Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant

Clam Shack | Lobster Pound | Seafood
One of the best

Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant really is a fish market. When you walk in the door you are confronted by glass-fronted refrigerator cases filled with filets and whole fish; and to the left, a saltwater tank holds live lobsters. Farther back are the interior dining rooms; for good-weather dining, there are rows of picnic tables on a broad deck that circles around the restaurant and under a canopy out front.

If you choose clam chowder to start, the waitress will ask if you want clear or creamy. Creamy is classic New England style; clear is the rarer kind unique to southern Yankee shores — steel-grey, briny broth loaded with hunks of clam and pieces of potato. If you like a super-plush soup, an alternative to chowder is lobster bisque — creamy, butter-rich, and laden with spoon-size hunks of sweet pink meat.

The menu is extensive, from raw clams and oysters on the half shell and crusty fried clam fritters to whole lobsters and six kinds of shrimp (scampi, blackened, Creole, steamed, stuffed, fried). The fried seafood is masterful; we love the virtually greaseless, yet intensely luscious, fish and chips; and the whole-belly clams are major-league satisfying.

Flanders Fish Market ships lobsters anywhere in the U.S.A. The lobster hotline is 1-800-638-8189 nationwide, 1-800-242-6055 in Connecticut.

What to Eat
Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, Original Clear Clam Chowder
Original Clear Clam Chowder
Note the tender nuggets of potato that crowd this sweet marine broth along with bits of clam.
Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, Lazy Lobster Sautee Dinner
Lazy Lobster Sautee Dinner
When cracking, picking, and plucking at the carapace of a lobster seems like too much work, Flanders' Lazy Lobster Sautee dinner is the solution to the problem. All the meat from a lobster is sauteed in butter and ready to eat with silverware and/or fingers. Those are sweet potato French fries and terrific cole slaw in the background.
Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, Mussels Formica
Mussels Formica
White wine + garlic + butter + ocean-fresh mussels = a deliriously delicious appetizer
Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, fish & chips
fish & chips
This hearty serving of fish was accompanied by french fries.
Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, Fried Flounder
Fried Flounder
Fried Flounder was the day's special when we visited. It was a heap of snowy-moist filets encased in a very light crust. We paid $1 extra to accompany the flounder with onion rings, which are impossible to stop eating.
Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, Turtle Ice Cream Pie
Turtle Ice Cream Pie
The "turtle" formula, when applied to dessert, usually means a combination of ice cream, chocolate, caramel, and nuts. This impossibly tall wedge of turtle ice cream pie is impossible to eat without the whole thing falling apart; and while we admire the concept, none of the individual components were excellent, nor was their synergy.
Lobster Bisque
Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, Stuffed Flounder
Stuffed Flounder
Flounder stuffed with crab. Hearty and delicious.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday9am - 9pm
Monday9am - 9pm
Tuesday9am - 9pm
Wednesday9am - 9pm
Thursday9am - 9pm
Friday9am - 10pm
Saturday9am - 10pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 438 MILES | 8 hr 29 min

The northeast has four main kinds of clam chowder. Manhattan is tomato-red and full of vegetables, rarely served northeast of New York City. South Coast, a specialty of Connecticut and Rhode Island, has neither tomatoes nor cream, but is clear and brothy with salt-pork savor and potatoes. Rhode Island (a rarity these days) is light…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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