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“Awesome hangout during the warm weather!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fred's Shanty

Fred's Shanty
Ranked #7 of 142 Restaurants in New London
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Fast Food
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Oakdale, Connecticut
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Awesome hangout during the warm weather!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

I love Fred's Shanty. Their food is excellent and the prices are decent. The staff are friendly and efficient. My favorite foods are the fried seafood platters and soft serve twist cone. I love the view of the marina by the Thames River. I love to see the seagulls and I feed them some fries. I love to swatch the swans, geese, or ducks swim by the marina while enjoying my meal. I love coming to Fred's with friends and family during summer. The seafood platters are enough for two people and I end up taking home in doggy bag. Huge portions and you get what you pay for. I'd recommend Fred's shanty for anyone looking for a fun summer hangout with good food and awesome water view.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kay E
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Norwich, CT
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Wouldn't go back”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

The only positive here was the view of New London Harbor. I ordered a scallop roll. It came with a generous portion of scallops. Scallops were lightly fried, chewey and left an oil aftertaste. My husband ordered the fish sandwich which was at best mediocre. Once again a generous portion of fried fish, covered with cheese. With a small lemonade our bill came to just under $17. We stopped there because Captain Scott's was closed. The place was busy...not sure why. We won't be back.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sjeffers
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New London, Connecticut, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“DEEEEEELICOUS”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

The food there is amazing , good food and equal amount of space to sit and enjoy your food.. Enjoy also nice view to look at ; and there Milkshakes are amazing also

Visited May 2012
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Thank Lauryn D
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Portland, Maine
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Classic Clam Shack”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012 via mobile

People have gotten it right; this is a great little clam shack with solid fried seafood. The clams strips are great, the fries are as good as they get and the fish and chips are a classic staple. The burgers and dog are more than reasonably priced and are above the bar for a roadside clam shack. There's a reason Fred had T-Shirts made up in 1972 when he opened the place. They said "Fred's Shanty - Famous Since 1972." Fred's has been doing business ever since.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank welles p
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Orange, CT
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126 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Good Food, Indifferent Service, Lousy Parking”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

Don't get me wrong: the seafood was good and the long dogs were tasty at Fred's, but don't you expect that? The shoestring fries were particularly good, as were the whole belly clams. But the parking is a disaster: a very limited number of spaces in front of the restaurant. There is a large lot available to patrons about fifty yards away, directly across the street from the restaurant and up a steep hill. But there are no signs directing you to that parking (at least that I could see). And the woman taking orders at the window was expresionless throughout the process, alhough our large order was processed accurately, if not quickly.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kevin H
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