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Woodman's of Essex

121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
+1 978-768-6057
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good30%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“onion rings” (126 reviews)
“lobster” (145 reviews)
“chowder” (64 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
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1 - 10 of 674 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

Huge portions 3 people could easily eat off of one plate, some of the best onion rings I have ever eaten! The hot cider was delicious and we went back for seconds! All 9 of us enjoyed our meal.

Thank Ellen T
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being from New England, I have eaten at many seafood establishments, and Woodman's tops every single one of them hands down. Recently my mom and I decided to try and compare several of the best known seafood restaurants around Ipswich, Essex and Gloucester. We pretty...More

Thank pauliewood
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found the fried food greasy, smelled like the oil used for cooking was getting old. he wife had a lobster with was OK, the corn on the cob was good, but the coleslaw was good at all, probabilitythe worst we have had while on vacation...More

Thank 2014oilers11
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I am sorry that your experience was not up to par. We do appreciate your feedback and ensuring that our food and service is top quality is very important to us. Please email me at steve@woodmans.com. Sincerely, Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great clams and large portions. I was unable to finish my fries. The clams went first and then I finished off the onion rings but couldn't make it through the fries. My only complaint is that the ordering of the food is separate from ordering...More

Thank Seagator48
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Deep Fried seafood in old school style restaurant. No the healthiest of seafood places, but it was packed. We shared a fried clam plate that included onion rings (nice) and chips (french fries) not the best. Average enough chipper if you ask me.

Thank CharlesR696
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I haven't been in such a dirty restaurant in a long time. There was food all over the floor, sticky tables, and really greasy food. I can't believe how much it cost. I generally like fried seafood spots like this, but I was appalled.More

1  Thank Maymomvt
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Oh my... I looked on the calendar and September 24th was the Sunday where for a few hours we only had one tableclearer on the staff and short in other areas as well. I ended up coming in to help out it was just one...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have heard about Woodman's for years but only travel north occasionally. This time we made a point of visiting and trying the whole belly clams they are known for. My wife had a bowl of chowder and nibbled off my overloaded platter. It was...More

Thank bucskin
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited Essex and stopped for lunch at Woodman's. Busy place and no shortage of help. Food was hot and plentiful. specialties are clams and lobster, but you can even get a steakburger should you like. Fries and onion rings are plentiful and very good as...More

Thank John K
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind review! Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We SO enjoyed eating gluten free clam strips and french fries. They were hot, crispy, delicious and so flavorful. Our plates were mounding with clams and fries. The service was fast. The restaurant was clean and had plenty of seating. What's not to love? I...More

Thank Lovetotravelforfun
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Love your review and yes so many travel quite a distance to enjoy the Gluten Free menu... which is extensive. We use corn flour for our coating and we do not add flour to our clam chowder... we also have Gluten Free rolls available for...More

Reviewed 9 September 2017

Decent Fried seafood and boiled lobster, family friendly eating area, very long lines especially for the boiled lobster...bring your $$$ because its not going to be cheap rather quite expensive.More

Thank Al D
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thought I might take a minute to share about our pricing. Our portions are very large and often two people share a platter with each having a chowder. We are also self-service which does not require any tip so you save on that aspect as...More

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Questions & Answers
4 December 2016|
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Response from Rhonda W | Property representative |
Yes we ship clambakes, lobsters, and fried clam kits to anyplace in the continental USA. You can place an order on our webpage. Thank you, Rhonda Woodman
8 September 2015|
Response from Rhonda W | Property representative |
The Top Deck area has air conditioning.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-6057
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"Best Waterfront Seafood Shack"- USA Today "Best Restaurant in New England" about.com Readers Serving fresh award-winning seafood for over 100 years! Chubby and Bessie Woodman invented the fried clam back in 1916 Casual, family-friendly atmosphere. Gluten-free, seafood, chowder and more. Fried clams, scallops, shrimp, steamers, boiled lobster, lobster rolls plus burgers and chicken as non-seafood choices. Full Bar, Seasonal Raw Bar Catering throughout New England Shipping across the USA
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