This is first and foremost, a fish market but they offer a limited buffet lunch between 12 and 2 that you serve yourself. I saw only one communal table that would seat about 6 people total. I was by myself so bought something from the buffet and ate it in my car. It was outstanding. There isn't a hint of fishy smell in the place. The fish and prepared dishes they sell for takeout looked like a gourmet magazine photo shoot. If you are in or near Ipswich I highly recommend making a point to go there at lunch time. If it isn't lunch time, pick up some food for your picnic at Crane's beach or on the lawn at Crane's castle. The location is not far from town's center but is in a residential area off the beaten path on Hayward St. You won't regret it. I'm convinced that the negative review listed here was written about a different restaurant. The writer describes having the food brought cold to his table, and the server being rude. At Ipswich Shellfish, you serve yourself, the food is not brought to you.....and there is no server.
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