Village Restaurant

4.3
114 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Village Restaurant located in Essex, MA since 1956. Serving New England fresh local seafood and award winning fried clams and clam chowder.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 114 people are saying
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vipGoldendad
New England
17 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently excellent food and service, at reasonable prices.

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vipMaureenH
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The food was ok. Scallops were dry and rice was not hot. We had an unfriendly waitress who was very slow.

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ReneeS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed our dinner and had great service.

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NorthofBoston
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, wonderful food and service. The Village never disappoints.

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Jaywhy
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Have been going to The Village for many years---always a good place for food and service

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JulieB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and loved the experience!! Service was excellent and value was great

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Kate
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Village restaurant has the best seafood and best clams in the world!!

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Zeldafafifnick
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

After not having been at the Village in over a year (Covid), I was looking forward to
a nice dining experience with my husband. Unfortunately, we were seated in front of a table with multiple young children, one of whom was very loud. I love kids and do understand their energy but he was a little bit much. Did not want to embarrass them so I did not say anything. They were not aware of my discomfort till well into our dining experience. At that point, they tried to quiet the child. They were about done and left soon after that. I guess I was just feeling cranky!!

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BillM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Stuffed Lobster I can recall. My companion says the same about her Haddock Rockefeller. Prices were reasonable.

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Lynn
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, this place is the best! Freshest fish and everything piping hot and well-prepared. The servers are efficient and pleasant.

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vippatty
New England
55 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience3

The Village Restaurant has always been a good restaurant to meet with friends. The food and service is always good.

But on 8/7 it was not up to par. There were 6 of us, 3 had rice with their meal (said the rice was watery); one had clams with onion rings and the meal was lukewarm and the taste fair; two of us had martinis and they were accidentally made with bourbon instead of vodka and we brought them back to the bar to have them doctored to taste better, as our waitress was really straight out; and our order wasn't taken for quite a while after we were seated.


I assume most of this was due to lack of help, or management issues which is sad.

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vipGMAN90125
New England
34 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Best lobster pie ever (at $50 you would expect so, but wow). Fried clams were great. wife like her scallop and haddock pie. Kids meals were good portions. Great casual dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The steamers were tough. Could not eat them. Very disappointed. I tipped her $10.00 on my card and they put $17.00. I also gave her $10.00 in cash. Not a great experience.

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PaulD
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the patio. Staff was very friendly. Food was excellent.

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Boris
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Food is good
Waitress was sweet but shorts were too revealing
Freezing outside
Confusing menu

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JillB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We went to Village Restaurant with friends and had a great time. The restaurant wasn't crowded - we went on a Wednesday night. Service was very good - the waitress was attentive to our every need. We ordered 2 appetizers - fried calamari and tropical shrimp. Both were excellent - the calamari was tender and done to perfection, the shrimp was tender, too, and came with a sweet dipping sauce that complemented the shrimp. Our food was served piping hot and quickly- crab stuffed sole and haddock Rockefeller were 2 of the main meals. The price is average for this area, the food is excellent. The ambiance is OK, nothing special, but there's a lot of history here! If your food isn't great, your restaurant doesn't last, and Village has been around for years.

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vipMandy2246
New England
127 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful fresh seafood.

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Kris
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fresh fish and a relaxing meal.

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KarenG
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the waitress was friendly and polite

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HeidiP
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took some family, who were visiting from California, here for dinner. Food was excellent and service was top notch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good!

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dom4
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you like haddock, you won’t find a fresher meal cooked to perfection.

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faithnofear
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We had a 6:15 reservation and probably sat down at 6:20, which was fine. They sat us back in the sunroom and it was so loud that I thought I was going to lose my mind. The windows and surfaces felt like we were surrounded by grime. It felt dark and dingy. We looked at the menu and it was fine, but if you want healthy options probably not the best. The server brought us our drinks rather quickly, but the she went by us 3 times and kept saying she would be back. But after sitting there for 20 minutes we decided to leave. After her passing us by the 3rd time. When we left the waitress told the manager that we weren’t sitting there that long (not sure a what happened with the customer is always right). But if you feel the need to tell us you’ll be back and then the 3rd pass you don’t even make eye contact you are completely aware it’s been awhile. The manager tried to comp us clam chowder to take it with us and was very apologetic, which was nice, but we were done and just wanted to get out of there.

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rick
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Strange evaluations on this app and trip advisor. We award a generous 2 overall. Fish ok, unless baked in which it is covered with buttered Ritz crackers. Sides are extremely simple with no taste. At least there was salt on the table.

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vipJREng
New England
20 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very good baked haddock. Fried clams only ok. Other places have more flavorful batter. Onion rings were rubbery, with onion slices way too big and undercooked, and batter didn't stick. If they were to improve their fried food batter, we would go there more often.

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JudyW
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love The Village. My family has been going there for years. Great people, great food and with a moderate noise level you know they're busy and that's a good thing. 😊 we made reservations and that worked out well because the restaurant filled up quickly.

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DinesOutAlot200Xperyr
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as it has been for many years. - both service and food. We each had the broiled scallops, which were small and very flavorful, i.e., not the larger scallops that sometimes don't seem to have much flavor. The key lime pie, which the menu said is their own recipe, was also very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious there !

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Susanl
New England
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress had too many tables outside and was also taking care of bar customers. She was still very pleasant, clearly overworked. She also gave us ten percent discount for Cape Ann residents.

Cudos to her. Comp’d onion rings! Coupons for ice cream store too.

Food was excellent. We all loved our seafood dishes.

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MaryJ
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I chose this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. I wish I remembered out waitresses name...she was very good. The clam chowder and the shrimp scampi were excellent, although I would have liked to have some garlic in the scampi. I always get cole slaw as my side since it is so good at The Village.

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vipKarenC
New England
16 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Server was awesome. Steak tips horrible. Fried clams excellent
Shrimp scampi average. Ceaser salad awful

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DavidS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food quality does not compare to previous years . Ribs were not good , shrimp included in a salad were likely prepared and cooked previously . The food offerings were poor and when compared to that offered by previous owner fell way short . Will not return again .

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

If you are looking for good, fresh seafood this is the place to be. If you are looking for good service, this is not your place.
We were sat and once our drinks came over we ordered soups. I did tell our server we will wait until they come up to order. His response was ,”good luck finding me and ordering, it’s going to get real busy.” He walked away before we could even respond. Needless to say we ate and left immediately.

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Michelle
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We had to wait way too long for our waitress. It was Father’s day but it did not appear to be overly busy for them. We were sitting outside and our waitress would disappear inside for long periods of time. We wanted to get a second round of drinks but waited so long that we opted to get the check and head to the brewery down the street for a drink.

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anonymous
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food was good but the portions were much smaller and price was ridiculous for clam plate.

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vipIreland
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melissa was great. Had a wonderful time

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PeterV
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service at a great price each time I have been with family.

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PaulineA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants, never disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the special -baked trio and fried haddock plate.
My husband said it was a little dry and my haddock was great. Would have given them a 5 but they offered a salad instead of coleslaw or veg and they charged us 4.00 each for a salad and I think a couple of dollars for 4 anchovies.
We will definitely be back. Very friendly customers and bartenders

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BethP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Prices are a bit high for what i consider a family restaurant. The service was a bit slow last night. The food was fresh and tasty.

FAQs

Village Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (978) 768-6400.

Village Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 114 OpenTable diners.

Village Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://wedigclams.com/gift-certificates/.

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.