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4C Summer St, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944-1579
+1 978-526-9995
06:00 - 17:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 07:30 - 15:00
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 17:00
Sat 07:30 - 17:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

I was not impressed with Essen's service and it's too bad, because I think their food is pretty good, even though rather expensive. The young female server who greeted me had absolutely no personality, I don't even think she said Hi, she didn't take my order correctly and I could tell becuse she wasn't asking me basic questions like what... More 

1 Thank travelor_aa
Lake Forest, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Great stop for the whole family. Delicious healthy smoothies and coffee! The cappuccino was excellent. Clean and quick, friendly service.

Thank sarah O
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279 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Across from the train station, this place is situated just off the main street. The espresso was only average, but the baked goods and sandwiches were fresh and appealing. Comfortable ambiance, no music.

Thank steventobolsky
Clifton, Virginia
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236 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

This is perfect spot for a healthy lunch bite. Several sandwich options and a board of specials to get excited about. Nice little tables inside or out. Sometimes overwhelmed with yoga bodies or urban beach goers.

Thank doublemdoublet
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96 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015 via mobile

Out for my morning walk and stopped in to check out this place. Got a smoothie and muffin. The girl at the counter was very friendly and helpful. The smoothie was delicious as was the muffin.

Thank Teenie2000
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015 via mobile

I come here to catch up on email, write in my journal, or plot my next exploit. It is fairly local for me and a nice alternative to Starbucks. The decor is crisp and clean, the staff friendly and professional, and the food is good, though I wish for a few more gluten free items. It is a quick and... More 

Thank CoosBay2Boston
Carmel, California
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311 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

We were searching for a cozy spot on a cold & rainy day and are so glad we stopped at Essen. The made to order sandwiches are excellent and the staff most cooperative in helping us create something to our taste (and that of a 3 year old). The chili was SO good on this dreary day!

Thank Jim W
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2014 via mobile

The good...heklas, cinnamon rolls, cookies. The outdoor patio. The bad...grumpy owner, uninspired service. Pricey and skimpy portions. Spotty supply of selections. Today I called at 9:30 in the morning and they were out of salmon for a bagel, and out of muffins. They are frequently out of staples like bagels and muffins early in the day. It feels like it... More 

Thank Delphibythesea
Islesford, Maine
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139 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

Sometimes I read through my fellow 'Tripadvisors', ad I cannot imagine what their issues really are. Essen is great. Wonderful sandwiches, prepared to order. The absolute best coffee for miles and miles. Try the roasted vegetable sandwiches, they are not your average nod to vegetarians. Great bread and baguettes (I prefer the baguettes). In good weather I like the outside... More 

Thank painter04646
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

When it first opened the Owner was so rude and unhappy, I went on many occasions until I just finally gave up as the food was not worth the bother. Being the one place to get a sandwich or lunch where it didn't require wait service it's Essen or the grocery store. I found the sandwiches small, and really tasteless,... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Open Hours
07:30 - 15:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4C Summer St, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944-1579
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Manchester-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: +1 978-526-9995

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