Boston Area’s Best Lobster Shacks

June 13, 2012 11:00 AM

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June 15th is National Lobster Day. And what better way to celebrate? When people think of New England food, lobster and other seafoods usually top the list. Fresh fish and shellfish come into the docks each day, and make their way to local restaurants. For the seafood fans among you, we rounded up some of the area’s favorite lobster shacks.
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Route 133/Main Street
978-768-6057; 800/649-1773

In 1914 “Chubby” and Bessie Woodman opened a roadside clam shack in Essex. The restaurant claims to have invented the fried clam in 1916. Since then it has grown, and five generations later it’s known to people throughout the region as a go-to for lobsters and fried seafood. Woodman’s is open year-round.

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Lobster Pool

329 Granite Street/Route 127

The Lobster Pool was founded in 1954, and in 1997 the Tedesco family bought it and still runs it. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining and is a self-service dining room with no tipping. The Lobster Pool is on the shore in Folly Cove.

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Lobster Claw

42 Cranberry Highway (Route 6A)

The Lobster Claw has been around for more than 40 years, and has been voted the Best Family Restaurant by Cape Cod Life for several years. There’s a 30-foot boat that serves as the bar, and the restaurant is open seven days a week.

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Sandy’s on Plymouth Beach

132 Warren Ave
Sandy’s On Facebook

Sandy’s name doesn’t lie; it is in fact, right on the beach. Customers say they continue to go back year after year and everything served is always fresh. It’s a seasonal place with an open air dining room. It’s suggested that you call ahead to make sure they’re open.

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Belle Isle Lobster and Seafood

1267 Saratoga St
East Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-1619

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Other places spend time and money on atmosphere, this no-frills takeout joint focuses on making the biggest and best lobster roll you could dream up. To call Bell Isle a “shack” may be overstating the décor, but it’s hard not to understate just how delicious this food is.

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James Hook & Co.

15 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 423-5500

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For nearly a century, the James Hook family has built up a stellar reputation. There’s a reason this landmark has been able to survive the Great Depression, this decade’s recession, the Big Dig, and a devastating 2008 fire.

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Summer Shack

Many locations (Dedham, Boston, Cambridge, Hingham, Mohegan Sun)

Jasper White opened his first Summer Shack location in 2000 after having worked for years in fine dining. The move surprised many, but his place became instantly popular and he continued to open more locations. The Boston location has become popular to Red Sox fans headed to Fenway for a game – or even on non-game days.

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  • Katy Welch

    Check out the Green Harbor Lobster Pound in Marshfield. Cannot be beat!!

  • Petetm

    Summer Shack is the worst. Went there once, hated it, gave it another chance and guess what, it still sucked. Bad food and high prices are a terrible combination.

  • Petetm

    Personally I’d rather make the drive and go to Brown’s in Seabrook NH.

    • Sherry Smith

      I do the same. Can’t beat their lobster and the fact you can bring your own side dishes, beer, etc. Love the location on the water.

  • paul

    eastwind in buzzards bay….pretty good clams, and fried scallops….
    very dissapointed in the clam box in ipswich

    • Mark

      Paul has no idea about fried clams.I am a Ipswich native and have had clams everywhere.The clam box is the only place that takes in native Ipswich clams everyday from local clam diggers,I should know as I was a digger and sold my clams to the clam box.

      • Sherry Smith

        Absolutely, Mark. Like you, I’ve been everywhere and only make the pilgrimage to the Clam Box. It’s amazing, and worthy of the long lines in the summer.

  • Brenda

    Sandys at Plymouth Beach is the best and a great view we go back every summer.Great food with a super view dress informal.Good service all the time.We love it!

  • Sherry Smith

    In Seabrook, either Brown’s or Markeys. Most people are devotees of either one or the other. I’m a Brown’s fan. Both are on a marshy inlet so you get a true seaside feel — becase you are. The lobsters are fresh and delicious and you can pick your sizes. Brown’s is huge and has picnic table seating and they welcome families and groups celebrating. You are free to bring your own beer/alcohol, decorations for your table, side dishes — just not the soda and the sides that they sell, please.
    Staff is great and they move the food along quickly. Non-lobster folks can choose from the traditional fried fare, rolls, etc.

  • ann

    there i a clam place shacks in Ipswitch mass on route 1A
    going noth to plum island .
    they got good clams and good food they been thee for long time

  • P

    I guess I’d have to eat everywhere before I could say what the best was

  • JL

    Farnham’s in Essex, MA has great fired clams and seafood plates!

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