Village Restaurant

4.5
98 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.

Support Village Restaurant during COVID-19

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 98 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMandy2246
New England
125 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful fresh seafood.

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Kris
New England
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
17 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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vipDinesOutAlot200Xperyr
New England
1 review
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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MichelleS
1 review
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.

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SueM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 of us made a reservation for the Village b/c one of our friends was celebrating a big birthday (80!!!) & this is her favorite restaurant! We were seated promptly at large table for 6 - 8 giving us a lot of space! Ordered almost right away. Unfortunately some of our favorite dishes are not on the menu d/t limited menu during pandemic?
for example Haddock Luanne !
Waitress was very attentive & made a special set-up (long plate instead of bowl) for the Strawberry shortcake (love the biscuit) so that the BD girl could easily share her Birthday dessert! She loved it! & so did we!
Great experience !

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JudL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go here at least once a week and always a good meal. Helps to have Opentable to check availability and put in a reservation quickly.

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RenownedRosetti
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at the Village!

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KathleenB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Village is always outstanding. Grateful that new owners have maintained all of the traditional favorites. Wait staff is excellent. The addition of open table for reservations is a real plus!

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PatriciaH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was hot and fresh. Chowder was good but I prefer thick chowder and this was thin. Scallops were a little bland. Good portion size. Overall good experience.

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Laurie
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently great and our server Bret was awesome. It was my Father’s 86 birthday and he was so happy. The birthday cake was delicious!

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LizaZ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We’ve eaten here multiple times pre-pandemic and it’s always been good. Now it’s a different story. My husband ordered the Eastern Point which is baked scallops and haddock. The portion size for $ 24 was extremely small. Haddock was about 2x3 piece and 5 small bay sized scallops. I ordered the fried scallops which were on the small side and had no flavor and fries were over cooked. Fried calamari appetizer was over cooked and served with cocktail sauce.

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DavidH
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was good however the service was very slow. I attribute this to Covid staff levels. I’m sure it will approve with time.

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vipDianeK
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is always good there!

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MissMaine
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A classic, restaurant with great food and reasonable prices.

As always, The Village clams are simply the best anywhere. Very generous portions that are perfectly cooked. The Village has been a favorite for many years and has never let me down. Friendly, efficient service that matches always tasty food. Appropriate music playing in the background, not the foreground so it is not competing with conversation and the enjoyment of your meal.

Well worth the drive to Essex. I am very pleased that The Village is open more days and will be back to normal hours of operation soon.

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PaulL
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love their garden room it’s inside but has a nice outdoor feel. The food is always wonderful I’ve never been disappointed. Don’t forget their clam chowder it’s the best on the north shore.

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vipJonT
New England
58 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service.
Our server Brad was wonderful and entertaining

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JudL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going to the Village for 50 years and is always a consistently good meal. Best fried clams anywhere!

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vipChevalNoir
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food, friendly service, a great atmosphere.

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LisaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is consistently good! Service was great!
Thank you!!! Always love going there!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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 98 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.