The Clam Box

Row 1

246 High St (at Mile Ln)
Ipswich, MA 01938
(978) 356-9707
$ $
Mon–Thu, Sun: 11:00 AM–8:00 PM Fri–Sat: 11:00 AM–8:30 PM

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  • readers voted this their favorite clam shack in New England.
  • This place just smells like the ocean. When you go you will wait in line but the fried clams are the best around. -Ed Cotton, Top Chef
  • Best clams on the North Shore
  • Its amazing. A "must stop" when we are in the area.
  • The Clam Box is known for its fried clams. Fried in animal fat, they might not be incredibly healthy, but the flavor is great.
  • While the clams are definitely the most popular menu item, fried shrimp, scallops, oysters, calamari, and haddock are available as well. The portions are huge, but be prepared for a wait.
  • Super friendly people working here. I'm usually a whole belly clam person but the strips are also phenomenal. Also, get the chowder!
  • The line is worth it. Be prepared to eat lots of food - the dinner plates are huge.
  • Very long line every time we drove by.
  • expect about an hour wait whenever you go. ask for the big belly oysters (they are off the menu) instead of the regular oysters. one 3 way combo is more than enough for 3 people. trust me.
  • Thanks to my North of Boston Seafood Trail app I found The Clam Box in Ipswich, a Northshore hot spot. Unfortunately there is a line out the door, but I suppose that's a good sign.
  • BEST clams I ever had. Can't wait to go back again!
  • Great clams! Get there early or wait forever!
  • Try the Fried Clams - These are the "small boxes" of native clams (front) and clam strips. Delicious. (via @Foodspotting)
  • An hour wait but the huge lobster and fried clam with scallops platter will make you feel better once you get it. I suggest you get a robot to take your place in line or bring a 6-pack.
  • Beware the oil change delay at 2:30!
  • You're gonna wait in line but well worth the wait. Prices might seem high but portions are HUGE! Not a ton of seats inside but they generally keep things moving. Great Clams, scallops and Chowdah!
  • Fried clams, scallops, and coleslaw :)
  • Closest thing to a retirement home
  • another tourist trap. the Ipswich clambake down the street is MUCH better. plus no people with HEP C cooking the food.