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Boston's Top 7 Clam Chowder Spots for Crisp Winter Days

By Isabel Hochman | February 18, 2021 | Food & Drink

Clam chowder from Davio's

Colder months call for comfort, and with these top clam chowder picks, you’ll leave feeling sated.


Featured on the restaurant’s weekly Power Lunch menu, the New England clam chowder includes littleneck clams, fresh corn, potatoes and applewood smoked bacon. Pair it with a crispy chicken sandwich or blackened swordfish, and top off the meal with a sweet treat.

Eventide Fenway

New England meets Eastern cuisine with dishes like brown butter lobster rolls and pork belly buns. The restaurant’s clam chowder is no different. Made with potato, salt pork and saltines, the soup pairs perfectly with one of their Japanese beers.

Atlantic Fish Co.

Well known for its New England clam chowder, Atlantic Fish Company offers a wide variety of your favorite seafood dishes. Located in Back Bay, the venue has been serving award-winning chowder for more than a decade, which can be paired with wine from their carefully curated selection.

B & G Oysters

A neighborhood joint and high-end oyster bar is a great place to meet safely with friends for lunch. The menu boasts oysters from both coasts, an extensive wine list and cocktails. Order the clam chowder with flavor highlights of bacon lardon (it deepens the flavor). Looking for something to do afterward? Learn from one of the masters to shuck your own oysters in a private lesson that includes champagne.

The Red House Restaurant

Situated in a historic cottage, this restaurant gets ingredients from its own local farm. During these colder months, the restaurant team has developed a winter chalet ,where you can dine in a ventilated and heated winter patio. If you would like your clam chowder to go, The Red House offers a selection of New England clam chowder, New England lobster chowder and New England dairy-free chowder, batched daily.

Union Oyster House

As one of the oldest restaurants in America, Union Oyster House has perfected its seafood dishes and serves only the best. The resto’s celebrated clam chowder has been featured on Food Network and in Conde Nast Traveler, and is always in season. When you stop by, make sure to pick up some fresh seafood to pair with their world famous cocktail sauce.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Located in the bustling Financial District, this restaurant specializes in jazzing up your seafood favorites, from lobster and crab mac-and-cheese to seared New Bedford scallops. The clam chowder comes with smoked bacon, new potatoes and Westminster crackers. Pair the soup with a glass from Oceanaire’s award-winning wine selections.

Photography by: Courtesy of Davio's; by Kevin Lanceplaine on Unsplash