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Woodman's of Essex

121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
+1 978-768-6057
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good29%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“lobster” (158 reviews)
“onion rings” (140 reviews)
“chowder” (68 reviews)
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121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stopped by for lunch driving from Maine on my way to Cape Cod. Picked this place based on reviews. Very disappointed. Very expensive & food was not that good. I ordered a small fried whole belly clam - it was chewy & batter was too...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

OMG its been many years since I had a chance to visit Woodman's of Essex and I was not disappointed. There have been some upgrades with the addition of upstairs everything else was as I remembered it. The lobster pools out front, the ordering and...More

Thank Debra M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Woodlands has been crushing it for the thick end of a century, so they don't really need my endorsement..... but they are going to get it anyway. A fantastic old school seafood shack where the welcome is warm and the food is fresh. We shared...More

Thank mmck745
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

First time at this establishment. They have been here for a hundred years so they must be doing something right! Both my friend and I had the 1 1/2 pound lobsters. Casual eatery. The lobsters came on a cardboard tray. Sides and drinks are extra....More

Thank Connie L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Revisited a childhood destination with my own family and it was better than I remember. Be prepared to wait patiently both to order and for a table. HUGE heaping servings of fried seafood, fries and batter dipped onion rings. Belly clams, fried shrimp platter and...More

Thank Bambi G
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Bambi, Thank you for your kind review! We do work diligently to do our very best. Your words are encouraging to all of us. Thank you, Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Aug 2018. Long line but quick. Fresh lobsters outside. Party of 5 and the food came rather quickly? Fried clams were not that good. Seemed like they were sitting around. They were small and kinda of heavy with grease. Definately did not just com...More

Thank Lobstah-19
Rhonda W, General Manager at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

I am sorry that your clams were not up to par. Please contact me personally at LetUsKnow@woodmans.com. Sincerely, Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed 1 week ago

I\d been here several years ago, and after all the hype was disappointed. It seemed to want to live on reputation rather than results. Yesterday, I embarked on the 1 1/4 hour drive down to Essex for some seafood, originally intending to go to JT...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited Woodman's once before - in 2004 - and it hasn't changed. They still serve super fresh super delicious seafood in a cardboard box. The servings are generous, and the prices are reasonable. I had a 1.5 pound lobster for $25. The clam chowder...More

Thank Lori T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My hubby and I came here for dinner. Love coming "off season" with no lines!! Food is done so well here, they really have it down to a science and they should after 100 years in business. Clams are not gritty and sweet. Shrimp are...More

Thank CMC_2012
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everyone told me this was the place to go for clams and stemahs. Ok did not have the steamers but did have the clam roll. Maybe because it was the day after Labor day they just did not hit right. Had a great clam roll...More

Thank LazyPoint
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Lazy Point, I am sorry that your clams were not up to par. Should not matter any day or time we work hard to serve the best. Please contact me personally at LetUsKnow@woodmans.com. Rhonda Woodman

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Questions & Answers
Kaleigh B
28 October 2017|
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Response from Seagator48 | Reviewed this property |
I think you can. I left mine in the car but I seem to remember that there were a few tables outside.
3 December 2016|
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Response from Rhonda W | Property representative |
Yes we ship clambakes, lobsters, and fried clam kits to anyplace in the continental USA. You can place an order on our webpage. Thank you, Rhonda Woodman
7 September 2015|
Response from Rhonda W | Property representative |
The Top Deck area has air conditioning.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-6057
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"Best Waterfront Seafood Shack"- USA Today "Best Restaurant in New England" about.com Readers Serving fresh award-winning seafood for over 100 years! Chubby and Bessie Woodman invented the fried clam back in 1916 Casual, family-friendly atmosphere. Gluten-free, seafood, chowder and more. Fried clams, scallops, shrimp, steamers, boiled lobster, lobster rolls plus burgers and chicken as non-seafood choices. Full Bar, Seasonal Raw Bar Catering throughout New England Shipping across the USA
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