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J.T. Farnham's

88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
+1 978-768-6643
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good26%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“clams” (161 reviews)
“chowder” (44 reviews)
“onion rings” (45 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Hours
American, Seafood
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88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This restaurant is brilliant, right out of my childhood in the area more than 50 years ago. The fried clams are perfect, in a light batter and taste, " just as they should". The counter service, the pitcher of tap water, the condiments make this...More

Thank annesophie757
Reviewed 3 days ago

On 11/25/18, we had absolutely the best friend clams and shrimp ever. We have always heard about how great J.T. Farnham's was. It was the best. For a little down New England place, old and rustic, right in the heart of fried clam country, this...More

Thank RichardDianaT
Reviewed 1 week ago

This used to be my favorite seafood restaurant in Essex from several years back. I recently visited JT. The restaurant looked new, bright, and refreshing. It had outside dinning tables overlooking the marsh on Essex River - very nice view. However, the food is no...More

Thank TP1234
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After 5 or 6 years, my wife and I made a destination of Farnham's. I asked the lady at the register what size the clams were. She quickly replied "medium." I love them large and my wife is happy with small so medium works. As...More

Thank tom2289
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is a mom & pop place like a drive-In. You can eat-in or picnic table outside. You can order platters but it's not cheap. They have seafood chowder. Everyone Usually gets the fried clams. They are pretty good. The people who work there...More

1  Thank Eugenia Z
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Scallops were good, but we've had just as good for a much better price elsewhere. The chowder is horrible - very thin, the clams are few and minced and the potatoes were still hard. The chowder was more like potato soup. Skip it.

1  Thank ANJCN
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Our second time in the area, our second visit. Fried clams are top notch, the lobster roll was excellent. I had a cup of clam chowder …. if you are considering it, splurge and get the seafood chowder instead. With the drizzly weather, the place...More

1  Thank GreenSpiritWeaver
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Farnham has great clam chowder, and they even prepare their fried clams gluten free if you ask. Very casual, with pretty view across the salt marsh. It’s been here for decades, and is a reliable local spot.

1  Thank FQTVLR
Reviewed 11 September 2018

Another Diners Drive Ins and Dive place to cross off our list. We arrived at 3pm on a Sunday, gorgeous day, great view and lots of outside seating. The line was huge, the inside of the small restaurant was packed. Took about 20-30 minutes just...More

1  Thank Brighteyes2012
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Great food, view and people. Priced right. would go back anytime for all the food on the menu. Which we have eaten all more than once.

1  Thank Beach4212
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4 July 2016|
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Response from RockportBirder | Reviewed this property |
Must be a combination of two items, such as scallops and shrimp.
22 September 2015|
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Response from robertwD7057IG | Reviewed this property |
The price for a "fried clam dinner" (served on a paper plate with fries or onion rings) was $26. Lobster roll was $19. Slaw $1 extra. Price of clams is high right now - I have seen a clam dinner priced as high as $48 (in... More
7 September 2015|
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Response from Al O | Reviewed this property |
Take 128 north to Peabody Take 95 north to route 133 Take 133 east until you get to Farnhams
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-6643
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