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272 Pequot Ave, New London, CT 06320-4619
+1 860-447-1301
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here by myself after shelling. Prices are fairly high, service quick. Small amount of scallops for the money.

Thank lmixter07
Stonington, Connecticut
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247 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great stop for lunch on a sunny afternoon; the menu is typical 'clam shack' fast food and is extensive. Prices are most reasonable and service is friendly and fast. Parking is available on the street and while there is often a line, it moves quite quickly. The long hot dogs are great, onion rings excellent and chowder... More 

Thank IP3806
Ledyard, Connecticut
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you live in New England you have to have a favorite clam shack. We've been going to Fred's Shanty in New London since we lived a few blocks away in the 1980s. We still go many times each season. It isn't fancy cuisine, but it is great clam shack faire. Our favorite is the cheese dog: a footlong with... More 

Thank Paul605
New London, Connecticut
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

first- this place is only open in the warmer months, but once it does open there is limited parking. We usually park on a side street and walk over. Whole belly clams are great, everything is fried or grilled and I think the fresh air makes it all taste better. See you there in May!

Thank tsrlmom
New London, CT
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I've always liked their fried clams and onion rings...together with a lemonade, feeling the breeze from the water.

Thank JoanNewLondon_CT
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Fred's has been in New London for so long, I do not remember it not being there. The Original Fred is no longer there, but it looks like he has his hand in things as it is as good as always. You do not go there to heat healthy food. You go to eat YUMMY food! The biggest thing that... More 

Thank Debra R
Worcester, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Good food and reasonable prices. Quick service and outdoor seating. I had a burger and fries. Great take out spot. Parking can be tough at peek hours.

Thank corcorans11
Vernon, Connecticut, United States
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Freds is right next to a marina on the Thames River in New London. It is a seasonal restaurant, with an order/pick up window and outside picnic table dining only. Great food, fresh seafood of all kinds as well as burgers and ice cream for the non-seafood lovers.

Thank Joan F
New London, Connecticut
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Every year I stop in for my favorite fish sandwich and fries. Fred's Shanty is a busy place in the summer, but living near by, I have the advantage of the spring and fall times that they are open. I believe they have the best fries around! Pequot Avenue offers a great drive, so stop at Fred's for scenery and... More 

Thank Hickyburn
Queensbury, New York
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We went to Fred's with a group of about 12. Seating is at picnic tables on each side of the restaurant, and we had no trouble finding seats. The food is fairly inexpensive ($8 for 4 chicken tenders, cole slaw and fries), and it is plentiful. Mine was good, but not outstanding. The place sits right on the water, so... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 272 Pequot Ave, New London, CT 06320-4619
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New London
  • Phone Number: +1 860-447-1301

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?