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Village Restaurant

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55 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1342
+1 978-768-6400
11:30 - 20:00
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Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Dunstable, Massachusetts
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67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have gone by this restaurant for years on our way to Rockport MA. We always kept going because it looked too crowded. Too many cars in the parking lot. On Sunday we gave it a try. The restaurant was fairly busy but not over crowded. Turns out many people from the church use the parking lot at the restaurant... More 

Thank Joyce J
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

As the tradition says when you go to vevcani you go to Via Ignatia..I have been visiting the restaurant for the past 6-7 years many many time and I can not find the words to express my positive and very good experience that I always have visiting restaurant Via Ignatia..Very very pleasant people very good traditional food and marvelous atmosphere..I... More 

Thank Saso V
Middletown, New Jersey
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70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Their own Rootbeer excellent Clam chowder very good Kids baked haddock excellent Haddock Rockefeller excellent Lobster pie very good Steak tips very good Baked clam app very good Anything cooked in that metal dish is amazing

Thank NY2016
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60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

This place has been here a while, thought it was just for the older crowd. Last time we went was thirty years ago. Was an older crowd then. But, that's me now after all... Stopped for lunch with friends and were pleasantly surprised. Older crowd and younger crowd, go figure. Varied menu, had a hard time deciding. Very pleasant wait... More 

Thank John M
North Conway, New Hampshire
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85 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We stopped into The Village Restaurant on a Tuesday Afternoon and hit the jackpot for Fried Clams. Tuesday was their Fried Clam special day. So delicious and absolutely, the Ipswich-Essex Clams are the best in the WORLD! Our waitress was really nice, friendly and helpful. After being seated in the warm Greenhouse room (so nice), she brought hot rolls straightway.... More 

Thank picklesnap
Wilmington, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Loved the food, service was excellent. I do not like seafood. The person I was with loves seafood and goes to the Village often. The food I had was very good.

1 Thank Agnes F
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212 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

If you like good seafood at reasonable prices, this is one of the best places to stop on Cape Anne. Lots of choices and they all look good. Whether you like fried, baked, or broiled, there is something for everyone here. The staff is very attentive and did not rush us out at closing time.

1 Thank William O
Saratoga Springs, New York
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128 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Constant Companion and I have driven by the Village Restaurant probably a hundred times. It has always seemed popular(based on the number of cars parked out front) but we had always stopped earlier to eat somewhere else. Finally, we gave the Village Restaurant a try and we were rewarded for our decision. CC ordered two House Chardonnays(Beringer) @ $6.99 each--very... More 

1 Thank Robert B
Suffield, Connecticut
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95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Loved this family style restaurant - comfortable and laid back! We were treated to excellent service and great meals. The calamari appetizer was delicious and plenty for three people easily. The baked haddock was perfectly prepared and very rich, just the way I like it. The steak tip salad was perfect for the non-seafood diner!

Thank AnneMarie B
The Villages, Florida
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

This family owned restaurant has been in Essex MA for decades. In a town full of seafood restaurants, Village Restaurant is at the top of the heap. From steamed clams to lobster pie, their seafood is as good as it gets. Fried, boiled, steamed - however you like it. I'd suggest making a reservation because I've never been there when... More 

1 Thank David B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1342
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-6400

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?