“First I’d like to say Woodman’s couldn’t have been any more accommodating for my party this past weekend. It was a pleasure to have your staff in my home! I work in a restaurant that provides catering, so I know what it entails. I can’t wait till the next function I have to coordinate, I’ll be sure to call you!”

“Thank you for making our wedding day so amazing & special. We continue to receive compliments on the great service & excellent dinner. The crew was fabulous & ran the show like pros.”

“My birthday party & family reunion was a grand success! The lobster feast was loved by all. Your catering service and professional staff made the day perfect!”

“Our annual ‘Clam-Bbq’ has established itself as a tradition at the college and we could not have such a wonderful & delicious event without everything you do!”

“The food at my graduation party was incredible, the guests were amazed at how spectacular the servers were, we couldn’t have asked for better food or service. “

“Dear Woodman’s, Thank you for contacting us this year. We did, indeed, try out another vendor last year for our clambake/picnic…the overwhelming feeling is that we’d like to have Woodman’s do the catering this year. The food quality and service are superior at Woodman’s. “

“I wanted to thank you and the whole Woodman’s staff for the wonderful event we had yesterday. We would like to compliment everyone on the service and food, especially the last minute add-ons. We all indulged in the fantastic fried clams (we couldn’t get enough-delicious!!!) to the ice cream sundae bar. What a great way to kick off our year!”

“Saturday’s event in Monterey, MA was off the charts amazing. You, the staff and Woodman’s made every member of our family, ranging in age from 1-81 happy. The food was incredibly delicious and you were right about the clam chowder, despite the summer heat, it was great! Kudos, compliments & gratitude to the staff who was competent, kind & had a great attitude.”

“You made my daughter’s wedding spectacular. The crew was outstanding and everyone went above and beyond to make the day even more perfect. My guests are still calling to say that every wedding should have lobster rolls & fried clams!”

“Your team of caterers was absolutely incredible, timely, efficient, courteous & most helpful. I have planned many other company events and from the initial phone call to Woodman’s, to the final pack up, it was the most seamless catering event I have ever been a part of. The service was exceptional!! Oh, and the food was delicious too!”

“Our event was incredible; the Woodman’s team was fantastic! Everyone was tending to the needs of the guests. The food was delicious!! Our guests said they were the best lobsters they’ve ever had. I was really impressed with the service and quality of food from Woodman’s. I really hope to work with you again in the future!”

“Thank you for delivering a beautiful dinner for us last weekend. Our guests were delighted with the freshness of the food, the multiple course, and their ability to fine tune each dinner. The workers were so accommodating to our guests with wide ranging ages and persona needs. It was a perfect evening - all we hoped for.”

“Thank you for a fantastic event! It’s always amazing how seamlessly the staff sets up and handles such large parties.”

“I just want to thank you for a perfect, perfect night! Everything went so well, the food was delicious and the staff was just the nicest ever!! I can’t believe how many of your family work for the business. What a wonderful legacy that has been built for generations to come!”

“What a fabulous event! Everything from your original email until the truck left after the party, was nothing but professional. The 90th birthday boy was a bit surprised, but had the time of his life! All of the guests enjoyed the entire day! The food was plentiful and delicious and the staff did an outstanding job going above and beyond to make this very special day event MORE special. Let’s hope we can do it again in 10 years for Dad’s 100th birthday!”

“First and foremost, everything was delicious and wonderful. We knew we would not have to worry about the quality of the food and that our party would be well run, but you surpassed our expectations-which were quite high! Given that the weather was not very conducive to an outdoor event, you managed to make our plan B work well. I’m so glad Woodman’s travels to Rhode Island!”

Woodman’s of Essex: Recognized as Serving the Best Seafood, the Best Clam Chowder, and More

“An American Cult Classic—right up there with baseball and apple pie.”
— Zagat Restaurant Guide

Since 1914, Woodman's of Essex has been honored for our award-winning clam chowder, fresh seafood and fried clams. We take pride in being consistently named one of the best seafood places in Massachusetts and the U.S., being voted as having the best clam chowder and fried clams, and we continue to work hard to make sure you walk away happy.

Check out our awards and independent customer reviews to see what keeps locals and visitors coming back.

Awards

“Best New England Restaurant”—About.com Readers' Choice 2013

“Best Lobster, Best Clam Chowder (Reader's Choice), Best Lobster Roll (Reader's Choice)”—NorthShore Magazine Best of the North Shore 2013

“Massachusetts Premier Tourism Attraction Legends Award”—Mass Office of Travel & Tourism
“Best Seafood in America”—Forbes FYI Magazine
“Best Local Food in MA”—Yankee Magazine
“Best Steamers 2006”—Boston Magazine’s N.E. Travel & Life
“Local Secrets-Big Finds”—Travelocity
“World’s Best Fantastic Fast Food”—Travel Channel
“Best Fried Clams, Best Clam Chowder, Best Onion Rings”—Numerous Publications

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Awards

  • "Best Seafood in America"
  • "Best Local Food of MA"
  • Best Clams, Onion Rings, Chowder

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  • "A+ from start to finish"
  • "FANTASTIC"
  • "Outstanding clambake service"
  • "The lobster rolls and chowder were delicious!"

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