Customer Reviews of the Restaurant

Since 1914, Woodman’s of Essex has been honored for our award-winning Massachusetts clam chowder, fresh seafood and fried clams. We take pride in being consistently named one of the best seafood places in Massachusetts and the U.S., being voted as having the best clam chowder and fried clams. We continue to work hard to make sure you walk away happy.

Check out our independent customer restaurant reviews to see what keeps locals and visitors coming back.

“Honestly, my favorite restaurant really is Woodman’s. I have Celiac Disease and must eat 100% gluten free. Woodman’s is one of the only restaurants I feel safe eating at! Plus, it is delicious!”

Rachel Riley

“Woodman’s holds a special place for me. I am the only one in my family to move away from the area. Every time I flew back from wherever we were stationed, I would go to woodman’s. My husband is now retired from the military and I still fly back for a great family time and good food. I have introduced my kids and granddaughter to Woodman’s. I have carried Woodman’s bumper stickers from Massachusetts to California to Italy and back.”


“As always it was amazing. I have been going to Woodman’s since I was an infant and it is amazing watching my 4-year-old eat all my fried shrimp! Thank you to everyone hard at work!”


“I highly recommend!!! We used to live in Beverly, and would go to Woodman’s of Essex as often as we could. Then we moved to KANSAS, and getting yummy Woodman’s, we thought, was no longer possible. Then I saw the order-by-mail option and ordered the Fried Clam Kit for my husband for Christmas. It was DELICIOUS! Came next day air, and was packed meticulously with ice packs, and all the necessary directions. I am doing it again… next time we have the funds to do so!! yea Woodman’s!”


“Just a perfect Essex luncheon. Every component was hot, not greasy, and delectable. The place was spotless. This family pays attention.”


“Woodman’s has been a staple for my family. As locals, it is ‘our’ restaurant being one of the only safe places I can eat at (gluten free). We have always found the staff to be helpful and usually very friendly. Food is always amazing, and I appreciate the effort everyone in that hot kitchen must put in!”


“Best, freshest seafood, plus you can get all your seafood gluten free. this is a bonus for celiac and gluten sensitive people. It tastes amazing.”

S. Gagnon

“What makes Woodman’s of Essex so very special is the people! Do not get me wrong- the clams are awesome too… But the family of workers that have been there forever- that is what really drives the experience!
Support our local businesses first!”


“My fiancé and I visited this restaurant some time back, and absolutely loved everything about it. A friend I worked with in NC, worked here when she was young, and recommended it to me. The food was amazing, service was great, and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. I didn’t realize this was the restaurant that was in the movie Grown Ups until we dined there. I want to move to Mass. specifically for this restaurant. Wonderful people, wonderful place?”


“Best clams, scallops and onion rings anywhere!”


“Amazing seafood! Always super fresh and delicious!! Woodman’s is our favorite place to visit in the Summer. Special thanks to the staff for having outstanding customer service and ensuring a safe and fun environment. Highly recommended to visit if you’re in the area. If you don’t live in the area (like me) it’s well worth the drive.”

Dan Hanan

“So many memories if a great meal at Woodman’s with my family after a day at the beach. Now anytime I am in Massachusetts I must stop at Woodman’s. Love your clams and onion rings and so grateful they are gluten free.”