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“Better than the more popular clam shack....”
Review of J.T. Farnham's

J.T. Farnham's
Ranked #3 of 26 Restaurants in Essex
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Okay everyone knows about Woodman's, great fried seafood and big cold beers - expensive as all get out, but not so many know about Farnhams (as we locals call it). It is situated on the Essex River, eat inside or outside. The views up the river are stunning, the food is delectable and the prices are reasonable. What more do you need after a day at the beautiful North Shore beaches!

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Farnham's is our go-to clam shack in Essex. The fried clam plate is excellent--with a generous helping of clams, fries, and onion rings...everything you want in a clam plate! They are tasty and the fried-ness is flaky and hits the spot!

For non-clam eaters, the Greek salad is a great choice. The clam and fish chowders are quite flavorful, as well. The only thing that needs a little tweaking is the cole slaw, which is slightly bland. But, Farnham's is a winner all-around! Just beware--clams cost five times more than they did way-back-when...but it's well worth it for a treat every now and then!

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Thank YumFoodie
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Classic New England Fried Clam joint. They do it better than anyone else and the food it fried nicely with a light crisp batter. You should hide your face if anyone from your Weight Watchers group happens by because you will surely eat too much fried food here! Chowder is delicious and milk based not cream (some caloric consolation). When it is open, it is busy, so plan and off time to really enjoy. You can eat outside in summer, though it's a bit "roadside". Best fried clams around (and there are a lot of good places The Village, Clam Box and the Cupboard in Gloucester). This is just the best if calories are not object (and every once in a while, they shouldn't be). Enjoy! Bring CASH only!!! ATM in Restaurant will rip you off!

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

The seafood is delicious and fresh. If nice weather you can dine outside by the marsh just watch out for the seagulls trying to steal your food. Even their specials like the angus beef burger is huge and delicious and under $7.00.

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Farnhams in Essex, MA. is a great place to stop for lunch on the way to see the sights of Gloucester. They are a typical eat-in-the-rough fried seafood restaurant. The food is absolutely great.

Thank Pam031
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