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Windward Grille Restaurant

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109 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1331
+1 978-768-0050
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything on the menu is excellent. Good selection of options. Prices are decent...Good compared to the quality.

Thank Steve E
Mukilteo, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've eaten at most of the Essex venues and the majority are busy, tourist oriented places. When I went into the Windward I could see why it is #1. Authentic surroundings, good food and service. I'll be back!

Thank Richard R
Lynn, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

Had lunch here on 20 Feb 2017, Our service was good. Clam chowder and PEI mussels were excellent, nice draft beer selection and red sangria for my wife. Very nice bar will be back.

Thank SeaB2128
Acton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Had lunch here on 2/16/17. Our server Courtney was great. Haddock, fried clams done just right and French onion soup were also excellent. Located in a 1600's house with barn with local paintings and photos on the walls. Very reasonably priced menu.

Thank davidhale22
Middletown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Lobster bisque fair Clam chowder excellent Fried clams good skip next time Diet root beer very good Lobster and scallop fettuccine lobster cream sauce excellent Kids baked haddock very good Butternut Squash excellent Sweet potato fries excellent Lemon basil haddock very good Sangria excellent You can make reservation here.

1 Thank NY2016
Beverly, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

We stopped for a late lunch today and enjoyed an excellent meal. This was our first visit (and won't be our last!) we were warmly greeted and given our choice of dining rooms. The house was built in the 1600's and beautifully restored creating warm and cozy dining rooms with comfortable booth and table seating. They also have a great... More 

Thank pall48
Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

I love this restaurant. The food is always fresh and not fancy. I had the baked haddock with mashed potatoes and squash. My siblings had a chicken dish, and two other fish dishes. The restaurant is always comfortable, I like the booths and just feel at home here. Everyone enjoyed their meals, and their desserts.

Thank Janet N
Long Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Love this place. We visit every time we come up and we're never disappointed. Service is great, the food is tasty and hot and the prices are fair. Check out their specials. You won't go wrong here.

Thank RoadMaven
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Always dependable, food and service. We love going here. Seafood or steaks. Their steak fries are awesome! Nice bar as well. Always a chance to watch a game if interested.

Thank Kathy D
Wilmington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

My buddy and I visited the Windward Grille Restaurant on our way to a show at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. We had reservations at 6 PM, showed up about 5 minutes early. Yes, they had our name on the list. 20 minutes later we were finally seated. There is a reason for reservations. We had to be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$24
American, Seafood, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1331
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-0050
Antique New England farmhouse with 1800's barn attached. Fireplaces lit during the winter months. Large rustic bar with high-top seating around bar area. Booth and table seating available in several dining rooms. Special value priced specials available Monday thru Thursday. Large parking area with easy wheelchair accessibility.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?