Reviews of Riley's Fish Shack (Fish Shop)

2165 Portland St, St Johnsbury, VT 05819, United States

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REVIEWS OF Riley's Fish Shack IN Vermont

Melissa Nelson

Their food is amazing. The best French fries you've ever tasted. Mac and cheese bites were new to the menu and amazing. BBQ pulled pork was fantastic. The young lady at the register the day I stopped in (normally a cook?) was very friendly. When I pulled up, there was one open spot in the parking lot and inside there was a line to the door. That says a lot about their food. It really is worth it.

Miles Silk

Great sea food

pat willis

Fresh lobster! So good!

Steven Mckinley

Ice creams are lovely and big portions

Brittany Bishop

I have only eaten here twice but it was great both times! The seafood chowder is awesome, I had the clam strips , shrimp and scallops, with fries and cottage cheese...took me 3 days to finish it

Stephanie Langston

Hands down the best clam strips and clam chowder I've ever had! Enjoyed my first lobster roll. Great fried shrimp, too.


A++ food and service, and cute patio that allows doggos. Seemingly the only place locally, where you can find a low-carb vanilla milkshake with no sugar, and it was superb

Sharon Kisch

We love coming here. Food is good, staff is friendly, location convenient. They even have doggie ice cream treats.

tammy King

E Excellent place to chow down

Theresa Sturgill

Great food! I call ahead for burgers or sandwiches and they are usually ready in 10-15 min. My favorite is the pulled pork sandwich as I am not a seafood fan, but my husband sure enjoys the haddock sandwich. It's a shame I don't usually have room left after even 1/2 sandwich & fries for the great fried apple dessert. 9/21/18 I have to add on that I have been to several BBQ restaurants over the summer and none even compare to Riley's pulled pork sandwich. Thank you!

Pamela Kaniecki

dog friendly, reasonably priced and delicious. Wouldn't even accept a tip. Thanks also for the hair headbanger music it really brought me back.

David Sargent

Stopped for a little seafood. Very happy with the choice. A cup of Haddock Chowder thick with fish and potatoes and in my case oyster crackers. Good hearty broth. A pair of Lobster Rolls plenty of Lobster and fresh ingredient made this an excellent meal. The Fried Apple Dessert with soft serve vanilla a good closer.

Sarah Capron

Loved the food and the atmosphere:-)

roman c

Had the lobster roll pretty good. I felt that the role was on the small side. but it had a decent amount of meat. Will come back.

Louise Buck

Great meal

daniel mcdonald

First year going here and been 3 times. Spend 50plus each time and bring people with us every time. Ordered today 2 dinners and app. Was suppose to be 1 clam and 1 scallop dinner. When we got the order it was 2 clam dinners. My son brought it over and i seen that the order was messed up and went and mentioned the mix up. Then a very rude lady said it was our fault and that she would fix it. Then had a different employee bring out a smaller order of scallops that were saturated in grease. Then the lady had her employee come right back out and had her have us give back the clams that were sitting on our side of sweet potato fries. I personally was like are you seriously and she had to scoop out the clams and said she was sorry that the lady in charge wanted the clams back. Now I'm wondering did they serve these to someone else??? I've spent over $150 in three times I've been and brought people that spent at least that. So before you ask if I brought it to your staffs attention. I think you need to talk to your staff vary unprofessional service.

Mary V Williamson

The food was very good I have never been there so I didn't know what to expect. But nice and respectful.

E Hunter

Great seafood, but pricey, clean and quiet

Ed White

A good place to eat if you like fried seafood.

Bert Jeffers

Very good scallops most ever had for so little money

John E. Brooks

Great food and atmosphere

Elizabeth Choquette

Great food and service

Kuan Siew

Great seafood place. Always have good options here. My favorites are fried oysters and whole belly clams.

Francois Mackay

Best Seafood in Vermont and surrounding areas

Carolyn Pereira

Delicious! Fried clams were way better than the ones we got on Revere Beach in Boston. Love the onion rings. The batter was thick (almost like a fried pancake) but surprisingly light at the same time. The maple balsamic dressing was pretty sweet and the coleslaw wasn't that impressive but everything else was amazing. Loved the service and the ambience. Come hungry. Portions are huge and prices surprisingly good. 2 free sides and a choice of dessert or drink come with every entree. Wow!

shelby hoffman

Hands down best lobster I've had since I've been to Maine! Scallop roll was excellent!! Definitely coming back on our next vacation!

Samuel Blodgett

The food is to absolutely die for literally EVERYTHING on the menu is so good I usually go for the grilled chicken sandwich or the Caesar salad (which is saying something cause I normally don’t like salad ) on the ice crea side of things they are like the only place in the area where you can get an orange freeze and man they are worth it. The staff is wonderful and friendly, polite and courteous. I can’t wait to go back for another meal

Heather Mardin

We love this place. Friendly workers, fast service, excellent food & even better prices.

Teresa Blaisdell

Great food, nice people!

Lisa Hill

Great gluten free options

Linda Gilmore

Nice outdoor seating, very fresh tasting seafood and the fry batter may not be very good for you, but it sure tasted great. For those few fried summer treats, this is a great stop.

Anthony Shafer

Great food and the staff is friendly

David Rondeau

Great food, great atmosphere, a bit pricey

Wiesia Milewski

Great place to eat

Bianca Wilson

Friendly atmosphere with great food. Amazing family resteraunt!!

