Award-winning Fresh Seafood on Boston’s North Shore


“My favorite is Essex’s Village Restaurant … There is something special about the clams here,” says acclaimed New York Times food writer, Mark Bittman. “No clam lover should pass through Cape Ann without sampling a plateful of the best soft-shells in the universe.” (see more Village Restaurant reviews here.)

So, what’s the secret? Quality & freshness. Our clams are dug right here—in Essex & Ipswich—by local clammers. We know every clammer personally and they know us. They know we only buy the sweetest, freshest, highest quality clams. It’s that simple—and it’s been that way since we opened in 1961.

The same goes for all of our fish and seafood. It’s fresh. It’s local. It’s real.

The world’s top food critics love The Village in Essex (see why). But don’t take their word for it. Come, taste for yourself. Enjoy classic New England cuisine with a contemporary flair at affordable prices.

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Convenient Location with Plenty of Free Parking

We’re easy to reach. Less than 4 miles from Route 128 and a pleasant 45 minutes drive up the coast from Boston (get directions), we’re in the heart of historic Essex, MA — filled with antique shops — where over 4,000 schooners were built.

Reservations are always accepted. Call us at 978-768-6400 and we’ll be happy to help you.

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