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272 Pequot Ave, New London, CT 06320-4619
+1 860-447-1301
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New London, Connecticut
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 

Thank ms_mary58
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

I eat here a few times every summer for the past several years. A little overpriced in my opinion but would still recommend stopping here. Outside seating only here so plan accordingly. Service is what you would expect from this type of eatery. Food is always hot, fresh ans cooked to order. Try it out !

Thank ScottConnecticut
Fairland, Oklahoma, United States
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269 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We found this little hole in the wall mom and pop shop just driving the area. It was the best seafood that we have had here in New England. The price point was inexpensive for the products. Excellent value and taste! Really glad we stopped. Clam strip dinner and lobster roll.

Thank Kelly B
Hebron, Connecticut
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

A great place for a good clam roll (strips) and onion rings. Crispy, fresh and great taste. Nice outside seating overlooking Thames River. Best time to go is in off hours, otherwise plan to wait in line.Open for lunch and dinner from March until late October. "Famous since 1972".


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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
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Kids
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?