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Restaurants in Essex

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these Essex restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best Essex restaurants and dining experiences. Browse our travel guides for insider information on food trucks, bakeries, cafés, coffeehouses, farm-to-table restaurants, diners, trattorias, bistros, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, tapas bars, noodle houses, sushi counters, fine dining establishments, and more.

Our global network of editors and writers selects the best restaurants in Essex to help travelers soak up the local scene and find authentic dishes. Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse, or the best place for cheap eats, Travel + Leisure takes you there, serving up the best Essex restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in Essex.

  • J. T. Farnham’s Seafood & Grill

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    A 70-year-old landmark on the North Shore's "Clam Alley," serving excellent deep-fried bellies beside a tranquil salt marsh. More
  • Woodman’s of Essex

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The town of Essex on the West Side of Cape Ann is famous for fried whole-belly clams. Shabby-chic Woodman’s claims to have invented the treat in 19... More

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