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) #8 of 19 Restaurants in Essex €€ - €€€ American, Seafood, Soups
74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
+1 978-768-6320
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“clam chowder” (24 reviews)
“salad” (11 reviews)
“scallops” (16 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups
€€ - €€€
74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Warm comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff. I had a haddock sandwich - very good. My girlfriend had a lobster roll and she enjoyed her meal as well. We had a nice view of the water and adjacent dock. I like non-pretentious, homey restaurants - not cold,...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We decided on Essex to satisfy a seafood craving. I checked the TA reviews and once again they did not disappoint. We visited on a late Saturday afternoon and although the main dining room was wide open, the bar was busy and I know why....More

Thank PaulMBoston
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Periwinkles is a wonderful local place with exceptional food and service. From parking - which looked like it could be tricky at busy times - to the greetings at the door to the seating indoors or out, it was smooth and hospitable. (We sat indoors...More

Thank Shieldmaiden77
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Driving around Gloucester, Ma trying to find a place to eat for dinner was a nightmare cause the people were in lines wanting to get in. So my girlfriend and I decided to get out of that are and went to Essex. Periwinkles was the...More

Thank Wade F
Reviewed 4 June 2017

My husband ordered the fried clams and I did the steamers, and of course we sampled each, The steamers were authentic soft shell clams which are not found where we live in Florida. Large serving and medium to large clams with only an occasional bit...More

Thank KCsew
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

We used to just go for the clam chowder because it is the best we have ever had, but our last time there the food was excellent. The food just used to be good, but they have a new chef and now it is excellent....More

Thank NY2016
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Nice dinner with friends. Oysters were good and reasonably priced. Open on Monday night. Had the fried clams too. Diverse menu, beautiful location.

Thank davidhale22
Reviewed 7 December 2016

This Essex Restaurant is directly on the Essex river the restaurant specializes in seafood and local flavors, a nice view of the old Essex Shipyard and always something to look at, there is a separate Bar area that has a full menu as well sort...More

Thank bubbia1
Reviewed 6 November 2016

While in Essex we stopped here for a late lunch. We have been several times before with our good friends. The location is great right on the water inlet. They have a smaller parking lot. Service is always solid and they take the time to...More

Thank RayV555
Reviewed 4 November 2016

My last review of this place was not to good so we tried it again and I have to say the food was very good and plenty of it. the service was fast and our server was very friendly.

Thank Joe V
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Response from Mary W | Reviewed this property |
As noted by earlier reply best way to determine is to go straight to the source to get the information. When asking, You may want to include the day you are thinking of going because sometimes they offer specials which might... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-6320
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