Many ask how could there be so many restaurants in such a small town. Essex boasts of more restaurants and food establishments per capita than any other town in New England. Local seafood is a specialty in Essex, but there is no limit to the range of fine and fun dining experiences offered. Our restaurants are casual and creative with many located right on the Essex River providing wonderful river and marsh views.

Dining out is a four season activity in Essex so come whenever the mood strikes you. Essex is where the locals eat. Whether you live down the street or a thousand miles away, become a local in Essex.

If you require delicacies for a special occasion or event, there are small scale and large scale catering opportunities for you in Essex. Take some Essex cuisine with you wherever you may be.

Cape Ann Pizza logo
  Cape Ann Pizza photo  
Cape Ann Pizza has been serving award-winning pizza, calzones, chicken kabobs, steak tips, subs, salads and Greek specialties for over 15 years. Everything is homemade daily including our own pizza dough and our much coveted salad dressing. Try our famous kabobs or taste our subs available in Syrian bread. Food is cooked to order and served with a smile.
Special Announcements
Whether you are on your way to or from one of the beaches close by, antique shopping or out for a leisurely drive, Cape Ann Pizza always has plenty of parking and a friendly, personable staff to help satisfy your hunger!
Cape Ann Pizza
65 Eastern Ave. (Rte. 133)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-3925

Jim Roumeliotis

Map Location and Hours
Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 9 pm
Fri. - Sat. 10 am - 10 pm
Sun. 11 am - 9 pm
Chebacco Market logo
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Since opening in 1987 Chebacco Liquor Mart has gained a loyal following of wine and craft beer enthusiasts who appreciate our philosophy of offering quality products at value-driven prices, backed by personal service. Taking pride in our town’s heritage of boat building, Chebacco Market has been serving Essex for 30 years.
Special Announcements Our full liquor license convenience market, stocks a wide selection of wine, beer and liquor. Homemade baked goods, pizza, and sandwiches tempt your taste-buds. Organic and all natural groceries, dairy and sundries help keep you healthy. Let our Beverage Catering experience facilitate your next event.
Chebacco Market
201 Western Ave. (Rte. 22)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-7568

Pat and Jack Chisholm, Owners

Map Location and Hours
Open 7 days a week
Mon. - Thurs. 7 am - 9 pm
Fri. - Sat. 7 am - 10 pm
Sunday 7 am - 7 pm
C.K. Pearl logo
  C.K. Pearl photo  
This Essex waterfront restaurant offers a modern, eclectic and delicious take on fresh New England fare served in a warm and friendly setting. Dine indoors or outside on the deck overlooking the Essex River and Great Marsh. Chef Patrick Shea, an Essex native, prepares a variety of dishes with seafood favorites: lobster roll, fried clams, fish and chips and New England Clam Chowder. A raw oyster bar plus foreign and domestic cheeses are also on the menu.
Special Announcements
Join us for brunch every Sunday with Jazz Brunch on the first and third Sunday of every month! More special events on Facebook.
C.K. Pearl
112 Main Street (Rte. 133)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-890-7378

Patrick Shea, Chef / Owner

Map Location and Hours
Open Year Round
Mon. - Thurs. 11:30 am - 9 pm
Fri. - Sat. 11:30 am - 10 pm
Sun. 10 am - 9 pm
Chebacco Market logo
  Essex River Dogs photo  
Stop in at this local favorite for the best hot dogs on the North Shore! Enjoy your choice of three kinds of dogs – including veggie dogs – and 14 toppings on toasted buns. Great Reubens and grilled cheese sandwiches too, served with chips and drinks. Outside picnic tables are available for casual dining with marsh views. This place is a charming throwback to the hot dog stands of yesteryear.
Special Announcements We are located in the heart of the Essex River Cultural District among antique and specialty shops. Essex Shipbuilding Museum, ERBA Kayak Tours, Cape Ann Stand-up Paddleboards, river cruises and marinas are a short distance away.

Essex River Dogs photo

Essex River Dogs
162 Main Street (Rte. 133)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-890-7322

Sue and Eric, Owners

Map Location and Hours
Open 7 days a week
11:30 am - 6 pm
The Essex Room Event Venue
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The Essex Room has hosted memorable events on the Essex River for more than 40 years. Featuring a quintessential New England location and ambiance, with exquisite views every season of the year, we are one of the top MA venues for Cape Ann weddings, functions, and more. Hosting only one event at a time, we are able to provide unparalleled attention to detail and impeccable service. We can seat 250 comfortably with a large dance floor and offer custom exquisite menus with numerous course options.

Special Announcements
We are family owned and operated, with plenty of free parking, 30 minutes north of Boston.

