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The Happy Clam

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1017 Sophia St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3809
+1 540-899-0140
11:00 - 21:00
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Myersville, Maryland
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

They were getting ready to close, but I was starving for some seafood, and my server was so, so, so pleasant! I sat outside (you can kind of see the Rappahannock from the tables) and she brought out a HUGE plate of scallops, shrimp and something other stuff which I can't remember because all I can do is think about... More 

Thank BassSherpa
Spotsylvania, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Thought the food was good. Really liked the crab dip with bread! Fried tended to be better than broiled which needed a couple of more minutes. Sides were plentiful, especially the steak fries. Reminded me of many casual fish restaurants at the beach. Too cold & rainy to eat outside which is ok since parking lot was too close. Everyone... More 

Thank Steve G
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We live downtown and frequent most of the better restaurants and spread the word among our friends. Husband and I ate here Saturday night and wow, how could we have overlooked this place for so long? The stuffed flounder, greens and hushpuppies are fantastic. Steamed shrimp were very fresh and the portions of flounder stuffed with crab, generous. Reminds me... More 

Thank Farrenmerele
Stafford, Virginia
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

This is NOT your average breaded seafood outlet. Happy Clam has the absolute best seafood to offer, prepared in a way that could NOT be better. The Happy Clam menu is worth your wallet!

Thank Patrick G
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120 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Came here for for lunch on a March Wednesday. Only 8 other diners in the room at 12:30. Let's be honest - this is a dive - there is no ambiance whatsoever unless you are partial to painted concrete block walls, cheap tables & chairs, and a few faded posters on the walls. The menu was not long - mostly... More 

Thank ThadZer
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Unplanned stop for dinner turned out pretty dang good! Crab dip was amazing with fresh bread, fried clams were tasty and fresh, steamed shrimp were large and very delish. Fresh fish of the day was rockfish and it was a very large piece and seasoned just right. Very good! Don't get the steamed muscles, just wasn't that great compared to... More 

Thank Mominrichmond
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Cute little place right on the river. Typical seafood options in a casual, laid back vibe plus outdoor seating which is just what you need on a nice summer day. Really really good crab cakes!

1 Thank sav379
Washington, DC
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55 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

If you don't mind the roadside decor, this is a great place for fresh seafood and good desserts. The crab cakes are excellent and the coleslaw and potato salad are great. Very relaxed atmosphere and nice staff.

Thank Christopher P
King George, Virginia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 17 December 2016

It used to be very good place to eat however, it changed ownership. With that the price of food went up. Quality seemed okay but missing original ambiance

Thank jcbell542016
Liverpool, New York
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72 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

After visiting Fredericksburg all day we were in search of seafood. This was just what we're looking for. It offers fresh seafood to take out and a sit down area to eat on the premises. The server gave us the specials and we ordered the seafood platter to split between us. A large plate of a lightly breaded selection of... More 

1 Thank jbor

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1017 Sophia St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3809
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fredericksburg
  • Phone Number: +1 540-899-0140

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