Most Popular Restaurants in Essex

April 14, 2018 Almeta Stockton

Essex is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, 26 miles (42 km) north of Boston and 13 miles (21 km) Southeast of Newburyport. The population was 3,504 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Essex

1. Windward Grille Restaurant

109 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1331 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 31 +1 978-768-0050
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

Windward Grille Restaurant

Antique New England farmhouse with 1800's barn attached. Fireplaces lit during the winter months. Large rustic bar with high-top seating around bar area. Booth and table seating available in several dining rooms. Special value priced specials available Monday thru Thursday. Large parking area with easy wheelchair accessibility.

Reviewed By Jim W - Carmel, California

We had a wonderful lunch at this old, established restaurant. Confirming the predictable excellence of the food is the typically large attendance by "locals".

The Reuben sandwich is very large (perhaps efficient for 2) and loaded with tender and juicy meat. The chili was a particular hit on this cool and blustery day.

As usual we had great service from Tom who has seemingly been here forever; thank you!

2. Down River Ice Cream

241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible +1 978-578-6318
Excellent
85%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 103 reviews

Down River Ice Cream

Reviewed By TheLiterateChef - Falmouth, Massachusetts


Huge portions. Unless you're a glutton, order the Baby for $4.00. An enormous scoop of delicious ice cream that would satisfy all but the most voracious of the Mangia Gelati! Opted for the rum raisin on a waffle cone. Mama Mia! Pleasant outdoor seating around back.

3. Choate Bridge Restaurant

3 S Main St, Ipswich, MA 01938-2232 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 978-356-2931
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 175 reviews

Choate Bridge Restaurant

Reviewed By noshore2016 - Hamilton, Massachusetts

Perhaps the best on the North Shore...nothing "fancy"...pub food...outstanding and wait staff equally outstanding. Everything is beyond good...but burger, fried clams, and lobster roll...nothing better...ANYWHERE...clam chowder looks great...will do next time! Must say...Farnhams and Woodmans...give it up for the Choate Bridge fried clams...it doesn't get any better. Love this place...almost forgot!!...french fries...incredible.

4. Zumi's Espresso & Ice Cream

40 Market St, Ipswich, MA 01938-2213 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast +1 978-356-1988
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Zumi's Espresso & Ice Cream

Reviewed By Betsy K

I love Zumis coffee! It is a real bonus to downtown Ipswich! Love the Valencia mocha latte! The ice cream is very tasty as well!

5. Weathervane Tavern

85 Railroad Ave, South Hamilton, MA 01982-2218 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 978-468-2600
Excellent
77%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

Weathervane Tavern

Reviewed By EnergyCounselor - Bethesda, MD

After hearing so much about this quaint restaurant in South Hamilton, we finally got to experience its warmth, great service, and delightful menu. We tried the scallop casserole--and it was delicious, rich, and plentiful. The side salad was generous and the butternut squash side was an amazing accompaniment to the scallop casserole. And you must save room for dessert. Try the ice cream pie.

6. Depot Diner

23 Enon St, Ste 2, Beverly, MA 01915-1171 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 978-922-6200
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 217 reviews

Depot Diner

Reviewed By bbbob84 - Staten Island, New York

I always try to find the local place when I travel and this was rated number one on Trip Advisor. It did not disappoint. Appeared to be nicely run family operation with outstanding customer service. I enjoyed some coffee while they prepared my Bacon, Ham, Mushroom and Onion Omelette. The Potatoes with my omelette were prepared just the way I like them, which is not always the case when I travel. Dark Rye Toast was delivered buttered nicely. Too much for me to finish, so I brought it home because it was too good to waste. Parking available in the strip mall parking lot. I would definitely visit when in the area again.

7. J.T. Farnham's

88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available American, Seafood, Soups Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 +1 978-768-6643
Excellent
51%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 325 reviews

J.T. Farnham's

Reviewed By Narci W - Acton, Massachusetts

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 great view across the marsh.

8. Ithaki Mediterranean Cuisine

25 Hammatt St, Ipswich, MA 01938-1930 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 978-356-0099
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 218 reviews

Ithaki Mediterranean Cuisine

ITHAKI continues to delight the senses - cuisine steeped in tradition yet innovatively crafted, warm and professional service, elegant dining rooms adorned with exquisite flower arrangements. Please join us in savoring our Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, food created under the warmth of the sun and enjoyed in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie.

Reviewed By lisac1962 - Newburyport, Massachusetts

I love octopus and I try it when I see it on a menu. That being said, I've had some really great octopus and not so great. Ithaki's version definitely falls into the excellent category!
Served with a warm fava hummus, YUM!!! I got this as a small plate and it would have been sufficient for a meal. I added the falafel which I also love(another small plate) and the homemade hummus was fabulous. I was so full from the octopus that I only had one falafel-my hubby got to eat the rest-it was very good. I would def try other menu items next time around. My husband got the salmon and he raved about it. This place is a little pricey but I don't mind spending more when the quality of food is excellent. Service was good. Warm bread with a tomato/olive/red pepper pesto(I'm guessing at the ingredients as I didn't ask) was also excellent. Will definitely go back! My last time here was many years ago-had a great experience then as well. This place will go back on my radar based on this experience.

9. Sugar Magnolias

112 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 978-281-5310
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 253 reviews

Sugar Magnolias

Reviewed By Trapezegirl - Connecticut

We were staying in Rockport and someone recommended this place for breakfast. Its only 10 minutes away so we went for the ride. GLAD WE DID!! Prices were incredibly reasonable. And unique items on the menu. The wait staff was very friendly. Had to wait for about 10 minutes for a table, but so worth the wait.

10. Village Restaurant

55 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1342 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 16 +1 978-768-6400
Excellent
54%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 234 reviews

Village Restaurant

Reviewed By bbwex - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Village Restaurant has been around for a long time, but the food was no better than average. We started with some onion rings which were OK but nothing better. Wedge salads were very good. The haddock Rockefeller was pretty good, but the fried haddock and fried shrimp were ordinary at best. Our server, Laurie, was very helpful and friendly, but the kitchen just didn't give her the backup she needed.

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