 The Essex Room
125 Main Street
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-7335

Maureen Woodman,
Faye Broderick, Donna Roy,
Sales Representatives

Call us about your next event!
Riversbend logo
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Riversbend showcases seaside campfire cooking with panoramic views of the Essex River. Featuring a custom-made wood fired oven, grilling station, and rotisserie, our kitchen offers choice local seafood and the seasonal bounty of New England farmers. Our airy dining room and spacious waterside deck are a perfect setting for conviviality and spontaneity with a lively bar and our acclaimed brand of fresh, honest, and delicious epicurean dining.
Special Announcements Chef de Cuisine Peter McGough and pastry chef Katie Hallett are both alums of L'Espalier. Satiate your palettes with our ever changing menu. We accept reservations for up to 10 guests by phone.
35 Dodge Street
at Essex Marina
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-890-7098

Lindsay and Curt Bergeron

Map Location and Hours
Spring Hours:

Thurs. 5 -9:30 pm
Fri. 5 - 10 pm
Sat. 11 am - 10 pm
Sun. 10:30 am - 9 pm

Schooners Market logo
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A specialty market and bottle shop offering local groceries, prepared sandwiches and salads and a large selection of imported and domestic beer and wine. Stop in for subs, fresh produce, eggs, cheeses, Hershey's ice cream, breads and healthy snacks. Serving breakfast and freshly brewed coffee daily.
Special Announcements Schooners Wine Discounts:
- Buy 2-5 bottles, get $1 off each
- Buy 6-12 bottles, get 10 percent off
- Buy 12 bottles or more, get 15 percent off
Schooners Market
121 Eastern Ave. (Rte. 133)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-6438

Bhavika Patel, Owner

Map Location and Hours
Open 7 days a week
Mon. - Sat. 6 am - 9 pm
Sun. 7 am - 8 pm
Shea's Riverside logo
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Shea's, located on the meandering Essex River, offers exquisite views of the marshland and Cranes Beach. Enjoy the freshest fish, shellfish, meat, and game available on our outdoor deck, in our lively bar and lounge, elegantly casual dining room, or quiet porch - every seat includes a scrumptious view! Shea's Riverside offers an eclectic mix of New England favorites and fusion fare in an energetic, bistro-style atmosphere. Meet friends old and new over great cocktails and an enjoyable meal!
Special Announcements
We have recently renovated and are handicap accessible - come enjoy the new Shea's and savor all that dining in Essex has to offer!
 Shea's Riverside
Restaurant and Bar
122 Main Street (Rte. 133)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-6931

David Brown, Owner

Map Location and Hours
Sundays 10 am - 3 pm

Mon. - Sat. 11:30 - 4 pm
Sun. 10 am - 3 pm

Mon. - Sat. 4 pm - Close
Sun. 3 pm - Close

Timothy S. Hopkins Catering logo
  Timothy S. Hopkins Catering photo  
Timothy S. Hopkins Catering specializes in innovative and sumptuous fare, prepared with the freshest local ingredients, and orchestrates truly refined and distinctive celebrations. Day or night, grand or intimate, lavish or simple – we will handle your party from start to finish, and prepare your food to perfection. Whether your event is an intimate family dinner, corporate gala for 500 or a wedding of 300 guests, we enjoy customizing our menus, ideas and locations to reflect your personal taste and budget.
Special Announcements
Contact us today to book your upcoming event!
 Timothy S. Hopkins Catering
8 Scot's Way
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-9990

Tim Hopkins, Chef & Owner
Paul ten Hope, Partner

Please call to discuss
your upcoming event
Village Restaurant logo
Village Restaurant photo
Glowing reviews by Gourmet and Saveur Magazines adorn our walls, but ask the Ricci family what they are most proud of, and they will tell you it is the line from Roadfood that states “this is truly where the locals eat” and that they have been serving classic New England cuisine with a contemporary flair at affordable prices in a relaxed, casual atmosphere for over 60 years.

Special Announcements
"One of America’s Top 10 Small Town Cafes”

“My Favorite Is Essex’s Village Restaurant”
- Saveur Magazine

“We Recommend The Village Restaurant”
- Gourmet Magazine

“If There Is A Gold Standard For Fried Clams,
The Village Fare Is It.”

- Ian Brown - The Globe and Mail

Village Restaurant photo


 Village Restaurant
55 Main Street
(Rte. 133 and Rte. 22)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-6400

Kevin and Mark Ricci

Map Location and Hours
Tues. - Sun. 11:30 am - 8 pm
Fri. and Sat. until 9 pm

Closed Mondays

Windward Grille logo
  Windward Grille photo  
The Windward Grille, formerly the Hearthside Restaurant, is nestled in the historic shipbuilding town of Essex, 26 miles North of Boston, MA. Come dine in the warmth of an Old New England Farmhouse, built in 1680. The main house is over 300 years old. The reconstructed New England barn is an elegant bar and lounge area with dining in the loft above.

