“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 Massachusetts 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. We continue to work hard to make sure you walk away happy.
Check out our awards and independent customer restaurant reviews to see what keeps locals and visitors coming back.
Best of North Shore (BONS) 2019
Reader's Choice for fried clams and clam chowder!
Best of North Shore 2018
Best Clam Chowder, Best Fried Clams, Best Lobster Dinner, Best Lobster Roll (Reader's Choice)
USA Today 10Best 2016
Best Waterfront Seafood Shack
2016 Certificate of Excellence
Best of North Shore 2015
Best Lobster Dinner, Best Clam Chowder, Best Fried Clams (Reader's Choice)
Best of Boston - Experts' Choice
Best of North Shore 2014
Best Lobster Roll, Best Seafood, Best Lobster Dinner, Best Clam Chowder (Reader's Choice)
2014 RAMAES Award Winner
Best of North Shore 2013
Best Lobster, Best Clam Chowder, Best Lobster Roll (Reader's Choice)