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Clam Shack

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2 Western Ave, Kennebunk, Kennebunks, ME 04043-7751
207-967-3321
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 96
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  • 34
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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best clams I've ever eaten

We went to the Clam shack twice while visiting Kennebunk Port! A must try!! You can get other choices such as Lobster Roll as well. But the clams are their specialty.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
MistiMorningstar
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Frederick, Maryland
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Frederick, Maryland
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to the Clam shack twice while visiting Kennebunk Port! A must try!! You can get other choices such as Lobster Roll as well. But the clams are their specialty.

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

OK, this is an ICON - everyone grew up going to this place. The owners are great, it's well run, you can eat in side or outside at their small outdoor patio area, thought he view isn't good - its just facing the busy road. People line up in the summer - it's got great fried clam rolls and french... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't let the line deter you, because it is totally worth it! The Clam Shack is a little hut located at the bridge near the Kennebunk and Kennebunkport town line. All I have to say is that the clam strips here are amazing. They have the perfect coating of batter and are fried to a perfect crisp. They are meaty... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the lobster rolls and clams at the Clam Shack! Not my favorite, but it was an enjoyable meal. I didn't care for the bun, too much thick bread. However, the lobster was tasty. We sat inside and enjoyed seeing how hard the employees work.

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like fried clams, whether they are Clam Strips or Clams with Bellies. This little Clam Shack turns out the best fried clams ever. I grew up in New England and have had my fair share of fried clams, these are the best. The breading is seasoned perfectly, they are not greasy, and the fry is nice and crisp.... More 

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Waco, Texas
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here for a famous Lobster Roll and Clam Cake while visiting the Kennebunkport area. The lobster roll was expensive (it is lobster, after all!) but fantastically delicious. The fried clams and other seafood also looked amazing. While waiting in the long line, grab a local beer from the adjacent restaurant/store and strike up a conversation with the people next... More 

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Fredericton, Canada
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

You must eat here. We loved their lobster rolls and fried clams. It was so fresh. They literally shucked the lobster in front of you. Award winning lobster rolls and fast service. We ate here a few times while in town. Highly recommend.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Excellent frech lobster and clams! A must while in KBP! Quaint food shack on the water with draft beer!

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Thank Jeff M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Walk up, order a quart of clams, pick 'em up, find a place to sit, open tartar sauce, begin dipping. Priceless!

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Found this gem by coincidence, as we were driving from Boston to Bath. If you are not pressured by time, take this more scenic route 1 rather than 95. Half way through our journey is Kennebunkport. We were hungry and thought what better way to spot a good dining spot in an unknown city than by looking for the busiest... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Western Ave, Kennebunk, Kennebunks, ME 04043-7751
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Kennebunks  >  Kennebunk
  • Phone Number: 207-967-3321

Price and Cuisine

  • 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 - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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