Rhode Island's best clams? Evelyn's Drive-In!

Tiverton seafood shack takes top honors

Steamers, stuffed quahogs, whole bellies and littlenecks. Clam strips, clam cakes and clam chowder (Manhattan, New England, Rhode Island). Rhode Island loves their clams, whether served on a seaside picnic table from a relaxed clam shack or from the kitchen of a fine dining establishment in cities like Providence or Newport.

  • Evelyn's Drive-In
    Tiverton

    Evelyn’s Drive-In has been serving local Rhode Island seafood for over four decades at their relaxed waterside setting in Tiverton. Choose from tender fried clam strips or whole bellied clams, littlenecks in a spicy garlic sauce, stuffed local quahogs, buttery Rhode Island chowder or New England clam chowder, and crispy clam cakes.
    Photo courtesy of Evelyn's Drive-In

  • Dune Brothers Seafood
    Providence

    Dune Brothers focuses on local, sustainable seafood with their menu that changes daily. Clams often make an appearance as clam cakes made with Rhode Island quahogs or creamy chowder made with Rhode Island littlenecks.
    Photo courtesy of Dune Brothers Seafood

  • Brick Alley Pub
    Newport

    Diners hungry for clams have several options at Brick Alley Pub, including clams casino made with littleneck clams, bacon, garlic butter and bread crumbs, as well as Newport clam chowder, Portuguese littleneck clams, steamers and baked stuffed clams. Wash your clam of choice down with one of over 25 beers on tap.
    Photo courtesy of Brick Alley Pub

  • Rhode Island Shellfish Company
    Warren

    The menu at Rhode Island Shellfish Company is a celebration of the local Rhode Island quahog. Stuffies are a signature item, but diners can also get quahog Rhode Island-style chowder and clams casino.
    Photo courtesy of Rhode Island Shellfish Company

  • Statesman Tavern
    Bristol

    Smoky flavors permeate the clam offerings at the Statesman Tavern, from the smoked clam chowder with sweet potatoes, bacon and fried brioche to clams and mussels with bacon, garlic, miso, shallot and a baguette. The Fisherman’s Stew also features clams, along with swordfish, cod, mussels and a smoked paprika rouille.
    Photo courtesy of Statesman Tavern / Facebook

  • Rocky Point Clam Shack
    Warwick

    Deep-fried clams, fried whole bellies, clam cakes and three types of clam chowder all feature on the seafood centric menu at Rocky Point Clam Shack.
    Photo courtesy of Rocky Point Clam Shack

  • Blount Clam Shack
    Warren

    The seasonal Blount Clam Shack is a popular warm weather spot to tuck into fresh seafood while watching the boats drift by. The clam cakes come with a house-made sauce, while the stuffed quahogs feature chorizo or scallop, shrimp and lobster. Red and New England clam chowder, whole belly clam rolls and fried clam strips also make an appearance on the menu.
    Photo courtesy of Blount Clam Shack / Facebook

  • Aunt Carrie's Seafood Restaurant
    Narragansett

    Family owned and operated for almost a century, Aunt Carrie’s serves a range of Rhode Island seafood, including steamers, fresh-shucked and fried whole belly clams, fried clam strips, made-from-scratch clam fritters, stuffed quahogs and clam chowder.
    Photo courtesy of Aunt Carrie's Seafood Restaurant / Facebook

  • Monahan's Clam Shack & Restaurant
    Narragansett

    Situated on the Narragansett waterfront, Monahan’s Clam Shack serves tender fried clam strips, stuffed quahogs with a creamy buffalo sauce, fresh fried whole bellies, clam cakes and clam chowder (New England, Manhattan and Rhode Island styles).
    Photo courtesy of Monahan's Clam Shack & Restaurant / Facebook

  • Iggy's Doughboys & Chowder House
    Narraganett

    Clam options are plentiful at Iggy's Doughboys & Chowder House. Order some clam cakes with a cup of Manhattan, New England or Rhode Island clam chowder, get clams fried whole or in strips plain or on a roll, or enjoy a Rhode Island classic–a stuffed quahog.
    Photo courtesy of Iggy's Doughboys & Chowder House / Facebook

The top 10 winners in the category Best Clams in Rhode Island are as follows:

  1. Evelyn's Drive-In - Tiverton
  2. Dune Brothers Seafood - Providence
  3. Brick Alley Pub - Newport
  4. Rhode Island Shellfish Company - Warren
  5. Statesman Tavern - Bristol
  6. Rocky Point Clam Shack - Warwick
  7. Blount Clam Shack - Warren
  8. Aunt Carrie's Seafood Restaurant - Narragansett
  9. Monahan's Clam Shack & Restaurant - Narragansett
  10. Iggy's Doughboys & Chowder House - Narragansett

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Linda Beaulieu (The Grapevine Guide to Rhode Island's Best Restaurants), David Dadekian (eatdrinkri.com) and Paula Silva (Rhode Island Red Food Tours) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the state food scene.

Congratulations to all these winning seafood restaurants!

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