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Down River Ice Cream

241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
+1 978-578-6318
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  • Excellent85%
  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mocha chip” (2 reviews)
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241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

Down River Ice Cream offers coffee, pastries, and ice cream by the half gallon during the off season, and it's worth stopping here to purchase the most amazing ice cream ever! We bought a half gallon of vanilla to take home to make sundaes, and...More

Thank EnergyCounselor
Reviewed 6 October 2017

What a great find. We were just driving down the road and thought ice cream sounded good and stopped. AMAZING. The flavors are unique. Just a warning..... Unless you like massive amounts of ice cream, only order a childs size. This is like ordering an...More

Thank Trapezegirl
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Since the famous family run Junction Ice Cream closed a few years ago, the family run Down River Ice Cream stepped in to fill the ice cream lovers place to be. Located on the Ipswich-Essex town line in a former lobster/clam stand, it can be...More

Thank Sarah O
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Six of us spent a quiet Saturday at Crane's Beach and coming home of course we had to make the obligatory stop at Down River Ice Cream. Less than ten minutes from the beach Down River has a huge selection of ice cream and frozen...More

Thank JoeKupe
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Purely by chance, we stumbled across this ice cream parlor while in the area on holiday. I thought the "Deer Tracks" flavor was just about the best ice cream I'd ever had. My wife loved the chocolate flavor. We loved it so much we made...More

Thank MaineRambler
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Huge portions. Unless you're a glutton, order the Baby for $4.00. An enormous scoop of delicious ice cream that would satisfy all but the most voracious of the Mangia Gelati! Opted for the rum raisin on a waffle cone. Mama Mia! Pleasant outdoor seating around...More

Thank TheLiterateChef
Reviewed 1 September 2017

WOW! After a long sunny day at Crane Beach we needed a sugar fix. We found this cute ice cream parlor. Wide and wilde variety of flavors. Definetly costard ice cream is worth the try. Perfect balance between cream and sugar. Fair price considering quality...More

Thank Momotapis
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Since DownRiver opened a few years ago, it has become our big summer treat. Creamy, not too sugary, rich, rich. Variety of flavors continues to grow. One competition is Richardson's Dairy, otherwise the best in the world. Love Deer Tracks and Mocha chip!

Thank Patricia M
Reviewed 6 August 2017

My husband ordered the blackboard special of blueberry ice cream. The entire car smelled like blueberries. It was the BEST ice cream I have ever eaten. I ordered the Deer Tracks. Also delicious.

Thank Patti K
Reviewed 20 July 2017

In a region noted for terrific ice cream, Down River has some of the best! They have unique combinations of flavors with big pieces of chocolate, nuts, fruits, etc. Their portions are generous and the prices are reasonable. The only negative is the very limited...More

Thank WeGoOut
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-578-6318
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