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Down River Ice Cream

241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
+1 978-768-0102
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  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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“waffle cone” (4 reviews)
“creamsicle” (2 reviews)
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241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Voted best ice cream on the North Shore for a reason. Unique flavors and very high quality. A bit of a line at times but worth the wait.

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I went here last nigh after eating at "The Boathouse" across the street. They were out of favorite flavor, creamsicle so I got Mexican chocolate which was wonderful. It was chocolaty and spicy. Delicious!

Thank sleeper61
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Third or forth time we make the stop for ice-cream here. The line always seems long but the service is efficient and always worth the wait. The pistachio ice-cream is so far the favorite. And to say that the portions are sizable would be an...More

Thank Fredrik H
Reviewed 27 July 2018

THE best ice cream in the area. I love Bobby's pistachio. It's FULL of yummy pistachios. Their deer tracks is amazing also. Toffee ice cream with fudge swirls and peanut butter cups. To die for!

Thank Mary632018
Reviewed 17 July 2018

I went here last night for the first time this year and it was great. I got creamsicle which I highly recommend. It was creamy and delicious. The ice cream are big, too. I canlt wait to go back.

Thank sleeper61
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Great ice cream with very creative flavor names. Prices are a little bit high. The place have some outside chairs for sitting while you enjoy your selection.

Thank BostonThirteen
Reviewed 29 June 2018

I could not believe ice-cream could be this rich, so we came back a second time. They serve a large variety of unique rich flavors in the creamiest of ice creams from a little joint on route 133. Portions are out of control: don't go...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 29 April 2018

We were there when they first opened. Ice cream was grainy, so we didn’t go back for a couple of years. We gave it a second try, and very much surprised, we had the pecan ice cream, smooth and yummy! We will certainly return. Lots...More

Thank Marty C
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

I am not a big ice cream fan... but this place gave me a new perspective on ice cream. It is the creamiest and most delicious ice cream I've ever had in my entire life! U have to go here if you are near here....More

Thank tap0525
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Down River Ice Cream offers coffee, pastries, and ice cream by the half gallon during the off season, and it's worth stopping here to purchase the most amazing ice cream ever! We bought a half gallon of vanilla to take home to make sundaes, and...More

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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  • Address: 241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-0102
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