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Franklin Cafe Cape Ann

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118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
+1 978-283-7888
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16:30 - 00:30
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Cape Ann, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been visiting the Franklin for 15+ years, and it has been one of my favorites in the area since then. They offer 2 stories of dining (upstairs weekends only) and offer a vibe that's different from anything else in the area. If you plan your visit right, and it is on the menu, you MUST order the sashimi tuna.... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gloucester has three or four excellent restaurants by any standard. The Franklin is clearly one of them. First, the oysters - cold and fresh, generall from Cape Cod, with a standard red horseradish sauce that happens to be my favorite. There is a list of wonderful salads, never heavy or overdone. The butternut squash soup sent one of my dinner... More 

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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162 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We have actually eaten here several times over the years when we travel to Rockport to visit friends. The atmosphere is friendly and on the weekend they have a jazz trio. The food is nicely prepared and presented, and we've never been disappointed by the quality. My wife and I each had the asparagus salad and the Ahi Tuna Special,... More 

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Westborough, Massachusetts, United States
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

There are many great restaurants in Gloucester but The Franklin is right up there as our all-time favorite. Being bar-dwellers, we love the dark, romantic ambience-the Jeff Weaver paintings, the excellent service provided by Stefano, and the fabulous food. On the regular menu the pan-roasted cod is supremely good. If the tuna is on special, it's amazing. We have never... More 

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Middleton, MA
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147 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Attentive and pleasant servers. Outstanding burger with blue cheese and special sauce. Fries were top notch, too! Jazz band was great but it is really loud and tough to hear your party. Would not recommend for intimate dinner because of this reason but fun for friends.

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Marco Island, Florida
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Six persons had a delightful dinner with excellent food and atmosphere.Good and plentiful cocktails. Had the Hanger steak cooked to perfection and medium rare as ordered.Fish was cooked to perfection.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We had an amazing dinner, 4 adults for an evening out. The waitress was superb, constantly tending to our needs. The wine list was fabulous and we had two bottles at the table. For appetizers we had the marinated shaved bruschetta, seafood mac and cheese and lobster dumplings. All amazing and so delicious! For dinner we had the panko crusted... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Had a wonderful dinner at Franklin Cafe Cape Ann this past weekend. Let me start by saying front of house staff are great. From the person who took the reservation to the hostess and our waitperson, they were all top notch, kind considerate and attentive. Reservations highly recommended or take your chances, not an empty table when we arrived and... More 

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Washington, D.C.
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The Franklin gets better with time. The food and atmosphere are excellent and Maria and Joe ensure that the service is as well. The new Fall menu adds some creative new appetizers and entrees, but retains some of the old favorites. It's cozy in the winter, cool in the summer;nice crowd, nice buzz, great bars upstairs and down. My wife... More 

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Fred454
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83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Had a long day of traveling and found this place for a late dinner. What a delightful surprise! Food was outstanding and service was excellent. Fish was fresh and prepared perfectly. the bruschetta is a must! Would definitely return if in the area.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
16:30 - 00:30
Monday
16:30 - 00:30
Tuesday
16:30 - 00:30
Wednesday
16:30 - 00:30
Thursday
16:30 - 00:30
Friday
16:30 - 00:30
Saturday
16:30 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5731
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Gloucester
  • Phone Number: +1 978-283-7888

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