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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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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good30%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“onion rings” (138 reviews)
“lobster” (151 reviews)
“chowder” (68 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Do not buy the onion rings they are the worst I’ve ever tasted.😩They have gone downhill 😱😩😩😩😩not worth the money

Thank geraldinee73
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 4 days ago via mobile

Woodman's had been a yearly pilgrimage for our family .... all the way from Salem to Essex for some great food. The years have scattered us about to where the trips are less frequent, but on a recent visit up from Texas, on a rainy...More

Thank robertwB2081YO
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Everything was beyond delicious. Looks like it gets really crowded. Great place for a rainy afternoon lunch. No problems handling this fried food.

Thank gil j
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is truly an empire, dynasty or whatever descriptive you choose. Good was very good but I was a little taken with the prices ( and I am NOT cheap). Obviously fresh seafood and a well oiled machine, but I would probably spend my...More

Thank kruszynak
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't in Massachusetts long, but I was determined to get some sort of local seafood. The locals assured me that it was a lobster roll that I wanted... what the area is known for. So, I began to inquire with several locals, and the...More

Thank JustMeWithMyFamily
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had an unexpected stop in Boston and my friend took my son and I here. It was a great experience with good food. The menu is simple and prices are moderate to pricey depending on what you are looking for. They fry all the seafood...More

Thank Hakalau23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been going to this restaurant since I was kid (which was a looooong time ago) I've always loved Woodman's and I love now even more where I've been gluten free for 8 years. Excellent seafood! Not fancy by any means but like my mom...More

Thank Weeeeeee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been going here for fifty years and it's still the best, period. Essex and Ipswich clams seem to be cleaner and sweeter than all others, and here they are fresh, lightly breaded, and cooked to perfection. None too dark, none too light, served almost...More

Thank amerazor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Up from Florida, when living in the area I used to come here quite a bit...didn’t disappoint. Split the lobsta roll and clams with my sister. PLENTY of food and it was very good. Just as I remembered ...iconic place that’s worth the trip

Thank Jake-Cleo
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much Jake! Happy to still be making people happy after all these years! Rhonda Woodman

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Questions & Answers
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.
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
8 September 2015|
Response from Rhonda W | Property representative |
The Top Deck area has air conditioning.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
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
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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
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"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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