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J.T. Farnham's

88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
+1 978-768-6643
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good25%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“clams” (147 reviews)
“chowder” (42 reviews)
“onion rings” (42 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups
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88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you want the very best fried clams you have to go to Essex or Ipswich MA and sample their local clams. There are several excellent places to enjoy fried clams in both towns and Farnham is one at the top of this list of...More

Thank Richard I
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here specifically because we saw it on the TV show, "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives." My husband and I shared the fried clam basket and a lobster roll. Both were delicious, but we've had better in Harwich/Chatham/Dennis. The bonus to JT Farnum's is the...More

Thank Narci W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, great food! Bring your cash, no credit cards. And they even make gluten-free fried food. Scallops were they best, but can't say a bad things about any of our choices... Calamari, Clams and the Chowda....yum!

Thank JMc61
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Quick stop on our way out of Rockport. Had a bowl of clam chowder and fish tacos; both were excellent!

Thank Bettie100
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a trip up to Essex one Sunday morning for our clam and scallop fix. Wanted to compare it to Woodman's (where we have been several times) I would say the fried clams were comparable (appeared to get less here), however, the onion rings looked...More

Thank lynnie2017
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Four of us. I had a small cup of clam chowder. It was slightly thinner than I am used to, but delicious just the same.Two of us ordered the clam plates which were piled high with clams, clams and more clams. The whole clam, not...More

Thank Oakworthgirl
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Should be number one. Absolutely the best. Others don't even come close. Quaint with a terrific view and hometown feel.

Thank Perry G
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Had the best lobster roll on gluten free bread & a side of fries. Also ordered one of many choices of chowder. WOW! So much seafood. Excellent place for us gluten sensitive people to have a great seafood meal. Parking is extremely limited & long...More

Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Had the best lobster roll on gluten free bread. Also all their chowders are gluten free & excellent, lots of seafood in them. Great fries not burnt not mushy. Go early or order to go. Very little parking & long lines if you wait. Super...More

Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Incredible views, very clean, friendly staff, good seafood and beer in the cooler (to be consumed inside only!)

Thank Patricia M
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4 July 2016|
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Response from RockportBirder | Reviewed this property |
Must be a combination of two items, such as scallops and shrimp.
23 September 2015|
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Response from robertwD7057IG | Reviewed this property |
The price for a "fried clam dinner" (served on a paper plate with fries or onion rings) was $26. Lobster roll was $19. Slaw $1 extra. Price of clams is high right now - I have seen a clam dinner priced as high as $48 (in... More
7 September 2015|
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Response from Al O | Reviewed this property |
Take 128 north to Peabody Take 95 north to route 133 Take 133 east until you get to Farnhams
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-6643
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