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.


 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

Customer Reviews




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Press Recognition and Stories in

1,000 Places to See Before You Die
New York Times
Country Living
Travel & Leisure
Gourmet Magazine
Coastal Living
Improper Bostonian
Boston Phoenix
Phantom Gourmet
and many more!

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

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

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