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Down River Ice Cream

241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
+1 978-768-0102
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  • Excellent84%
  • Very good13%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“waffle cone” (4 reviews)
“frozen yogurt” (2 reviews)
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241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

My husband ordered the blackboard special of blueberry ice cream. The entire car smelled like blueberries. It was the BEST ice cream I have ever eaten. I ordered the Deer Tracks. Also delicious.

Thank Patti K
Reviewed 20 July 2017

In a region noted for terrific ice cream, Down River has some of the best! They have unique combinations of flavors with big pieces of chocolate, nuts, fruits, etc. Their portions are generous and the prices are reasonable. The only negative is the very limited...More

Thank WeGoOut
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

The ice cream is delicious and very creamy the only negative is that there is only very limited seating and it's on a wooden bench. There is plenty of parking. The ice cream has lots of huge chunks of nuts, candy or fruit. The prices...More

Thank Niti R
Reviewed 8 July 2017

So I have been told that Massachusetts is the state that consumes the most ice cream of all the United States. I was surprised to hear this but then when I thought abt it a little more I wasn't. Growing up here I can attest...More

Thank lizzietishlizard
Reviewed 7 July 2017

After having a great lunch at Woodman's we drove on to see the sites and stumbled upon Down River ice cream. The flavor board was huge with some funky names of obviously home made ice cream. We went behind the building to sit by the...More

Thank riklin52
Reviewed 1 July 2017

A small place with friendly staff and great ice cream. Definitely worth a stop to treat yourself after a day (or a few hours) at Crane Beach.

Thank Richard R
Reviewed 20 June 2017

ice cream I've ever tasted - and such a wonderful variety of unique, home-made, area-inspired flavors! The first evening, I had Mill River Mix and O Snap in a waffle cone. It was hot and humid, so the lovely young lady asked if I wanted...More

Thank CLCoronios
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Delicious, handmade ice creams. The only bad part was having to choose just one flavor from their extensive menu!

Thank rudybelle
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We love this place...always delicious and different flavors....large portion...crispy yummy cones..and this is the ONLY place we drive to for Ice Cream...and have told all of our friends. Like sitting in the comfortable chairs during warmer weather....favorite flavor: "Dirty Joe".....coffee ice cream (that tastes like...More

Thank stephanie s
Reviewed 3 April 2017

I am not an ice cream person, but this is the best ice cream I have ever tasted. Pure, rich, such a great setting too. Get your ice cream and go relax on the Adirondack chairs overlooking the stream...Such a natural setting and such a...More

Thank masulliv
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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
Location and Contact Information
  • 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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