TripExpert Score based on reviews in 4 publications
Badge 74

Highly recommended

by expert reviewers

Top 9% in Boston About the TripExpert Score

4 expert recommendations



Whether or not Chubby Woodman really invented the fried clam nearly a century ago, this legendary clam shack can nonetheless lay claim to being "home of the fried clam." Today, with its... Full review →

Be sure to check out The Shop at Woodman's for a hot fudge sundae made with Gifford's ice cream from Maine.

Not For Tourists

I am cautious about recommending this restaurant. Firstly, because America is a fat country and fried clams by the bushel will only make it fatter. Secondly, because it is near to where I... Full review →



Woodman’s is a beloved, roll-up-your sleeves kind of place that serves Ipswich clams, steamers, fried haddock, onion rings, fried shrimp, clam chowder and boiled lobster. Full review →


Zagat 3.7

This "shack"-style Essex "classic" "allegedly invented" the fried clam – and though you "can't go wrong" with them here, it's a "go-to" for "generous portions" of any kind of seafood. Full review →

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