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Down River Ice Cream

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241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
11:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sun 11:00 - 21:00
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Sharon, Massachusetts
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252 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

I love trying great ice cream, and this place has it. They have a board that describes what is in each of their named flavored. I went with chocolate peanut butter and the coffee Oreo. My kids loved the cookie dough and the cake batter. The kids sizes are huge. More than enough for an adult. The only downside was... More 

Thank Ghiatrain
Chicago, Illinois
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115 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Homemade ice cream at it's finest. Best mint oreo ice cream I have ever had! Salted Caramel was great too.... I am glad I don't live close to this one - I'd gain so much weight on my daily stops by! LOL

Thank VLKenyon
Essex, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Highly recommended!! Fresh, homemade ice cream. Definitely make your way down there but beware that sometimes there is a line (that's going to happen when you serve heaven in a cone).

Thank Anneliese B
Milford, Pennsylvania
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119 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Stopped in with friends. There was a line but it moved quickly. I had an ice cream flavored with walnuts and maple syrup - more like nuts surrounded by ice cream. It was fantastic. Each of us had something different and they were all wonderful. They have the regular stuff which I am sure is great but their innovative flavors... More 

Thank Karl M
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Saw this Ice Cream place on our way to go shopping...was very busy...so we decided to stop on our way home...Thank God we did...It was the most delicious ice cream we have ever had...the combinations were very interesting..I had mint chip...my husband had a blackcherry...I can't exactly remember what they called them...but they were large scoops...they were not inexpensive either...but... More 

Thank Kathy V
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 July 2016

you can never go wrong with your choice of ice cream here! worth driving over to even if you don't live nearby. Just yum!

Thank LoGly
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This little ice cream joint is at two locations, one in Essex and one on Route one in Rowley. One of my biggest gripes in life is that they're are simply not enough outstanding ice cream places. But there is Downriver. Their ice cream is so rich and flavorful. Incredibly creamy and sweet. There tons of varieties to choose from,... More 

Thank longwell
Yuma, Arizona
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558 reviews
369 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,027 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

We ordered our ice cream and a doggie ice cream too. She was so excited when we walked up to the truck with her ice cream and cookies....Maggie was a very happy girl.

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West Chester, PA
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164 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

I highly recommend this place. I had the most delicious flavor! Willy WOnka loaded with CANDY Yummy what is better than vanilla ice cream and chunks of delicious candy? Nothing! It was outstanding. I also had chocolate chip and my husband had the vanilla. He only eats vanilla and love his. I had wanted the mint chocolate chip but they... More 

Thank padingo
Winnipeg, Canada
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46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016

Best in the area (or most other areas!), in our view . High quality, generous servings of "traditional" to really funky flavour combinations. Nice lawn with chairs to sit on while you enjoy. Friendly welcoming service. Great spot--highly recommended.

Thank 2FriendlyManitobans

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 9785786318

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?