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J.T. Farnham's

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88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
+1 978-768-6643
11:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 20:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Disappointed because I heard so many good things about this place. I wanted to find an alternative to Woodman's that had outdoor seating. We will not be going back to Farnham's. Mediocre at best and what's up with "cash only"? What year is this?

1 Thank SunsetPelican
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had our annual trek to this restaurant today. The fried clams are delicious and fresh- not greasy, not soggy- they are tasty and perfect. The onion rings are ultra thin, crispy and not greasy. Not a healthy meal but this place is ultra clean with great food and worth the splurge. Highly recommend.

Thank amp14
Peabody, Massachusetts
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69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been going here for decades. Always good...Today I decided to change it up and splurge and get the two way combo plate with scallops and clams and my husband got the Fisherman's plate. He always gets this... me the calamari plate always and last time the haddock tacos...loaded with sauce. The food did not take long before it... More 

3 Thank Kathy P
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Farnhams has the best scallops and onion rings in Essex! The scenery is breathtaking! You can take out your food and sit outside at a picnic table overlooking the beautiful marsh land!

Thank Betsy K
Boston, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So the rumor is, "this is where the locals go". They must frequent this place when all they can do is walk, given the pretty poor parking situation. I didn't really understand the town signs across the street, what area can't you park in? We didn't get a ticket, maybe they only do that at the height of tourist season... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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153 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate a late lunch here and all four of us thought our meals were delious. The staff was very friendly and answered all of our newbie questions about clams, lobster rolls and chowder. Our girls had their first meal of fried clams and both enjoyed it, and said they would order again if given the chance. My husband and... More 

Thank PurpleMN
Grand Turk
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Farnham's is an old fashioned fried fish place. The fish is local, fresh and really good. I love their Clam Chowder. You can eat out on picnic tables and look out over the salt marshes, it's a pretty view.

Thank CrabtreeApts
Ipswich, MA
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Simply the best! And it can all be made better when you can reach Farnham's by boat! We usually head there on an incoming tide. The chowder, fried clam plate, cole slaw are a MUST! The lobster rolls are made the right way- lots of meat, very little mayo on a toasted roll! We have never been disappointed. And the... More 

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Middletown, New Jersey
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72 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

The have picnic tables outside and it is a nice setting. Clam chowder is fair has bacon Clam strips are very good. Native clams are just good

1 Thank NY2016
Essex, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 December 2016

A great place for lunch during the week. It's too popular the rest of the time. Terrific fried clams and onion wings. Friendly staff and quick service.

Thank Joe B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?