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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%
Travellers talk about
“clams” (153 reviews)
“chowder” (41 reviews)
“onion rings” (43 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Second time here to give it another chance. Still not good, food is average, actually I had the fish tacos and can't figure out what the shell was? It's a slap dash kind of spot. If you are in a hurry or just leaving the...More

Thank masulliv
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I found the food to be really good. My girlfriend and I ordered a fisherman's combo, burger plate, small order of oysters, a medium order of clam strips, and two waters. The amount came to $79.18. A bit pricey if you ask me. I was...More

Thank Kyle B
Reviewed 12 March 2018

Absolutely the best seafood around. Every time we go we get a fisherman's platter and a side of chicken fingers. Cooked to perfection and never greasy. Whenever the choice for dinner is mine, it's off to Farnham's we go. Beats all other restaurants in Essex!

Thank Ramjam13
Reviewed 17 November 2017

It's a New England clam shack overlooking the traditional New England marsh with seating inside and out. One Friday for lunch, two grandchildren were out the door and in the car when I mentioned this place - one of their favorites. We ordered the large...More

Thank Ann622
Reviewed 10 November 2017

After a beautiful hike in Ravenswood Park enjoying the fall leaf peeping, we stopped at this "joint" along the highway. The location has a beautiful view of the Essex river. Most of us ordered the fried clams with fries and ate every morsel. One of...More

Thank tbgranite
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Ok, it was a clam shack tour but that night I was jonesing for fried scallops. Best clam shack decision I’ve ever made! Huge, enormous, plump and juicy mollusks fried just so...it was fried food nirvana. I say get the scallops!!!

Thank VTPickles
Reviewed 15 October 2017

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 11 October 2017

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 9 October 2017 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 28 September 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Bettie100
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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

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
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
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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