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2019 Alfresco
Editors’ Choice

C.K. Pearl


Gaze out on the Essex River and the ever-changing marsh from this restaurant’s expansive deck and be grateful you live in New England. A mix of seaside favorites like fried clams and smoked bluefish are available alongside upscale fare like foie gras torchon and scallops and bacon—not to mention an extensive raw bar and tasty cocktails—making this a perfect spot for outdoor noshing.

112 Main St., Essex, 978-890-7378,

Readers’ Choice

The Deck


With a newly expanded deck—they’ve added a second-story—overlooking the Merrimack River, the restaurant serves delicious dishes from scratch. Enjoy the breathtaking views while sipping on a strawberry-basil lemonade cocktail and dining on a bowl of mussels and you’ll be in heaven.

179R Bridge Rd. Salisbury, 978-499-4422, the

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