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74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
+1 978-768-6320
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Middletown, New Jersey
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68 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

We used to just go for the clam chowder because it is the best we have ever had, but our last time there the food was excellent. The food just used to be good, but they have a new chef and now it is excellent. Clam chowder excellent ********* Lobster in whiskey sauce pasta excellent but garlicky Halibut special excellent

Thank NY2016
Acton, Massachusetts
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111 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Nice dinner with friends. Oysters were good and reasonably priced. Open on Monday night. Had the fried clams too. Diverse menu, beautiful location.

Thank davidhale22
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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179 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This Essex Restaurant is directly on the Essex river the restaurant specializes in seafood and local flavors, a nice view of the old Essex Shipyard and always something to look at, there is a separate Bar area that has a full menu as well sort of an old school restaurant

Thank bubbia1
Blackstone, Massachusetts
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171 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

While in Essex we stopped here for a late lunch. We have been several times before with our good friends. The location is great right on the water inlet. They have a smaller parking lot. Service is always solid and they take the time to talk with you. We started with the clam chowder which is to die for. No... More 

Thank RayV555
North Reading
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479 reviews
401 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

My last review of this place was not to good so we tried it again and I have to say the food was very good and plenty of it. the service was fast and our server was very friendly.

Thank Joe V
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83 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

view here of the marsh is great. And the food is consistent and good. Nothing stupendous, but a good reliable place for a meal out. The service is attentive and responsive. The menu is straightforward. They know what they are doing. keep in mind that this restaurant is seasonal and closes during winter months.

Thank MHS7560
Westford, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We found Periwinkle's while driving through Essex, MA. We bypassed Woodman's (last time we went there we had an hour wait - in line!) and we were looking for a nice seafood dinner that wouldn't require a second mortgage. On a whim we decided to try Periwinkles and I'm glad we did. We were seated and our server came over... More 

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Middleton, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Visited on Sat night. Made a reservation for four and was seated when we arrived. The room was a little crowded but not uncomfortable. The side salad was very good and quite large. We got a salmon dish that was great comes with veg and rice, The Fried clams were great, small and crispy with fries and a good serving... More 

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Mundelein, Illinois
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79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Visited for lunch and the lobster rolls and steamers were excellent. It was also $10 less expensive than Legal Seafoods!! The restaurant has great water views and one can eat indoors or outdoors. The waitress was a little brisk, but efficient. I would eat here again, no questions asked!

1 Thank Kenneth M
Hamilton, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Had guests from out of town and planned a leisurely lunch at Periwinkles. Food was outstanding, service excellent and views just the best. Prices better than most on the Causeway. Have always done their mussels, fried clams etc. and always delicious...but ordered sushi this time. The Islander and Zing...in a world of great sushi restaurants, Periwinkles was seriously excellent. Going... More 

Thank noshore2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-6320

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