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Sam the Clam Pub & Grub

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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1303 Meriden Waterbury Tpke, Plantsville, Southington, CT 06479-2049
+1 860-621-0522
Today
11:00 - 01:00
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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105 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Grew up in CT and know what good seafood tastes like. I've also been all over New England and many tropical places and I know what GOOD, fresh fish tastes like. Sam the Clams is a dive bar and the atmosphere is casual and laid back. The service was OK but the food was just terrible. After wanting a good... More 

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Thank PoshPrincessTravel
Enfield, Connecticut
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here with my son after visiting micro-breweries in the area. Started with steamers. Whole belly clams lived up to their stellar reviews. My son couldn't finish all of the fish & chips. Good beer selection. Nice bar. Great atmosphere. We'll be back.

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Thank Michaelman73
New Britain, Connecticut
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99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

good food ,and always a bit eccentric .The staff is great ,and the fish is always good.Not a big fan of whole belly clams ,despite growing up on the cape ,but for fried food you cant get better in the area.

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Thank myleswoods
Zephyrhills, Florida
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65 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Ordered a seafood platter to go. It was excellent. We went to a local park and had a picnic. The whole belly clams were as good or better than any we've had. The portion was large enough for the two of us with some left over.

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Thank James R
South Florida, Florida
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78 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

If you can tolerate fried food, SAMs the place to try. Only place I can recommend for whole belly clams. Other fried options are good as well. They do supply a lot of French fries under your fried choice so it looks bigger than it really is. Good spot for a quick bit.

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Thank Jerry R
Hamden, CT
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Great place! Went for drinks and lunch after a day at little league baseball. Food was delicious! Outside deck was great to sit and enjoy it all.

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Thank Barbara1755
Newington, Connecticut
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

My husband had been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile so we headed there for lunch yesterday. Place was pretty packed for a Sunday. Seems like a popular spot for bikers traveling through the state. We didn't have alot of time so we decided to split a few appetizers. We started with the clam chowder which was rich and... More 

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Thank Natalie S
Southington, Connecticut
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102 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Food was decent. Very overpriced with small portions. Kind of a bar like atmosphere. Staff was friendly though.

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Thank CTCOP5542092827
Southington, Connecticut
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

If you are craving some if the very best fried clams whole belly or strips look no further. SAM's has outstanding clams. Located in Southington, Conn you don't even need to travel to the shoreline.

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Thank Joanne P
Nashville, Illinois
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89 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

While visiting our son, we had lunch at Sam the Clam and were not disappointed by the atmosphere, the amount of food, or the service. Try the lobster roll or seafood basket. Both were excellent.

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Thank Pat C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
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Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 01:00
Monday
11:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 01:00
Thursday
11:00 - 01:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1303 Meriden Waterbury Tpke, Plantsville, Southington, CT 06479-2049
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Southington  >  Plantsville
  • Phone Number: +1 860-621-0522

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