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Franklin Cafe Cape Ann

118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
+1 978-283-7888
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“hanger steak” (10 reviews)
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American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
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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
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Gloucester has three or four excellent restaurants by any standard. The Franklin is clearly one of them. First, the oysters - cold and fresh, generall from Cape Cod, with a standard red horseradish sauce that happens to be my favorite. There is a list of...More

Thank JDM0418
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We have actually eaten here several times over the years when we travel to Rockport to visit friends. The atmosphere is friendly and on the weekend they have a jazz trio. The food is nicely prepared and presented, and we've never been disappointed by the...More

Thank snorkelingfan46
Reviewed 11 December 2016

There are many great restaurants in Gloucester but The Franklin is right up there as our all-time favorite. Being bar-dwellers, we love the dark, romantic ambience-the Jeff Weaver paintings, the excellent service provided by Stefano, and the fabulous food. On the regular menu the pan-roasted...More

Thank Debbie S
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Attentive and pleasant servers. Outstanding burger with blue cheese and special sauce. Fries were top notch, too! Jazz band was great but it is really loud and tough to hear your party. Would not recommend for intimate dinner because of this reason but fun for...More

Thank Donna D
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Six persons had a delightful dinner with excellent food and atmosphere.Good and plentiful cocktails. Had the Hanger steak cooked to perfection and medium rare as ordered.Fish was cooked to perfection.

Thank Richard M
Reviewed 19 November 2016

We had an amazing dinner, 4 adults for an evening out. The waitress was superb, constantly tending to our needs. The wine list was fabulous and we had two bottles at the table. For appetizers we had the marinated shaved bruschetta, seafood mac and cheese...More

Thank Autumnlover74
Reviewed 11 November 2016

Had a wonderful dinner at Franklin Cafe Cape Ann this past weekend. Let me start by saying front of house staff are great. From the person who took the reservation to the hostess and our waitperson, they were all top notch, kind considerate and attentive....More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you have a full bar service?
27 July 2016|
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Response from joanie2551 | Reviewed this property |
Yes indeed!
Are you open for lunch as well as dinner?
2 October 2015|
Response from Lisa B | Reviewed this property |
I think only dinner.
On a family vacation. Can I bring my two year old here for 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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 00:30
17:00 - 00:30
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
  • E-mail