"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

Thank you all so much for the wonderful bbq that you put on for our company. I have heard nothing but great reviews from the employees for both the delicious and fresh food and your first rate team of professionals. This lunch went off without a hitch and I am so grateful for the truly excellent service and responsiveness. Everyone was so nice! It was an absolute pleasure to deal with your group...Thank you again for providing us with a fabulous event!

- Lorri Gerry

"I wanted to thank you and your staff for the wonderful dinner you prepared and delivered to us for a Christmas luncheon on Saturday, December 17th. I had bid on this meal at the House of the 7 Gables auction in September expecting it to be a lobster luncheon. To be honest I was a bit disappointed when I found out otherwise but as it turned out the meal was delicious and very nicely done. Woodman's delivered very generous portions and included everything. Our guests were delighted and you folks helped to make our Christmas get-together a huge success. I have already recommended you to several people and I shall plan to use your catering services from the Essex Room again. Thank you for a delicious meal and an efficient, pain-free way to entertain."

- Ann Leaver

Hi Kristi and Maureen, Thank you so much for your hospitality and for taking great care of our party last week! Hope to see you both in the future and reach out if you ever need anything. Thanks again.

- Emma Schulz, Director of Administration, Burtons Grill LLC

The chowder was EXTRA special, the lobsters cooked to perfection and the meat easy to remove from shells -- all the selected meals were delicious. The staff was incredible -- during the rain shower, they quietly moved their serving tables under the tent and did not miss a beat. Their positive and cheerful attitudes defused the stress of guests who complained about the rain. Much appreciated. On a scale of 1-10, Woodman's service and quality of food was a 15! THANK YOU.

- Marcia Rogers (Babson Family Reunion)

I never thought that I'd be able to organize a full fledged clam bake at our office in the middle of January, but your group pulled it off to perfection! Your team showed up on time, called to let me know when they were arriving, were friendly, helpful, courteous, and very proficient at the whole process. At the end, they cleaned up everything - you would never know that they'd been here, but for the wonderfully lingering aroma of lobster!!! The food was amazing, too! Everything was fresh, delicious and hot. Please extend my thanks to everyone at Woodman's for all of the hard work, from start to finish, sales to staff. Would highly recommend and use your services again without hesitation!

- Lesley Russell, Viasat

During the last 9 months, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Lauren. She answered all of my many questions and was so very prompt in getting back to me. Lauren made planning the event from out of state so smooth and seamless. The Rehearsal Dinner was amazing and all of our guests are still talking about how wonderful it was. So many of our Nebraska friends and family had never had anything like the wonderful seafood they had at Woodman's that night. The All-American Clambake was scrumptious! We will be anxious to come back to Woodman's next time we are in the area. Thanks so much for everything!

- Amy White

"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

"Any additional comments are welcomed! Our first time using Woodman's catering, but it will not be the last time! We were thrilled to find the menu had gluten free items, and desirable items such as fried clams and chowder, not just gluten free add on. I was also very impressed with the careful attention to those with shellfish allergies. All of my guests were happy and well-fed! The team even offered to shell the leftover lobsters for us! So grateful for that! We had such a wonderful night, and we are very happy that Woodman's was a part of that."

- Kathy McDiarmid

"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

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Press Information and News

Woodmans Seafood Reviews - essex MAWe are frequently contacted for information to be included in articles for newspapers, magazines and various research. Want to know about fried seafood? Fresh seafood? The history of Woodman’s or why we have the best fried clams? We can even host film crews or assist with stories about Essex, Massachusetts!

We always like to help. Just give us a call and if we can be of assistance we will. Office hours are 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. The direct phone number is 978-768-2537.

If you need assistance on the weekend please ask for Steve, Doug, or Eian Woodman at 1-800-649-1773.

We once set up a trip down the Essex River for a nature show on the BBC! We’ve hosted commercials, TV shows and movies, as well as writers and photographers from all over the world. We enjoy helping the Press.

A Fam Trip can easily be arranged.

July 3, 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the fried clam. View our press release Woodman's of Essex Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Fried Clam for more information.

