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4C Summer St, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944-1579
+1 978-526-9995
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06:00 - 17:00
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Sun 07:30 - 15:00
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 17:00
Sat 07:30 - 17:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went from daily customer to once a week to 'why is this place still open'. Met someone there for coffee last week... the first thing one notices is the place is dirty - from counter, to displays, to floor and seating. The second is the baked goods are all from mixes - muffins, etc. The third are the people -... More 

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Thank PortableWheels
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

All 5 of us loved our sandwiches: chipotle chicken, smoked salmon bagel, chicken pesto, chicken salad wrap. The ingredients on my smoked salmon were fresh and tasty and the everything bagel was also good. The service was quick and pleasant. I would definitely stop here again for a quick lunch.

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Thank annmlewis
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I'd love this place to be my go-to, but it's expensive, not very cozy and the coffee is pretty lame. The owner seems nice, but the staff is hit or miss with attitude and service. Great location, love the outdoor seating, and sandwiches are usually good but a bit pricey.

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1 Thank _edelweisstea
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

I was not impressed with Essen's service and it's too bad, because I think their food is pretty good, even though rather expensive. The young female server who greeted me had absolutely no personality, I don't even think she said Hi, she didn't take my order correctly and I could tell becuse she wasn't asking me basic questions like what... More 

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3 Thank travelor_aa
Lake Forest, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Great stop for the whole family. Delicious healthy smoothies and coffee! The cappuccino was excellent. Clean and quick, friendly service.

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Thank sarah O
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323 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Across from the train station, this place is situated just off the main street. The espresso was only average, but the baked goods and sandwiches were fresh and appealing. Comfortable ambiance, no music.

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Thank steventobolsky
Clifton, Virginia
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247 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

This is perfect spot for a healthy lunch bite. Several sandwich options and a board of specials to get excited about. Nice little tables inside or out. Sometimes overwhelmed with yoga bodies or urban beach goers.

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Thank doublemdoublet
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103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015 via mobile

Out for my morning walk and stopped in to check out this place. Got a smoothie and muffin. The girl at the counter was very friendly and helpful. The smoothie was delicious as was the muffin.

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Thank Teenie2000
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015 via mobile

I come here to catch up on email, write in my journal, or plot my next exploit. It is fairly local for me and a nice alternative to Starbucks. The decor is crisp and clean, the staff friendly and professional, and the food is good, though I wish for a few more gluten free items. It is a quick and... More 

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Thank CoosBay2Boston
Carmel, California
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334 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

We were searching for a cozy spot on a cold & rainy day and are so glad we stopped at Essen. The made to order sandwiches are excellent and the staff most cooperative in helping us create something to our taste (and that of a 3 year old). The chili was SO good on this dreary day!

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Thank Jim W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 15:00
Monday
06:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 17:00
Thursday
06:00 - 17:00
Friday
06:00 - 17:00
Saturday
07:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4C Summer St, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944-1579
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Manchester-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: +1 978-526-9995

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