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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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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great casual seafood stand

Great food, laid back casual picnic table atmosphere. The prices were reasonable and the portions large. The fried scallops and clam chowder were awesome!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 11, 2015
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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  • Families with children
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English first
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66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been going to Fred's Shanty since my son was in College. It is within walking distance of Mitchell College and we go often for a walk along the water and stop in for a great hotdog! Great memories at the Shanty?

Thank Steffenino
Hamden, Connecticut
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

I stopped in on Saturday and asked for fried whole belly clams. Woman behind the counter said they were out of them (at noon?). I ordered a clam chowder and fried clam strips. The order came to $10.85. The clam chowder was a "milk chowder" at best. A few potatoes and almost no hint of clams. Drank half and dumped... More 

Thank Charles C
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Great food, laid back casual picnic table atmosphere. The prices were reasonable and the portions large. The fried scallops and clam chowder were awesome!

1 Thank jessndenSouthernAZ
Ashaway, Rhode Island
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We ended up at Fred's when Two Little Fish in Westerly ran out of food on Monday (Labor Day Holiday). Very reasonably priced, you can bring a family here and not break the bank. Nice outdoor covered seating. The shrimp, fries and coleslaw were awesome. Love the Fried Pickles!!

1 Thank sherry z
Niantic, Connecticut
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Fred's Shanty is a casual seafood shack ... very casual. Read the menu board posted above the ordering window, place your order, wait a bit, pick it up, and take a seat overlooking New London harbor. The view is terrific and there's plenty of seating. The fish sandwich was 2 pieces of fried seafood on a decent burger bun with... More 

1 Thank Essem W
New London, Connecticut
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

Good dogs, great fries (actually the best I've had!), good scallops and fish. Everything fresh, sit outside. Perfect spot for after the beach or an early evening jaunt. Inexpensive, delivers exactly what they advertise. And ALWAYS busy!

1 Thank Nonnasvacation
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208 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Great Summer Seafood Shack! Whole belly clams, hot dogs and ice cream Could not ask for a more New England summer eatery! Tables outside, some views of the marina and city.

1 Thank brynulf
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Back in town after moving south 2 years ago, looking for a good New England-style hot dog. Fred's long dog was okay, but the bun wasn't buttered before grilling. Oh well, the quest continues. My companion enjoyed her burger, and the onion rings are hand-battered. Nice location on a nice day.

Thank Donna L
Clinton, Connecticut
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

My son's hotdog was good, however clam strips were nothing special. Will be my first and last visit. However on the plus side prices were very reasonable.

Thank TheConfusedHiker
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Had dinner last Friday with family and friends. Lobster roll was very average. Pulverized into tiny bits with too much celery and not enough mayo. Daughters hot dog was very good. Clam chowder was good. Mozzarella sticks were very average as well. View and ambiance was very good.

Thank Goldiefisher

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


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