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Essex Seafood

143R Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1330
+1 978-768-7233
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“fried seafood” (12 reviews)
“onion rings” (17 reviews)
“haddock” (11 reviews)
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143R Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1330
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have tried all 3 of the Essex clam shacks: Woodmans, the supposed inventor of the fried clam, Farnums and now Essex seafood. My wife prefers Farnums for clams, I think Woodmans are better, but Essex has the best onion rings. Pf the three Woodmans...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Not as flashy as either Farnhams or Woodmans this smaller venue has excellent fried seafood and is good value for your money. Keep your eye out or you'll drive right by but they have sufficient parking and relatively rapid service.

Thank Arlgray
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Rustic, country atmosphere. No table service. Place your order at the window and pick it up when your number is called. Reasonable prices. Great if you are looking for a typical New England experience.

Thank aggada
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

This is the place to go for clams or any fried seafood in the area. Forget some of the other highly advertised places in Essex and Ipswich. Way too commercial and touristy. This place where the locals go. It has excellent fresh seafood with ginormous...More

Thank NancyABNashvegas
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Small restaurant just across the Gloucester border you can bring a cooler in with you and eat in the rough if you want local seafood is the theme and a lot cheaper than a full restaurant counter service only

Thank bubbia1
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

One of our faves! We tried to go elsewhere recently and the line was so long that we returned to "our usual". Fast service- gluten free batter options- and the food never disappoints!

Thank quintessentialkath
Reviewed 10 July 2017

we go to essex in central florida and so we decided to try the original. the menu was different (no fried pickles) but the food was spectacular. we were a big crowd and everyone loved their food. i think essex is the best seafood in...More

Thank ritabee27
Reviewed 23 June 2017

My husband and I wanted seafood for dinner so he looked online. Essex Seafood had very good reviews so we decided to take the short drive and give it a try. Place is not fancy, huge chalkboard with everything they offer. Orders are placed at...More

Thank Darlene K
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Amazing clam plate actually more clams than French fries we were all very pleased with our fresh non greasy fried clams

Thank motioninlimine
Reviewed 2 June 2017

this was the worst seafood I have ever had...the scallops were not only greasy but overcooked and my wife's fish chunks were over cook so much that when you were chewing it, it turned to sawdust! the chowder was just so-so and for the money...More

Thank Rick l
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 143R Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1330
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-7233
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