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Franklin Cape Ann
American Restaurant$$
Today 4:30 pm – 12:30 am
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118 Main St Gloucester, MA 01930
118 Main StUSMAGloucester01930
(978) 283-7888franklincafe.com
$$American Restaurant, BarToday 4:30 pm – 12:30 am
Monday 4:30 pm – 12:30 amTuesday 4:30 pm – 12:30 amWednesday 4:30 pm – 12:30 amThursday 4:30 pm – 12:30 amFriday 4:30 pm – 12:30 amSaturday 4:30 pm – 12:30 amSunday 4:30 pm – 12:30 am
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Boisterous gastropub pairs inventive New American eats with craft cocktails in a sharp, dark space.- Google
People talk about garlic grilled calamari, summer tomato and watermelon gazpacho, summer green salad, chive mashed potato and mixed green salad
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Vivienne Woodhead
reviewed 2 years ago
Great energizing atmosphere. The only snag if that you sometimes need a flashlight to see what you are eating. Good music on Franklin Fridays.
Liked: Food, Service, Atmosphere, Value
A Google User
reviewed a year ago
My wife and I have been enjoying the Franklin Cape Ann almost as long as it's been in business (13 years) and it's always been our favorite restaurant on the North Shore. The others that have come close, but are more expensive are Tryst in Beverly (now closed) and Duckworth's in Gloucester. We love the cozy ambiance and the booths in the lower level of the Franklin, and the service has always been friendly and attentive. They take reservations, they have the most interesting and subtle cocktails I've ever had, and we've NEVER experienced a disappointing meal there. Yes, the menu is smaller than some other restaurants, but there are enough choices to make everybody happy, and the ingredients are always fresh and well-prepared. Oh, and the portion size is just right. None of this Boston-nouvelle-cuisine that leaves one feeling ripped off. We ate there recently, and I had the special - braised short rib with a reduction sauce on a bed of risotto that absolutely melted in my mouth. It was the best meal I've had there in a string of superb meals. If you try the Franklin, for dessert, get the Chocolate Lava cake on vanilla bean ice cream. So good!
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A Google User
reviewed 2 years ago
Service was good, but but the portions were small for the price and in general, the food was ok. My boyfriend started out with the caldo stew, he said the broth wasn't very good and almost had a grainy texture. It also had way too much Kale in the soup and almost no meat. I had the arugula salad with goat cheese..let's just say you get one small quarter sized round of fried goat cheese with a mound of arugula. Although the salad was dressed nice, for the price, I expected a bit more goat cheese. We also ordered a side of fries, which was the only thing that we really liked, crispy and lots of them. For dinner my boyfriend got the rigatoni with heat..let's just say you get a small plate of pasta, and that's about it. There were a few pieces of chorizo and the shrimp (those that were there) were so small, it was ridiculous..this dish was so not worth $19! It was basically a plate of rigatoni! I ordered the vegetable ragu..again not at all what I expected. It was a plate of beans with broth with a huge mound of Kale. There were maybe two mushrooms, a few strips of carrots and a pepper strip mixed into the kale and that was it..I'm sorry this is not a meal and again, not worth $16 (I still can't believe I payed $16 for a plate of beans and kale)! This was our first and LAST time coming here! If your coming to Gloucester and you want a nice place to eat, I recommend going to Passports! I should have went there last night, but I thought I would try something new..boy was I wrong. This place is totally not worth the money they charge you!
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Daniel Borges Oliveira
reviewed a year ago
Food is great fresh and tasty,love my favorite restaurant in gloucester
A Zagat User
reviewed 2 years ago
Returned to the Franklin this past week after a long hiatus, we were very glad we did. Superb flatbread appetizer (chicken scampi), and both entrees were solid hits, as was our shared desert. Modest aized but fairly priced wine list. We'll be back, soon! Nice and quiet on a Sunday.
A Google User
reviewed 2 years ago
Cold food, slow service, it took an hour between first course and entree being served. My wifes steak and frites were cold. Service was weak. We'll never return.
Disliked: Food, Steak