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“Avoid...pricey and dated..and the food stinks” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hawthorne By-the-sea

Hawthorne By-the-sea
Ranked #19 of 37 Restaurants in Swampscott
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Lynn
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Avoid...pricey and dated..and the food stinks”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

Anthony's Hawthorne by the Sea is a throwback to another era. The waiters run around in an empty dining room, in formal dirty stained attire while they serve overpriced (VERY overpriced) bad quality food. I paid $22 for 4 baked stuffed shrimp. The shrimp were dreadfully over-cooked, the stuffing beyond salty. Just horrible. A bowl of very average clam chowder? $6.95. Yikes! The salad was wilted and tasteless. I am amazed this place stays in business.

I remember when this restaurant was the elegant place for a very special, quality meal so this experience was very sad for me. Honestly, don't waste your time or money.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Penn Yan, New York
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Classy, but pricey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

We took my in-laws to lunch on a Monday. We were one of three tables being served so our service was excellent. Our server was very pleasant and attentive. Luncheon prices were quite high, in my opinion. A glass of wine - $10! At this time of year, outside dining is not available - it seems the prices are better given that menu - next time! The view is outstanding - the ocean, the beach, the tide changing, people and dogs enjoying a beach walk in all weather. My lobster roll was pretty boring but the rest of the meals were very good I was told. We all thought the popovers - a Hawthorne tradition - were outstanding! Make sure to get one, or two. There is a fresh fish market out front which services the restaurant. My mother-in-law went there to purchase freshly made salad dressing - the man who served us there was worth the price of admission!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 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
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Thank KeukaBabe
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“Unprofessional”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

Your $ r not good if u not wearing a expensive T. Been ask if my kids have a T to go in while some women had tubes for shirt. Food was reasonable prices but hostess Suked . Put a sign at the enteance before u let ppl go all the way indide and make them feel uncomfortable . How unprofessional ...

    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Traveler66688
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osprey, florida
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Spectacular view . Great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

Went to old stomping grounds and was treated to Hawthorne by the sea in Swampscott , MA.
Except for the soggy popovers that we anxiously awaited, The experience and food was terrific,

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank briandnan
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great view and deck dining; skip fine dining room”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2012

We go for the ocean view and the deck (bar) menu which is reasonably priced and good quality. Especially like their version of a chicken caesar salad and clam chower. We've been disappointed whenever we eat in the fine dining room - overpriced and less than average quality.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank G H
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