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Franklin Cafe Cape Ann

118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
+1 978-283-7888
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cod” (24 reviews)
“hanger steak” (13 reviews)
“sashimi tuna” (3 reviews)
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American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Was out later for drinks, came here around 9 and they were still serving. Food was spectacular even at the late serving! Had the tuna and it was so good. One of the best spots in Gloucester at any time of day!

Thank MagnoliaBTS
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Have only been to the Franklin a couple times but was just as good the the second time around. The food and drinks were great, we weren’t in a hurry and was socializing so it made for a very nice evening. Would highly recommend it...More

Thank macsndy
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an excellent local restaurant whose ambiance is social and adult. Despite many excellent seafood choices, we had a flavorful mushroom ravioli and linguini carbonara. Both dishes featured perfectly textured pasta, with the ravioli delighfully full of mushroom and the linguini enhanced by bacon....More

Thank RachelRaven
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were here for pre-half marathon carbo loading so the veggie burger and fries hit the spot. Many of the items on the vegetarian menu can be made vegan ! Our server Marie was very knowledgeable about the menu and very helpful in guiding us...More

1  Thank Dosaprincess
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere, good for late night bites as it stays open quite late. Service was good. Food is mediocre. Tastes fresh, just could use some more flavor. Oysters were great. Favorite dish was the quinoa meatballs.

Thank kaylavincent99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very busy when we went. And we felt a bit neglected. The quality is ok. Overall mediocre experience....but we keep trying...

Thank honestnote
Reviewed 7 May 2018

Went with two friends who live in Gloucester and frequent this restaurant often. The ambiance is fantastic and the waitstaff friendly. They mix a great martini. I see many reviewers here enjoyed the hanger steak. But, I found Franklin's strong point to be their seafood...More

Thank GareThere
Reviewed 4 May 2018

We have been going to this restaurant for over 10 years. If is very hard to maintain this level of quality and interest to maintain a customer for this extensive time period. We are "foodies" and eat out quite a bit. However, this restaurant continues...More

1  Thank mmccarthy996
Reviewed 9 April 2018

The Franklin is definitely a foodie destination. This quaint little cafe has a nice variety of delicious food from seafood to pasta to beef and poultry dishes. The bar is warm and inviting. The swordfish is a must have dish.

1  Thank Teri J
Reviewed 29 March 2018

What a gem!! We have eaten upstairs a few times for some nice special events. But the main level combines the warm/darkish atmosphere of your stereotypical neighborhood pub with great food. My wife and I chose to eat at the bar (REALLY good idea!!). The...More

1  Thank Jeffrey M
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Questions & Answers
27 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from joanie2551 | Reviewed this property |
Yes indeed!
2 October 2015|
Response from Lisa B | Reviewed this property |
I think only dinner.
29 June 2015|
Response from seasondtrvlr | Reviewed this property |
I just tried to answer this, but am unsure if it went through, so forgive me if I am repetitive: Yes, you can, HOWVER, it is really not suitable for young children. In all our visits there, we have never seen anyone younger... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
5:00 PM - 12:30 AM
5:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Gloucester
  • Phone Number: +1 978-283-7888
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