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Ipswich Shellfish Fish Market

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8 Hayward St, Ipswich, MA 01938-2012
(978) 356-6941
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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64 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had the salad bar and my associate had a awesome haddock sandwich. Very fresh well stocked salad bar and she loved the Pablo crusted sandwich....enough for 2 I'll be back

Thank Clamlobsterlover
Boca raton
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2016

My wife and I are Part time Residents of Ipswich, MA. We recently stumbled upon this great seafood establishment during a morning walk. If you want the freshest seafood to take home and prepare, you can't do better. They have a great selection of hot soups and everything is very reasonably priced. WORTH THE TRIP

1 Thank John S
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2015

This place is exceptional. They have been in Ipswich for many years. I was extremely pleased with the lunch we enjoyed there this summer. The owner is wonderful. They have food that you can take home for diner etc. The cafe is part of the original Ipswich Shell Fish company. They distribute fish products in several New England states.The owners... More 

2 Thank Henry77734
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

I had a hard time deciding where to go for my first lobster while in the Boston area and am so very glad to have picked this place! It's primarily a fish market but has cafe seating for enjoying their homemade soups and sandwiches. Order at the counter and they bring it out, or serve yourself from their soup kettles.... More 

2 Thank 4kb83
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2015

The seafood is invariably fresh. There is a good selection. The scallops are incredibly good. It's not cheap, but there is good value. Try the chowder or whatever soup is available.

2 Thank Travelingman074
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2015

This location is part fresh fish store, part prepared fooc take-out and part restaurant. The fresh soups and chowders are wonderful, lobster rolls are to die for, but the fresh fish prices are steep and the service is very slow and somewhat confused at times. The fish is always fresh, and you'll see some interesting ingredients here, as well as... More 

2 Thank Julie C
Bedford, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2015

After reading the reviews on TA, we decided to stop in on a day trip. What a great experience! First of all, you know it's going to be when a fish market doesn't smell like fish! It was super clean, and very organized. The owner was there and made sure we had everything we needed. I had a lobster roll,... More 

1 Thank hollybelle210
Rowley, Massachusetts
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2015

High quality fresh fish and seafood and a wide variety of prepared dishes for takeout offer something for everyone. It's a little pricey, however. Don't forget to try the desserts which are quite reasonably priced.

1 Thank msmunich01930
Ipswich, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2015

I was pleased to revisit this market this summer and find that it was completely revamped as a restaurant/high end pre-made foods store, as well as what they have been doing well all along--fresh fish! This is a great place to go for hot meals (several selections available daily) and soups, as well as delicacies in the coolers, such as... More 

1 Thank KathyIpswich_MA
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2015

Be patient, they cook the lobster and make each roll fresh! Served with handmade potato chips. Never had lobster like this ever, anywhere. Don't think they have a liquor license (maybe you can bring your own, we didn't ask) Would have been perfection with a glass of sauvignon blanc.

2 Thank Mary M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Hayward St, Ipswich, MA 01938-2012
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Ipswich
  • Phone Number: (978) 356-6941

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?