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“Great lobster rolls”
Review of Clam Shack

Clam Shack
Ranked #3 of 67 Restaurants in Kennebunk
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Takeout
Mamaroneck, New York
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great lobster rolls”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We had lobster rolls most days for lunch on our recent Maine trip. This was the second best we had (best was Red's Easts in Wiscasset, but that had a much longer wait). We had the combination of butter and mayo. We sat outside on a bench overlooking the water. These top lobster rolls are not cheap, but you're getting a large portion of pure lobster.

  • Visited July 2013
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Acton, Massachusetts
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“Skip the Shack and go for the lobster”
Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

The Clam Shack has lots of fried seafood, and by some authorities, the best lobster rolls. But the shop right next door where they sell fresh seafood (and where their lobster comes from) will also boil up a lobster for you. Last night, the lobster roll was $16.99, the same price as a lobster dinner (lobster, lemon slice, melted butter, a bag of chips "and all the napkins you need.") A 1 lb. was $12.99,and 1 1/4 lb. was $14.99. Fifteen minutes after ordering we were enjoying our already cracked lobsters at the picnic tables outside. (There is also seating inside at high tables with bar stools.)

Visited July 2013
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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“The winner!”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

After our 3 day quest for the perfect lobster roll, the absolute winner is the Clam Shack. Hands down perfection. Be sure to order it with mayo and butter. There is nothing else to say.

  • Visited July 2013
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Providence, Rhode Island
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“butter or mayo?”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

The best lobster sandwich-hands down!
No lettuce no celery no nonsense!
The only decision you need to make is mayo or butter-
GET BOTH!

Visited June 2013
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Boston
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“clams nothing special”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Came here wearing my Essex Seafood tee shirt, ready for a throwdown. We had already gone to the fish market down the road for our lobster rolls, at $10 a roll. (Decent-nothing special.) Got a pint of fried clams-$24 -for a little box. They were OK-not something I would raise my cholesterol again for. And the tartar sauce in Ken's containers was not good. What is all the hype here?
Since we only have fried clams once a year, it has to be worth it--and it wasn't.

  • Visited July 2013
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