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Where to Eat Breakfast and Lunch in Essex!

Decided to turn your Essex River Cruise booking into a day trip or weekend getaway? Here are seven places to grab a bite while you're in Essex!


Start your morning off right with these breakfast and brunch spots!

  • Googan's Galley

  • Looking for quality pastries and breakfast sandwiches to start your day? Googan's Galley, a lively cafe on the North Shore of Massachusetts, is a must-try. Kimberly and her dedicated staff will ensure that your most important meal of the day is packed with quality ingredients and love.

  • Interested? Check out their menu!

  • Ipswich Inn

  • You can't visit Essex, MA, without experiencing its historical charm. Why not experience the history of Essex over breakfast? The Ipswich Inn, a Victorian house dating back to 1863, offers breakfast to the public seven days a week. After a lovely breakfast, take advantage of Ipswich Inn's perfect location and take a quick, 10-minute walk to Essex center.

  • Want to check out the menu? Look here.

  • The Mill

  • Have a busy day planned and need a quick breakfast? The Mill, a cafe owned by Essex residents Josh and Caitlin Silverstein, is the perfect spot for a quick bite. Breakfast options include Caitlin's specialty, breakfast sandwiches, and a variety of sandwiches, pastries, and drinks.

  • Craving one of Caitlin's breakfast sandwiches? Take a look at their menu!

  • Shea's Riverside Restaurant & Bar

  • If your visit to Essex, MA, exceeds a day trip, the Shea Riverside Inn & Motel is a great place to stay and eat. The attached restaurant and bar serve brunch on Sundays! End your weekend or vacation with a relaxing brunch at this waterfront restaurant.

  • Check out their menu, and don't forget to make a reservation!


Looking for some lunch? Here are three lunch destinations in Essex, MA, that won't disappoint!


  • Woodman's of Essex

  • Woodman's of Essex is a staple on the North Shore of Massachusetts. The renowned lunch spot has received national recognition. Vogue Magazine coined Woodman's of Essex as "a culinary destination in and of itself." Zagat Restaurant Guide designated the restaurant "an American cult classic." Acknowledgment and accolades are a common occurrence for this family-owned restaurant. A trip to Essex, MA, is not complete without a meal at Woodman's of Essex!

  • Hungry yet? Check out their menu.

  • Blue Marlin Grill

  • Looking to dine at a spot favored by locals for 20 years? The Blue Marlin Grill is the perfect spot to indulge in fresh New England seafood. Chef's lunch specialties, like the dijon-crusted salmon, will be a hit for your trip to Essex, MA.

  • Want to make a reservation? Check out their menu first here.

  • Village Restaurant

  • Looking for a traditional, family-owned restaurant for lunch? Village Restaurant, a lunch destination serving New Englanders for over 60 years, is one to consider. With menu options dating back four generations, a classic New England dining experience is Village Restaurant's specialty!

  • Want to eat here? Check out their menu first!


Wherever you decide to dine, you won't be disappointed! We hope your trip to Essex is filled with memories, new experiences, and of course, delicious food.

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