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Moulton's Restaurant & Seafood Market

I went to Moulton's Restaurant & Seafood Market today located at 178 Winthrop Street in Medford MA. I got a fisherman's platter (market price) to go. The fisherman's platter was $16.95 for fried clams, sea scallops, shrimp, fish, onion rings, fries and cole slaw. The fisherman's platter was fantastic. All of the seafood was fresh and not greasy. It was the first time I had ever gone to Moulton's. I drive by Moulton's all the time but never tried it until today. Moulton's has been in business since 1945. I will definately return to Moulton's for their excellent seafood dinners. Has anyone else tried Moulton's?

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  1. I haven't tried them yet. I tried to go once for lunch and they were closed - do you know what their hours are? I've heard great things about them and I am often in the Tufts area so I would love to try. oh, and do they have a website?

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    1. re: lypp

      I don't know what their hours are but you can call them at 781-396-6466. I also don't think that they have a website.

    2. yep, i've been there. nice neighborhood spot. darn good fried clams.

      1. We just went there for the first time on Good Friday after hearing so much about them from MeffaBabe. My husband had that Fisherman's platter, and I had the fried clams (yum!). The clam chowder was good too. I even liked their cole slaw, and I'm really picky about cole slaw. I think we'll go back tonight!

        1. I picked up a clam plate and a fish & scallop plate on the way home last week based on MeffaBabe's frequent plugs. I thought it was very good, and will definitely return. Is it my favorite? No. I think they're on par with Seafood Depot in West Medford Square (four blocks from my home), and I slightly favor Kelly's Roast Beef. All three, though, fall just short of a drive up to the Clam Box or Woodman's (haven't tried Farnham's yet). But Medford sure is a lot closer to home.


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          1. re: BJK

            The scallops I had yesterday from Moulton's were in my opinion better than the scallops at Kelly's Roast Beef. They were big sea scallops and very fresh. The scallops at Kelly's Roast Beef are smaller. I also got an order of clam chowder at Moulton's. The clam chowder was very good and better than the clam chowder I had at Kelly's Roast Beef in Saugus. Last week I went to the Clam Box in Ipswich and had a fisherman's platter. You really can't compare Moulton's to the Clam Box. Moulton's is much closer to me than the Clam Box and cheaper.

            1. re: buffet king

              Its about time people are starting to try Moultons Seafood! I am so happy others are starting to see why I rave about it so much. They are not open on Sundays or Mondays and only serve until 7 or 8 pm and no they don't have a website. You can also get some of the best FRESH fish to take home and prepare yourself... I still say they have the best fish around...

          2. I'm not a big fan of Moulton's. There seafood is of good quality, but the breading on the fried items is too sweet and heavy. It reminds me of supermarket frozen clam strips. I like a lighter fry. Seafood Depot in West Medford has a good batter.

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            1. re: pamalamb

              That's a good description. I, too, found the breading a bit sweet. Very good nonetheless, but still not my favorite.


            2. Interesting, so far my wife and her friend Ann have tried to go on two occasions and both times were turned away. The first time was right after the Globe review and were told they were out of food. They were there again tonight and told they didn't have enough staff and would have to wait 45 minutes or more before they could be seated. I think we're about to give up on this place. Maybe we'll try lunch some day but so far dinner has been a bust

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              1. re: jeff Turton

                It sounds like Moulton's needs to buy more seafood in order to accomodate it's customers. If the dining room is getting busier than they should hire more staff. Maybe alot of people read the Globe article and that has brought in more customers. The food is definately delicious but I wouldn't wait 45 minutes or more for a table. Try Moultons for lunch. You can eat in the dining room or get take out. When I went for lunch we(party of 3) were the only customers eating in the dining room. We saw several customers getting take out while we waited for our food. Don't give up on Moultons.

                1. re: buffet king

                  I went to Moulton's tonight for dinner. We arrived a little after 5:30pm and the dining room was half full. I got the fishermens platter ($16.95) with rice pilaf. The food was again very fresh and good. Around 6pm the restaurant was packed. I asked the waiter if business has picked up due to the Globe article. He stated that alot of customers are coming in due to the article. More than they expected. The dining room was full to capacity and customers were waiting for open tables. Some diners were eating in the bar area. I saw plenty of customers getting take out. There were two waiters and a cashier working tonight plus the cook staff. Moulton's definately needs to hire more waiters and cook staff. When I was walking out there were customers waiting near the bar area and more customers were arriving. My only advice is the get there early, go for lunch or order take out.

                  1. re: buffet king

                    Can you get a drink at the bar without food while you wait or does Medford have one of those quirky liquor laws where you can't get a drink without food?

                    I have bought fresh fish at Moulton's for many years and have never had a problem, even after it changed hands, but I haven't eaten there in a very long time. Not sure why, will have to go back.

                    1. re: pemma

                      Moulton's only serves beer & wine. They don't have a full liquor license. I'm not sure if you can only order a drink at the bar without food. I don't know the liquor laws.

              2. I have been fortunate to have eaten at Moulton's many times. The food is always excellent, fresh and light, never greasy or heavy. They know how to prepare seafood properly, thereby preserving the natural flavors, not overwhelming them. Portions are always generous, and the food is served piping hot. There are additional options for the non seafood crowd as well. Grilled items are equally delicious.
                This establishment is family owned and run. In the past few years they have struggled to keep their heads above water financially. Those years were sometimes lean, and many times the weekday crowds were thin. Suddenly, and seemingly overnite, their culinary talents have been discovered and people are starting to flock in, no matter what the night.
                New staffing additions are iminent. Sometimes we must learn to be patient in order to get the very best. Moulton's standards demand that you receive no less.
                I heartily recommend this wonderful gem. Enjoy!!

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                1. re: Big Jim D.

                  We've been to Moulton's twice and loved both meals. I had broiled scallops both times ($13.95) and my husband had swordfish once and shrimp and pasta the second time. Everything was excellent. Even the coleslaw. And the waitstaff is as nice as can be. Both times we've gone after 8 pm so the crowds were light. I can't say enough good things about this place.

                2. We went to Moulton's again tonight and the food was great as usual. We've probably been there 4 times now, and it's been consistently very good. My husband always gets the two choice platter and my one-year-old even ate the fish eagerly (budding chowhound). I usually get the clam dinner or the clam roll - which is huge - but tonight I got the lobster roll and it was just the way I like it. Tons of lobster, very lightly dressed with mayo, nothing else, just on a split top bun. Very affordable too - I can't remember how much the lobster roll was, but for three beers, two clam chowders, the 2-choice entree and the lobster roll it was $52 before tip. We've never had any trouble getting in on a Friday night, but we usually get there around 6:20 or so. It starts to fill up after that.