats about 35+ people, with seats at the bar. Pleasant ambiance, upbeat vibe. We had the tuna and the filet mignon-both get very high grades. Highly recommended

Thank otisfield
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

This is our favorite restaurant in Gloucester, great food, great ambiance, great service. We love it!

Thank seasea28

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Seafood, Contemporary
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
4:30 pm - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Gloucester
  • Phone Number: 978-283-7888

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