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“A True Gem Of Place!!”

Windward Grille Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 24 Restaurants in Essex
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $24
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Morpeth, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A True Gem Of Place!!”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

We were staying nearby in September with friends who had driven up from Philadelphia to see us. I looked at the restaurant reviews before we left the UK and booked a table for the last night of their stay with us. When we arrived for our 7pm reservation the place was heaving with people and we realised that we would have to wait for our table. It was no trouble and we only waited around 15 mins. When we were shown to our table the waitress didn't come to us for quite a while. She actually seemed to be a little overwhelmed by the amount of people in the room. However when we eventually ordered our meal and it arrived it was just superb. The Surf and Turf was absolutely excellent as was all the food we ordered. Ok the service could have been a little better but this was a very busy Saturday night so I suppose we must cut them some slack. Anyway it was so good that my wife and I went back the next night for our last night of the holiday. Things were much quieter and we got seated immediately. Again the food was just fabulous. ( ok my Fries arrived overdone but were changed immediately) so no complaints on this front. My 'mixed' appetizer was just massive and incredible and my steak was just right. We were offered a free dessert and port wine by the lady owner which was lovely. Unfortunately we were to full to eat anymore and as I was was driving the port wine had to be declined. This restaurant has to be one of the best in Mass.

  • Visited September 2012
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Palm City, Florida
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115 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
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“Our favorite "go to" restaurant”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Never had a bad meal at Windward. Always consistent and good service. Just love their Haddock Piccata. Reasonable wine prices.
Comfy atmosphere, especially when the fire place is roaring!

Visited July 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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103 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A Terrific Find”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

The Windward is a wonderful discovery on Rte. 133 in Essex, MA. The menu is varied andd interesting, the food prepared exceptionally well, with interesting combinations of staples and vegetables in season. Portions are very large: the prime rib is massive (two sizes.) Try the bread pudding with caramel sauce for dessert. The wine list is modest but appealing, with good buys under$30. The service is always exceptional: we have never had a server who didn't make us feel appreciated. I recommend it highly after a hard day of antiquing in Essex.

  • Visited September 2012
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Topsfield, Massachusetts
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76 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Romantic Hideaway”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

Delicious food and romantic atmosphere dished up at this upscale restaurant. They have turned an old barn into a lovely hideaway serving great food. Party of seven and not one complaint from anyone. Little pricey but great place to celebrate special occasions too. Hard to find but a little gem tucked away in NH lake region.

  • Visited September 2012
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Essex, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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“A favorite we've shared with family & friends!”
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!

  • Visited June 2012
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