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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
American, Seafood
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed November 5, 2021 via mobile

I get every few weeks the fried clam appetizer. Well lady night I got it to go. As is what I mostly do. The poor little clams were fried to death, overcooked. Deep brown in color and even had hubs try to confirm. I wish...I had gone in to eat them ad I would have sent them back. $29 for an app that isn't cooked well is a sin in my estimation. Very disappointed. The bread pudding desert I ordered as well was burned on top, it couldn't be eaten. For the prices they better Amp it up!More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed October 27, 2021

little hostess man was so rude with so much attitude, and then told us to go to moonstone instead so I guess everyone take his advice and go to moonstone!!!! better food and service there anyways!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 11, 2021 via mobile

We stopped in just to grab a few appetizers and drinks and boy am I glad we decided to do so. We did not have reservations so we sat at the bar which was fine by us. Eat, drink and watch the Sox in the...middle of a playoff run-what is better than that??? I will answer-the food was absolutely delicious and made it even better. For starters we had a half dozen oysters which were delicious, a great starter. I wanted a cup of Chowder but they were out (we got there late) so I went with the Shrimp cocktail. The shrimp were colossal and served with a spicy cocktail sauce! Awesome!!! To finish it off we had some grilled scallops with rice and asparagus and this just topped it all off. The scallops were cooked perfectly and the asparagus was cooked perfectly as well. Overall, we loved our meal and would definitely come back again!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed August 28, 2021

Located in downtown Chelmsford is one of the best seafood restaurants that I have visited. Offering indoor seating and patio seating if preferred, Fishbones has never disappointed as the staff is friendly and efficient, the bar and wine list are always top notch and the...food is fresh and prepared well. You can order your choice of seafood, prepared the way that you like it (broiled, fried, grilled,) or go with one of the entrees that had been planned. My favorite is the Mediterranean pasta. Fettucine with lobster, scallop, shrimp tossed in a white wine Greek style (Feta, olives)...absolutely amazing - get a cold glass of the Sancerre and you will be in for a treat. Whatever you get you will have a great meal in a nice locationMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 6, 2021

I ordered takeout,Fried Scallops wait a half hour plus.Had a beer while waiting.In front a full bar of customers the Bar manager refused me service.Loud and Nasty in frot of these customers.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed July 20, 2021 via mobile

Great food and service! Had the New England Clam chowder and lazy lobster. Quite atmosphere inside and out. Worth going to try it out.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed June 21, 2021

So we actually did not have a good experience here over the weekend. We had originally intended to stay for a full meal, but changed plans and went elsewhere after the appetizers. We ordered the mussels and a dozen raw oysters. Mussels were not good,...not sure how else to describe them other than "raisen-like". The meat of the shellfish was dry and wrinkly, not sure if re-heated, over cooked to an extreme... it was just bad. The oysters actually came out all still on the shell. They were opened... and that was it! We had to send them back to be shucked properly, since it was not possible to actually eat them. When they came back, all of them had chips of shell in it and the double-shucking ended up removing all of the natural juices that they had. It was honestly an odd experience and we called it quits before investing more money with them. Our waitress was great, but the food absolutely was not, and we will not be returning to this restaurant again.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 3, 2021

Fishbones is unassuming, but has amazing seafood dishes - something for everyone, We loved our meal, and everything we saw being brought out to other tables looked great too.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed May 21, 2021 via mobile

My gfs &I went after work, on Friday with a 6pm reservation. Seated promptly in a full house, both indoor & outdoor dining available. Shared 4 appetizers, stars being the fried whole bellies & steamers. Clams with larger bellies & lovely light breading, close to...perfection. What was perfection were steamers served with clear broth/butter. Had a spicy lobster saute, relatively new to menu per wait staff. I had to try it & although is was good, it was not my jam. I'm a purist who had to try something different, silly me. My gf had the seafood saute & stated it was bland. Steak was ordered & served rare, very nice. No sweets tonite but have enjoyed on previous visits. Waitstaff was very good. As someone who grew up on seafood I'm surprised there aren't more "seafood houses" around here but I'm thankful for Fishbones.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed March 18, 2021 via mobile

Visiting in Chelmsford from out of state. I order food to go. Got to restaurant and tried to check in via texted link. I could not get it to work. Called and let it ring forever and no answer. Finally donned my mask and walked...in. Staff was rude because I came into their environment. Told me to sit and wait but I didn’t want to stay inside so opted to sit in my car. Food was brought out within a minute and dropped-literally- beside our car on the parking lot. No knock on the window or “here you go” or “thank you”. Just dropped and gone. It was over $100 worth of food and when we got home we were missing sides. For that amount of money I expect a lot better service than was provided. Doubt we’ll go back there.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Nancy W
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Response from schwartzfam | Reviewed this property |
I don’t believe they have a delivery service.
Spence T
August 5, 2018|
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Response from Rick E | Reviewed this property |
I did not notice. Please call the restaurant.
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Response from lkis229 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other person who answered. Download the menu but if I remember correctly, you can get gluten free items. The restaurant is fabulous and should give it a try.
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Yes, Fishbones offers takeaway services.

Fishbones is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4