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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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Overview
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good30%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“onion rings” (138 reviews)
“lobster” (151 reviews)
“chowder” (67 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
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1 - 10 of 710 reviews

Reviewed today

the food was very good the service very fast the pricing was fair. I did like Farnhams seafood better.

Thank yardygirl
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 16 September 2017

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

2  Thank pauliewood
Reviewed 2 days ago

I haven't been to Woodman's in 20 years. I visited today with out of town relatives. I ordered whole belly clam, which came with french fries. At a a cost of just under $29.00, I expected a satisfying portion of fresh, briny whole belly clams.The...More

Thank bklyn56
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Pretty basic you stand in line and order sides or clams etc. You then stand in line to order drinks. Lobster is seperate priced by the pound. Food is good freash great onion rings. The lobster seems very freash. Not much else to say. You...More

1  Thank DavidZ267
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is our go to place for Gluten Free fried seafood. They take great care to address food allergies and work with each customer to ensure their needs are met! The only place I go for whole belly fried clams...so good!

Thank Sha K
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were visiting Cape Ann, Massachussettes and took the opportunity to visit the oft-recommended Woodman's of Essex. If you like fried seafood, you'll love Woodman's. It's clear that they get repeat customers. The other diners obviously knew the place well. Woodman's is clearly their go-to...More

Thank RabbiGary
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Rabbi Gary, Thanks for your kind review. I am wondering where you visited from. My personal email is letusknow@woodmans.com. I would love to hear from you. Thanks so much! Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice fried food, fast service & good beer. As fried food goes it's one of the best. I didn't have any issues & you get plenty. Good for a guilty pleasure.

Thank Kenneth R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Woodmans has wondeful fresh sea food. So cool they way you pick your own lobster and they bring it and cook it for you.

Thank Maureen R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The quote about offering 'faint praise' comes to mind. It was okay. We had the popcorn shrimp entree. A bit pricey for the quality of the food, but the plates were loaded. Having a bar helped. Visit the gift shop before you leave.

Thank ECS4me
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have a very serious seafood allergy, but was told I would be safe to eat at Woodman's since I wanted to order scallops. I ordered the fried scallops and onion rings and my BF got the fried clam strips and onion rings. The scallops...More

Thank Mbent48
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Kaleigh B
28 October 2017|
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Response from Seagator48 | Reviewed this property |
I think you can. I left mine in the car but I seem to remember that there were a few tables outside.
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121058
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
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EMMJKM
8 September 2015|
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Response from Rhonda W | Property representative |
The Top Deck area has air conditioning.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Meals
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
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
  • E-mail
Description
"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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