Visit our 100th Anniversary page for more information on our anniversary, and links to our historic timeline and upcoming anniversary events.

Check out our local and national press below, or The Story of the Fried Clam.

If you need "Just the Facts" they can be found at Woodman's of Essex Facts followed by a list of helpful Story Ideas.

Have fun! We're proud of our place and our fresh and fried seafood, and seek to live to make it proud.

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.
I like to see a man live so his place will be proud of him.”
—Abraham Lincoln

Press Recognition and Stories

Woodman’s of Essex was featured in this Vogue article titled “How to Spend a Fall Weekend on the North Shore of Massachusetts".

Woodman's of Essex was featured in a New Food Economy article titled "Inside the push to get invasive soft-shell crab and caviar on our plates".

Woodman's of Essex ranked in Chef Michael Serpa's list of top fried clam joints, in Boston.com's article titled "A Renowned Local Chef Ranked The Area’s Fried Clam Joints".

Woodman's of Essex was featured on tripping.com in an article titled "The 6 Best Places To Get Seafood In Massachusetts".

Woodman's of Essex Hosts Vineyard Vines Catalog Photo Shoot -- Woodman's was featured in the vineyard vines July 2017 catalog, with photos taken at Woodman's and nearby Crane Beach in Ipswich. Click the photo above to read the article, or read the press release for more information.

Woodman's was featured in Clambakes - an article in the June-July 2017 issue of Northshore Magazine.

Spring 2017 - Woodman's of Essex was featured in Massachusetts Family Business Magazine, an official publication of the Family Business Association, in an article titled "Woodman's of Essex Unites Nostalgia with New Traditions".

November 17, 2016 - Woodman's of Essex was featured on Thrillist in an article titled "Lobster Rolls and Fried Clams - The Bivalves of a New England Heart".

August 6, 2016 - Woodman's of Essex was featured on New England Today in an article titled "10 Best Fried Clams in New England".

July 1, 2016 - Woodman's of Essex was featured in Boston Magazine in an article titled "Woodman’s of Essex Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Fried Clam".

Woodman's of Essex was featured in The Wall Street Journal in an article titled "Happy National Fried Clam Day!" The full text is available in this PDF.

Woodman's featured in the May/June 2016 issue of Plate magazine, in an article titled "Seafood Shacks Shell Out Classics"

Woodman's featured in the "Food Fights" section of Wicked Pissed: New England's Most Famous Feuds by Chronicle reporter Ted Reinstein.

Deep-Fried Delights - Thank Woodman's of Essex for discovering the magic of fried clams—January/February Issue of AAA's Northern New England Journey

Woodman's listed as one of “80 Gifts New England Gave to America”—Yankee Magazine

Boston Magazine - Best of Boston 2014: Best Fried Clams, North

USA TODAY - Massachusetts Best Lobster Roll - Woodmans
USA TODAY Travel - Massachusetts Best Lobster Rolls: Read the Article

“Best Seafood in America”—Forbes FYI Magazine

“Best Local Food in MA”—Yankee Magazine

10 Best Fried Clams in New England—YankeeMagazine.com

10 Best Clam Shacks in New England—YankeeMagazine.com

Northshore Magazine Food Issue - November 2014

Northshore Magazine Food Issue - November 2014 Woodman's cited for being a leader in gluten-free food!

Chronicle Salutes Woodman's

Boston Globe

Boston Globe - Traditional New England Clambakes Offer A Few New Twists

Boston Globe (Boston.com) - 5 Reasons to Visit Ipswich and Essex

Northeastern University Center for Family Business - Woodman's Recognized for 100 Years in Business

Better Homes and Gardens - August 2014

Better Homes and Gardens - August 2014: Tasty Trips "Clam Shack Shuffle - Must Stop"

Cape Ann Magazine - Summer 2014

Cape Ann Magazine - Summer 2014: 100 Years of Woodman's - 5th Generation Now Serving Clams

Celiac Corner - Gluten-Free Dining at Woodman's of Essex

Celiac Corner - A Day in Scenic Cape Ann, MA with (Gluten-Free) Dining at Woodman's of Essex

