About this Vendor

Unique Weddings and Rehearsal Dinners

McGrath Clambakes, Inc. is a full service, off-premise caterer with over 45 years of industry experience. Although they are one of the few caterers to specialize in true authentic old fashioned clambakes, McGrath’s offers a variety of traditional catering menus as well.




Dietary Options

Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Wedding Categories

Buffet, Chef Stations, Passed Appetizers, Seated Meal, Food + Catering


Contact Info

64 Halsey Street, Newport, RI (401) 847-7743

Amazing Food, Amazing Service

Reviewed on 7/15/2015 Jennie D

We used McGrath for our lobster boil and open bar at the reception. To say the guests were impressed with the food is an understatement. McGraths entire staff was nothing short of amazing. We had many many compliments on the food, staff and service. They helped make our day... Read More amazing and it was exactly as we wanted everything to be!

Reviewed on 10/12/2017 Helen E

Stacy is worth her weight in gold! I don't think everything would have come together as perfectly as it did without her. She was friendly, attentive, and a joy to work with. We got so much more than just a catering company with McGrath. And, of course the food was delicious!... Read More We had so many people tell us it was the best food they have had at a wedding. Everything was beautifully done.

Reviewed on 8/09/2017 Christine S

Alexis and her team at McGrath's exceeded all expectations! My husband and I are BIG into food and cooking so we wanted stellar catering. We went with the lobster boil buffet and seafood and non-seafood eaters alike were not disappointed. This was not just good enough to be... Read More considered "good wedding food" but was good restaurant quality food. As a New England native this is seriously some of the BEST seafood I've ever had and the non-seafood options were just as spectacular. The staff was also so kind and helpful. Alexis helped with any and all questions the year leading up to the wedding but made sure the wedding day went smoothly. The servers and bartenders were just as outstanding. My guests raved about the food and the service saying it was the best they have ever seen at a wedding.

Reviewed on 12/26/2017 Liz G

If you're looking for a real RI clambake wedding, McGrath cannot be beat. We were so thrilled with everything about their work, from the planning (Stacy and Allie are amazing and so friendly and patient!) to the execution on the big day. The food was absolutely delicious (that... Read More lobster! the oysters!), the staff was friendly and professional, and the bar service was great. The clambake presentation was a magical experience and a highlight of the night. Ringing the dinner bell was a personal favorite!

Reviewed on 7/21/2017 Jennifer B

Their traditional New England Clambake was an unforgettable experience, and each and every recommendation they made for our corporate event, helped make it the tremendous celebration it was. T.R. operates a first-class business.

Reviewed on 5/15/2017 Emily R

McGrath's did an incredible clambake & family style catering for our October wedding in Jamestown. We wanted high quality food but an environment that still felt casual and fun, and that was exactly what McGrath's delivered. They did a wonderful explanation of the clambake to... Read More our guests which we really enjoyed. Because we chose not to do a wedding cake, the traditional "ringing of the bell" for the clambake unveiling served as a replacement for the cake cutting, in a way that was much more authentic to us (and more fun, in our opinion). Very professional staff & very flexible. Highly recommend!

Reviewed on 2/04/2017 Christine C

I am so happy that we went with McGraths for our wedding at home in Portsmouth, RI. I was planning the wedding from abroad so the fact that they were able to help me plan so many elements of the day was key. Not only did I use them for the catering but they also provided us with... Read More the tent, tables and chairs, linens, helped with all the set up on the day of. We wanted a more natural, local feel to our wedding, it was perfect. Allie was a saint in helping get everything arranged, which I know was probably difficult considering most of it had to be done by email while traveling. They worked within the budget parameters and gave us lots of options. The food was so impressive and beautiful, the guests were all wowed by the bake reveal on the shores of Narragansett Bay. I would recommend McGraths, TR (owner) and the whole team again and again. Amazing! I regret taking so long to write this review, we were married in October of 2015.

Reviewed on 9/19/2016 Amanda M

Our experience with McGrath Clambakes was phenomenal. Everything from initial questions, to detail planning, to day-of execution was fantastic. If you are looking for a unique way to celebrate your love for RI (or it's local cuisine), look no further! Allie was wonderful as our... Read More point of contact, promptly answering all emails and questions any day of the week, and did a wonderful job coordinating the set-up of any DIY details we had provided. Our guests our still raving about the uniqueness of a clambake wedding, and how satisfying the food was! The servers were fantastic about making sure we (the bride and groom) received appetizers and sat to eat our meal! Highly, highly recommend McGrath Clambakes for their all around value, service, and local cuisine.

Reviewed on 9/03/2016 Brittany R

Our family and friends cannot stop talking about the food!! Everything was perfect thanks to TR and his team. They made sure we did not have to worry about a thing and went above and beyond the expected roles. They made sure we ate and helped us enjoy every minute of our... Read More reception.

best caterer! love them

Reviewed on 9/30/2012 Brenna B

we used mcgrath to provide an outdoor farm fresh, harvest menu. fresh beef and fish. the meal was amazing. mcgrath is great value. they include everything. the staff is very helpful and they even provide a planner for the day of wedding. Kerry and TR are amazing. I would love to... Read More have them caterer any future event!

Rehearsal Dinner

Reviewed on 8/22/2012 Lee-Anne H

We used McGrath's catering for our rehearsal dinner in Aug 2012 and we are so glad we did. Most of our wedding guests were from out of town so we wanted to invite as many people as possible to dinner the night before. We originally were just going to cook hamburgers and hot dogs... Read More ourselves at our house, but decided we wanted to be free to mingle with our guests, not worry about cooking. Melissa was great to work with planning our event via e-mail. She answered all of our questions and had no problems changing details and guests counts, even as late as that morning! We chose their Backyard BBQ which was a buffett of hamburgers, hotdogs, ridiculously delicious corn on the cob, corn breas, potato salad, regular salad and for dessert yummy frosted brownies and watermelon. We added clam chowder as an appetizer which was heavenly. They came the day before to set up a gorgeous tent, and then that day they came early to set up the tables and chairs. We provided our own beverages but they set us up a lovely table. We also provided our own ice cream bar as additional dessert and they were so helpful in dishing out the icecream for us to our guests. They also decorated the tables for us with the decorations I provided. They cooked the burgers and dogs right on scene, but out of the way of the party, the food was delicious, the servers professional and attentive, everyone was so polite and helpful. It was a perfect night. They cleaned up almost all the trash before they left and were back bright and early Sun morning to take down the tent and remove the tables and chairs. I can't think of a single thing that didn't go exactly to plan. I would use them again in a heartbeat.

Fun, non-traditional, popular with guests

Reviewed on 8/02/2011 nadia z

We tried to go for a non-traditional and fun atmosphere. McGrath Traditional New England Clambake was perfect for our outdoor tent reception at Blithewold. The guests loved it! The food smelled delicious, although a bit messy since the lobster was not pre-cut for the guests,... Read More just for the bride and groom. The bibs came in very handy and the guests loved taking picture in them. We were able to still keep the atmosphere classy and elegant with damask table cloths, and upgraded china/silverware and glassware. If you like seafood, this is the place that does it right and fun! P.S. Their top shelf bar is priced per person and is a bargain!