For an unforgettable shellfish shindig without all the work, we’ve scouted out the best purveyor’s of the traditional clambake.

By Mike Urban
March 07, 2017
The makings of a delicious feast by Foster’s Clambakes and Catering
Photo: Courtesy of Foster’s Clambakes and Catering

Putting together a traditional New England clambake is a lot of work. Too much work, some might think. So it often makes sense to hire a clambake caterer to do the job for you. There are plenty of great outfits ready and willing to make your clambake a success—from bringing all the fixings and building the fire pit (or other heating source) to serving up heaping helpings of perfectly steamed seafood, potatoes, and corn. Here, some of the best clambake purveyors to consider:

Woodman’s, Essex MA. This famous seafood shack—which claims to have invented the fried clam—also does clambakes. In fact, they bring the real-deal experience right to your door with a truck that cooks a feast of chowder, sides, and, of course, loads of steamed shellfish; 800-649-1773.

Clambake Catering, San Diego, CA. This southern California outfit does it all—from providing buffet tables to lobster crackers to perfectly steamed seafood for any size party. Yes, bibs are included; 858-220-9247.

Flanders Fish Market, East Lyme, CT. Your best bet for a catered clambake in southern New England is this delightful fish market and restaurant. Their “Cappy’s Clambake” features clear or creamy chowder, lobster, barbecued chicken breasts, corn, potato salad, and coleslaw; 860-739-8866.

Related: How to Prepare Clams

Sam’s Chowdermobile, El Granada, CA. This Bay-area purveyor operates from a food truck and serves up a feast of chowder, Maine lobsters, clams, corn, red potatoes, and sausage, all prepared in a steam box over hot coals; 650-712-1766.

Foster’s Clambakes and Catering, York Harbor, ME. A Foster’s clambake (pictured above) features steamed clams and mussels, creamy clam chowder, lobsters, corn, red bliss potatoes, and blueberry crumb cake. Foster’s will come to you, or you can host a clambake at Foster’s beautiful pavilion; 800-552-0242.

Don’t Live in Clambake Territory?
If these caterers are too far away, try ordering your clambake online from the Lobster Guy. You can get an authentic Maine lobster clambake dinner (for 2 to 6 persons) delivered overnight to anywhere in the country; 866-788-0004.