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Woodman's of Essex

121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
+1 978-768-6057
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good30%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Woodman's was well worth the trip - yes, the fried clams are that good! This is not fine dining, but it's so nice just to be to come as you are, and be assured of a great meal. If you're looking for low-cal cuisine, this...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

Being from New England, I have eaten at many seafood establishments, and Woodman's tops every single one of them hands down. Recently my mom and I decided to try and compare several of the best known seafood restaurants around Ipswich, Essex and Gloucester. We pretty...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

Generally I try to be at least a little healthy, but the reviews for Woodman's just sounded too good to pass up -- and I wasn't disappointed. I went with the combo plate -- clams, shrimp, scallops, and fish (with both french fries and onion...More

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Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments! We take great pride in our food quality, so it is always nice to hear positive feedback when our customers are happy!

Reviewed 22 January 2018

On a mild January afternoon we felt a need to get out of the city and head north for one of our favorites — fried clams at Woodman’s. Off-season, for sure, is the best time to relax and enjoy this perennial favorite family pitstop. Still...More

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Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It's great to read your comments about your trip to Woodman's-it sounds like you are a true fan, and you know the best time to visit Woodman's! I'm glad you enjoyed your meal, and your escape from the city. We are very fortunate to live...More

Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

I grew up nearby and try to stop in at least once a year, most recently just after Christmas. This is probably one of the few places on earth where I like it busy, lines out the door, lobsters cooking outside and the art of...More

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Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I so enjoyed reading your comments! I love it that you like the" lines out the door, and the art of staking out your table". It is definitely an experience when you visit in the summertime, although this winter was quite an experience for us...More

Reviewed 23 December 2017

This is an order-at-the-window place although they do, usually, deliver your order to your table.Claim to have best whole belly clams but we found our pricey order to be 50% fried breading. Personnel were barely civil. Can't imagine their attitude during the summer rush. We...More

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Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I'm so sorry to read that you were not satisfied with your visit. I'm very surprised that your food had too much breading, since all of our food is fresh, and prepared to order. We coat the food by hand, and shake off the excess...More

Reviewed 11 November 2017

Back again after a six month hiatus, after all I live 350 miles away. I never get tired of seafood in the rough. Step up to the window and order and have a draft while you wait. Much of it is fried but you can...More

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Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

In reading your comments, it's clear you are a "regular" at Woodman's despite the long distance. It seems you've tried mostly everything on the menu, have you tried our lobster rolls?? They are one of my favorites! I enjoyed reading your comments and I hope...More

Reviewed 5 November 2017

We live in Florida and only travel up on occasion but we will now make it an annual trip just for this terrific food , Clams were the best , Onion rings very light .... What type of oil do you use ? Everything was...More

3  Thank cpompea
Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Charlie-Thanks for your comments about your visit to Woodman's. You inquired about the type of oil we use, it is lard. We do change the fryloators often, which is important in keeping it light. We use a secret "family recipe" for our onion rings, I...More

Reviewed 1 November 2017

This is a very good seafood restaurant, especially fried seafood. They claim they invented the fried clam and I think they did. They have one of the best fried clams plates around, plentiful and very tasty, but pricey. They seem to always be busy. If...More

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Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments. We strive for the best quality food, so we love to hear when our customers are happy! We do try to keep our pricing in line with the other restaurants around, and compare them often. Thank you for mentioning that...More

Reviewed 23 October 2017

They are famous for their whole clam fried clams, and they are good. We also had fish sandwiches (delicious,) salmon burger (a good piece of salmon - not ground salmon pieces as is found in many places,) fries and onion rings (very good.) The place...More

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Rhonda W, Owner at Woodman's of Essex, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Dear Clawboot! Thank you so much for your kind review! We do hope you will visit again ... would love to see your personality with a pen name such as clawboot.. made me laugh! Which is good. :) Best, Rhonda Woodman

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Kaleigh B
28 October 2017|
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Response from Seagator48 | Reviewed this property |
I think you can. I left mine in the car but I seem to remember that there were a few tables outside.
4 December 2016|
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Response from Rhonda W | Property representative |
Yes we ship clambakes, lobsters, and fried clam kits to anyplace in the continental USA. You can place an order on our webpage. Thank you, Rhonda Woodman
8 September 2015|
Response from Rhonda W | Property representative |
The Top Deck area has air conditioning.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 Main St, Route 133, Essex, MA 01929-1305
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-6057
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"Best Waterfront Seafood Shack"- USA Today "Best Restaurant in New England" about.com Readers Serving fresh award-winning seafood for over 100 years! Chubby and Bessie Woodman invented the fried clam back in 1916 Casual, family-friendly atmosphere. Gluten-free, seafood, chowder and more. Fried clams, scallops, shrimp, steamers, boiled lobster, lobster rolls plus burgers and chicken as non-seafood choices. Full Bar, Seasonal Raw Bar Catering throughout New England Shipping across the USA
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