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121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
+1 800-649-1773
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Albany, United States
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Having eaten at many seafood restaurants throughout New England, Woodman's continues to impress, clean, delicious Seafood, and friendly service. The Seafood platter with clams, scallops, shrimp and fish is fantastic, French fries and onion rings included!

Thank Scott D
United States
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Okay, so all your fried foods are in the usual spot downstairs (you line up, order & pay, get a number and wait for it to be called). BUT in season, after 4pm, the raw bar upstairs opens. It has a small liquor/beer/wine/cider selection and raw clams and oysters. You can also order downstairs and hear your number get called... More 

Thank nancymaebe
Boston, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Locals in the winter/tourists in the summer! You have to appreciate a seafood restaurant that locals -people who have their pick of all the local clam shacks flock to when the 'summer folks' are gone! Don't expect linen table clothes! You place an order and find a table. Try the fried clams-share with your friends the serving is that big!... More 

Thank Calvin78
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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77 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The classic clam shack, at least in this part of Massachusetts. Hadn't been there in a long time, but it exceeded my memories. I had a clam roll, and it was perfect--very fresh clams, very light batter, delicious, much better than clams I've had in much fancier places. Even the cole slaw tasted fresh. My chowder was very good ad... More 

Thank hillretiree
Blackstone, Massachusetts
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167 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in Essex and wanted to try Woodman's as we had heard good things about them on a local TV show. Woodman's is located in the heart of Essex and they have a good size parking lot in the back. They do have some outside seating in the summer and inside when we went for lunch seating was amble.... More 

Thank RayV555
Watertown, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The clams were okay, but the pricing was ridiculous. Service was also very bad. The only real positive thing is that it's all about mass production, so the food comes out quickly. If I needed to feed a tour bus, and I got a cut of the sales, I would totally bring them here.

Thank DJ G
Portland, Connecticut
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Clam chowder outside overlooking the saltmarsh, can't get better than that. Mostly fried seafood offered.

Thank robincauble
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Clam chowder is great. Crab roll was crab salad. Fried clams were great. We're able to eat outdoors or inside.

Thank Ann C
Frisco, Texas
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

My sister has celiac's disease and was very excited to learn that this place had a dedicated fryer for their food. She had not had fried clams in ages! So for her, I have this four stars. For me the food wasn't bad but wasn't great. The first time I had clam chowder which as very thin and oily. The... More 

Thank Cloakofstars
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132 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Seriously good Gluten Free Fried Clams and other seafood offerings! Love this place excellent food! Fast service, always busy, always fresh. Beer wines cocktails close to the water! Nice drive

Thank xray1313

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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
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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?