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Clam Shack

2 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043-7751
+1 207-967-3321
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good24%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fried clams” (170 reviews)
“fries” (89 reviews)
“seafood” (71 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Fast food
$$ - $$$
2 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043-7751
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Reviewed 5 days ago

In season, there's a line... The seafood is so good and fresh. Lobster rolls are excellent. Clam strip and haddock lunch boxes are our favorites. Leftover fries can be fun entertainment to feed the huge stripers that frequent by in the river off the narrow...More

Thank travelingliz111
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had an order of steamed clams that were beautiful cooked just right After finishing those decided to get the famous lobster roll what a great roll The mayo was just perfect and the butter enhanced the lobster and roll to make it perfect A...More

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whenever I am in the mood for the freshest fried clams, this is the place I go. In season, there are always long lines at this little place right on the bridge in Kennebunkport. That is why I usually go early or late in the...More

Thank Rick L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not sure why I didn't try the clams on my initial visit. I opted for the shrimp. Eh... they were just ok. I kept tasting this chlorine taste in my mouth which kind of ruined my experience a bit. I will say that it's...More

Thank MaineGal
Reviewed 8 April 2017

We took a quick drive up to the Clam Shack in Kennebunk, Maine because we've heard so many people rave about it, and it was pretty darn good. The fried clams were some of the best we've ever tasted, so it was worth the trip...More

1  Thank GraceMarieGMC
Reviewed 3 March 2017

It's famous and the long, long lines attest to its popularity, but locals are quick to point out the same food is available at many other venues for far less. Fried clams and fries and lobster rolls are standard fare in this corner of the...More

Thank alnus
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Classic Maine! Walk in and have a Bud while you wait! the shack is right on the water and you can see the boats actually coming to deliver the fresh fish and lobster!

Thank Caitlin O
Reviewed 6 February 2017

The crowds in line at this box of a restaurant located right on the edge of the Kennebunk River should alert you to the fact this is the best place for fried clams in the whole town. The clams served here are freshly prepared while...More

Thank Rick L
Reviewed 3 February 2017

A simple shack on the water with some covered bar-style seating adjacent--there's not much to look at considering the restaurant itself (but the waterfront views in the adjacent seating area are very tranquil). You don't visit The Clam Shack for a fine-dining experience, however, You...More

Thank Christopher M
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Been to the Clam Shack many times in my life since I'm a local; I've been going there for years because of one simple reason: the taste of the food. This is hands down the best seafood you'll have anywhere. Bar none. Clams are golden...More

Thank ninjabomber127
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
When will The Clam Shack close for the season this year?
24 September 2016|
Response from Paula C | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I have no idea you may want to call them or look at their web site
When will The Clam Shack open for the season this year?
15 February 2016|
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Response from mul8r | Reviewed this property |
I would bet so. I can't imagine that they are closing up shop.
Carly B
When does the Clam Shack close for the season? Are you open this weekend?
7 October 2015|
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Response from Rose Marie P | Reviewed this property |
Hi Carly, Sorry I was unable to answer you question! We don't visit this time of year. I am glad someone else answered your question, and I will know also. Next year go and visit early if possible, the town is lovely and a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043-7751
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Kennebunks  >  Kennebunk
  • Phone Number: +1 207-967-3321
  • E-mail