Best Clam Chowder In Boston

July 3, 2012 2:02 AM

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Clam chowder is one of the most popular dishes in Boston. You won’t find too much of the red stuff in Boston. The local chowder is white, made with cream or milk, chocked full of clams, potatoes and onions, with added flavors that can sometimes include bacon, sherry or other spices. Here are some of the best in Boston.

Legal Sea Foods

Multiple Locations

Whenever someone asks where they can find the best clam chowder, much like the cream in the dish, Legal Sea Foods makes its way to the top. While the restaurant has dozens of locations as far south as Florida, we recommend Long Wharf, where you can see the water. Legal has only been making its chowder since 1980, but it claims its chowder has been at every presidential inauguration since 1981. Fans say it’s the creaminess and abundance of clams that set it apart.

Anthem Kitchen + Bar

Faneuil Hall

The winner of the 2010 & 2012 Boston Chowderfest (not to mention runner up in 2011) was Anthem Kitchen + Bar. People who tried it out said it was very creamy with not a lot of clumps of clams or veggies.

Hyatt harborside Grill

Airport/East Boston

The runner up of the 2012 Boston Chowderfest is a bowl of thick, hearty, and creamy chowder that’s heavy on the clams. Aside from the chowder itself, the best part about enjoying the Hyatt’s clam chowder is the view of the Boston skyline from the outside deck.

Mr. Dooley’s Boston Tavern

Financial District

The runner up at the 2010 Chowderfest was Mr. Dooley’s Boston Tavern. People who tasted it made mention of the Canadian bacon that was used in the recipe. Folks who have ordered it from the restaurant note the large chunks of clams and potatoes. They also say an order of a bowl is pretty big and very filling.

Chart House


Win three times and you’re out of the competition. That’s what happened with The Chart House. They’ve appeared at the 2010 & 2011 Chowderfests as a member of the Hall Of Fame. People who have had the chowder at the restaurant on the waterfront have noted that it’s very creamy, not too salty and has a good mixture of potatoes and clams.

The Other Boston Chowderfest Hall of Famers:

Ned Devine’s Irish Pub: Winner in 2004, 2005, 2009

Captain Parker’s Pub: Winner in 2000, 2001, 2006

Mass Bay Company – Sheraton Boston Hotel & Towers: Winner in 1982, 1983, 1992

Turner Fisheries Bar & Restaurant – Westin Hotel: Winner in 1984, 1985, 1986

Where do you order up your favorite bowl? Add it to the comment section below.

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  • iu

    Sullivan’s at Castle Island. Great tasting chowder!

  • Ron

    Union Oyster House and Abe & Louie’s both have much better chowder than Legal.

  • Kevin Murphy

    The Black Rose has the best chowder in Boston by far.

  • John Teehan

    Yes the Black Rose is the best you are right Kevin I believe they use the same at the Purple Sham rock I could drink it it is so good

    • Brooks Lyman

      I use to work there….ITS AWESOME

  • Julie

    Corrib West Roxbury!

  • Tobi

    I grew up in Waterford, CT. My mother made clam chowder without any cream or milk, starting with salt pork sizzling in the pot. We did the clamming and she used the broth from opening up the clams. Absolutely delicious!

  • Kari

    Absolutely agree that the Corrib in West Roxbury has some of the best chowder around…

  • al4624

    CABBY SHACK!!!!! plymouth, ma

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  • Bobo

    Red Lobster

  • Fred

    Where can you find bad clam chowder? I’ve had it at several Gloucester restaurants and can’t remember any that were bad.

  • linda

    The best chowder ever was Mildred’s Chowder House in Hyannis. It’s been gone quite a while but I’ve never had anything like it anywhere. Rhode Island chowder is also good, clear broth rather than a heavy cream broth.

    • Mark Newell

      Cooke”s in Hyannis on Rt 132. BEST chowda on cape Cod!!

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