Shea's Riverside Restaurant & Bar

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$30 and under
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Located on Cape Ann along the Essex River, Shea's Riverside Restaurant & Bar offers incomparable views, friendly, professional service, and a wide variety of delicious food. Shea's is the perfect place to enjoy New England's year round, ever-changing scenery. Come enjoy your meal on one of our two decks which overlook the river; or on colder days, dine by one of our two cozy field-stone fireplaces. Our lively bar caters to both townies and tourists alike! And yes, we are kid friendly!
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vipJamesD
New England
24 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Giant windows and wonderful view of the river and salt marshes. Very wide menu, and not completely dominated by clams and seafood! Giant bar, large deck and at least three fireplaces; so it's cozy in any weather or season.

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duckster
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a quiet lunch- wonderful views, attentive service and delicious foods. Try the mussels appetizer.

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MGF11
New England
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Shea's! Food is always great and the service is consistently outstanding. In the summer, the views of the river are phenomenal.

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CatherineD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Food and service were excellent. All four diners cleaned their plates. Only negative was where we were seated, which was in a brightly lit hidden upstairs area with only four tables. View may have been nice during the day, but at night all you saw were dark windows. Hostess said all other tables were reserved because it was Valentines Day, but we also had a reservation. We will go back for the delicious food but will know to request a table in a different area.

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Wanderer
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have dined at Shea's many time and continue to do so because the food and service are excellent, the staff are great and the view is beautiful. We also particularly enjoy the Sunday Brunch, the best Eggs Benedict I've had anywhere.

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MediaMann
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was probably our 15th visit to Sheas over the years. Same old...same old...great cuisine, warm but not over attentive service...whether in the dining room or on the deck. The view is always the cherry on top!

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mrssmoli
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I was really looking forward to dining here as I have heard great things. It started out fine. We ordered drinks and some chowder. The chowder was delicious. I tried to order a glass of wine and they didn’t have what was on the menu, which I found a bit weird. My husband got the special which was a seafood casserole. He enjoyed it. The other 3 of us got the filet mignon and it was just ok. It really didn’t have any flavor. It came with Lyonnaise potatoes and asparagus. There were 4 slices of potato and 4 pieces of asparagus. Neither was very flavorful. For $38 a plate, I expected a better dinner.

The server was good. She seemed a little confused and asked us if we would like another drink after we had already ordered one. Her response was that it was probably sitting at the bar.

For $317 for 4 people, of which only 2 had 2 cocktails, was a bit pricey to not have great food and service. Will not be back.

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happyinCal
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was great. Prices abit high. Portions a bit small.

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RionGuy123
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I was there with a group of people, so I don’t think our server wanted to bother us much. But we ended up waiting a long time for our food to come out and to be asked what we would like for drinks and food. That was really the only downside, as the food and drinks ended up being quite good.

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vipVernon
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, great ambiance

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Mummers
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

It was nice there. The service wasn’t. We were celebrating a big birthday and actually would have got dessert, but the server just dropped off the check and went away. She never asked if we wanted coffee or dessert. I thought they didn’t have dessert maybe. Soon after I saw great desserts being served a few tables away. Disappointing. It’s very nice there and the food was great. The view was perfect.

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vipHoward
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly atmosphere, gorgeous view.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were given a more secluded table in the corner of the restaurant and thought we could still hear the bar patrons quite a bit, the ambiance was lovely. Since we are staying at the Inn and have been in contact with Gayle, they knew it was our anniversary and wished us a happy anniversary and gave us a complimentary dessert. The food was delicious and was plated beautifully. I am hoping we can go for brunch before we leave Sunday!

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MaryH
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for 6pm Saturday; we were caught in traffic and I called; the hostess couldn't have been nicer. We had a wonderful table and a great waitress.

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AnnaH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service1ambience3

This is a regular stop for us, and we do enjoy it and usually the service is very good.. But this day the waitress was just not good. I have not seen her here before.

