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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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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good26%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“clams” (158 reviews)
“chowder” (41 reviews)
“onion rings” (44 reviews)
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88 Eastern Ave, Rt. 133, Essex, MA 01929-1329
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

While driving to New Hampshire from Boston decided to go to a DDD(Guy Fieri) referred place. We went an hour out of our way. Wasn't worth it. Cute little restaurant, nice enough employees. Food though fresh was expensive and had no flavor. Fried Clam strips...More

Thank Soxpacker
Reviewed 6 days ago

I try to get up to Greater Boston at least once a year for real fried clams, which I cannot seem to find in NY/NJ. MA has plenty of places for them, but I always return to J.T. Farnham's on Route 133 in Essex. The...More

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 6 days ago

Fantastic fried clams - light, tender, and plentiful! Chowder could have been thicker but still tasty.

Thank sherwood350
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food good service and always clean ,great portions. Overall experience great 👍😊😊😃😃😃😊

Thank geraldinee73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here based on the good reviews and we were disappointed. While the staff was nice to us, we saw the cashier be incredibly rude to another couple. The food was ok, but the choices on the menu are limited. My wife got the...More

2  Thank Games007
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We use to come here a lot but it's gone down hill. We know people in the area and it's definitely not where the locals go anymore. Food was cold when we got it, and some of the staff were really rude. And their tip...More

3  Thank PapaTony2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was visiting my cousin in Ipswich who is 90, and mentioned about taking her out for some seafood. She said this was the place. We sat outside overlooking the marsh. I ordered inside as you could sit there as well. She wanted the Seafood...More

Thank BoylstonTraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Booming business in fried onion rings (thin and mild with slight crunch), great slaw and the famous clams. Had a combo of scallops, clams, shrimp and fish. All very fresh--better dipped and fried but not greasy--paper plate remained barely marked after having seafood eaten from...More

Thank Jane K
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The clams were beautifully cooked. The staff friendly. We are outside at one of several picnic tables. Beautiful view, nice breeze.

Thank Auroraam
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

the best clams on the island. the coating is light and not greasy, the clams literally melt in your mouth. and the shrimp bisque was worth the cost.

Thank yardygirl
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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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