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74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
+1 978-768-6320
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“salad” (14 reviews)
“clam chowder” (23 reviews)
“baked haddock” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointing! The smallest lobster roll that I've ever been served and $29. For it! My husband had shrimp and swordfish kabobs and said the swordfish was 4 hours away from being bad. An overworked Bartender who was always gone from the bar just topped...More

Thank Nhdebtraveling
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were there for a 24 person family gathering and everything was wonderful! The food was excellent and the servers were great, especially Victoria! A lot of us had the baked haddock and it was cooked perfectly, but I heard the same about the steak...More

Thank gmuise
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Traditional semi-upscale atmosphere in an area that is clam shack heavy - so here at Periwinkles, you actually are seated, have a server, no standing in line to order, no hunting desperately for a table. We actually wanted to go to one of the local...More

Thank lexmiller
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We hit upon Periwinkles during our travels in the area last weekend and celebrated our son's 30th birthday here. We had a couple of folks with dietary restrictions -- a gluten-free and a vegan -- whose many questions the waitress, who was delightful, handled very...More

Thank Heather D
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Warm comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff. I had a haddock sandwich - very good. My girlfriend had a lobster roll and she enjoyed her meal as well. We had a nice view of the water and adjacent dock. I like non-pretentious, homey restaurants - not cold,...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We decided on Essex to satisfy a seafood craving. I checked the TA reviews and once again they did not disappoint. We visited on a late Saturday afternoon and although the main dining room was wide open, the bar was busy and I know why....More

Thank PaulMBoston
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Periwinkles is a wonderful local place with exceptional food and service. From parking - which looked like it could be tricky at busy times - to the greetings at the door to the seating indoors or out, it was smooth and hospitable. (We sat indoors...More

Thank Shieldmaiden77
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Driving around Gloucester, Ma trying to find a place to eat for dinner was a nightmare cause the people were in lines wanting to get in. So my girlfriend and I decided to get out of that are and went to Essex. Periwinkles was the...More

Thank Wade F
Reviewed 4 June 2017

My husband ordered the fried clams and I did the steamers, and of course we sampled each, The steamers were authentic soft shell clams which are not found where we live in Florida. Large serving and medium to large clams with only an occasional bit...More

Thank KCsew
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

We used to just go for the clam chowder because it is the best we have ever had, but our last time there the food was excellent. The food just used to be good, but they have a new chef and now it is excellent....More

Thank NY2016
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Response from Mary W | Reviewed this property |
As noted by earlier reply best way to determine is to go straight to the source to get the information. When asking, You may want to include the day you are thinking of going because sometimes they offer specials which might... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1343
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-6320
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