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Woodman's of Essex

121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
+1 978-768-6057
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good29%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“lobster” (159 reviews)
“onion rings” (141 reviews)
“chowder” (68 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 8:00 pm Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The seafood is fabulous. It looks piled high on the plate, but they do put a lot of French fries under the seafood to make it look like more. But what you get is really good. The food comes out fast and hot. It is...More

Thank Kathy S
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 27 August 2018

OMG its been many years since I had a chance to visit Woodman's of Essex and I was not disappointed. There have been some upgrades with the addition of upstairs everything else was as I remembered it. The lobster pools out front, the ordering and...More

Thank Debra M
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Debra, Thank you for your five-star review. We walk a fine line keeping things "the same" while working to make improvements. Yet serving the best food we can is always central. It has been a while since you came if you had not seen the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Woodman's this time of year is a treat. Not crazy as the Summer. it was relaxing and the fish was very fresh and cooked to perfection. The fried clams are the best ever. Woodman's is a fun place to go and the surrounding area is...More

Thank 181billz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No one can compete with their clams. Whether its the cornmeal flour or the lard in the deep friers, these are the crispiest, non-greasiest, tastiest clams you can find. When combined with their ice clod draft beer the combination can't be beat

Thank brianbollwage
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Brian Thanks so much for your great review about your visit to Woodman's! We appreciate such positive comments and we are very happy you enjoyed your meal (: Thanks again! Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the beach in Gloucester yesterday and on the way home drove through Essex and found ourselves at Woodmans . We usually go to Woodmans 3 or 4 times in the summer months for the famous Fried clams . Yesterday the fried clams...More

Thank MassZiggy
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear MassZiggy So sorry your recent trip to Woodman's was not up to par. As much as we don't like hearing the negative feedback, it's important for people to let us know, so we can address the problem. Please contact me offline at letusknow@woodmans.com Thank...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was great. We had deep fried lobster, shrimp, clams and crab cakes. You get a enormous portion. The staff was friendly.

Thank Rebecca L
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Rebecca We appreciate your review and are happy that your enjoyed your visit to Woodman's! I will spread the word to our staff, they LOVE to hear the praise (: Thanks again Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love to stop at Woodman's and get their Lobster's which are arrayed on an ice table outside the restaurant -- they look great, and the workers are always ready to help you pick out the best one. After picking, they throw it back in...More

Thank Walter C
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Walter Thank you for your positive comments about your visit to Woodman's! We love to hear the praise, and we love to share the reviews with our crew (: They all work so hard, and we appreciate that. Thanks again! Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed 10 October 2018

I live in Essex, and of course, this place is legendary but it's not worth the 1 1/2 hour wait. Go to JT Farms and eat like a local.

1  Thank BONNIE G
Reviewed 9 October 2018

I was born in Essex County, MA in 1941. Discovered Woodman's while in high school in the 1950s. While in college it was our weekend source for steamers and "suds". My work took me out of New England and I've been a West-coaster since the...More

Thank W1419ZDstever
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dstever Thank you for your comments! We love to hear from our fans, especially those visiting from the so far away (: I'll be sure to share your review with our crew-They LOVE the praise! Thanks again Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed 7 October 2018

Since 1914 this restaurant has been a number one seller of seafood in Massachusetts. We could not visit the Bay State without visiting this place. It's reputation is world wide. And we were not disappointed. Two of us had the fried clams, the other had...More

Thank Fred M
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Dear Lobster Clam- King of Massachusetts, Thank you for your amazing review. We all work very hard to do a great job and so appreciate it when customers take the time to say something nice! Very grateful. Sincerely, Rhonda Woodman LetUsKnow@woodmans.com

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28 October 2017|
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Response from Seagator48 | Reviewed this property |
I think you can. I left mine in the car but I seem to remember that there were a few tables outside.
4 December 2016|
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Response from Rhonda W | Property representative |
Yes we ship clambakes, lobsters, and fried clam kits to anyplace in the continental USA. You can place an order on our webpage. Thank you, Rhonda Woodman
8 September 2015|
Response from Rhonda W | Property representative |
The Top Deck area has air conditioning.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-6057
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"Best Waterfront Seafood Shack"- USA Today "Best Restaurant in New England" about.com Readers Serving fresh award-winning seafood for over 100 years! Chubby and Bessie Woodman invented the fried clam back in 1916 Casual, family-friendly atmosphere. Gluten-free, seafood, chowder and more. Fried clams, scallops, shrimp, steamers, boiled lobster, lobster rolls plus burgers and chicken as non-seafood choices. Full Bar, Seasonal Raw Bar Catering throughout New England Shipping across the USA
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