Woodman’s of Essex

Woodman’s of Essex

121 Main Street | Essex, MA 01929

(978) 768-6057



The informal setting of this once roadside stand adds to the delight of enjoying New England seafood at its BEST! Go ahead, dig in and get messy! There’s no better place to enjoy traditional Yankee fare than at Woodman’s, where the fried clam was invented over 95 years ago! The Woodman family, now in its fifth generation, still serves up hearty portions of award-winning seafood to generations of loyal customers. Woodman’s is the ideal spot for gathering with friends and family, making memories, and having fun. 2011 Winner – Family Business Association for MA, Small Business of the Year Award

2012 Winner – Massachusetts Premier Tourism Attraction “Legends” Award, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

2013 Winner – Best Restaurant in New England, about.com

2011 Winner – Best Fried Clams in NH, Yankee Magazine

Best Seafood in America – Forbes FYI Magazine

Best Seafood Dives – Coastal Living Magazine

Best Place to Eat in MA – Bon Apetit Magazine

Hailed as “An American cult classic – right up there with baseball and apple pie” by Zagat Restaurant Guide

Recognized in numerous publications such as; 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, New York Times, Country Living, Coastal Living, Phantom Gourmet, and many more!


Cogswell's Grant

Cogswell's Grant is open June 1 through October 15, Wednesday through Sunday, 11am - 4pm. Admission is $10/adults, $9/seniors, $5/students and children. Admission is free to members of Historic New England and to Essex town residents.

Essex River Cruises & Charters

“Enjoy a river excursion that captures the essence of New England.” The Boston Globe. Sheltered pristine scenic narrated.Free parking. Restroom.

Essex Merchants Group

Visit Essex, MA and enjoy over 35 antique, fine art & specialty shops, renowned restaurants, historic museums & recreation in this New England town.

The area from Boston, Massachusetts' doorstep extending to the New Hampshire border is a diverse and beautiful place with historical and cultural significance. Distances are short, prices are reasonable, and the people are friendly and welcoming. Known for cozy hotels and inns, delicious restaurants, fascinating museums and great beaches, North of Boston, MA is the ideal vacation destination. The North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau proudly promotes the thirty-four cities and towns of Essex County as a tourism destination.

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