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Hawthorne By-the-sea

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153 Humphrey St, Swampscott, MA 01907-2564
+1 781-595-5735
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Swampscott, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Great setting....decent wine selection...great popovers But you never know what they will mess up nexy

Thank makemelaugh
Crystal Lake, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Stopped into the fish market for a lobster roll (best I had while on the East coast). Steven the Chef was super friendly and helpful. Could not wait to try a lobster roll. It lived up to my expectations!! My sister had the fish and chips and really enjoyed them as well (being from Ireland she is an expert on... More 

Thank _blatzheim4
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91 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

I have been going to this restaurant for several decades, so it makes me sad to see that it appears to be in decline. We had a family dinner here, and while the food was good, I was extremely disappointed to find that the claws on my expensive 2 lb. lobster were completely EMPTY! In all my years of eating... More 

Thank olive2eat
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 September 2016

One of the main qualities of this restaurant is outside terrace and they would not let us have the meal outside even tough it was 82F outside and sunny. Second, this place is dirty, caked food everywhere, on the chairs,tables,floor. Our table was not even wiped out properly before they set us down.Even tough it was a lunch time they... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

I have been a customer of Hawthorne by the sea since I was a kid- great service and amazing views of the Ocean - great ocktails in a sleek retro bar. I LOVE the popovers they serve and I have never had a bad meal here- I hope this place will be around for a long time.... 😉👍

Thank davyinbigd
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

The first time I came to this restaurant was almost 30 years ago! Since then I visited Swampscott every August. Always a highlight of my visit was unbelievable lunch at the restaurant by the water. This time me and my two friends came anticipating the same elegance, service and great food. We were unwelcomed by the manager almost immediately. He... More 

Thank Pearl M
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714 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Sit on the porch/deck if it is a good day. Cod and scallops were very good. Shared a pizza for an appetizer. The best was the popovers! Yum!

Thank JillConnecticut
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

You will never forget a visit to the Hawthorne Cafe. Andre and Tony are the most amazing bartenders and a lobster roll for fried clams a delicious. The scenery is amazing. Don't go into the dining room because Anthony's just cannot change. But the menu is amazing food is great and the service is impeccable

Thank June K
Andover, MA
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54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

The day I moved to Boston my father took me to Anthony’s Pier 4 on the Boston Harbor. That was 1970. That location closed several years ago but the Athanas family is still in the business. Hawthorne by the Sea, in Swampscott, continues to be a place I take out of town visitors for a serene setting, a nautical décor,... More 

Thank Maureen Y
Boston, Massachusetts
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88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Formerly known as Anthony's Pier 4 Restaurant. Having dined here several times I can honestly say the Fish and overall good is always very well prepared and is consistently delicious. My favorite dish is the Halibut which is a very clean tasty fish... My personal favorite! The waitstaff are a little on the less personal side as Anthony's has an... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 153 Humphrey St, Swampscott, MA 01907-2564
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Swampscott
  • Phone Number: +1 781-595-5735

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