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20 Best Restaurants in Gloucester

From fried clams and chowder to pasta and prime rib. Plus a few new spots to keep an eye on.

America’s oldest fishing port is clearly a destination for seafood of all shapes and flavors. But once you start exploring the city, you discover there’s far more to the dining scene than fried clams and lobster rolls.

Here are some of our favorite places to enjoy the flavors of Gloucester:

Seaport Grille

There’s two reasons to lunch or dine at the Seaport. First, there’s the food, a collection of classic dishes prepared with care and served in generous portions. Then, there’s the location: The waterfront restaurant boasts two sprawling decks overlooking the harbor.

📍 6 Rowe Sq. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-282-9799

📱 @seaport_grille

The Causeway Restaurant

The Causeway is a Gloucester institution for a reason: They don’t skimp on quantity or quality. Heaping platters of golden-fried seafood challenge even the heartiest of appetites and the freshness of the fish and clams makes every bite a joy.

📍 78 Essex Ave. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-281-5256

📱 The Causeway Restaurant

Breakwater Poke Co.

For a lunchtime sandwich alternative, try Breakwater Poke. Heaping bowls of steamed rice topped with shrimp or sushi-grade salmon or tuna; decked out with bright, fresh toppings like seaweed salad, mango, cucumber, avocado, and pickled ginger; and then laced with savory spicy sauces.

📍 7 Pleasant St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-559-7335

📱 @breakwaterpokeco


Owner Anthony Caturano, founder of Boston’s Prezza, brings his North end cred to Gloucester with an Italian menu that strives to highlight to best of local ingredients and freshly caught fish. The atmosphere is elegant enough for a special occasion, but inviting enough for a family dinner.

📍 2 Main St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-879-4795

📱 @tonnogloucester

1606 Restaurant and Oyster Bar

The food and the atmosphere at 1606 are both upscale and relaxed. A newly renovated oyster bar serves up the freshest local shellfish and an extensive seating area on the deck lets diners enjoy views of Gloucester Harbor while they eat.

📍 55 Commercial St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-491-5090

📱 @1606restaurantandoysterbar

Franklin Cape Ann

Dark wood and warm lighting create a cozy intimate ambiance, and a lineup of perfectly prepared classic dishes – from pan-seared cod to filet mignon – cement the inviting and comfortable atmosphere.

📍 118 Main St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-282-7888

📱 @_franklincapeann_

Mile Marker One

Located at the Cape Ann Marina Resort, Mile Marker One is a favorite with visitors and locals alike for its lively atmosphere, river views, and fresh, flavorful food that ranges from standard favorites to more adventurous fare – octopus salami anyone?

📍 75 Essex Ave. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-283-2122

📱 @milemarkerone

Oak to Ember

Dedicated to the art of open flame cooking, Oak to Ember greets diners with the warm aroma of wood smoke as they approach. The food delivers on this promise with a wide range of meats, freshly caught seafood – the restaurant is on Gloucester’s working waterfront after all – and local produce.

📍 9 Rogers St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-289-5859

📱 @oaktoember


As its name suggests, Passports offers up a menu full of consistently delicious global influences and fusion flavors, from seafood gumbo to Thai red curry. The out-of-the-box approach applies even to the bread: Instead of standard slices, Passports serves up warm popovers before your main meal.

📍 110 Main St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-281-3680

📱 @passportsonmain

Minglewood Harborside

With choices including sushi, Mexican street corn, and pasta Bolognese, Minglewood’s menu reflects a wide diversity of culinary inspirations, executed with flair. The cocktail list gets in on the act as well, incorporating innovative ingredients like yuzu liqueur and hibiscus and rose-hip vodka.

📍 25 Rogers St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-281-0223

📱 @minglewoodharborside

Short and Main

Started by two chefs trained by farm-to-table pioneer Alice Waters, Short and Main creates wood-fired pizza with crisp-but-chewy crust, unexpected toppings, and impeccable flavors. And the chefs remain true to their roots: Almost all of the vegetables the restaurant uses are from local farmers.

📍 36 Main St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-281-0044

📱 @shortandmain

Bravo by the Sea

A roaring wood-fired oven and a focus on high-quality ingredients make the pizzas from Bravo by the Sea stand out in a city crowded with pizza options. Keep it classic with a basil-laced margherita pizza or experiment with more innovative options like chicken bacon ranch or fig prosciutto.

📍 131 Main St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-879-4522

📱 @bravobythesea

Virgilio’s Bakery

The reliably delicious sandwiches at Virgilio’s are made from meat cut to order stacked thick on bread that is made fresh daily in the in-house bakery. Glass cases loaded with tempting piles of Italian cookies, cannoli, and other pastries make it easy to give your meal a sweet finish.

📍 29 Main St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-283-5295

📱 @virgilios_bakery

Yella on the Water

This small waterfront restaurant is airy and inviting, with seating both indoors and on the deck. The carefully curated menu has been influenced by both owner Carlo Berdahn’s Lebanese roots and the Gloucester location, creating can’t-miss dishes like the catch-of-the-day fishermen’s taco topped with tahini and crispy onion.

📍 25 Western Ave. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-491-5334

📱 @yellagrille

Markouk Bread

This tiny storefront is a mostly takeout experience, but what it lacks in frills it makes up for in flavor. The menu is packed with Lebanese staples like spiced, stuffed flatbreads, kabobs, and falafel. Even the rice and simple salad that come with dinner plates is exceptional.

📍 338 Main St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-283-3500

📱 Markouk Bread


Sugar Mag’s, as the locals call it, elevates typical breakfast and lunch fare with choices like banana-stuffed French toast, grilled salmon served atop scratch-made corn chowder, and their signature pineapple fritters. You’ll want to try to lemon-ricotta pancakes, but careful: Even a single pancake might be a challenge to finish.

📍 112 Main St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-281-5310

📱 @sugarmagnoliasgloucesterma

Tacos Lupita

A small, casual eatery tucked away just beyond downtown, Tacos Lupita makes some of the tastiest most authentic Mexican and Central American food to be found in the region. The menu ranges beyond the taco-and-burrito basics with mouthwatering gorditas, huaraches, and pupusas on offer.

📍 63 Washington St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-282-9600

📱 Tacos Lupita

Machaca Taco and Tequila Bar

With 13 different options, Machaca has a street taco for every taste, from standards like chicken tinga or al pastor to more adventurous options like cactus tenders or chorizo and potato. Fillings are prepared fresh daily and the corn tortillas are made in-house. A comprehensive margarita menu and a lineup of 25 tequilas make it easy to wash down your tacos.

📍 14 Rogers St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-865-3669

📱 @tequilamachaca


The menu at Talise is small and changes daily as Chef Joshua Smith learns what fresh local ingredients are available that day. And the experience is as pleasing as the food: Located in a modest shingled shack on the Annisquam River, the restaurant has a casual elegance and unbeatable sunset views.

📍 33 River Rd. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-515-7814

📱 @talise_restaurant


The Azorean’s food is so authentically delicious that it has become a destination for Portuguese families from around the region. Generous, well-priced meals feature lots of fresh seafood, linguica, and Portuguese molho vilao sauce, but there are plenty of burger and pizza options to suit all tastes.
133 Washington St., 978-283-5500,

📍 133 Washington St. Gloucester, MA

📞 978-283-5500

📱 @azoreanrestaurant