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Clam Bar: Great Seafood & Great People

Clam Bar: Great Seafood & Great People

If you live in Central New York, your best seafood bet is the Clam Bar in North Syracuse. As their slogan says, “After one bite, you will be back again and again.” For over 20 years, Clam Bar has been one of the most popular restaurants in Syracuse.

The Bertsch family started the Clam Bar in 1991, and the bar grew a fan base through word of mouth and fantastic food. Clam Bar has won the “Best Seafood” award from Table Hopping multiple times. The servers and the owner are friendly and welcoming. As you dine, they like to sit down and talk with you about local events while making sure you’re enjoying your food. This is definitely a place you can have dinner with your family and also watch a game with your buddies

Clam Bar offers a variety of fresh seafood items. You’ll find crab cakes, King Crabs, Blue Crab Stuffed Sole, and of course, clams. Not a seafood lover? They also have amazing wings, burgers and steak sure to satisfy any carnivore.

“I come here after the Games… I would bring all of my friends here,” said Pearl Washington.

One of Clam Bar’s regulars is a Dewayne “Pearl” Washington, a former Syracuse University basketball player and a good friend of Ed Nyce, one of the owners of the Clam Bar. Pearl usually eats at Clam Bar with friends after SU home games.
Like Pearl, many of Clam Bar’s regulars are locals. But Clam Bar’s location near Syracuse Hancock International Airport brings in quite a few out-of-towners.

Clam Bar is a part of Syracuse culture because of its strong relationship with the community, something Nyce appreciates. “It’s truly is a place where the food is great, but our guests are what make this place so special,” he said.

If you’re in Syracuse and looking for a good seafood restaurant, don’t pass up Clam Bar. The food as just as good as the great people who own it.

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