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Down River Ice Cream

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241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
12:00 - 20:00
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Fri - Sun 11:00 - 21:00
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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85 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So creamy and flavorful, like no ice cream you've ever had. It's all homemade with many fun flavor combinations. I stop with my grandson, they have some comfy seats and we just relax and enjoy our treat :)

Thank Toonzie
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is by far your favorite Ice Cream spot....the BEST tasting icecream and different flavors. The setting is nice and one can sit outside in the chairs overlooking the marsh...Generous servings and we love it!

Thank stephanie s
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This ice cream is beyond delicious. Wide variety of choices, check the listing on-line before you go to help zone in on your selection! Nice seating areas outside at both Essex and Rowley, pleasant staff. And they try to run a "green" operation, recycling as much as possible.

Thank kate m
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Delicious, creamy ice cream that is packed with flavor. Menu is a hoot of creativity and makes it hard to choose. Go sit in the chairs behind the shop and listen to the nearby river flowing. Delicious and Relaxing - How do you beat that!

Thank lindaD7977AC
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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135 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This was our second visit to Downriver-we went to the Rowley location about a month ago and recently checked out the flagship in Essex. This is the BEST homemade ice cream. It's so dense, you know it's super slow churned and absolutely delicious. My husband is a huge fan the peanut butter/chocolate combo-I can't recall the exact name but he... More 

Thank lisac1962
Milton, Massachusetts
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

The ice cream was amazing... But the very serious yellow jacket problem on the property is out of control. Kids were traumatized! Until the owner fixes this I would recommend bringing an epi pen and taking it to go!

Thank greenec81
Sharon, Massachusetts
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240 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

I love trying great ice cream, and this place has it. They have a board that describes what is in each of their named flavored. I went with chocolate peanut butter and the coffee Oreo. My kids loved the cookie dough and the cake batter. The kids sizes are huge. More than enough for an adult. The only downside was... More 

Thank Ghiatrain
Chicago, Illinois
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115 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Homemade ice cream at it's finest. Best mint oreo ice cream I have ever had! Salted Caramel was great too.... I am glad I don't live close to this one - I'd gain so much weight on my daily stops by! LOL

Thank VLKenyon
Essex, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Highly recommended!! Fresh, homemade ice cream. Definitely make your way down there but beware that sometimes there is a line (that's going to happen when you serve heaven in a cone).

Thank Anneliese B
Milford, Pennsylvania
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116 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Stopped in with friends. There was a line but it moved quickly. I had an ice cream flavored with walnuts and maple syrup - more like nuts surrounded by ice cream. It was fantastic. Each of us had something different and they were all wonderful. They have the regular stuff which I am sure is great but their innovative flavors... More 

Thank Karl M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: 9785786318

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?