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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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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good30%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (140 reviews)
“onion rings” (133 reviews)
“chowder” (64 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
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1 - 10 of 656 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you come here for a meal, avoid the cardiologist for a few days as all the really good things, excluding the lobsters, are fried - clam strips, shrimp, onion rings, fries. I prefer Farnhams chowda but woodmans is not too bad. Beware, the lines...More

Thank tomasso54
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

There's a reason this place is famous: Hands down, the best fried ANYthing you've ever ingested, not just seafood. My girlfriend and I shared a humongous "sampler" platter with fries, which came with an assortment of breaded sea creatures of such consistant succulent-a-bility it would...More

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woodmansofesessex, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2017

What a fun review to read ... our last 8 reviews have been great and i am one happy lady! You must be a writer of some sort ... i hope you enjoyed your experience as much as i enjoyed your review. Sincerely, Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Woodman's is not about ambience or decor .. It's about the quality of their product and the lines out the door attest to the fact they are doing something quite good .. They have a large menu of seafood that is quite overwhelming .. We...More

Thank Larry R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Was relaxing in my car while the family was antiquing. They surprised me after their shopping with the best hot dog I've had in a while. From the second I bit into it, i knew it was right. Actually it was the roll that I...More

Thank Trafficman968
Reviewed 1 week ago

I drove almost three hours in the rain, heavy traffic and construction. I was referred by my friend who had been there in the past. For a restaurant that offers NO service where you go to a counter, place your order and then pick up...More

Thank jjdshopper
Reviewed 1 week ago

For over one hundred years Woodman's has been serving up seafood as fresh as can be. The lobsters and clams are served the day they were caught. The boats delver to the restaurants from the shore directly across the street. The claim to fame is...More

Thank traveler120483
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We regularly visit for steamers, lobsters and fried clams. They tend to be pricey but for quality and freshness it is worth it. The lobsters you can pick out and are cooked to order. Early in the season is the best to visit for reasonable...More

Thank Angel_Travel_Bug
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw there was no line for Woodman's so we gave it a shot. I was disappointed. Lobster was flavorless. Very noisy inside. I didn't like that you had to go outside on the line to get a lobster, go inside to order something else,...More

Thank Dale S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At the end of June I had posted a negative review regarding Woodman's. I was immediately contacted by one of the owners, Rhonda. We emailed back and forth a couple of times and she was very apologetic about the situation and asked that if I...More

Thank Shawn S
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Shawn, Thanks so much for writing again and we are so happy that you had a great experience. That is our desire for everyone and we love it when we hit the mark which we usually do. Yet sometimes things happen and we do...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I met my kids who were in the area for dinner at the legendary Woodman's. I couldn't wait for my dinner to experience the hype for this restaurant. After, we were all disappointed for what we were anticipating was going to be...More

Thank Richard L
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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
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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
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-6057
  • E-mail
"Best Waterfront Seafood Shack"- USA Today
Serving fresh award winning seafood for over 100 years!
Casual, family friendly atmosphere.
Gluten free, seafood, chowder and more!
Fried clams, scallops, shrimp, steamers, boiled lobster, lobster rolls and more!
Full Bar
Raw Bar
Off site catering
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