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Wonderful seafood (eat in or take out). Also amazing catering service!! We are closed for the season. Reopening mid March or by April 1st
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It simply doesn't get any better than this. Today I am living my best life courtesy of the Ipswich Clambake Company. The clams are divine; the French fries are fresh and delicious and the onion rings are so sweet. Portions are massive here; prices are...fair and the quality is amazing. You have to come here because you won't be disappointed.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 22 September 2021

I am a faithful Woodman’s of Essex customer but always dreaded the extremely long line regardless what time of the day you are there. We decided to give this place a try today。 The staff were extremely friendly and attentive with big smiles。 All seafoods...in the fried seafood platter tasted so fresh and they were crispy outside and tenter inside with very light batter. Onion rings were not as oily as Woodman’s. The clam chowder was very good too. We ate inside at one of the 6 tables. The place was clean and spotless. We all now think that in the future, it’s worthwhile to give the not so famous places an opportunity to shine! Overall, this was a good and relaxed experience.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 31 July 2021 via mobile

Low key - and far less busy than the more celebrated Clam Box - but not quite distinguished. Friendly people, you can sit outside, but even the fried food isn’t that tasteful. The Scallops are closer to Chicken Nuggets than you’d expect. Good lobster roll...and fries though!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 21 May 2021

We ordered a clam plate and scallop plate. Two clams were too tough to eat. One clam was unappetizingly huge. Scallop plate was 95% french fries and only 5% scallops. Prices were high. Dining area has no atmosphere. Costs seem high for the amount and...quality of food. Tried the restaurant, but will not return.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 19 May 2021

This is just not a fancy place. Small lot in front, larger one out back. Very good clam chowder. For me, the surprise is the "haddock bites" -- while small pieces, some of the best fried haddock you will find anywhere. Good to excellent clams...-- I prefer them to the Clam Box just down the road (yeah, I know -- heresy) and maybe a slight bit cheaper. Never had a challenge with the owner -- courteous, helpful, pleasant guy.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 8 February 2021

If you want to observe first hand terrible customer service this is the place for you. The counter clerk (who I infer is an owner) makes the "The Soup Nazi" look good by comparison. Toss in mediocre food, exorbitant prices, lack of ambiance, and somewhat...unclean dining area, and you have all the ingredients for a very disappointing dining experience. It's no wonder the seafood establishment up the street always has lines extending out the door and this establishment is just about always empty. You would be better served, and more satisfied, buying a fish sandwich at McDonald's.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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nhworldtraveler, Owner at Ipswich Clambake Co, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2021

The person that wrote this review is unbalanced and that is being charitable. He came into the restaurant an wanted an order with a cup of water. He started screaming at me because I told him I had to pour the cup of water for...More

Reviewed 9 January 2021 via mobile

Jan 9, 2021- Fantastic!!! Just ate there! Delicious fresh seafood. Excellent and friendly service. We were not eating out at all due to Covid but you could tell from the first 5 min that they were taking all precautions to make customers feel safe. Great...place if you are in the area do not miss this jewel of a place.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 18 July 2020 via mobile

I had the scallop roll and my son had the lobster roll, and he shared a bit. They were both yummy - but the scallops were superb! Would definitely recommend them served any way they are offered. Super nice people that work there too!

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 3 May 2020

3 if my family members went in on Saturday at 5 to place a take out order. There were two people taking phone orders which clearly took priority over the three of us standing there waiting to order. After waiting, I placed my order and...who I believe to be the owner seemed a bit testy because he could not hear me. I spoke up, placed my order and onto the next person in my party. She asked what comes with the shrimp dinner. He punched in the register and answered $14 .99. She repeated Her question and got an eye roll! At that point, all 3 of us decided we didn’t want to give this place our business. Lousy customer service and Owner clearly can’t handle the stress of a busy evening. I realize these are trying times for everyone but in my book, customer service is always the No 1 priority. I go here often for chowder but will never go back. Plenty of other good chowder to be had in Ipswich.More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Sunshine19101057366, Owner at Ipswich Clambake Co, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2020

I definitely remember this person. It's unfortunate that she felt that when she walked through the door every phone call on hold waiting to place an order needed to take second priority to her. That is not fair to them and she supposedly values customer...More

Reviewed 23 April 2020

Full disclosure - two of my children have worked at the Clambake for a few years now. That being said, I would be remiss not to leave a review for this fine establishment. First - the food quality. I have eaten here dozens of times...and have never been disappointed. The fried seafood is always fresh and cooked to perfection. The chowder is AMAZING and has won the Chowder Festival several times in recent years. The hidden gems are the Haddock Pieces (1/2 pint and pint),and the Seafood Casserole. Anytime they offer specials - get them - they are always great. Second - the cost. We feed a family of 5 for between $60-80 - and the quantity of food served is pretty healthy - so it is a GREAT value. Third - the speed of service. Hands down, the quickest from order to the bottom of your belly! Finally - the holiday deals! At Thanksgiving, Christmas and a few other holidays during the year, the Ipswich Clambake offers entire prepared meals in a box to go - and they are deals you cannot beat. Last Thanksgiving, we ordered the Thanksgiving meal to go. Wow...just wow :) Highly recommended - don't wait in line at the "other place" down the street - the Clambake is better, faster and cheaper. Enjoy!More

Date of visit: April 2020
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Ipswich Clambake Co is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5