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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 - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 112
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Simple and Delicious

Kitschy exterior (it's a giant clam box!) and great, simple food. Clams are fresh, right outta the bay!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
mtmlsg
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
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243 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Ipswich, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Kitschy exterior (it's a giant clam box!) and great, simple food. Clams are fresh, right outta the bay!

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MA
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Best seafood around!! Busy busy place, but I can see why, because the quality is wonderful! I think the prices are a little high, but really, it's so worth it to get such fresh seafood, especially the clam strips and shrimp!

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Beverly, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The food is great but the prices seem very high. You sometimes have to wait outside to be seated. The atmosphere is rushed and waitresses look harried. It is a landmark in the area. I guess seafood is expensive, but they seem extreme.

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This place is iconic for reasons that are beyond me. I've eaten here more than a handful of times and only bc the ppl I was with insisted we go there. The main reason there's a visible line of ppl spilling into the parking lot is because the service moves at a glacial speed. It's cramped, terribly dated and lacks... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Get there early as the lines can be long (but them move pretty quickly). This is a perfect place for a first time visit to new England. You order at the window inside the "box" and then head to the dining room to wait for your number to be called. The dining room is all vintage captains chairs, booths and... More 

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Boxford, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The lines are long but don't let them deter you as the lines move along quickly and the food is worth it. The batter for the fried seafood is light and not "greasy". There is not a lot of seating inside but there are picnic tables under trees during the summer and warmer months.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I have been going to this restaurant for over 20 years and it never fails! Best seafood ever, lightly fried and fresh. Most items are fried, but you can get hot dogs and cole slaw for the younger ones, but the quality and taste is amazing. Simple seating inside and picnic tables outside. They do change the oil every day... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Seriously. No frills. No fanciness. Just wicked good seafood. Worth the price. Line moves fast. You think you can't eat it all but you can, and no heavy feeling after. Very clean.

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Bear, Delaware
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Friends took us there during a recent trip to Boston. The only thing I can say is if you like clams, squid and fish fried this is your spot. A note for the customer if you are a hearty eater get the plater if you are a so so eater dont. This plater is huge piled and I mean piled... More 

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

My wife and I traveling thru the area last week. I checked trip advisor and this place popped up. We went and the food was really good. I thought the price was high till I seen the portions. The amount of food they piled on was well worth what they were charging. We had the fried whole belly clams and... 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 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?