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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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  • Food
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  • Value
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    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice, but very touristy

I've eaten at the Clam Box about a dozen times, having lived an hour away for the last 20 years. The fried food is fresh and excellent, with good portions. The fries could be better, though. It's a cute little place, of course -- amusing and unique architecture. I like the outdoor seating... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I would only go during "off-hours". to avoid the lines. Very basic interior (picknick tables inside last time I went).

Thank 142pete
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've eaten at the Clam Box about a dozen times, having lived an hour away for the last 20 years. The fried food is fresh and excellent, with good portions. The fries could be better, though. It's a cute little place, of course -- amusing and unique architecture. I like the outdoor seating because the dining room is usually crowded.... More 

Thank NHjojo
Cool, California
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My mother in law and I visited there. We drove by before they opened and decided to ride around and come back. Half an hour later we came back and there was a line through the parking lot. We knew immediately we would have to stay and wait. It was WORTH EVERY MINUTE! Best clams I've ever eaten. At first... More 

Thank Nannielle
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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168 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Customer be prepared, CASH only. Family owned and operated with such grace and tradition. GREAT seafood every visit at such a historic landmark.

Thank Bruce B
New Hampshire
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67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

The food has been declining over the last few years. The dining room is always filthy and also needs a major remodeling so I wonder about the kitchen. The clams have been mediocre at best, partly due to the poor growing seasons but rather than charge more, they should offer smaller portions, even smaller than their mini-meals (which are basically... More 

Thank minni9
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124 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Recently my wife and I went on the "Great East Coast Seafood Tour" checking out the best seafood places from Baltimore to Maine. During this driving tour we made our way to Ipswich, noted pinnacle of all things clam. And in Ipswitch, the high oracle of clam eating is The Clam Box. The Clam Box is a small restaurant on... More 

Thank Twistedintheburgh
Boston, Massachusetts
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343 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

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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89 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

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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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

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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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

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

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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, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?