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Franklin Cafe Cape Ann

118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
+1 978-283-7888
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
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“hanger steak” (11 reviews)
“sashimi tuna” (3 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM Hours
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Franklin is definitely a foodie destination. This quaint little cafe has a nice variety of delicious food from seafood to pasta to beef and poultry dishes. The bar is warm and inviting. The swordfish is a must have dish.

1  Thank Teri J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a gem!! We have eaten upstairs a few times for some nice special events. But the main level combines the warm/darkish atmosphere of your stereotypical neighborhood pub with great food. My wife and I chose to eat at the bar (REALLY good idea!!). The...More

1  Thank Jeffrey M
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Excellent food, service and martinis!! Love the atmosphere. Highly recommend for any occasion . Best martinis I’ve ever had!

1  Thank 2dogs
Reviewed 4 February 2018

Thursday night with a wonderful jazz duet complemented a delicious dinner. I had the sautéed calamari followed by the mussels and my husband had the eggplant appetizer followed by the burger with fries - best fries bar none! Service was great and all in all...More

Thank seasondtrvlr
Reviewed 7 January 2018

This is a very busy place! In fact, we had to wait for well over half an hour to get in. During that time, the friendly hostess would come out periodically to apologize and assure us that she had us well in mind. Once we...More

1  Thank marianc95
Reviewed 30 December 2017

Having been here a half dozen times I want to say ‘hit or miss’ sums it up – mostly due to the service, sometimes excellent (sit at the bar) and sometimes slow and inattentive (at tables) – but the wine selection while limited every selection...More

Thank Clyde G
Reviewed 19 November 2017

We recently visited the Franklin Cafe again after being away for too long and we were reminded why we enjoy it so much. As the weather turns cold, the Franklin is a welcome refuge with wonderful food and a cozy ambiance. This time I had...More

1  Thank cdoggett001
Reviewed 25 October 2017

After having enjoyed two fabulous dinners there we chose the Franklin for our Oct. wedding rehearsal dinner party. Our son heard about the Franklin Cape Ann from a colleague and friend. We met with Maria (the owner) over two lovely dinners where we were encouraged...More

1  Thank crior2017
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Having dined here several times before and having had an outstanding experience (reviewed here "Franklin yes!) we had hope this visit would be equally enjoyable, not really. From an establishment of this caliber one would expect effective unobtrusive service to enhance the overall dining experience,...More

Thank IonaFezzywig
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Perfect food and service for all four of us. One of the best steak hangar steaks of my life! The demi glaze was pure perfection!

Thank RichardGonci
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Questions & Answers
27 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from joanie2551 | Reviewed this property |
Yes indeed!
2 October 2015|
Response from Lisa B | Reviewed this property |
I think only dinner.
29 June 2015|
Response from seasondtrvlr | Reviewed this property |
I just tried to answer this, but am unsure if it went through, so forgive me if I am repetitive: Yes, you can, HOWVER, it is really not suitable for young children. In all our visits there, we have never seen anyone younger... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
5:00 PM - 12:30 AM
5:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Gloucester
  • Phone Number: +1 978-283-7888
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