"Maureen, Donna, Kristi and Wendy were absolutely AMAZING to work with! The absolute perfect team to calm down a nervous bride! Not to mention, we have gotten rave reviews about the food!"

- Erica Monroe

"I would like to Thank You and your crew for a spectacular day! The food was wonderful, the servers were great and the event was a huge success. I need to also mention how impressed I was with the speed of [your catering team's] set up. Please extend our compliments to your employees and owners and take pride in the fact that they represented your company as the professional and accomplished caterer that it is. "

- Linda Johnston, BiOM Personal Bionics

"Many thanks for all your efforts and the efforts of all the Woodman's staff to make our last night's wedding rehearsal party a fun and memorable evening! Everything was perfect from beginning to end. Your staff was very friendly, courteous and efficient and did a super job! We will always remember this terrific evening."

- Pam and John Wilson

“Everyone from this area will know what I'm talking about! Driving past Woodman’s on a nice summer day looking at this and smelling the Fresh Fried Clams and Fresh-off-the-boats Boiled Lobster! OMG YOU'RE MOUTH STARTS DROOLING AND YOUR EYES POP AND YOUR BELLY IS SAYING YES YES of COURSE I WANT SOME NOW ! I love this place! No other place has it as fresh-off-the-boats as this!”

- Cindy Eaton, Attleboro, MA

"We have used Woodman's for many years and the staff and quality of the food is always wonderful. Our staff looks forward to the PRRI's Woodman's clam bake every year. The day is a sucess due to the great staff and the wonderful food. Many thanks from the PRRI staff!"

- Carol Cyr, PRRI

"Woodman's lobster rolls are phenomenal. I never had a lobster roll so full of taste and flavor until I had Woodman's."

- Candice Carter

"The Woodman's crew could not have been more customer service oriented. They were extremely proactive and took care to check in with me throughout the event to make me aware of service timing as well as to make sure that everything was to my liking and/or whether we needed them to do anything more for us. We received many positive comments from our guests about their food and service. They were simply outstanding and the event was a huge success."

- Toni Belding

"Thank you so much for a wonderful experience. When I booked the clambake you told me not to worry about a thing, that you would take care of everything and you sure did that. You told me to just be a guest and enjoy the event and that's what I did and that's the way it happened. Your staff was totally in control and performed perfectly. One of my guests is a professional event planner from New York and Tampa now Boston and she was impressed to see how well Woodman's staff had eveything set and under control. Thank you, thank you. PS: Love the new cook book!"

- Peter Dragonas

"From day 1, the attention and professionalism I received from everyone at Woodman's was outstanding...no request was ignored, the attention to detail was excellent. My husband's 50th birthday party was an unforgettable time thanks to Woodman's! Even the handwritten birthday card and gift were a touch of class! I definitely recommend Woodman's to everyone! Every one of our guests has raved about the food! Thank you for everything! Can't wait for the next party!!!"

- Kristin Rapallo

"Woodman's was fabulous, beginning to end, from mussels to shortcake! (The whipped cream was gorgeous...no melting!) Our guests relished it all and your meal really created a memorable event. Woodman's excellent food was enhanced by the pleasant and professional staff, and a complete clean-up! We are so glad we selected you, and we will heartily recommend you to any friends who plan outdoor parties in the future."

- Margery Leslie

"What a party we had!! It was a great celebration and Woodman's was one of the main reasons for its success! Everyone was raving about how delicious everything tasted. And a few guests arrived saying they were so excited to see the Woodman's trucks in the driveway! The staff all did such a fabulous job! My husband and I were able to have fun and enjoy the day without having to worry about preparing and serving food or cleaning up, which is just what we wanted."

- Dawn Newell

"We knew after our very first meeting with Woodman's that they were the catering company who would execute our wedding in exactly the way we wanted. Chef Ned is a master of his craft - as if the entrees weren't enough, my husband and I are convinced his cookies are the best we've ever tasted. ...Having Woodman's cater our off-site wedding was hands down the most critical decision we made in the planning process. Maureen, Donna, & Norman played a vital role in the overall planning and execution of our entire day and we couldn't have done it as well without them."

- Lia Vallesio

"Thanks so much for all the work you did to make yesterday so wonderful. You really thought of everything - our wedding was everything we hoped for and more. Please pass on our thanks to Ned and Norman as well - we got so many compliments on the food and everyone was saying how helpful Norman was throughout the day. We can't thank you enough! Thanks again for everything!"

