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All 41 Ipswich Restaurants

Clam Box of Ipswich

246 High St, Ipswich, MA 01938-1250
(978) 356-9707
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Ranked #5 of 41 Restaurants in Ipswich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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English first
Beverly, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

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
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66 reviews 66 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
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
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
19 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We stopped by for some shrimp. We ordered a shrimp plate with coleslaw and onion rings. Food was ok not supper. Over all it was dk and I would go back.

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Belmont, Massachusetts
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We have made the hour long drive to The Clam Box in September for the past couple of years. It is becoming our end of the summer tradition. We have also dined at nearby Woodman's. It is hard to get bad fried seafood in the Ipswich/Essex area. Like most of the rest of the Boomers, we watch our cholesterol, so... More 

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Additional Information about Clam Box of Ipswich

Address: 246 High St, Ipswich, MA 01938-1250
Phone Number: (978) 356-9707
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Ipswich
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: Seafood

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