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Windward Grille Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 26 Restaurants in Essex
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $24
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Antique New England farmhouse with 1800's barn attached. Fireplaces lit during the winter months. Large rustic bar with high-top seating around bar area. Booth and table seating available in several dining rooms. Special value priced specials available Monday thru Thursday. Large parking area with easy wheelchair accessibility.
Reviewed September 13, 2012

Great for any occasion. Large 1600's era post n' beam farmhouse w/several different dining rooms, including loft, as well as, great bar dining w/flat screen tv & hightops. Very comfortable. Service is friendly & attentive, though sometimes slow, but that's only when they're super packed. Food is fresh & of very high quality. Meals are of generous portions & start w/warm bread basket. Fried Calamari & cherry peppers are a pile of both--crispy & spicy, perfect served over lemony arugula & a side of their delicious garlic aioli. Any way you have their Fried Native Clams you'll find they're large, sweet whole-bellied & delicious. The Stuffed Sole is stuffed with a salty crabmeat & scallop? mix. Delicious but salt needs to carefully bring out the flavors. The accompanying bearnaise sauce was good, but it seems like the sole was baked in it, rather than having it drizzled on, oils pooled to top. Eggs cooked to order, fresh fruit, & home fries compliment this dish. Seared Scallops in Lobster Cream Sauce was cooked deliciously w/plump, tender large scallops. Baked Haddock is good w/a generous piece of moist white fish baked in their delicious crumbs. If you'd like a little bit of everything, try the Seafood Audrey which consists of scallops, shrimp, crabmeat, & salmon baked in a creamy casserole dish topped w/delicate crumbs. Both entrees are served w/ & choice of potato & daily vegetables. Buffalo Chicken Salad is standard, but of decent portion & quality. Clam Chowder & Onion Soup topped w/gruyere cheese are both rich n satisfying. Serves Lunch, dinner, Sunday Brunch, & full bar. Also check the specials. They also host some very nice Wine Dinners. We've never had a bad meal here!

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

A person working at the desk at our hotel recommended this restaurant. It's about 10-15 minutes from Gloucester and a place the locals like - always a good sign. The portions were very generous (and we are big eaters). Large variety on the menu - nice atmosphere. We were both very pleased with our meals - we were too full for dessert.

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

An old inn atmosphere - very cozy. Food is wonderful and plenty of it. Service is friendly and attentive. We visit often and this is one of our favorites.

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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Better food than expected for the size of the town it is in. Prices were good and service was great!

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Thank JanetE105
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

This review is way, way overdue. We have been going here for years and it is consistently great. The bar area is pretty large and has several high top tables where you can enjoy dinner while watching the latest sports game on TV. The staff is friendly and the drinks are good. The dining rooms are a bit chopped up as the restaurant is housed in an antique home. But that just adds to the charm! Upstairs there is a good size room that can be reserved for parties, which we did a few years ago for my husband's birthday. The menu offers something for everyone. Our favorite is the prime rib, although my husband will order the fried clams from time to time, and he loves them! The owners are a lovely couple who do their very best to welcome and make everyone feel at home. The service is fantastic. This is a great little place that we can always count on getting a great meal at a good price.

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