- Shayna and Pat

"The Essex Room was the perfect place to have our wedding reception. Faye went above and beyond to answer questions throughout the process and make my vision come to life. Throughout the whole reception I didn't have to worry about anything because she was in control and made everything run smoothly. It was a beautiful location and overall great experience working with The Essex Room."

- Hannah Kim

We love Woodman's of Essex. We have been celebrating Father's Day there for at least 15 years. When our kids got married, we included the new spouse's Dad's and their families. We were unable to get to Woodman's on Father's Day this year but got there last Sunday with as many Dad's as we could muster! We have a little one who needs gluten free food so that is an added bonus! Thank you Woodman's for the best seafood around!

- Evelyn Greco

Woodman's is the "BEST" seafood establishment in New England. I been there with my family about 4 times and always the seafood is fresh it's simply amazing not to mention the great staff. Thanks Woodman's.

- Junnie Lee

Best clams I've ever had. Bought the jigsaw puzzle and the book about the history of Woodman's. I can't put the book down. Like any good book, I hate to finish it. I look forward to making the many recipes in the book. The service, food, and atmosphere were wonderful. Will be back soon.

- Lisa Thorn

"The food quality, appearance and taste was spectacular. Everyone raved about the Woodman's experience. The Woodman's staff was very professional and extremely competant. I could tell that the staff has done many clambakes; they made the entire day look so effortless. They were discreet yet thorough. The guests were thrilled with the service and the food; just amazing."

- Peter Dragonas, Morgan Stanley

"My husband and I just hosted a wedding reception in Charlestown (Pier 4, Navy Yard) and used Woodman's as caterer, event planner, on-site guest managers, etc. - you name it, they took care of EVERYTHING! I don't even have the right words to express how amazing they are - the food was fabulous, the service was phenomenal - they made our perfect day that much more memorable! I would recommend Woodman's to anyone and everyone who wants to host an awesome party. Donna, Kristi, Maureen and their team are absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! I would give you 10 stars if I could!"

- Erica Monroe

"From the very beginning of the planning stages of our event, the Woodman's staff were helpful and had great suggestions. Our event could not have gone smoother thanks to their professionalism."

- Lisa Kornachuk, East Boston Savings Bank

"I appreciate that Woodman's was so familiar with Tuck's Point. It put my mind at ease to know I did not have to worry about a thing."

- Doreen Chapman

"Another great event with Woodman's! I coordinate several events a year for our department and this is by far the easiest one."

- Nikki deMelo, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

"Woodman's did a great job again this year; see you again next year!"

- Dan Dougherty, Eastern Real Estate

“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.”

“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!”

“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!”

“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!”

“Just wanted to drop you a note and say “thank you” – to say the clambake was wonderful is an understatement. Everyone was thrilled with the food, service and staff. A class operation all the way! Already planning next year’s outing and it will definitely be a “clambake”!”

“I would like to compliment the whole Woodman’s team on a fantastic job. I am always a bit nervous when working with a new vendor. You never know what to expect. I have to say that everyone exceeded our expectations! Our guests raved about the food and excellent service. A special thanks to Jack, Tom, Franco and Lynne. Everything was perfect from start to finish. We very much look forward to working with you all again in the future.”

“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!”

“Our guests are always delighted to be together for a Woodman's American Clambake.”

– Mimi Schwarz

Reviews of Our Massachusetts Catering: Real Clambakes On Site

Clambake catering from Woodman's of Essex, MA is the ultimate way to give your guests a taste of summer, all year round. But don't take our word for it! For years, our classic New England clambakes cooked on site have been delighting Woodman's fans and those new to our catering menu at corporate events, weddings, anniversary parties, family reunions, and other events. Over the years, we have amassed quite the long list of glowing reviews of our Massachusetts catering services from the clients who contracted with Woodman's for clambake catering and the guests who enjoyed every last bite of fresh lobster, our award-winning chowder, steamed mussels and clams, hot steamed corn, our house made cole slaw, and seasonal sweets. If you are considering booking our Massachusetts catering services for your next special event, we invite you to read the reviews below. After all, why should you take our word for it?