Special Announcements
The Windward Grille is open 7 days a week. Lunch and dinner are served daily, with a brunch on Sundays. The Windward Grille offers an array of steaks, seafood, prime rib and more. Reservations are welcome. Gift certificates are available.

 Windward Grille
109 Eastern Ave. (Rte. 133)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-0050
Fax 978-768-0051

Vicky and Tim Kennefick

Map Location and Hours
11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Sun. - Thurs. 4:30 - 8:30 pm
Fri. - Sat. 4:30 - 9 pm

Woodman's of Essex
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This quintessential New England clam shack is where, in 1916, "Chubby" Woodman invented the fried clam. Woodman's, with over 100 years of award-winning seafood and tradition, is the ideal spot for sharing great food, memories, and fun! Full bar, family friendly with water views.
Special Announcements
Monday - Lobster Roll w/fries $14.99
Tuesday - Clam Roll w/fries $12.99
Wednesday - Fish Chowder $5.25
Thursday - Steak Burger w/fries $5.99
Friday - Fish Sandwich w/fries $5.99

Check out our cookbook:
Woodman's of Essex: Five Generations
of Stories
- 100 Years of  Recipes

 Woodman's Restaurant
and Catering
121 Main Street (Rte. 133)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-6057
or 800-649-1773

Merchant Spotlight Video

Map Location and Hours
Open Year Round
11 am daily
  DownRiver Ice Cream photo  
DownRiver Ice Cream

At DownRiver Ice Cream, Amy makes all of our ice cream by hand using all natural ingredients, including our own home grown berries. Relax on our Adirondack chairs out back and watch numerous species of birds. We strive to be environmentally friendly: compostable cups, straws, spoons and everything else that leaves the store is recyclable!

DownRiver Ice Cream photo



DownRiver Ice Cream
241 John Wise Ave. (Rte. 133)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-0102

Amy and Joe Ahearn

Map Location and Hours
Re-opening for the Season
Thurs., March 15, 2018

  Essex Farmers Market logo  
Essex Farmers Market

Farmers, bakers, growers and artisans showcase locally grown, harvested and created fresh produce, baked goods, fish, meat, poultry, flowers, wine, body care products and more! Come for an iced coffee and leave with your locally sourced groceries and goods. Buy fresh, buy local! Follow us on Facebook!

Essex Farmers Market photo


Essex Farmers Market
Parking Lot at
Shepard Memorial Park
24 Martin Street (Rte. 22)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Alison Taylor and
Hunter Jay, Managers

Map Location and Hours
Every Saturday 9 am - Noon
June - October 2017
Specific date to be announced

Plus a Special Holiday Market
in December

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Essex Wine Exchange

Dedicated to bringing our customers great wines and the largest selection of craft beer in the area, our newly renovated interior features mahogany shelving stocked with beers from local breweries and wines from around the world. Stop in for our weekly Wine Tastings and follow us on Facebook!

Essex Wine Exchange photo



 Essex Wine Exchange
91 Main Street (Rte. 133)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Eamon Keating, Manager

Tel 978-768-7500

Map Location and Hours
Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 10 pm
Sun. 12 – 6 pm
  The Farm Bar and Grille photo  
The Farm Bar and Grille

Eat in our casual dining room or outside on our patio and enjoy The Farm’s outstanding food made with locally grown ingredients and cooked to perfection.  Monday kids eat FREE, Tuesday is all you can eat fish and chips for $9.95 and Thursday is our 35 cent wing special. Follow us on Facebook!

The Farm Bar and Grille photo


The Farm Bar and Grille
233 Western Ave. (Rte. 22)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-0000

Ryan Cox, Noah Goldstein,
and Bradley Atkinson


Map Location and Hours
Everyday 11:30 am - 1 am
  Farnham's photo  
J.T. Farnham's

Eat in or picnic overlooking Eben's Creek and the Great Salt Marsh with views of Hog Island. Known for our famous fried clams and the "Best Seafood Chowder", receiving awards from Phantom Gourmet, Best of Boston, and Yankee Magazine. Featured on TV, Diners and Dives. We host private parties of 50 or less during December. Follow us on Facebook!

Farnham's photo


J.T. Farnham's
88 Eastern Ave. (Rte. 133)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-6643

No credit cards, please

Map Location and Hours
Open 7 days a week
11 am - 7:30 pm