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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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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good30%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“onion rings” (137 reviews)
“lobster” (145 reviews)
“chowder” (67 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Being from New England, I have eaten at many seafood establishments, and Woodman's tops every single one of them hands down. Recently my mom and I decided to try and compare several of the best known seafood restaurants around Ipswich, Essex and Gloucester. We pretty...More

Thank pauliewood
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

There's a reason this place is famous: Hands down, the best fried ANYthing you've ever ingested, not just seafood. My girlfriend and I shared a humongous "sampler" platter with fries, which came with an assortment of breaded sea creatures of such consistant succulent-a-bility it would...More

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woodmansofesessex, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2017

What a fun review to read ... our last 8 reviews have been great and i am one happy lady! You must be a writer of some sort ... i hope you enjoyed your experience as much as i enjoyed your review. Sincerely, Rhonda Woodman

Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited Essex and stopped for lunch at Woodman's. Busy place and no shortage of help. Food was hot and plentiful. specialties are clams and lobster, but you can even get a steakburger should you like. Fries and onion rings are plentiful and very good as...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We SO enjoyed eating gluten free clam strips and french fries. They were hot, crispy, delicious and so flavorful. Our plates were mounding with clams and fries. The service was fast. The restaurant was clean and had plenty of seating. What's not to love? I...More

Thank Lovetotravelforfun
Reviewed 1 week ago

Decent Fried seafood and boiled lobster, family friendly eating area, very long lines especially for the boiled lobster...bring your $$$ because its not going to be cheap rather quite expensive.

Thank Al D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't know what all the excitement is about! In all honesty, I think it's the history of the place (which I'm not denigrating), as well as the fact that people get excited about platters that are piled high with an array of deep fried...More

Thank AssikoGal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Woodman's is definitely a good but touristy restaurant. Even when I showed up around 3 pm for a late lunch there was still a steady stream of people coming in. The good news is that there's a quick turnaround and lots of tables. Service is...More

Thank Dimitrios D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always consistent and great fun. The clams and the boiled lobsters are fantastic and the informal atmosphere is very family friendly.

Thank rdzaiger
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think this place stands more for it's century plus of a reputation rather than for how good the food is. I have to admit, it's just ok. I had fish and chips, my wife had steamers and we both got chowdah. The fish was...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having recently moved to the North Shore, one of my first priorities is to find a great place for fried clams. When I think about a great fried clam, I want it to have a big belly, a light coating and be cooked in fresh...More

Thank laslototh
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Questions & Answers
4 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
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
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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
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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
  • E-mail
"Best Waterfront Seafood Shack"- USA Today
Serving fresh award winning seafood for over 100 years!
Casual, family friendly atmosphere.
Gluten free, seafood, chowder and more!
Fried clams, scallops, shrimp, steamers, boiled lobster, lobster rolls and more!
Full Bar
Raw Bar
Off site catering
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