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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 good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cod” (23 reviews)
“hanger steak” (11 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 4 weeks ago

We recently visited the Franklin Cafe again after being away for too long and we were reminded why we enjoy it so much. As the weather turns cold, the Franklin is a welcome refuge with wonderful food and a cozy ambiance. This time I had...More

Thank cdoggett001
Reviewed 25 October 2017

After having enjoyed two fabulous dinners there we chose the Franklin for our Oct. wedding rehearsal dinner party. Our son heard about the Franklin Cape Ann from a colleague and friend. We met with Maria (the owner) over two lovely dinners where we were encouraged...More

Thank crior2017
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Having dined here several times before and having had an outstanding experience (reviewed here "Franklin yes!) we had hope this visit would be equally enjoyable, not really. From an establishment of this caliber one would expect effective unobtrusive service to enhance the overall dining experience,...More

Thank IonaFezzywig
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Perfect food and service for all four of us. One of the best steak hangar steaks of my life! The demi glaze was pure perfection!

Thank RichardGonci
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Loved the atmosphere and menu here. Was lucky enough to go on Thursday while there was live Jazz ~ which really saved the day. All the food we all ordered was great ~ except for my steak which was way overpriced ($35) and way over...More

Thank kimmmmmmy
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Well the Franklin has been around for a while..which is saying something! ...and for good reason, consistently great presentations. The hanger steak is done right and a very filling proposition! Maybe too many fries on the plate !. Our guests went for the seared cod...More

1  Thank silvamine
Reviewed 1 June 2017

We arrived a little early for dinner at the Franklin with family; we told the waiter that we wanted drinks and appetizers, and wait a bit to order dinner. The appetizers were all good: spicy edamame, cheese and veg salad, grilled calamari. But the waiter...More

1  Thank Herbert M
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We live in a town near Gloucester, when we want a go to great meal and on those occasions a late meal, this is where we go. Oysters are always fresh, cold and great. Fresh bread with hummus served while waiting. Well mixed drinks. Seasonal...More

Thank JoesKatch
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We have been 3 times and each time we wait about 6 months before trying again. Great atmosphere, but service and food is not outstanding. There are just too many other places I would go.. and their wine prices are higher for the same wine...More

Thank Beth Z
Reviewed 25 February 2017

I've been visiting the Franklin for 15+ years, and it has been one of my favorites in the area since then. They offer 2 stories of dining (upstairs weekends only) and offer a vibe that's different from anything else in the area. If you plan...More

Thank CapeAnn7
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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
USD 15
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, 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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