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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 - 19:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 20:00
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Tampa, Florida
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73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We've been visiting here for over half a century. It never changes. (Farnham's doesn't control market price of clams.) Consistent. Besides clams the haddock sandwiches are fresh. If grilled, a variety of seasonings are available. Mine was a little heavy on the lemon pepper. Totally self-serve, including cleaning up your own table. Cash only.

Thank J D B
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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66 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

After a several year hiatus from coming here, by grandparents and I returned for lunch. The food was as remembered: the fried sole was light, fresh, and not overpowered by the thin batter. The onion rings that it came with were served piping hot with a thin batter coating it. The pasta salad with its light vinaigrette base perfectly complimented... More 

Thank Sam W
Portland, Maine
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fried seafood at its freshest and most delicious. Eat in the rough tables on the beautiful Essex marshlands, or indoor dining. Not fancy, just plain good. There will be lines at lunch and dinner time, but nothing like the craziness at Woodman's just down the street. I grew up here and can tell you...the food is better at Farnham's. Portions... More 

Thank SecretPollyanna
Boston, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

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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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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 16 April 2017 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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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

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 31 March 2017

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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155 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?