We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices


Old Town
Seafood, Fast food, British, Scottish
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
148 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, Scotland
+44 131 225 4338
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

203 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 175: English reviews
Colchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every time we visit Edinburgh, we always make sure we visit the Clamshell. Foor is always hot and well cooked. As for the staff, always friendly and polite. Last weekend we drove from Dunoon to Edinburgh for a haggis supper. Mad or what?

Thank Iain J
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Poor service, inedible raw food and when we complained they said that's just how the food was! Despite both the sausages and chips were inedible the rude staff reluctantly refunded the sausages as the chips were 'fresh'. We waited a considerable amount of time for our undercook, unpleasant food only to be told it's fine. Would not go back and... More 

Thank Cal H
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
62 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

was told to come here and try the deep fried mars bar it was better than expected had the usual fish and chips which was as expected you cant really mess up fish and chips in my opinion

Thank ilike2travelandeat
Level Contributor
23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very tasty however a little expensive for what it is. The fish is delicious and not greasy and the chips are home made.

Thank kennyh007
Orpington, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This place has really gone down hill. It used to be really great when first opened. I ordered a haggis pie and chips at 4.90 which in my opinion was quiet expensive. When I received it. I ended up with a haggis sausage some chips which were soggy. Nor worth the money

1 Thank NorthernLass278
Level Contributor
111 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

I came here because this was the only place I found which sold deep friend mars bars. The place is very small but was filled with other people so I appreciated it's popularity. The staff seemed a bit fed up and weren't overly friendly to customers. The deep fried mars bar was delicious though.

Thank Sophie B
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Never ever try a hamburger here. The 'meat' has never actually seen meat, for sure.. Ridicolous for the price. Fish and chips was fine, but overall very long wait, high prices.

Thank kitt081
Geneva, Switzerland
Level Contributor
169 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

My friends and I did it ! We had a deep fried Mars bar from the ClamShell and it was delicious. The staff is friendly.

Thank bigcop73
Level Contributor
53 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

I ordered the fish cake with chips for take away but since the vinegar was already poured in, my chips just became really soggy. It would have been nice I think if you will eat it in rather than take away. If I have the chance will give it another shot.

Thank Gem T
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We popped in here while wondering around Old Town just because I really wanted to try a deep fried mars bar! The fish and chips were ok, nothing to write home about. The Mars Bar was great! Crispy batter and chewy hot chocolate, whats not to love! We then sprung for the deep fried pizza which honestly, was so much... More 


Travellers who viewed ClamShell also viewed

Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland

Been to ClamShell? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$37 - US$37
Seafood, Fast food, British, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 148 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 4338

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from ClamShell staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Old Town

Neighbourhood Profile
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
Explore this neighbourhood