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Clam Box

246 High Street, Ipswich, MA - (978) 356-9707
The trapezoidal Clam Box is the place to eat the best fried clams on the North Shore; and since the North Shore is home of the best fried clams anywhere, these are the best fried clams in the universe. Get them piled high on a platter along with French fries and onion rings. You’ll get a little tartar sauce for dipping and some wonderful sweet cole slaw.
98% Approval Rating (65 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (3)
Roadfood.com Editor
"The Clam Box is shaped like a clam box, the trapezoidal container in which fried-clams-to-go are customarily served. It is a genuine roadside attraction that dates back some sixty years and would be of interest for its looks alone. Under the stewardship of Marina ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

246 High Street, Ipswich, MA
(978) 356-9707

http://www.ipswichma.com/clambox/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Summer, Fall, Spring
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
During a weekend of much clam eating, I decided on this visit to order clams and only clams – a policy I do not recommend for newcomers, for the whole clam plate, with o-rings, fries, and slaw is definitive. Nonetheless, I found this all-clam boat to be one of the most delicious monomaniacal meals I've eaten in a long, long time.
"During a weekend of much clam eating, I decided on this visit to order clams and only clams – a policy I do not recommend for newcomers, for the whole clam plate, with o-rings, fries, and slaw is definitive. Nonetheless, I found this all-clam boat to be one of the most delicious monomaniacal meals I've eaten in a long, long time."
Michael Stern





These get my vote for best fried clams anywhere.
"These get my vote for best fried clams anywhere."
Cliff Strutz


Sure, the lobster is very important, but don't underestimate the perfectly toasted and buttered top-loading hot dog bun.
"Sure, the lobster is very important, but don't underestimate the perfectly toasted and buttered top-loading hot dog bun."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


If you like scallops, you won't be disappointed by the Clam Box's fried scallop roll.  They handle the frying of all seafood here with expertise.
"If you like scallops, you won't be disappointed by the Clam Box's fried scallop roll. They handle the frying of all seafood here with expertise."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A mini-meal comes with the side of your choice.  Clam Box's onion rings are wonderful, especially when paired with perfection in fried clams.
"A mini-meal comes with the side of your choice. Clam Box's onion rings are wonderful, especially when paired with perfection in fried clams."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Clam Box's fried clam strips are perhaps the only strips we've ever eaten that don't seem like a compromise.  They are as good as the bellies, in their own way.
"Clam Box's fried clam strips are perhaps the only strips we've ever eaten that don't seem like a compromise. They are as good as the bellies, in their own way."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Each one of these crisp clams are the perfect size.  They have been sorted by hand to insure consistency.
"Each one of these crisp clams are the perfect size. They have been sorted by hand to insure consistency."
Stephen Rushmore


This toasted beauty is overflowing with delicious fresh lobster.
"This toasted beauty is overflowing with delicious fresh lobster."
Stephen Rushmore


Since 1935!
"Since 1935!"
Cliff Strutz


Shaped like a clam box, The Clam Box is almost always crowded in the summer, with lines of customers flowing out its doors.  Note the meticulous landscaping, with the words
"Shaped like a clam box, The Clam Box is almost always crowded in the summer, with lines of customers flowing out its doors. Note the meticulous landscaping, with the words "CLAM BOX" spelled out in flowers."
Michael Stern


The beauty of The Clam Box is not only its food.  It is a meticulously detailed restaurant, inside and out.  This happy little clam behind the flower planter points towards the front door.
"The beauty of The Clam Box is not only its food. It is a meticulously detailed restaurant, inside and out. This happy little clam behind the flower planter points towards the front door."
Michael Stern



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