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Ipswich Clambake Company

Ipswich , MA
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196 High Street
Ipswich, MA 01938 US (map)

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978-356-2050

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ABOUT US

The Ipswich Clambake Company has been catering professional picnics and events since 1976. Whether you’re looking for fresh local seafood from their Seafood Market, have a craving for... Read more
The Ipswich Clambake Company has been catering professional picnics and events since 1976. Whether you’re looking for fresh local seafood from their Seafood Market, have a craving for delicately fried Ipswich clams, or are planning a special catered event, their kitchens are fired up all year long to serve you delicious baked, fried and grilled creations… always homemade--always fresh! If you are planning a clambake, barbeque, wedding, corporate event, or special celebration, they are ready to provide you with innovative menus, stellar quality and service excellence.

Call 978-356-7201 or visit them at www.ipswichclambake.com. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Delivery
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, No Pork, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Which of the following items can you provide?
China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

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Jessica
Wedding:
7/11/2015
5.0/5.0
Hands down, best rehearsal dinner ever!! My husband and I wanted a casual backyard clambake so we hired Ipswich Clambake Company. They were extremely professional and fun to work with. They arrived right on time, just as we were running out the door to the rehearsal. When we came back, the grill was fired up, the tables were set and we were ready to party! The food was absolutely delicious! People went up for seconds and thirds!! They went above and beyond to accommodate children, vegetarians, and food allergies. They even packed up the leftovers for us and we ate them the very next day! I will definitely hire them the next time we host a clambake!!
Hands down, best rehearsal dinner ever!! My husband and I wanted a casual backyard clambake so we hired Ipswich Clambake Read more...
Hands down, best rehearsal dinner ever!! My husband and I wanted a casual backyard clambake so we hired Ipswich Clambake Company. They were extremely professional and fun to work with. They arrived right on time, just as we were running out the door to the rehearsal. When we came back, the grill was fired up, the tables were set and we were ready to party! The food was absolutely delicious! People went up for seconds and thirds!! They went above and beyond to accommodate children, vegetarians, and food allergies. They even packed up the leftovers for us and we ate them the very next day! I will definitely hire them the next time we host a clambake!! Read less
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ToBeMrsChesley
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
This vendor was perfect! We were looking for a low key buffet with excellent food and that is exactly what we got! They rolled with the punches and everyone was very personable.
This vendor was perfect! We were looking for a low key buffet with excellent food and that is exactly what we got! They Read more...
This vendor was perfect! We were looking for a low key buffet with excellent food and that is exactly what we got! They rolled with the punches and everyone was very personable. Read less
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Denise
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
We used Ipswich Clambake for the catering of our oceanfront rehearsal dinner at the Manchester Bath & tennis Club at Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. The food was delicious, the company took care of all setup/cleanup, and the staff was incredibly professional. Our guests enjoyed the authentic New England Clambake experience, and I would highly recommend using this company to anyone.
We used Ipswich Clambake for the catering of our oceanfront rehearsal dinner at the Manchester Bath & tennis Club at Read more...
We used Ipswich Clambake for the catering of our oceanfront rehearsal dinner at the Manchester Bath & tennis Club at Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. The food was delicious, the company took care of all setup/cleanup, and the staff was incredibly professional. Our guests enjoyed the authentic New England Clambake experience, and I would highly recommend using this company to anyone. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/28/2014
4.3/5.0
Taste of Food: We had clam chowder/steamed clams/blueberry-goat cheese salad as appetizers and lobster/marinated steak tips/marinated chicken/marinated grilled vegetables/potato salad and portabello sandwiches (vegetarian option) as our entrees. Overall, our guests absolutely loved the food! Everyone was raving about the lobster. I got a review from a couple foodie friends who said they really, really enjoyed the marinated steak tips (perhaps even more so than the lobster because the marinade was that good!).

Responsiveness: I chose Ipswich because the turnaround for e-mailing about food options and quotes was very prompt, and I needed that because we planned our wedding in 6 months and booked our caterer about 3.5 months before the wedding. Contact between our venue and the caterer was slower, but it also got a lot busier for them as we approached summertime. They touched base with the venue the week of the wedding though, and everyone seemed to be on the same page.

Quality of Service: The planning process was great-- I found everyone to be easy to work with, flexible, and helpful. However, the day after the wedding, I heard from one of our guests that one of the servers was somewhat inflexible about a simple request, most likely because of being stressed at the time. Overall, everyone else seemed to have a great experience.

