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Hawthorne By-the-sea

153 Humphrey St, Swampscott, MA 01907-2564
+1 781-595-5735
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good22%
  • Average10%
  • Poor21%
  • Terrible17%
Travellers talk about
“popovers” (20 reviews)
“seafood” (7 reviews)
“lobster roll” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood
153 Humphrey St, Swampscott, MA 01907-2564
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Reviewed 14 June 2017

The food was fabulous. The service however, was absolutely terrible. Our waitress wouldn't make any eye contact with us. When she was taking our dinner orders she would not even acknowledge when my boyfriend was talking. I had to order for him. It was completely...More

2  Thank x0x0x0Boston
Reviewed 13 June 2017

From what I understand this place has had a complete overhaul. You walk into a open space, with high ceilings and a great view of the Boston skyline. It's stunning. We sat at the bar and had a few cocktails and appetizers. The bartender is...More

Thank Marca P
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Great setting....decent wine selection...great popovers But you never know what they will mess up nexy

Thank makemelaugh
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Stopped into the fish market for a lobster roll (best I had while on the East coast). Steven the Chef was super friendly and helpful. Could not wait to try a lobster roll. It lived up to my expectations!! My sister had the fish and...More

Thank _blatzheim4
Reviewed 17 September 2016

I have been going to this restaurant for several decades, so it makes me sad to see that it appears to be in decline. We had a family dinner here, and while the food was good, I was extremely disappointed to find that the claws...More

1  Thank olive2eat
Reviewed 13 September 2016

One of the main qualities of this restaurant is outside terrace and they would not let us have the meal outside even tough it was 82F outside and sunny. Second, this place is dirty, caked food everywhere, on the chairs,tables,floor. Our table was not even...More

1  Thank MURVA
Reviewed 28 August 2016

I have been a customer of Hawthorne by the sea since I was a kid- great service and amazing views of the Ocean - great ocktails in a sleek retro bar. I LOVE the popovers they serve and I have never had a bad meal...More

Thank davyinbigd
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

The first time I came to this restaurant was almost 30 years ago! Since then I visited Swampscott every August. Always a highlight of my visit was unbelievable lunch at the restaurant by the water. This time me and my two friends came anticipating the...More

Thank Pearl M
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Sit on the porch/deck if it is a good day. Cod and scallops were very good. Shared a pizza for an appetizer. The best was the popovers! Yum!

Thank JillConnecticut
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

You will never forget a visit to the Hawthorne Cafe. Andre and Tony are the most amazing bartenders and a lobster roll for fried clams a delicious. The scenery is amazing. Don't go into the dining room because Anthony's just cannot change. But the menu...More

Thank June K
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 153 Humphrey St, Swampscott, MA 01907-2564
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Swampscott
  • Phone Number: +1 781-595-5735
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