See what people are saying about our clambake catering

  • "Yesterday we attended a Wedding in Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, NH catered by Woodman’s! It was by far the absolute best presentation and quality food served at any of the many weddings we have attended in very high end venues. I would highly recommend Woodman's for any occasion you would like catered! They are very professional, attentive to detail and will make your catered event the most memorable event your guest will ever attend! Thank you Woodman's for making our grandson's wedding reception a huge success!!!"
    Paula & Jim Durand

  • "Please share our thanks with everyone involved with the fantastic clambake that Woodmans provided for our son's Wedding Rehearsal dinner on Friday evening. The food could not have been better in both quality and quantity. Both Sean and MacKenzie were very friendly, helpful and made the event fantastic! Thanks also to you and the other office people who helped with planning our event. You all were very professional so easy to work with! We will highly recommend you to anyone we know who is planning an event!"
    Keith and Terri Heggie

  • "The evening was perfect on all accounts. You guys have got it down pat with the service, set up and your famous fried clams. I am so glad we included them in the event, could they taste any better?"
    Jack Tatelman
    Managing Partner
    Merrimack Valley Distributing Co.

  • "The food was fabulous and the service extraordinary. We've already heard from the majority of our guests that it was beyond their wildest expectations of an "appreciation luncheon"."
    Bonnie Rosse
    Concord, MA

  • "All the food was delicious, perfectly cooked and served hot. But, I have to tell you the Fried Clams were the biggest hit of all. Those clams brought me, and many others at the party, back to the Fried Clams of our youth. They were perfection in a bite. They were a great appetizer, to a great meal."
    Gail Cederlund
    Gloucester, MA

  • "You have much more than a catering staff, you really have an event-planning expertise. Little did we realize the scope of a Woodman's experience from 'china' plates and wine glasses to expertly timed service in every course. What a gem you have as a family institution."
    Cindy and Robbie Johnson
    St. Louis, MI

  • "The food was spectacular and the service was phenomenal, it couldn't have gone better."
    Reshma Taufiq
    Portland, OR

  • "Your staff is amazing! Thanks again for making this a great event for us. All went really well. I never have to worry about a thing with your staff AND they are such a pleasure to work with. They truly are great and our distributors love them as well. We look forward to our September clambake!"
    Kristen Smith
    Senior Buyer, Travel and Events
    The Boston Beer Company

  • "It was extremely easy working with you and your staff on planning the perfect customer appreciation event. The entire experience was A+ from start to finish. Our customers (and Land Rover employees) couldn't stop raving about their meals... I will definitely recommend your catering services to my friends, family, and co-workers."
    Lori Connolly
    Marketing Director
    Land Rover Peabody

  • "The professionalism of your staff has really taken the stress out of planning such a large (300 plus guests) event and I couldn't thank you more. From start to finish each of our events has been perfectly orchestrated and the experience and dedication of all your employees really showed. The quality of your service and the food that was prepared at all of our events was phenomenal and I will highly recommend your catering service to anyone who many be in need."
    Erin Blacklock
    Ipswich Bay Glass

  • "Woodman's has been providing outstanding clambake service for us for at least the last 15 years. Of course, the food is outstanding but that is expected. For me the aspect that makes Woodman's different is the crew. They are outstanding! Sometimes it can be pretty uncomfortable in the hot sun and there is often no place for them to rest. For me, I look forward to seeing those familiar smiling faces that truly make the difference!"
    Ronald J. Hurley, MD
    Executive Vice Chair
    Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

    Brigham and Women's Hospital

  • "On behalf of the Student Government at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, we would like to thank you for catering such a FANTASTIC event at the Gore Place this year! The "Clam-B-Q" has established itself as a tradition here at the college and we would not have such a wonderful and delicious event without everything you do! Thank you so very much. We are looking forward to working with you next year!"
    Eric-Paul Olsson
    SGA Special Events
    Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  • "The professional and pleasant service that you provided (once again) for our Alumni Clambake this past weekend is tremendously appreciated. Please extend our gratitude to your entire staff. The food was delicious and production was seamless. Many, many raves from our guests."
    Judy Omobono
    Asst. to Director of Alumni Relations
    Middlesex School

  • "My Birthday Party and Family Reunion was a grand success! The lobster feast was loved by all. Your catering service and professional staff made the day perfect."
    Ann Clarke

  • "I would like to thank you and everyone else at Woodman's for the party you catered for us recently. Your responsiveness when contacted at the last minute and your professionalism were greatly appreciated by all. I also would like to commend you on your food, which was excellent. That, in combination with top notch service, made for a perfect night."
    Joe Trustey
    Managing Director
    Summit Partners

  • "On behalf of our staff here at Boston Sports and Shoulder Center and Dr. Brian Mckeon, we would like to thank you for the awesome lunch brought to us last week. The lobster rolls and chowder were delicious! Thanks again!!!"
    Loddie Mosley
    Boston Sports and Shoulder Center, LLC




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