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121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
+1 800-649-1773
11:00 - 21:00
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98 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've had an Essex/Ipswich fried clam craving for weeks and finally found the time to drive there to fulfill my craving. It's over an hour from our home. So you need several hours on any given day to thoroughly enjoy the experience and not feel rushed. My wife joined me in the caloric craved lunch at Woodman's. We both love... More 

Thank PAUL C
Middletown, New Jersey
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67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Clam cakes are good Native clams very good Clam strips very good Fries very good Clam chowder very good 2nd only to periwinkles Lobster roll excellent

Thank NY2016
woodmansofesessex, Owner at Woodman's, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate it. We are happy with very good however we love excellent when we receive it. Always aiming for excellent!! Yes, Periwinkles chowder is very good as well. i agree. The various restaurants in town all have great chowders and they are all slightly different. Variety is good. Ours is... More 

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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I tried Woodmans yesterday for a late lunch. We had the fried clams, popcorn shrimp platter, sweet potato fries, onion rings and regular fries. Honestly, if you closed your eyes you could not tell what you were eating. All tasted the same. Just a greasy fried taste, with old oil I might add. I am from RI,... More 

Thank islandspot
woodmansofesessex, Owner at Woodman's, responded to this review

I am sorry that you did not enjoy our food. Most customers do however i understand if we are not for you. However, i would like to say that our oil is ALWAYS fresh and has been for over 100 years. It is one of the areas we ensure hourly for quality and is signature to us. Everyone's taste is... More 

Nashua, New Hampshire
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent seafood ,staff friendly, great atmosphere . This is a great place for a family meal, Portions are big Highly recommend

Thank prettykitty1966
northshore, massachusetts
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

The picture says it all; if you are fom new england you know that we don;t boil lobster with the rubber bands on! This palce claims to have invented the fried clam but that is debatable. The food here is greasy and just generally poor. They do make a good clam chowder. Foe the areas best fried seafood try Farnhams,... More 

Thank misterclean6
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

My kids wanted to go here for dinner on 1/16/17 we drove for a hour to find out it was closed due to construction, they should post that some where online . On website it says OPEN. my kids were unhappy but we had a good meal right across the street. So next time you do construction post it on... More 

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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

My wife and I stopped by yesterday for lunch and ordered the $30 seafood platter. We were very disappointed by the clams on the platter, they were small and over cooked. When you go to woodman's you expect top notch clams. The shrimp and scallops were great but did not make up for the disappointing clams.

Thank PortsmouthNHCouple
Washington, DC
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444 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

I love this place. The fried clams are some of the best around, and gluten free,no less! This place has been around for decades and feels like it, in a good way. I have eaten here in summer, when the lines are long and tourists are many, and in winter (most recently), when the locals dominate the scene. Prices can... More 

1 Thank Decoamie
woodmansofesessex, Owner at Woodman's, responded to this review

THANK YOU so much for taking the time to write such a nice review. Happy New Year. Rhonda Woodman More 

Fredericksburg, Virginia
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

The name, Woodman's, is synnonomus with fried clams. Good coating, very light and none too big. Clam chowder is full of clams and potatoes and not overly seasoned although, it is more soup-like rather than a thicker chowder. Price is a bit high, yet expected. Nice to revisit a childhood memory.

Thank Francesca B
woodmansofesessex, Owner at Woodman's, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a review and for dropping by to revisit a childhood memory. We love that so many of our customers are generational just like our family... we are now employing Generation Five which is amazing to see the tradition and memories on both ends of the business ... our family and staff and our amazing customers. Have... More 

Kennebunk, Maine
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116 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Having grown up nearby ,I have been to Woodman's numerous times going back 40+ years. On a post Christmas day road trip we decided to visit Woodman's for lunch. Maybe I just just trying to match my expectations,but I think yesterday's fried clams were the best I've ever had(and we live in an area profuse with good seafood)? Woodman's is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
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
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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: 121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 800-649-1773

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