Clam Box

Clam Shack | Seafood
Worth driving from anywhere!

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 to 1938 and would be of interest for its looks alone. Under the stewardship of Marina “Chickie” Aggelakelis, the restaurant has thrived. In addition to maintaining and enhancing its unique looks, Chickie has made the Clam Box a standard for fried-clam excellence. In our opinion, this is the place to eat the best fried clams on the North Shore; and the North Shore is home of the best fried clams anywhere.

The ideal way to have them is as a platter: a plate piled high with modest-size whole-bellied clams, French fries, and onion rings. You’ll get a little tartar sauce for dipping and some sweet cole slaw which is a necessary part of the clam-eating experience, for it helps balance the fried stuff. The truly wonderful thing about Clam Box fried clams is how greaseless they seem. They are luscious and crunchy, no doubt about that; but you’ll have no oily fingers after plowing through a plate.

There is indoor seating, and across the parking lot from the building there are picnic tables for al fresco dining. Throughout most of the summer, expect a wait in line at mealtimes. The Clam Box is famous, deservedly so.

What to Eat
Clam Box, fried clam platter
fried clam platter
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.
Clam Box, Lobster Roll
Lobster Roll
Sure, the lobster is very important, but don't underestimate the perfectly toasted and buttered top-loading hot dog bun.
Clam Box, Strip Roll
Strip Roll
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, Native Clam Mini Meal
Native Clam Mini Meal
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.
Clam Box, Scallop Roll
Scallop Roll
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.
Clam Box, Fried Clams Mini-Meal
Fried Clams Mini-Meal
These get my vote for best fried clams anywhere.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 7pm
Wednesday11am - 7pm
Thursday11am - 7pm
Friday11am - 7:30pm
Saturday11am - 7:30pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
8 stops | 378 MILES | 7 hr 19 min

For a mouthwatering summer road trip to sleeves-up joints surrounded by magnificent scenery, you can’t beat a seafood-eating expedition along New England's coast. At waterside picnic tables and roadside drive-ins, in diner booths and vintage shore dinner halls, the good eats include whole lobsters, lobster rolls, and lobster pie, chowders both briny-thin and cream-sweet, and clams either crisp-fried or…

Summer, Fall, Spring
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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