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Happy Clam Seafood Cafe

407 Cabot Street (Route 1A), Dunkin Donuts Plaza, Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 969-1611
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Ranked #36 of 117 restaurants in Beverly
Cuisines: Seafood
Most recent review
- Feb 10, 2014
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Boston, MA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I saw the bad news on Facebook: "Happy Clam is closing for good tonight. Thank you for your patronage and kind words on Facebook. Come by and say goodbye today if you have a chance!" Steve Cross, the owner/operator/chief-cook-and-bottle-washer of Happy Clam, ran a fantastic place to eat. Ultimately most of us locals think that location did him in: being... More

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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81 reviews 81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

First tried some homemade potato chips when I wandered in for a take out menu. These were offered free of charge in a little wax paper bag and won me over right away. Next time we opted for some take out chowder: one clam, one fish. It's great that Beverly has a convenient and tasty seafood takeout, right next door... More

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Hudson, NH
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

I work near the Happy Clam and visit about once every two weeks. I have had the haddock, clams, shrimp and scallops as well as the gumbo and chowder. Steve, the owner/head chef is a graduate of Culinary Institute of America and has worked all over the world but is a Beverly native and has come home. There is an... More

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Salem, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

I come from Maine and when we talk, seafood comes out of our mouth. I had never heard of "The Happy Clam" until I purchased a golf pass and got a free diner card for various eateries. I went online and checked out several places and read many reviews. This place had many great reviews and a few bad reviews.... More

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West Newbury, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I was on my way to visit my brother in the hospital and he wanted seafood and his favorite place was, yep, The Happy Clam on Cabot Street in Beverly, MA. I grew up in this city and my brother still lives there with his wife. So, in I pull and enter the establishment. Greeted by a very pleasant young... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

This is a small place in a strip mall, next to a laundromat. Looks like a lot of the business is take out. There are only 4 booths and 3 tables but it is a nice comfortable dining area. We ate in and we were very happy with the food and the service. Fried clams and scallops were really good... More

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Salem, New Hampshire
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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

I have been to the Happy Clam Seafood cafe in Beverly MA. It is located in a small shopping center with plenty of parking. I have only had the fried clams (Five big golden stars for the fried clams!), the cole slaw (also delicious) and the home made potato chips, very yummy. Also, the tarter sauce was very good .... More

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N. Providence
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51 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

I found the batter on the calamari and fried clams a bit heavy. The Lobster salad was fresh lobster meat, plentiful and delicious, not too much mayo. The order of onion rings was huge and good. Sweet potato fries is always a bonus and theirs were good. The baked fish and sauteed shrimp were good, nothing extra special, but still... More

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

very expensive for very average seofood. new place but won't be back

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012 via mobile

My girlfriend and I went In because she wanted seafood and we didn't want to drive to Ipswich. My uncle said this place was great so being from Beverly/new England I know seafood. Every place I ever went to, ie Woodmans or clam box or even land & sea in Peabody, when u order a fried clam plate you see... More

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