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Editors’ Choice 

1606 Restaurant at the Beauport Hotel, Gloucester

Standout qualities: Sea views at every turn, with Ten Pound Island Lighthouse and the mansions glistening in postcard perfection.

What’s Unique: More than 200 seats outside, from classic wicker lounge chairs to dining tables and even rocking chairs around the fire pit.

Insider tip: 1606 is open for breakfast, so patrons can enjoy the cool early morning with a Cape Ann Omelet, stuffed with local lobster.

55 Commercial St., Gloucester, 978-282-0008 Ext. 5,



The Market, Annisquam

Standout Qualities: The small, seasonal restaurant (open May through October) down a winding one-way road is perfectly positioned on the Annisquam River, to offer peaceful sunsets.

What’s Unique: Chez Panisse–trained chefs and hyperlocal sourcing—with produce from area farms and beef from a collective in Maine. 

Insider tip: Seats at the bar are first come, first served. Arrive early or enjoy a glass of wine on the deck while awaiting your table.

33 River Rd., Gloucester, 978-282-0700,


Readers’ Choice 

Seaglass Restaurant, Salisbury  

Fun fact: The dining room hangs out on piers over the Atlantic Ocean.

4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, 978-462-5800,