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Clam Box of Ipswich

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246 High St, Ipswich, MA 01938-1250
(978) 356-9707
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • Value
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    3.5 of 5 stars
Clam Box of Ipswich

We had a great meal here and the staff were friendly and speedy. I suggest you go if in Ipswich. It will be closed around Thanksgiving so go soon or try next spring.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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326 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great meal here and the staff were friendly and speedy. I suggest you go if in Ipswich. It will be closed around Thanksgiving so go soon or try next spring.

Thank kappy26
Bethesda, MD
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86 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Clam Box of Ipswich is one of several seafood stops in the area that boast traditionally prepared local seafood. The lobster roll deserves a 10 out of 10, the fried clams were good, as were the french fries, but the fried onion rings were terrible; skip them! In our opinion, it is a distant second to Woodman's in Essex... More 

Thank EnergyCounselor
Decatur, Georgia
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Clams were okay but nothing special. Paid over $25 for a small box. Clams at comparable place in Plymouth were less than 1/2 the price. We saw a PBS show that featured this place and decided we would try it on our New England road trip. Mentioned to the kid behind the counter that we came all the way from... More 

Thank drbubba1995
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Best fried scallops in the planet. Can't get em like this in Florida. Consistently outstanding. We stop here every time we come to Boston.

Thank JupiterBaseballMom61
Groveland, Massachusetts
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

have been going to the Clam Box since I was a little girl. I am 66 now. My experience yesterday was upsetting. Nothing has changed much with the seating, service or cleanliness. All okay. But the food was not great. The price was outrageous. We had the fishermens platter- $32.00. The scallops were turning - had a funny taste. The... More 

Thank Paula C
stow, ma
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Stopped by tonight for some local clams. Expensive but delicious. No frills place, order at counter, call your name & enjoy. $20 for a clam roll. Nice treat.

Thank bradcasey
Saint Joe Beach, Florida, United States
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

There is almost always a long line to get into this place but it is well worth the wait. They change the oil several times a day and you may have to wait 15 minutes while the oil is changed. Portions are enormous so order two mini meals because it s plenty for two people, entree and one side. We... More 

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Longview, Texas
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

It was good but not great for the price. The staff was very friendly and some of the locals were fun to visit with. If you are on a tight budget probably not a place to stop. The little town was very lovely and enjoyed riding they.

Thank DianneHarp
Center Harbor, New Hampshire
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

pretty simple spot..the classic drive in order at the window fried seafood place. we love fried clams and ordered a box of clams as we headed home to NH. these were by FAR the best friend clams we have ever had and we chowed on them, with no tartar lemon or anything smiling at every bite. by the time we... More 

1 Thank Marksilverfox
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

It was the 13th of August and my California living, though native New Englander sister joined us for clams at a real New England institution, the Clam Box. Another sister came up from Agawam, Mass drove up to join us. We let her pick the restaurant. Bad mistake. She chose The Clam Box. My wife and I hadn't been there... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 246 High St, Ipswich, MA 01938-1250
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Ipswich
  • Phone Number: (978) 356-9707

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine


Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm

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