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Fred's Shanty

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272 Pequot Ave, New London, CT 06320
(860) 447-1301
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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The quintessential clam shack. Gets incredibly busy in the summer, with speedy service. Great views and friendly local crowd. Deep fried classics.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 10, 2015
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We saw great reviews and went there with our two toddlers for lunch. it is casual small space by the water... Place was packed so i was happy about my decision. Food was excellent.... fresh. We orderd Lobster Salad, Fish fry. I loved the fresh fish fry... thank you...

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Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I don't know what the options are to eat elsewhere nearby, as we simply docked and walked up the stairs to a place my companions knew about. Long lines to order at the window, longer wait to get your food, and not an inexpensive meal by any means. That said, I enjoyed my fried scallops platter (plenty of fries and... More 

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Groton, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Walk up windows to order ice cream or food. Friendly staff and outdoor seating providing scenic view of the Thames River. Usually windy and umbrellas are provided on some tables to shield the summer sun. Today I ordered a long dog with that delicious grilled dog and roll and onion rings. Dog never disappoints; onion rings were greasy and too... More 

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New London, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I really do not like it when a restaurant or any other place states it is famous. Maybe for the local area but certainly not nationwide. Food is just average and overpriced. You can get better fish and chips at a local pizzeria. The one good value is the soft serve ice cream. The people are very nice.

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New London, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Hotdogs! Did anyone say hotdog! This place has great dogs and gets good wifi, too. It is a great place to sit and troll on the internet while eating a dog and fries. This is a walk-to place, so walk to it and you won't be complaining about parking. And bring your laptop or phone and wifi away the evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

The quintessential clam shack. Gets incredibly busy in the summer, with speedy service. Great views and friendly local crowd. Deep fried classics.

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Groton, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Best hot dogs around. Outdoor seating by the water .All there there food is great has been open since early 70s. service outstanding and family run very busy in summer, only opem from may to October. If in new London a must visit

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Dover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I’ve been here before. This was my friend’s first visit. We stopped here in mid-afternoon of looking at New London Ledge Lighthouse and New London Harbor Lighthouse further south on Pequot Avenue. Luckily, parking wasn’t an issue. There are only about a dozen parking spaces in front of this popular walk-up fried food and ice cream stand. We both had... More 

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Clinton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Excellent burgers and fries, only thing I ever had because they are so good! Juicy with all the trimmings, thin, tasty fries. Can't beat the view, Thames River, outdoor seating only. will close on Oct 12th for the season, pick a nice day to enjoy a very reasonable treat.Bet the seafood is as good! Next year will try it!

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Claremore, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

We found Fred's after leaving Mystic. We had the chowder, very rich & full of tender clams. We also shared the fried clam basket & an order of whole belly clams. We had more food than we could finish & everything was delicious. The folks working there were friendly & helpful.

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  • Address: 272 Pequot Ave, New London, CT 06320
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New London
  • Phone Number: (860) 447-1301

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