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Boston's Best Spots For New England Clam Chowder

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Clam chowder is a dish that is nearly synonymous with New England. Every restaurant has its own variation, and there are even drastic differences when you travel out of the region, such as Manhattan’s red chowder or Rhode Island chowder that comes with a clear broth. For the purpose of this article, the focus will be on the best places in Boston to order New England clam chowder – made with a thick cream- or milk-based broth and often with potatoes and onions.

Legal Sea Foods

Served at every presidential inauguration since 1981, Legal Sea Foods’ chowder had to be included on this list. What started as a Boston tradition, Legal Sea Foods now has restaurants in seven states and is adding more every year. The recipe includes plenty of littleneck clams, clam broth and fish stock, plus salt pork for an incredible marriage of flavors. Of course, you can always order it online and stock up.

Multiple Locations in Boston, MA, USA

Cup of Legal Sea Foods' Chowder| ©Breville USA/Flickr

Cup of Legal Sea Foods’ Chowder| © Breville USA/Flickr

The Daily Catch

The Daily Catch took home the sacred ‘Best of Boston’ title for clam chowder in 2015 thanks to their chunks of clam meat and potato that live in a creamy, flavorful broth. In place of traditional oyster crackers, they serve their chowder with a homemade biscuit. It makes for the perfect appetizer before enjoying the rest of their Italian-inspired seafood menu.

Multiple Locations in Boston, MA, USA


Island Creek Oyster Bar

Don’t let the name fool you – Island Creek Oyster Bar knows how to make a cup of chowder. The clams are hand-dug at their farm, meaning you get the freshest shellfish, and it’s served with their buttermilk biscuits and house-cured bacon. Head Chef Jeremy Sewall definitely puts a creative spin on his soup, giving you a creamy chowder that finishes bright and fresh.

Island Creek Oyster Bar, 

Ned Devine’s

You are probably wondering why there is an Irish pub on this list. But Ned Devine’s customers swear by this cup of chowder. Their chowder is a three-time award winner, and the flavorful broth is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Located in Faneuil Hall, it makes a great stop if you’re craving chowder in the area.

Ned Devine’s, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 248 8800


B & G Oysters

At Chef Barbara Lynch’s B & G Oysters, you get a chance to experience her interpretation of the modern-day oyster bar. Her South End restaurant also has a spectacular clam chowder. With a creamy recipe that includes the classic elements and grabs flavors from celery, leeks, and white wine, you can’t go wrong with this choice.

B & G Oysters, 550 Tremont St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 423 0550

James Hook and Company

James Hook and Company is a must-visit for a lobster roll in the summer, but next time you go, be sure to try their chowder. Their classic recipe has won them Boston Chowder Fest twice now, and you can order an 18-ounce container for only $7.99 on their website.

James Hook and Company, 15 Northern Ave, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 423 5501