5 Popular Clam Bars You Need to Hit Before the End of Summer

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Written by Naomi Sakovics

Published on June 17, 2022
Photo courtesy of Remington Tavern and Seafood Exchange

Buffalo may not be next to an ocean, but we can still enjoy excellent clam bars. Our area boasts a handful of places to score some delicious clams. Whether you like to slurp them from the half-shell or eat them crispy from the fryer, this list has got you covered. Now is the time to make the most of the season by enjoying a meal — or two or three — that is quintessentially, and oh-so-perfectly, summer. 

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Photo courtesy of Marotto’s

1. Marotto’s Restaurant

3365 Delaware Ave., Kenmore  / 716-873-0551 / Website

Marotto’s Clam Bar is open May 1st through Labor Day. They feature a super cute, weathered, oceanside-looking shack in front of their restaurant with stools where you can sidle up to the window or sit and one of the few picnic tables. There, you can feast on all things clams, to include clams on the half shell, oysters Rockefeller, steamed clams, fried clams, hot clam bisque, clams casino and shrimp cocktails.

Photo courtesy of Old Man River

2. Old Man River

375 Niagara St., Tonawanda  / 716-693-5558 / Website

The beautiful thing about this spot is that you can enjoy the breeze coming off the Niagara River while eating your clams, as it’s located right across from Niawanda Park. The open-air restaurant features plenty of outdoor seating right in front of the “Seafood Shack” located in the back of the eatery. You can order clams any way you like: raw, steamed or casino, as well as mussels, shrimp, calamari, fish fry and crab cakes. Basically, if you want casual seafood, this place has got you covered. Sides include salt potatoes, corn on the cob, baked beans and coleslaw. 


3. Steve’s Clam Bar

1488 Hertel Ave., Buffalo / 716-838-4650 / Website

Steve’s Clam Bar is a hidden gem located at 1488 Hertel Ave. on the corner of Sterling Ave. This tiny, cash-only establishment offers a simple menu highlighting clams. This includes clams raw, steamed, casino or “Cajun casino.” They also serve oysters raw, steamed or Rockefeller. Additionally, you can also order crab legs (snow, king or dungeness), mussels, lobster and seafood cocktails. Heat lovers, rejoice: They make their own hot sauce with marinated peppers sourced from around the world. They caution: “Full flavor and full throttle.”

Photo courtesy of Remington Tavern

4. Remington Tavern and Seafood Exchange

184 Sweeney St., Tonawanda / 716-362-2802 / More Info

Remington Tavern is an exceptional spot to go for a nice occasion, but if you love clams and oysters, that’s reason enough to check out this place. It’s earned a reputation for terrific seafood and shellfish, but IMO they do plenty more precisely right. They feature a killer raw bar offering oysters shucked to order and clams, along with housemate cocktail sauce and freshly grated horseradish.

5. Boston Hotel’s Steak & Crab

5555 Genesee St Lancaster New York 14086 / 716-681-6938 / More Info

Boston Hotel’s Steak and Crab offers a variety of clams and oysters to choose from including fresh clams, clams casino, baked oysters, Captain Jack’s oysters, and more!

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This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Naomi Sakovics</a>

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