Best Fried Clams in Boston


Yankee Lobster Co.


There are times when a pudgy belly is a good thing, especially if you’re talking about fried clams. Thankfully, Yankee Lobster’s are plump, tender, and fried to crispy excellence. All…Read More

2014 Best Fried Clams, North

Woodman’s of Essex


This New England institution churns out all manner of crispy delicacies, but it’s the fresh clam bellies—plump, briny, and fried to perfection—that keep crowds of tourists and locals alike in...Read More

2014 Best Fried Clams

Neptune Oyster


The perfect fried clam belly is a thing of beauty: crisp on the outside, tender and saline on the inside, the whole thing offset by a dunk in piquant tartar...Read More

2011 Best Fried Clams

The Bite


The lines are long, the seating is sparse, and forget about finding a parking space at this Vineyard clam shack outside the fishing village of Menemsha. But trust us, it’ll...Read More

2010 Best Fried Clams

Summer Shack


There’s not a lot of in-between with fried clams. They’re either great—or awful. Summer Shack’s whole Ipswich clams, though, are beyond excellent: fried to a deep gold, crunchy on the...Read More

2009 Best Fried Clams

B&G Oysters


The accompanying paper towel is merely decorative, considering B&G’s semolina-dusted Ipswich bellies shed virtually no grease from their crisp nooks and crannies (which justifies double-dunking them in the addictive house...Read More

2003 Best Fried Clams

J. T. Farnham’s


Whole or sliced, and fried to a deep, golden brown, Farnham’s clams are soft and juicy on the inside, salty and even nutty on the outside. The homemade tartar sauce...Read More

1994 Best Fried Clams



It’s a hike for Bostonians, but the magnificent view of the Essex River estuary is easily worth the trip. Full bar, picnic tables inside and out...Read More

    Most Viewed Winners of Restaurants & Food

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    • Alden & Harlow, 2016 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

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    • Ostra, 2016 Best Seafood Restaurant
    • Neptune Oyster, 2015 Best Seafood Restaurant
    • Yankee Lobster Company, 2012 Best Seafood Restaurant, Casual