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“Great food and great service” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Abby's Place

Abby's Place
Ranked #3 of 17 Restaurants in Essex
Price range: $5 - $22
Cuisines: Seafood, American, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Casual waterfront dining located in the Brewer's Dauntless Shipyard. A bit hard to find but defintely worth the effort. Abby's Place serves American cuisine with a flair, specializing in fresh, locally sourced meats and seafood.
Norfolk, Virginia
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108 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great food and great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

Abby's place is located in a smallish shipyard in Essex. Parking is available right outside the restaurant--a big plus in Essex. Staff was EXTREMELY friendly and attentive. My 3-year-old was impressed by the pool right next stood, and our server gave him "wikki sticks" to play with before the meal--worked way better than crayons. Fun view of the shipyard/marina. Plenty of shade on the patio.
Food:
-Turkey Caprese Wrap had nice, thick slices of mozzarella, turkey, and mild pesto--very good.
-Field greens salad had a delicious balsamic dressing--lots of honey.
-Cheeseburger was above average.
-Fresh pickles--tasted like they were made in-house, or at least locally
-Kid's chicken was great--juicy with good breading. Came with cantaloupe--a pleasant surprise.
Had a great time. For easy, American lunch be sure to stop by Abby's Place.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank Dana C
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English first
New York City, New York
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Lobster Roll”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2014

It was a holiday weekend and they were closing early they took us in. They didn't have chicken fingers. For the little one, they did have tasty delights for mom and dad. Lobster roll was to live for! Yumm! One of the best. I can't even remember what my husband had, but he loved it. The location Quite,cute,lazy little town near marina. It was nice. We will go back again.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Edinburghhome
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Princeton, New Jersey
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Go now!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

The best part of having to return to Essex for a second night after fog thwarted our departure, was a chance to have another meal at Abby's. The food was crazy-fresh, delicious and creative. Abby is warm and welcoming, as are her staff. The location, overlooking a marina, is charming as is the sea glass palette of the cafe. It is well worth a detour, or making Essex your destination (it's a sweet coastal village). Thanks for some awesome chow, Abby!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ali747
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83 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

I had not been to Abby's until recently as someone told me they were too expensive but I was treated to lunch there by a friend two weeks ago and I've already been back to take my Mom out to lunch. It is only expensive if you are expecting a luncheonette kind of place. Abby's is much more than that and has fantastic, fresh food and really friendly staff. It is inside a Marina and overlooks the water. The day we went was sunny and a little cool, absolutely perfect for sitting outside. Mom got the Hot Lobster Roll which I did not since I had one in Niantic a few days earlier. She gave me a taste and I had such entree envy. The pieces of lobster were gigantic and the hot buttered roll was toasted and had just the right amount of crisp chewiness. My entree was actually delicious but nothing can beat that lobster roll. I had the Toasted Pecan Salad and added crab meat salad to it. It was delicious and a perfect size. I did not have an app nor a dessert but was completely full.

Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Citymominwoods
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Essex, Connecticut
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154 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Seaside cafe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

Sit inside or out on the deck with views of the Connecticut River and see the many boats in the harbor or sailing along. Great sandwiches and very friendly service. Casual atmosphere. Tucked away so ask for directions if you don't see it.

Visited August 2013
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2 Thank JackX729
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