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121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
+1 800-649-1773
11:00 - 21:00
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My kids wanted to go here for dinner on 1/16/17 we drove for a hour to find out it was closed due to construction, they should post that some where online . On website it says OPEN. my kids were unhappy but we had a good meal right across the street. So next time you do construction post it on... More 

Thank Ed L
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped by yesterday for lunch and ordered the $30 seafood platter. We were very disappointed by the clams on the platter, they were small and over cooked. When you go to woodman's you expect top notch clams. The shrimp and scallops were great but did not make up for the disappointing clams.

Thank PortsmouthNHCouple
Washington, DC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place. The fried clams are some of the best around, and gluten free,no less! This place has been around for decades and feels like it, in a good way. I have eaten here in summer, when the lines are long and tourists are many, and in winter (most recently), when the locals dominate the scene. Prices can... More 

Thank Decoamie
woodmansofesessex, Owner at Woodman's, responded to this review

THANK YOU so much for taking the time to write such a nice review. Happy New Year. Rhonda Woodman More 

Fredericksburg, Virginia
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The name, Woodman's, is synnonomus with fried clams. Good coating, very light and none too big. Clam chowder is full of clams and potatoes and not overly seasoned although, it is more soup-like rather than a thicker chowder. Price is a bit high, yet expected. Nice to revisit a childhood memory.

Thank Francesca B
woodmansofesessex, Owner at Woodman's, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a review and for dropping by to revisit a childhood memory. We love that so many of our customers are generational just like our family... we are now employing Generation Five which is amazing to see the tradition and memories on both ends of the business ... our family and staff and our amazing customers. Have... More 

Kennebunk, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having grown up nearby ,I have been to Woodman's numerous times going back 40+ years. On a post Christmas day road trip we decided to visit Woodman's for lunch. Maybe I just just trying to match my expectations,but I think yesterday's fried clams were the best I've ever had(and we live in an area profuse with good seafood)? Woodman's is... More 

Thank jimmarg37
Long Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

You can't go wrong here. Be prepared to wait on line in the summer but in the off season, you have the place to yourself. Never had a bad meal at Woodman's.

Thank RoadMaven
woodmansofesessex, Owner at Woodman's, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! Yes, this time of year it is pretty quiet here yet the river and the saltmarsh are as beautiful in the winter as they are in the summer ... so different and worth the ride out to see as well as one of our area beaches. Nature in winter is so very peaceful... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

We went to the Russell Orchard for our annual pre-thanksgiving run for cider, and decided to stop at Woodman's after doing a short tour of Rockport. I usually get the boiled lobster -- but this late in the season, the outside boiler is down, and I prefer fried clams to waiting for a lobster out of the kitchen. My date... More 

Thank Walter C
Los Angeles, California
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35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Woodman's is an institution on Boston's North Shore and Gloucester area. Classic New England shore hall ambience, with pine panelling and painted wooden tables and benches, basic and unpretentious but warm and cheerful. It is situated on land bordering the scenic salt marshes of the area, and upstairs seating commands nice views of the green vistas. Their battered seafood is... More 

Thank Cheryl M
Essex, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Winter is a great time of the year to go to woodman's . No lines , great service. Good food. Centrally located to meet for lunch and hang a bit.

Thank Lxrxaxcx
woodmansofesessex, Rhonda Woodman at Woodman's, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write. Did you know that we have amazing DAILY SPECIALS in the off-season? You can see them on our web-page. Also kids eat free with an adult entree! So even more reasons to enjoy us off season. More 

East Kingston, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 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

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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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?