I was introduced to THE CAUSEWAY by our friends, Anne & Ronnie, who lived in Gloucester for over 40 years! It's not near anything scenic. It's kind of off the beaten path. It's not near anything that would draw you there other than the restaurant itself. This is their "go to" restaurant when they want a delicious, supersize, no fanfare seafood meal for a reasonable price. They took us here several times, and the high-quality, fresh seafood meals were always consistent, served hot, and delicious. You can't beat the prices here for seafood either. So, with all this being said, when I had to come up with a restaurant offering the best quality in fresh seafood for the best price anywhere to celebrate my good friend's 85th birthday, I decided to bring her here. What it lacks in ambience is more than made up for by its food quality, quantity, & price. I discussed restaurant options with my friend, and she told me she would love to eat at THE CAUSEWAY. She told me she would rather have good seafood than ambience. Don't get me wrong, there are some things that could be improved upon. Although it can't help being located next to a liquor store, THE CAUSEWAY could make an effort to clean up their parking lot. Every time I've been there, there are loose papers blowing around in the parking lot and at the entrance. What would take a few minutes to correct would certainly make a cleaner impression from the outside. On the plus side, if you would like wine or beer with your meal, THE CAUSEWAY allows for BYOB and will even supply glasses for your use so the LIQUOR STORE could be a plus if you desire a bottle of beer or a glass or wine. THERE IS ALWAYS A WAIT (unless you go there really early, like 10:45 a.m.) so that's just a given. You can wait in your car or in the line that forms at its door. (The restaurant gives out numbers or takes your name--can't remember which.) Waiting in your car is the best option. It is not handicapped accessible, but it is on one level with a couple of steps from your car to the inside of the restaurant. The restaurant when busy (which is usually the norm) is very noisy while dining there. Can't be helped, though, it is a small place with limited seating and low ceilings. Even though the inside is rustic (think of a clam shack environment), they do try to keep it clean. The kitchen does turn out the food ordered at a pretty fast clip and it is hot when delivered to your table. WHEN YOU GO HERE, THEY ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR FISH CHOWER. IT IS A MEAL IN ITSELF. . .comes in 2 sizes, cup & bowl. I recommend getting it! However, I usually get a bowl to go! Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to order anything else on the menu because it is pretty substantial as a meal in itself with the fresh, soft bakery bread that they serve with it. (Just a heads up, if you want to try a meal here!) This way, I enjoy eating the chowder at home as a full course meal.) The baked stuffed haddock is a two-meal portion. Plus, I like THE CAUSEWAY because they serve seasonal, fresh vegetables with their meals. That's definitely a plus in this day and age of chain restaurants. THE CAUSEWAY IS AN INDEPENDENT, PRIVATELY OWNED RESTAURANT. I have heard the owner referred to as Jimmy by our friends from Gloucester. Anything you order here is FRESH & DELICIOUS. Having seen the Jimmy's Fried Seafood Dinner hanging off our friend's platters when we dined there in the past, as well as witnessing Lobster Dinners being consumed while we were there, as well as Chicken Parm Dinners to Lobster Rolls, "daily m specials", and everything and anything in between, everything always looks fresh and delicious. Because of the small dining area, you might think that THE CAUSEWAY wait staff would be rushing you out of there to allow new parties to be seated at the occupied tables, but they don't. They let you enjoy the meal and are very pleasant and efficient. Takeout is also available. There is a small restroom setup. So, here if MY FINAL RECOMMENDATION: GO HERE IF YOU WANT EXCELLENT, FRESH, LARGE QUANTITY PORTIONS FOR A REASONABLE PRICE, but go here with the expectation of dining in a dark clam-shack type environment. It might not be an upscale restaurant, but I'll take this over a high-class, must-be-seen at restaurant "of the week" with the pricey check that comes with it. I love this place in spite of the few shortcomings mentioned that DO NOT AFFECT the QUALITY OF THE FOOD SERVED WITHIN. Not only is my friend, who used to be my high school teacher, looking forward to going here on August 28th, for her 85th birthday but so are my husband, sister, and myself. It's always a special occasion when eating at THE CAUSEWAY. It's just not fine dining. It's good eats!
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