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J.T. Farnham's

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88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
+1 978-768-6643
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11:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 20:00
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Grand Turk
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Farnham's is an old fashioned fried fish place. The fish is local, fresh and really good. I love their Clam Chowder. You can eat out on picnic tables and look out over the salt marshes, it's a pretty view.

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Thank CrabtreeApts
Ipswich, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Simply the best! And it can all be made better when you can reach Farnham's by boat! We usually head there on an incoming tide. The chowder, fried clam plate, cole slaw are a MUST! The lobster rolls are made the right way- lots of meat, very little mayo on a toasted roll! We have never been disappointed. And the... More 

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Middletown, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

The have picnic tables outside and it is a nice setting. Clam chowder is fair has bacon Clam strips are very good. Native clams are just good

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1 Thank NY2016
Essex, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

A great place for lunch during the week. It's too popular the rest of the time. Terrific fried clams and onion wings. Friendly staff and quick service.

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Thank Joe B
Bedford, United Kingdom
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150 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Wow. Cannot believe how good the food is here. The place looks nice enough from outside but nothing special. It's kinda ordinary inside - casual dining I suppose you'd call it - and the prices are not especially cheap. It was also cold the night we were in. None of that matters though, order the clams and realise you found... More 

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Ontario Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Shrimp, scallops, fish taco and lobster rolls along with a side of french fries and onion rings served and satisfied four adults. Delicious!

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Thank dkb60
Rockport, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Great food great staff very clean. Clams are always the best around. Every meal I have had here has been excellent. I highly recommend JT Farnhams

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Thank csibf99
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Order at the counter - folk s are friendly and very helpful. Clam Strip plate with small sides (very small) was $16 - clams came fried to perfection - sides (two come with the plate) were ok, but not noteworthy. But then again you don't go for the sides. Parking at the height of the season can be challenging but... More 

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Thank chimneysweep1912
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

They take your order, cook your food and wait for you to collect it and eat it. What could be simpler. Such a special little place reminiscent of a past age where food places just provided food. Well worth it if you are passing.

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Thank 722philipb
Watertown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

I had the haddock tacos, which were awesome. More like taco ingredients in a fried tortilla bowl. My wife had the fish and chips, and it was probably the best fried fish we have ever had.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 19:00
Monday
11:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 19:00
Thursday
11:00 - 19:00
Friday
11:00 - 20:00
Saturday
11:00 - 20:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?