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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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Today
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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout

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  • 115
    Excellent
  • 73
    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
Fried Food Gold Mine for the Owners

The Clam Box is now a nationally known landmark, and visiting the area from Michigan, we had to try it. You place your order at a window counter just inside the door, and come back to pick it up when your number is called. The wait to place your order can be long depending on the time you visit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
GreatLakesMariner
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Livonia, Michigan
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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English first
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Arguably the best fried clams in New England! Fried scallops are exquisite! Try the fried lobster ... You won't be disappointed!

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Livonia, Michigan
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105 reviews 105 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The Clam Box is now a nationally known landmark, and visiting the area from Michigan, we had to try it. You place your order at a window counter just inside the door, and come back to pick it up when your number is called. The wait to place your order can be long depending on the time you visit and... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The clam box is the best seafood around. The clams are huge and juicy. Once you eat here you'll understand that this place delivers. Located near Gloucester Ma it brings in very fresh seafood daily. They change their oil very often , as I waited in lin e for that. Best to go early like 3-4 pm before the line... More 

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Boston
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64 reviews 64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We have been going to the Clam Box for years, not much to say about it that has not already been written about or talked about in different Magazines and TV shows. And Yes, its one of the best for Fried Clams. Small place, has not gone through any remodeling since I have been coming but the place is clean... More 

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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116 reviews 116 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
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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
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78 reviews 78 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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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: Local cuisine, Families with children
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?