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Dine in Essex, MA

Many ask how could there be so many restaurants in such a small town? Essex, Massachusetts is “New England‘s Restaurant Capital” with more restaurants and food establishments per capita than any other town in New England.


Our restaurants are classic and creative with many located on the banks of the Essex River, providing wonderful views of the tidal estuary and Great Marsh. Dining out is a four-season activity in Essex - it’s the place to come for fresh, locally-harvested seafood, traditional signature dishes and an eclectic take on New England fare. Relax with a cocktail or craft beer on an outdoor deck and watch the boats go by. Or dine beside a cozy fireplace when the air is chilled.


Essex is where the locals eat. Pick up a delicious sandwich or homemade entrée from our local markets when you’re on the go. And find the best caterers around to make any event extra special. Essex fried clam kits and lobsters can be shipped to your door. So whether you live down the street or a thousand miles away, become a local in Essex and enjoy our cuisine!

Catering & Functions
Markets & Specialties

Local seafood is a specialty in Essex, but there is no limit to the range of cuisine available to satisfy your palate. Choose from casual eateries or elegant dining experiences with seasonal deck dining.

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