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Down River Ice Cream

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241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
12:00 - 20:00
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Fri - Sun 11:00 - 21:00
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Boston, MA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Delicious, handmade ice creams. The only bad part was having to choose just one flavor from their extensive menu!

Thank rudybelle
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We love this place...always delicious and different flavors....large portion...crispy yummy cones..and this is the ONLY place we drive to for Ice Cream...and have told all of our friends. Like sitting in the comfortable chairs during warmer weather....favorite flavor: "Dirty Joe".....coffee ice cream (that tastes like real coffee) with big chunks of Oreo's. We had a very nice young man tonight...Luke... More 

Thank stephanie s
Boston, Massachusetts
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160 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

I am not an ice cream person, but this is the best ice cream I have ever tasted. Pure, rich, such a great setting too. Get your ice cream and go relax on the Adirondack chairs overlooking the stream...Such a natural setting and such a fun activity. The place is as clean as a whistle also! I had the O!... More 

Thank masulliv
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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155 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We were here on a cold windy March Day. Had hopes for inside seating but there is none so be prepared if it's raining or cold out. We ate in our car and that worked find for us but may not if you have young kids etc. The ice cream comes in generous portions and was delicious. Would stop again... More 

Thank PurpleMN
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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85 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

So creamy and flavorful, like no ice cream you've ever had. It's all homemade with many fun flavor combinations. I stop with my grandson, they have some comfy seats and we just relax and enjoy our treat :)

Thank Toonzie
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

This is by far your favorite Ice Cream spot....the BEST tasting icecream and different flavors. The setting is nice and one can sit outside in the chairs overlooking the marsh...Generous servings and we love it!

Thank stephanie s
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 October 2016

This ice cream is beyond delicious. Wide variety of choices, check the listing on-line before you go to help zone in on your selection! Nice seating areas outside at both Essex and Rowley, pleasant staff. And they try to run a "green" operation, recycling as much as possible.

Thank kate m
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Delicious, creamy ice cream that is packed with flavor. Menu is a hoot of creativity and makes it hard to choose. Go sit in the chairs behind the shop and listen to the nearby river flowing. Delicious and Relaxing - How do you beat that!

Thank lindaD7977AC
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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144 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

This was our second visit to Downriver-we went to the Rowley location about a month ago and recently checked out the flagship in Essex. This is the BEST homemade ice cream. It's so dense, you know it's super slow churned and absolutely delicious. My husband is a huge fan the peanut butter/chocolate combo-I can't recall the exact name but he... More 

Thank lisac1962
Milton, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

The ice cream was amazing... But the very serious yellow jacket problem on the property is out of control. Kids were traumatized! Until the owner fixes this I would recommend bringing an epi pen and taking it to go!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 9785786318

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?