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vipChadC
New England
100 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The deck in nice weather is worth the trip, but otherwise not much to write home about. Interior is a bit dated, and the drinks are on the small side. Food is fair verging on good in a few plates, but inconsistent. Service, however, was a bright spot. Bar seemed lively so perhaps that’s the get.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out server was fantastic!

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Anonymous
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had reservation. Waitstaff sitting around but took6several mminutes for someone to come to us. Waitress asked about drinks but didn't bring menus til after drinks were delivered. Tables too close. Waitress at table beside us asked my pregnant daughter in law to move her chair in several times so she could refill her party's water, etc. Very rude.

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MarthaI
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous view. Excellent food . Relaxed atmosphere.

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Jani
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat out on the deck and beautiful view; lobster roll was delicious and service excellent! Great way to spend a relaxing afternoon at end of summer!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I did recommend we go to Shea's on Saturday. I have been there many times when it was Tom Shea's. I know things change but the breads were not even close to the delicious bread we used to be served. Both gentlemen at the table were not happy with the portion of clams on their plate or the fries. The fries were a little soft. The ambiance was beautiful as usual.

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vipactonma
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

If you want steamers go early - we had a 6:00 reservation and they were out. Same experience a few weeks ago. Plus, they weren’t automatically removed from the bill. Disappointing-not the experience we are accustomed to at Shea’s.

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Henry
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was okay at best. Cocktails were expensive and tasted watered down.
Would not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food always good. Service excellent. Wonderful and relaxing venue on the river.

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vipChristineM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday event for two
The food was great, huge service good, the view was mighty fine.

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vipAnneK
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely meal in beautiful setting. Fish is extremely fresh!

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JATBrady
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Unfortunately the food was not good at Shea's. I has been hit or miss over the years but this time it was actually bad. The filet had to be taken back due to an taste/odor of gasoline. They took it off our bill but only our waitress apologized, no management came out to talk to us even though the waitress said the manager agreed that it smelled like gasoline.

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BillE
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on the back deck and had wonderful service, great lobster rolls and fried-oysters, and loved it!

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vipLisa
New England
26 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the deck. Had a great waitress! Food was awesome!

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RobertF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great and the views are spectacular, Parking is across the street, but accessible

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Reserved on open table dinner for 6 on a Saturday night. The place was busy but our table was ready for us on arrival. Awesome table next to a picture window. What a view down river! Our guest from England were thrilled. The service was excellent. A very professional, experienced waitress was spot on during the entire meal. One tiny tiny complaint. I thought the the portions on the entrees were a bit small, especially the sides like the rice and potatoes. But, that being said everyone was very happy with the quality (which is the most important thing).

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repeat
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great view and quieter on the covered deck.

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vipJamesT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Long time favorite of ours. Service was very slow that day. That was unusual.

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Lindap
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Usually very good but not worth it yesterday. Food was fair. Dessert was poor the pizzelle sundae had little sauce and liquid whipped cream. Disappointment
Would hope it was just an off day but will not want to take the chance since it was usually for
Special occasions that we went

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LeeM
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and her partner were visiting from NY for the weekend and they wanted a touch of New England. They loved the location (I had requested a table on the deck so they could see the activity on the river) and we all enjoyed our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and view were great. Enjoyable evening.

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CharlieN
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the foot and service was great. The window side table was exactly what I requested. Look forward to my next visit.

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SusannahM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner here on a hot Saturday night. They accomadated my party of seven. The service was great, and everyone loved what they ordered. After we ate, we took pictures outside on the deck. The children in our party were catered to with a wooden oat with crayons. A beautiful evening for my family ! Will return

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PatriciaLA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Can't beat the view and the people are great!

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vipNJmamma
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Lovely view; food was not bad. Wait staff TOTALLY ruined our meal. I understand that we were a bit bedraggled, but it’s hard to look fresh after driving in a car for 7 hours and you should not be treating any paying customers like they are not worthy of your time.

That being said, if you are looking for an enjoyable evening, the place across the street should be your choice.

FAQs

Shea's Riverside Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (978) 768-6931.

Shea's Riverside Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 125 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.