Value: Compared to a few other lobster clambake caterers that I had checked out, Ipswich Clambake was unique for its great food for great value. Since the wedding industry can be so overpriced, I felt a lot more comfortable with our spending on food and felt that every cent was worthwhile.
Taste of Food: We had clam chowder/steamed clams/blueberry-goat cheese salad as appetizers and lobster/marinated steak Read more...
Taste of Food: We had clam chowder/steamed clams/blueberry-goat cheese salad as appetizers and lobster/marinated steak tips/marinated chicken/marinated grilled vegetables/potato salad and portabello sandwiches (vegetarian option) as our entrees. Overall, our guests absolutely loved the food! Everyone was raving about the lobster. I got a review from a couple foodie friends who said they really, really enjoyed the marinated steak tips (perhaps even more so than the lobster because the marinade was that good!).

Responsiveness: I chose Ipswich because the turnaround for e-mailing about food options and quotes was very prompt, and I needed that because we planned our wedding in 6 months and booked our caterer about 3.5 months before the wedding. Contact between our venue and the caterer was slower, but it also got a lot busier for them as we approached summertime. They touched base with the venue the week of the wedding though, and everyone seemed to be on the same page.

Quality of Service: The planning process was great-- I found everyone to be easy to work with, flexible, and helpful. However, the day after the wedding, I heard from one of our guests that one of the servers was somewhat inflexible about a simple request, most likely because of being stressed at the time. Overall, everyone else seemed to have a great experience.

Value: Compared to a few other lobster clambake caterers that I had checked out, Ipswich Clambake was unique for its great food for great value. Since the wedding industry can be so overpriced, I felt a lot more comfortable with our spending on food and felt that every cent was worthwhile. Read less
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Wedding:
6/1/2014
4.1/5.0
Read all the way to the end. We are still receiving compliments about the food at our wedding. Everyone said the clam chowder was delicious and the best they have had! We had buddy style chicken, beef, and vegetables.

Michelle, who no longer is with Ipswich Clambake, was professional and worked with us to help decide on a menu that made sense with our budget and type of reception we wanted.

My only issues were with service. All but one of our servers were so kind and polite.

We had to ask the waitstaff to bring the bridal party appetizers while our pictures were being taken and we didn't get all the options we had picked. When it was brought to their attention that the bridal party hadn't been served any appetizers, they brought food right away.

This is the BIGGEST issue I had.

From the very beginning, I had been saying that my aunt has many food allergies and that having a meal she could eat was the MOST IMPORTANT part of our meal even before mine. When it was her turn to go to the buffet, the server rudely told her that her specially prepared food was gone and that she should have come up earlier. She kindly told the gentleman she had waited with the other guests at her table until they were told it was their turn to go to the buffet. He said to her you snooze you lose. This was extremely upsetting to know one of the most important people at my wedding was insulted. Even more upsetting, is the fact that I had been reassured when I double-checked as they started to serve the food, that all she had to do was explain that she was there for her specialized meal. The other guests at the table she was sitting at were also told there were no more grilled vegetables for them. This buffet was not a self-serve, the catering staff served everyone their food so running out of food should not have happened.

If this hadn't happened I would recommend them to everyone, and probably still would but it really left a wonderful experience on a really bad note.
Read all the way to the end. We are still receiving compliments about the food at our wedding. Everyone said the clam Read more...
Read all the way to the end. We are still receiving compliments about the food at our wedding. Everyone said the clam chowder was delicious and the best they have had! We had buddy style chicken, beef, and vegetables.

Michelle, who no longer is with Ipswich Clambake, was professional and worked with us to help decide on a menu that made sense with our budget and type of reception we wanted.

My only issues were with service. All but one of our servers were so kind and polite.

We had to ask the waitstaff to bring the bridal party appetizers while our pictures were being taken and we didn't get all the options we had picked. When it was brought to their attention that the bridal party hadn't been served any appetizers, they brought food right away.

This is the BIGGEST issue I had.

From the very beginning, I had been saying that my aunt has many food allergies and that having a meal she could eat was the MOST IMPORTANT part of our meal even before mine. When it was her turn to go to the buffet, the server rudely told her that her specially prepared food was gone and that she should have come up earlier. She kindly told the gentleman she had waited with the other guests at her table until they were told it was their turn to go to the buffet. He said to her you snooze you lose. This was extremely upsetting to know one of the most important people at my wedding was insulted. Even more upsetting, is the fact that I had been reassured when I double-checked as they started to serve the food, that all she had to do was explain that she was there for her specialized meal. The other guests at the table she was sitting at were also told there were no more grilled vegetables for them. This buffet was not a self-serve, the catering staff served everyone their food so running out of food should not have happened.

If this hadn't happened I would recommend them to everyone, and probably still would but it really left a wonderful experience on a really bad note. Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Delicious and affordable! A clambake was a creative way to have have steak and lobster at my wedding within my tight budget. They bring their own grills and cooking stations which is fantastic for venues that don't have modern, industrial kitchens. They offer everything from linens to utensil options.