New England Historical Society - The Invention of the Fried Clam

New England Historical Society - The Invention of the Fried Clam

New England Historical Society - The Invention of the Fried Clam

Valey News - Summer Journey: Searching the North Shore for the Finest Fried Clams

NoBo Magazine - Small Circumstances Produce Great Events: Woodman's Celebrates 100 Years

Gloucester Times - Essex Landmark Marks 100th Birthday

ABC Travel Guides for Kids - ABC Travel Guides for Kids Names Top 5 US Family East Coast Beach Destinations for 2014

Movoto Real Estate - 30 Things You Need To Know About The North Shore, MA Before You Move There (#9)

Boston Herald - Woodman's of Essex Celebrates 100th Anniversary

CBS Boston [Video] - Mass Restaurant Where Fried Clam Was Invented Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary

The Boston Globe - Woodman's named Mother of All Clam Shacks in this article on things to do with Mom on Mother's Day.

Historic New England - A New England Symbol: Frying The Clam

Mentioned in ABC Travel Guides Top 5 US Family East Coast Beach Destinations for 2014

1,000 Places to See Before You Die - #769

1000 Places To See Before You Die

And other mentions and articles in the following:

Country Living

New York Times

Travel & Leisure

Gourmet Magazine

Coastal Living

Improper Bostonian

Boston Phoenix

Phantom Gourmet

and many more!

Audio / Video

NESN Wicked Bites

7 News - Who Did It Better

Woodman's of Essex and our owners Steve and Doug Woodman were featured in this commercial for First Ipswich Bank, celebrating our over 50-year business relationship.

Woodman's was featured on WCSH Portand's "207" program - Inventing The Fried Clam

WCSH 207 - Inventing The Fried Clam

We created a page full of the best Massachusetts Drone Videos - aerial footage of our beautiful state taken from some of the best drone pilots around, including our own J.T., who filmed our restaurant and one of our North Shore clambakes.

Woodman's was featured on WCVB TV's Chronicle program as part of their "Wicked Pissed" series with Ted Reinstein - Deep Fried Conflict on Cape Ann's Clam Highway

Chronicle Wicked Pissed

Woodman's was featured in the Massachusetts Restaurant Association's "News You Can Use" segment for August 16, 2016, including some great shots of the marsh and our awesome customers!

For these retailers, growing up in the business makes for a lifetime of memories. Watch as Massachusetts’ Woodman’s of Essex and Circle Furniture, and Maine’s Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream and Renys share the joy of running a family business and serving multiple generations of customers.

Woodman's featured in this Visit Essex MA promo

Woodman's on Dining in Essex, Massachusetts

Woodman's on Best of the Northshore 2015: Behind 10 years of the Best of the North Shore

Watch Woodman's of Essex on The Phantom Gourmet

Woodman's was featured on WCVB TV's popular Chronicle program:


This Old House

Watch as This Old House host Kevin O'Connor and landscape contractor Roger Cook visit Woodman's while working on a home in Essex, Massachusetts.

Listen to Maureen Woodman talk to Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson from NESN's Dining Playbook on North Shore 104.9's Food Talk!

Listen to Maureen speak with Judi Swartz, the Design Diva, talk about Woodman's 100 years of catering history and how, today, the latest generation of Woodmans are continuing to build upon the family tradition, growing the business with onsite and off-site catering events. Listen on urbusinessnetwork.com

WBZ CBS Boston - Mass. Restaurant Where Fried Clam Was Invented Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary

Radio Entrepreneurs Interview with Maureen Woodman, May 19, 2014, talking about the new Woodman's history and recipe book.

Massachusetts Film Office video on the filming of "Grown-Ups" at Woodman's, and other locally shot movies

Maureen Woodman welcomes guests to the North Shore Chamber of Commerce breakfast at The Essex Room

"On The Waterfront" from Cape Ann TV does a marvelous job looking at the local clamming industry

Listen to Maureen and Steve Woodman on the Radio Entrepreneurs show, talking about the invention of the fried clam, homemade whoopie pies and potato chips, and more. And view the video clip from the show below.

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