For specialists in a catered island clambake, contact Bill Smith’s Famous Clambakes.

Bill Smith’s Famous Clambakes are experts at putting on a clambake your guests will not forget, because of our experience. We have been doing clambakes on Martha’s Vineyard continuously for over sixty years.

Bill Smith started catering clambakes for Martha’s Vineyard residents in the early 1960s. He passed away in 2003, but not before passing on his legacy.

Bill Smith’s Famous Clambakes has catered events for Presidents and many famous people, but our focus is always on the local and summer residents.

We are recipients of 24 Best of the Vineyards awards over the past 25 years. (There was no Best award category for Clambakes in 2000).

2022 Best of Vineyard award for Clambakes

We have won Best of the Vineyard for Clambakes and/or Chowder every year they have been offered in our categories since 1997, the first year Martha’s Vineyard magazine gave out awards


Bill Smith’s Famous Clambakes has been Martha’s Vineyard’s first choice, year after year, for over six decades


There are three options for your
Bill Smith’s Clambake experience:

The Casual Option

The Clambake Buffet

Are you planning a get together for friends and family? Do you envision a great beach party? Is your company or group planning a casual business party?
Is there a rehearsal dinner, a birthday, or an anniversary bash in your future? Whenever you’re looking for a casual, friendly, relaxed event, our wonderful Casual Catered clambakes are perfect for your needs.

From 20 to 2,000 Guests

The Full-service Option

A Full-service Reception

We designed our elegant Full-service option for WEDDINGS, SPECIAL ANNIVERSARIES, UPSCALE BUSINESS MEETINGS, and similar events.
When you require elegance, and the menu must be as exciting as the event, choose Bill Smith’s for your party’s caterer.

From 30 to 3,000 guests.

The unique
Clambake-to-Go

Perfect for small gatherings

Our unique Clambake-to-Go is perfect for family and small groups of friends.

You can enjoy this pre-prepared
cook-it-yourself feast at home, on the beach, or wherever you’re getting together.
Usually available on short notice

From 8 to 30 guests


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Need Something Special?

Do you need something different from our standard menu? Would you like to add to the menu or create your own menu? Our Executive Chef is always interested in discussing your particular requirements. Contact us.


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