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Village Restaurant, Essex, MA

Village Restaurant

4.5
4.5
215 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Comfort Food, Fish

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–3:45 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (978) 768-6400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Lord

  • Neighborhood

    Essex

  • Cross street

    Junction of rt22 and rt133

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 215 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston Suburbs

    Seafood

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  1. c

    chrism

    New England

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    It was terrible experience food did not arrive together, long wait to get food, restaurant seemed in chaos. We were sat at 6:30 did not eat til 8:00. My martini was the best thing of the whole ordeal.
  2. DM

    DonnaM

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was very good. We like it here and will definitely be back.
  3. NB

    NorthofBoston

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Village never disappoints. Fabulous food, drinks, and always friendly service.
  4. m

    marier

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    I don't recommend going on a Saturday night; even with a reservation. Very poor service, understaffed, too many people, difficult to park! Manager made it up to us though which was very much appreciated
  5. L

    Lisa

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We sat outside on the patio. Staff could of been more attentive. Felt kind of forgotten out there.
  6. T

    Tink

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steak tips on the planet. Friendly staff. Pleasant atmosphere.
  7. JH

    JohnH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Considering it was late in the day of Father’s Day everything was great. Can’t believe the price of clams since the pandemic-really? Always a very good meal and great service
  8. V

    Vicki

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Village Restaurant never disappoints! The staff was working so hard on Father's Day to deal with the crowd, the challenge of the cold temps affecting outdoor seating, etc - and they did so beautifully. The manager Everett is always so pleasant and involved! And per usual, our haddock, steamers, and salads were delicious!
  9. SB

    StevenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, good service, nice atmosphere. I will be back!
  10. a

    acar

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You always know what to expect at the Village, I have never had a bad meal there. Best steamers in Massachusetts.
  11. BM

    BruceM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent choices on the menu. About average on price. Great service.
  12. JN

    JanetN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was very good but the food could have been more than warm. How about "hot"? I could eat "warm" food at home but when I go out to eat, I want food at a more than warm temperature.
  13. J

    Jackie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience. 2 people enjoyed seafood platters (enough for 2 meals each) yum Calabresse Salad was fresh and great as was wrap. We can’t wait to go again❤️
  14. H

    Happy

    Pinehurst

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We hadn't been here in a long time. The service, food and literally everything was excellent !
  15. NM

    NanciM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Village has been outstanding for the [can't remember how many] years we have been going there. I had my favorite Haddock Rockefeller, my husband had his, the Fried Clams, which he says are better than any of the famous clam places on or near Cape Ann. As a bonus, the clams come in two sizes, and the smaller one provides all he can manage in one sitting. At one time or another, we have take parts of our large family and numerous friends there, and will continue. It is worth noting that the long-time owner retired a couple of years ago, and the new owner has, as described by one of the long-time waitresses when we asked, on our first visit under the new owner, what has changed replied "not a damn thing". That was the answer we were hoping for, and have found it true.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    No frills but good food, drinks, and service- manager stopped by to introduce himself and check in - that was nice! Love the patio and lights. Pleasant evening - can never go wrong here! Thanks!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We sat on the patio and enjoyed clam chowder, fried clams, a lobster roll and the Cajun fish sandwich. The chowder was absolutely delicious. It has a thinner style of broth which I prefer. Lots of clams and not too many potatoes. The fried clams were crunchy and sweet. The lobster roll was very good. Sweet lobster with very little Mayo on the traditional split hot dog roll. The fish sandwich had a nice Cajun flavor and it was broiled, not fried, which was a nice change from the usual fried fish. It was tender and not over cooked. I’ll definitely be back.
  18. JE

    JEFFZ

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Dinner was delicious, dessert (strawberry shortcake) was outstanding and the service was great. Our waitress Stevie was amazing. Very helpful, attentive and she had enough energy to power a Tesla.
  19. AB

    AwomanBman

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    An old family (over fifty-five years)- always good- best seafood-always friendly. Where the locals really go
  20. KM

    KarenM

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    We have been going there for 50+years. The food is always good but not what it used to be. There is no ambience at all and the restaurant could certainly use an upgrade. It's dark and very out-dated.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food as always.
  22. KB

    KathleenB

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a great experience at the Village. Food is always excellent. Service very good.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dinner was excellent. The clam chowder was exactly how New England clam is supposed to be made. Our server, Olivia, was excellent. The restaurant should return the medium sized chowder to the menu. The fried shrimp were perfectly cooked as was the Baked Atlantic Trio. Will be returning.
  24. FS

    FilomenaS

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    It’s an older restaurant. Hate carpets on floors but they were clean. Seafood little pricey but that’s expected. I didn’t like seeing the grease under my seafood getting my fries soggy. Wish they would put paper towels or something to soak it up. Chowder was good Would I go back… probably not
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Kitchen was extremely slow
  26. R

    Rick

    New England

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, excellent service, and great friends!!
  27. w

    williamj

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Calamari tasted like rubber- took 1 hr and 20 min for entree-to be served- They need to improve service and quality of food
  28. DN

    DavidN

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place for hearty NE Seafood. All the standards on the menu from clam chowder to baked haddock. Plenty of alternatives if you're not a seafood lover as well. All food was hot and tasty. Great service even on a busy Mother's Day afternoon.
  29. GS

    GinaS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Lobster Pie was fabulous. So much lobster meat in a butter light creamy sauce. Waitress was so attentive and very nice. Excellent every visit!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Happy Mother’s Day meal. This restaurant never disappoints
  31. CG

    ChristopherG

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food . low lighting. parking can be difficult. Great for Mothers day, fathers day , birthday , family get together
  32. KA

    KARENd

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chowder is the best. Had the baked haddock which is delicious. More than enough food. Staff courteous and helpful. Very attentive.
  33. PN

    PaulaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Stevie was a great server - attentive snd helpful!
  34. j

    jackie

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was excellent. Reservation on time. Server was very attentive and food was excellent. A fine dining experience.
  35. d

    doghunterr

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We keep coming back to the Village because we like it there. It's comfortable. Relaxing even. And we feel like we fit there. They serve consistently excellent seafood every time. And a fine prime rib on Fridays. We both had baked stuffed lobster last night. Fantastic. Stuffed with lobster. Fried clams and clam chowder rounded our meal with no room for dessert. Seafood, especially lobster are pretty pricey now, even at the market. The Village has kept the price acceptable and not skimped on the ingredients or the sides. Service is great. Warm and comfortable. Feels like home.
  36. LS

    LindseyS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first trip to this place heard nothing but good things about it. Our waitress was awesome so friendly and welcoming. We both got fried seafood and both were very satisfied with our meals. We left very full and happy. Look forward to returning back!
  37. TC

    TheresaC

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always love it, consistently wonderful fish, chowder, great service. Older place but great and our favorite place to go.
  38. CR

    ChristineR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Sunday afternoon lunch! Loved it! Will be back
  39. CB

    CBOKen

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had the baked haddock and clams. Delicious as always. Love their cornbread too. Sides were squash and mashed. Everything was hot and cooked perfectly. Waitress was very pleasant and efficient. Have Been going to the Village for at least 40 years and it never disappoints. Always a great experience.
  40. PA

    PriscillaA

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A great value. Food selection was great as well as delicious.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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

Village Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 215 OpenTable diners.

Village Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Village Restaurant

55 Main St Essex, MA 01929

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Junction of rt22 and rt133

  • Neighborhood

    Essex

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–3:45 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Comfort Food, Fish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Lord

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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