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Village Restaurant, Essex, MA

Village Restaurant

4.5
4.5
276 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

11:30 PM


Booked 5 times today

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 276 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston Suburbs

    Seafood

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  1. I

    Ireland

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything was great minor issue on order but provided dessert for us complimentary
  2. PN

    PaulN

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was very good, but service was not. We made a reservation, but they seated us in an isolated table in the sunroom and forgot about us. Waitress was very nice, but she repeatedly forgot to come back to take our order and check on us. We still had a nice evening, but I would insist on being in the main dining room next time.
  3. D

    Daffodil

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The fish was very good and the waiter was very accommodating. One item was sold out but the substitute fish dish was just as good.
  4. A

    Angel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food. Lovely service. Great value for money.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Steak was way over cooked. Took it off the bill but ruined my New Year Eve meal. Too bad the kitchen was closing at 7pm with our 6:30 reservations. Won’t be returning for a while.
  6. VV

    VivianV

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our service was excellent, as well as the food. This restaurant is very homey and a great local spot.
  7. EE

    EliseE

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    As always the food and the service was amazing!
  8. B

    Bpal2

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The absolute best fried clams in New England every time.
  9. MS

    MarkS

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had various meals and all were excellent. The clam strips and Haddock Rockafellar were excellent!!
  10. SO

    ShoresOwner

    San Diego

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the haddock and scallop condo!
  11. RB

    RobinB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent dinner ranging from steak tips, baked haddock, lobster roll and fried seafood. Even better than the food was our excellent server! Our party of 6 had a fabulous experience and will return!
  12. SB

    SusanBarSinister

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding old-fashioned New England seafood restaurant. We’ve been going for over 30 years and we’ve always had the same wonderful waitress!
  13. L

    Luigi

    New England

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    We were there at an off-peak hour: 4pm on Saturday. The food was hit-or-miss... The steamed clams were very gritty even when rinsing them in the broth, and a fair number had broken shells. The clam chowder also had a lot of grit in it. The fried clams and scallops, on the other hand, were sweet and delicious—perfectly fried. The onion rings and french fries that came with them were good. The cole slaw wasn't my favorite, but was OK. Service also varied... The waitress initially seemed to think she was doing us a favor by taking hour order, she didn't know the answers to fairly simple questions about the menu, and basically seemed like she didn't want to be there. Once we had ordered, though, she was more attentive and proactively asked about additional drinks, etc. When it came time to ask for the check, she once again took a long time—from the time we asked for the check until the time she brought back the charge slip to sign was probably 20 minutes. Especially when you consider that "market price" for a plate of fried clams was $40-ish, it was not the greatest experience—and certainly not worth our 40-minute drive to get there.
  14. BL

    BonnieLee

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was born and raised in New England and I have to say that this is my very favorite seafood restaurant anywhere! The baked haddock is absolutely perfect. In fact everything on the menu is outstanding. Our server Abbie is the best! I would not go any place else for seafood!
  15. DN

    DavidN

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants. Be sure to try the Stuffed Sole or Baked Haddock. The fried fish is always perfect. I love the onion rings. There are chicken and beef choices for those that don’t go for fish. Recommended.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Drove hour and half. Food was 12 out of 10. Chef there is amazing. WOW. French onion soup, in my top 3 all time. Our seafood we ordered, amazing. Just wish our waitress was more attentive. I shouldn’t have to chase water, lemon and tarter sauce. There was a waiter in training that wanted nothing more to talk and keep his customers happy. He’s gonna be real good. That being said, overall, I’m very impressed. I did still leave 25% tip because my wife was so happy. Yes, I will go there again and recommend.
  17. CR

    ChristinaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual everything was fantastic! We had lobster, fried class, fisherman's platter and the crab stuffed mushrooms and it was all delicious!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Five generations of our family have been going to The Village. Always
  19. MG

    MichaelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a great place to eat server was tremendously awesome on top of everything food was great
  20. BM

    BrianM

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the village. Great meal, great service and drinks. The chef/manager coming up with some great specials to go along with the already extensive menu.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food that is reasonably priced.
  22. NB

    NorthofBoston

    New England

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the staff at at the Village Is the best. Wonderful service, always friendly and professional.
  23. DK

    DebraK

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious! Waitress was attentive and friendly!
  24. PR

    PaulR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent It has been 4 years since we were last here from the UK due to the pandemic. We found that the restaurant we have visited on many previous occasions has bounced back and is as good as ever. Great location, staff are very friendly and welcoming. Service is quick and efficient. The food is superb as ever. What more can I say. Many thanks to the staff at The Village
  25. d

    dvd0060

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Who took forever? Salmon was cold
  26. I

    Ireland

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful good. Great service
  27. BM

    BrianM

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love going to the village. Great food and drinks.
  28. JP

    JosephP

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good, as usual. Great value and service. Unfortunately, we were seated next to a table with two very young children who were yelling constantly.
  29. BK

    BobK

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice job village people
  30. LJ

    LJVV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We had a reservation and we were seated on time. Unfortunately we were seated at a picnic style table which doesn't work well for elderly people. We put a chair on the end of the table for my dad. Next time I will specify the kind of seating we need for him. The food was very good but the service was slow. We added an item to the order, a cup of chowder, and never received it. The wait staff were pleasant but not enough help seemed to be available given it was a busy holiday evening.
  31. JG

    JohnG

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service , even though food was running behind our waitress kept updating us and was very nice. Went all the way from Braintree to meet friends here and we’ll worth the trip.
  32. CW

    ChrisW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Village Restaurant when we want our seafood. I had the fried clam roll. Plenty of fresh Essex clams cooked just right My husband had the fried shrimp. Delicious good sized shrimp also cooked just right. The French fries and cole slaw were also very good. Plenty of desserts to choose from. I had the yummy Indian pudding with vanilla ice cream. Highly recommend
  33. SL

    SheilaL

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Consistently excellent food and service, always a good experience.
  34. SS

    SusanS

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Two of the orders were overcooked. Clam strips were awesome. I had notified them when making the reservation it was a double birthday. I was charged $3 a plate to cut a cake that I brought. Thought that was outrageous. I left the remainder of the cake for the waitstaff to enjoy. Server was fabulous! Not returning anytime soon.
  35. G

    Globalfoodie

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    This is a place when you think of the perfect New England restaurant. Good food great location and very comfortable.
  36. V

    Vivien

    London

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a birthday dinner and the food and service were excellent. I would certainly return.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my parents 56th Anniversary here and as always we were very happy with our waitress Patty and Everett the Manager just made their night❤️ We come to The Village often and it’s always delicious!
  38. GP

    GordonP

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food is good as usual. Prices were crazy for clams and lobster.
  39. MK

    MaureenK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. We brought my parents who are 87 and 91 and this is their favorite restaurant to go for fried clams and fried shrimp. Everything was great.
  40. J

    Joey

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waitress was outstanding, so classy and personable

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 276 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

11:30 PM


Booked 5 times today
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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