My guests loved the New England charm of having a clam bake at my wedding. It's also a nice change for them, since many of my guests attended several other weddings this summer.
Delicious and affordable! A clambake was a creative way to have have steak and lobster at my wedding within my tight Read more...
Delicious and affordable! A clambake was a creative way to have have steak and lobster at my wedding within my tight budget. They bring their own grills and cooking stations which is fantastic for venues that don't have modern, industrial kitchens. They offer everything from linens to utensil options.

My guests loved the New England charm of having a clam bake at my wedding. It's also a nice change for them, since many of my guests attended several other weddings this summer. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Michelle did such an awesome job with all the details of my wedding reception! I got so many compliments on the quality of the food and everyone throughly enjoyed the entire event! For most people it was their first clambake and they had so much fun! The food was excellent, service was superb and I only wish I had more leftovers that I could enjoy even longer! The only thing I would mention is they do have a busy season and it is a little difficult communicating with them during that time, but that is to be expected in the summer months.
Michelle did such an awesome job with all the details of my wedding reception! I got so many compliments on the quality of Read more...
Michelle did such an awesome job with all the details of my wedding reception! I got so many compliments on the quality of the food and everyone throughly enjoyed the entire event! For most people it was their first clambake and they had so much fun! The food was excellent, service was superb and I only wish I had more leftovers that I could enjoy even longer! The only thing I would mention is they do have a busy season and it is a little difficult communicating with them during that time, but that is to be expected in the summer months. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Ipswich Clambake Catering

Well 6 months after our wedding and I am still getting compliments on the food from our wedding. While I wish I could cook that way, the reward goes to Ipswich Clambake.
Not only was the food outstanding, but the service was phenomenal. Michelle, our catering manager always responded promptly. I also really liked how she was able to work within our budget and that there were many menu options. You can tell she had so much experience as she was able to give us some tips or lead us in the right direction and answer many questions I had. One characteristic that really stood out was trustworthiness. At one point my husband and I came up with the appetizer list and we had just put a bunch of different platters. I thought it was great that Michelle got back to us to let us know the amount of platters we were ordering was way more than we actually needed. She was willing to work with us and our site, and was very flexible.
Ipswich Clambake Catering

Well 6 months after our wedding and I am still getting compliments on the food from our Read more...
Ipswich Clambake Catering

Well 6 months after our wedding and I am still getting compliments on the food from our wedding. While I wish I could cook that way, the reward goes to Ipswich Clambake.
Not only was the food outstanding, but the service was phenomenal. Michelle, our catering manager always responded promptly. I also really liked how she was able to work within our budget and that there were many menu options. You can tell she had so much experience as she was able to give us some tips or lead us in the right direction and answer many questions I had. One characteristic that really stood out was trustworthiness. At one point my husband and I came up with the appetizer list and we had just put a bunch of different platters. I thought it was great that Michelle got back to us to let us know the amount of platters we were ordering was way more than we actually needed. She was willing to work with us and our site, and was very flexible. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Michelle and her staff were polite, helpful, professional, and friendly. They took care of things we never even thought of, such as lighting candles on the tables and opening bottles of wine, truly going above and beyond our expectations. The food was excellent quality and our guests enjoyed every bite. We would highly recommend Ipswich Clambake Company for superior service and delicious food.
Michelle and her staff were polite, helpful, professional, and friendly. They took care of things we never even thought Read more...
Michelle and her staff were polite, helpful, professional, and friendly. They took care of things we never even thought of, such as lighting candles on the tables and opening bottles of wine, truly going above and beyond our expectations. The food was excellent quality and our guests enjoyed every bite. We would highly recommend Ipswich Clambake Company for superior service and delicious food. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Michelle was incredibly helpful with everything leading up to our wedding. She took so much off our plates by making sure all other vendors knew what was expected of them and when it was expected. But all this is really secondary to the food, which was incredible. We wanted something a little less traditional for our wedding and went with the clambake that included lobster, steak tips, chicken, salad, sides, chowder, and fried clams. Everything was cooked perfectly - nothing overcooked! Professional without being stuffy. Unpretentious without sacrificing quality. IMO - Perfect.
Michelle was incredibly helpful with everything leading up to our wedding. She took so much off our plates by making sure Read more...
Michelle was incredibly helpful with everything leading up to our wedding. She took so much off our plates by making sure all other vendors knew what was expected of them and when it was expected. But all this is really secondary to the food, which was incredible. We wanted something a little less traditional for our wedding and went with the clambake that included lobster, steak tips, chicken, salad, sides, chowder, and fried clams. Everything was cooked perfectly - nothing overcooked! Professional without being stuffy. Unpretentious without sacrificing quality. IMO - Perfect. Read less
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