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Down River Ice Cream

241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
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  • Excellent85%
  • Very good11%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

We were here on a cold windy March Day. Had hopes for inside seating but there is none so be prepared if it's raining or cold out. We ate in our car and that worked find for us but may not if you have young...More

Thank PurpleMN
Reviewed 15 February 2017

So creamy and flavorful, like no ice cream you've ever had. It's all homemade with many fun flavor combinations. I stop with my grandson, they have some comfy seats and we just relax and enjoy our treat :)

Thank Toonzie
Reviewed 7 February 2017

This is by far your favorite Ice Cream spot....the BEST tasting icecream and different flavors. The setting is nice and one can sit outside in the chairs overlooking the marsh...Generous servings and we love it!

Thank stephanie s
Reviewed 25 October 2016

This ice cream is beyond delicious. Wide variety of choices, check the listing on-line before you go to help zone in on your selection! Nice seating areas outside at both Essex and Rowley, pleasant staff. And they try to run a "green" operation, recycling as...More

Thank kate m
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Delicious, creamy ice cream that is packed with flavor. Menu is a hoot of creativity and makes it hard to choose. Go sit in the chairs behind the shop and listen to the nearby river flowing. Delicious and Relaxing - How do you beat that!

Thank lindaD7977AC
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This was our second visit to Downriver-we went to the Rowley location about a month ago and recently checked out the flagship in Essex. This is the BEST homemade ice cream. It's so dense, you know it's super slow churned and absolutely delicious. My husband...More

Thank lisac1962
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

The ice cream was amazing... But the very serious yellow jacket problem on the property is out of control. Kids were traumatized! Until the owner fixes this I would recommend bringing an epi pen and taking it to go!

2  Thank greenec81
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

I love trying great ice cream, and this place has it. They have a board that describes what is in each of their named flavored. I went with chocolate peanut butter and the coffee Oreo. My kids loved the cookie dough and the cake batter....More

Thank Ghiatrain
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Homemade ice cream at it's finest. Best mint oreo ice cream I have ever had! Salted Caramel was great too.... I am glad I don't live close to this one - I'd gain so much weight on my daily stops by! LOL

Thank VLKenyon
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Highly recommended!! Fresh, homemade ice cream. Definitely make your way down there but beware that sometimes there is a line (that's going to happen when you serve heaven in a cone).

Thank Anneliese B
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 9785786318
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