Kelly’s Roast Beef

Clam Shack | Sandwich Shop | Seafood
One of the best

Roast beef is a local passion in the Boston area, as much as chili in Cincinnati or bratwurst in Sheboygan. In Lynn, Saugus, Salem, Beverly, and up towards Cape Ann, dozens of quick-service eateries boast of beef. When we went looking for Kelly’s Roast Beef in Revere (the original, and now one of four Kelly’s around Beantown), we asked a gent outside an auto body shop if he knew where Kelly’s was. “Whaddaya, hungry?” he asked with glee, pointing us to what he promised would be “one hunnerd fitty percent satisfaction.”

Service is eat-in-the-rough: place your order at the broad window, then linger on the sidewalk until it’s ready. Gather everything in your arms and dash across Revere Beach Boulevard to find a bench under a covered pavilion by the beach. Dine in true summer-vacation style – overlooking the ocean, surrounded by greedy seagulls.

The roast beef, available in a small or large sandwich, is lovely: soft, pink, thin-sliced, and piled high on a butter-toasted, sesame-seed bun. The rest of the menu is shoreline seafood, including fish and chips and fried clams that are golden-brown, toasty-flavored, and a joy to chew – much juicier than rubber-textured clam strips, yet not as gushy as a North Shore whole-belly clam. A clam plate includes French fries, sweet onion rings, and homemade tartar sauce.

Note the drink nomenclature, also utterly local. Carbonated beverages are here called tonics. What the rest of the world knows as a milk shake (ice cream, milk, flavoring) is a frappe.

What to Eat
Kelly’s Roast Beef, Roast Beef
Roast Beef
A Kelly's large roast beef with cheese and horseradish.
Kelly’s Roast Beef, Large Roast Beef Sandwich
Large Roast Beef Sandwich
Kelly's namesake, with the works
Kelly’s Roast Beef, Fried Clams
Fried Clams
While not among contenders for the North Shore Pantheon, Kelly's fried clams can be pretty darn tasty.
Kelly’s Roast Beef, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Hand-battered onion rings, not too salty, not too sweet. Amazing crunch.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10am - 11pm
Monday10am - 11pm
Tuesday10am - 11pm
Wednesday10am - 11pm
Thursday10am - 11pm
Friday10am - 11pm
Saturday10am - 11pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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