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Down River Ice Cream

241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
+1 978-578-6318
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  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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241 John Wise Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1065
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

you can never go wrong with your choice of ice cream here! worth driving over to even if you don't live nearby. Just yum!

Thank LoGly
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This little ice cream joint is at two locations, one in Essex and one on Route one in Rowley. One of my biggest gripes in life is that they're are simply not enough outstanding ice cream places. But there is Downriver. Their ice cream is...More

Thank longwell
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

We ordered our ice cream and a doggie ice cream too. She was so excited when we walked up to the truck with her ice cream and cookies....Maggie was a very happy girl.

4  Thank 2013TravelinFool
Reviewed 2 July 2016

I highly recommend this place. I had the most delicious flavor! Willy WOnka loaded with CANDY Yummy what is better than vanilla ice cream and chunks of delicious candy? Nothing! It was outstanding. I also had chocolate chip and my husband had the vanilla. He...More

Thank padingo
Reviewed 26 June 2016

Best in the area (or most other areas!), in our view . High quality, generous servings of "traditional" to really funky flavour combinations. Nice lawn with chairs to sit on while you enjoy. Friendly welcoming service. Great spot--highly recommended.

Thank 2FriendlyManitobans
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

The ice cream here is fantastic! Totally worth the 20 minute drive there to sit and relax. Portions are HUGE and you can tell they make the ice cream themselves with fresh fruit. One of my favorite places on the summer for a refreshing treat.

Thank Andrea R
Reviewed 7 June 2016

Went for icecream after not being able to get dessert at our dinner restaurant. Great service, delicious icecream, unbelievable combinations, and they have doggie bowls!

Thank amt1028
Reviewed 7 June 2016

After an afternoon on Crane Beach, my wife and I stopped at Down River Ice Cream. Luckily, she had spotted it earlier on Route 133, because it's relatively small and easy to miss. While I ordered a ginger snap flavor, she ordered the grasshopper flavor...More

Thank Dean O
Reviewed 1 June 2016

We travel 20 minutes to have our ice cream here, and we do it a few times a week. Why? Because we love our ice cream and Down River has the best. Over the winter we count the days until Down River's opening. My favorite:...More

Thank bostonwake
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Simply put; worth the drive, best ice cream, all kinds of flavors, something for everyone. Portions are out of control. I find that a kiddie size is usually enough for me. Prices reflect quality. Small picnic area out back to sit outside. Small parking lot...More

Thank Triplover31
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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: +1 978-578-6318
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