Clif Muller

Food was hot and a little greasy (it was all fried) but tasty.Not really a health food joint but good for the money and a casual meal.

Mark Orlomoski

Great seafood, this place is going to become a regular stop on our camping trips to Littleton. Reasonable prices and great quality. Doesn't get much better than this!

Peter Nightingale

Food and portions were very good, the wait was long but they were pretty busy.

Michelle Lavature

Good food, fast service. Clean and reasonable prices.

Nick Quartuccio

My wife is from Boston and when our friend brought us here we were skeptical. Seafood in Vermont???? Cant be good. Well it was delicious and fresh. It's a must stop if you're in the area

Lee Flint

Amazing as always!

William St. Peter

Very good seafood and burgers. Excellent onion rings. Indoor and outdoor eating. No table service but quick, efficient counter service.

regina giroux

Great food, great service!

Paul Youngman

Very good sea food!

Michelle Gilfillan

Love the fried mushrooms and their sandwiches are amazing

Karina Pourreaux

Dog friendly. People friendly. Vegetarian friendly. Overall, a very friendly place.

Mercedes D

Yay for good seafood in the NEK! Decent prices too!

Theresa Pelletier

Excellent food, hearty portions, and reasonable prices makes this place a go to option!! Staff is also very personable. .

Curtis Brown

Always great food and friendly service

Darryl Masure

Great place to eat

Jake Ward

Big portions, great prices, delicious food, good atmosphere and allow dogs outside with ice cream!

Larry Hart

The Chowder was amazing. Very enjoyable.

Dague Clark

Service was very slow.

Chris Pierz

So glad I found this place as we were traveling through. So many great options here and they give you so much food. Enjoy!

good guy

Riley Fish Shack has the best seafood this side of the White Mountains. The quality is top notch and the freshness of the seafood is as good if not better than you can find on the coast. With this hot weather, their ice cream has certainly hit the spot this summer. Friendly family dining at it's best!

Richard Strean

This seasonal restaurant -- only open March through October -- offers various dishes, mostly, but not all, fish-based, to enjoy in their outdoor seating or to go. Convenient to the highway, as well.

Jose rodriguez

Best seafood in fifty mies

Lawrence Noyes

The food here is really great. I eat from this place a lot.

dan d

Great food only down fall they were out of whole clams

Lisa Cole

The onion rings we great, homemade beer batter o rings. I liked that they offered raw carrots and cucumbers as sides rather than more fried food. The fried haddock was previously frozen fish so therefore was very dry, not good for a fish shack.

rob coates

Neat, organized, and friendly. I had a fish sandwich and the bun and lettuce were fresh...much-much better than standard fast-food chains.

Thomas Page

Riley's just catered my sons wedding. Some of the best food I have ever had at a wedding! They did an awesome job!!!

David Binford

Ate there last year after a bass tournement, scallops were huge and good. This time they were much smaller.

Edie Graves

Great meals & awesome prices

Becka Bothers

Best food and service

Troy prevost

Great food

Rhoda Neader

We found about Riley's by word of mouth. Wow, were we pleased! We had both the whole belly clams and clam strips. They were sweet, tender and cooked to perfection. Frankly, it was the best seafood that we have all ever had. Staff was cheerful. Eating seafood, outside on a beautiful summer day, it doesn't get much better. Would highly recommend.

James Stanley

Nice place

Frank Carbonneau

Good folks & food, and heaping portions!

Jeffrey Potter

This place is a surprise gem in St Johnsbury, Vermont. I heartily recommend this restaurant. The serving sizes are very ample and are a decent price. I almost always bring home a little bit to enjoy later. If you're just looking for some good ice cream they have wonderful hot fudge sundaes. Riley's Fish Shack is conveniently located across from the famous Saint Johnsbury icon, the Fairbanks Scale Company.

Pat Sloan

Great service. Friendly,quick and great food!

Henry Hernandez

Great poutine! Food was DELICIOUS and all of the picky eaters in our family were SO satisfied. Because it was a chilly, rainy day we didn't try the ice cream...but will NEXT TIME!!!

Dan Bosco

Great little snack bar. Really fun place to go in the summer and sit outside. Plus they have ice cream! Love their burgers and fried seafood. Staff is friendly and service is quick.

Linda Kapovich

Riley is the sweetest person this side of the Mississippi!!!! Her lobster is to die for. Fantastic restaurant, fantastic service, fantastic food!!!!! A must if your in Vermont!!!!!

Antoine Lecrux

The food is quite good. French fries are exceptional. The only problem is they obviously don't care about environment. The food is served in non-reusable "plates" and you have to eat with plastic forks and knives. Worse, all that stuff goes in a single trash (no recycling). Vermont is such a beautiful place. You guys should know better.

Michelle Clifton

Awesome 3 oz Burger.

Jim Bonacci

Love the roadside atmosphere and truly fantastic fish. This place looks like a joint that should be on Guy Fieri's Triple-D TV show. The food is spot on; it's every bit as good as you imagine it to be.

Christopher Mercon

Always a good place to stop for a quick snack or a good meal!

Karen Skinner

Riley's has the best seafood you can get! Worth the trip!!

David Jensen

Awesome seafood !!!!! Place was packed when I arrived and waited less than 15 minutes between arriving , sitting ,ordering and receiving my dinner!!! Phenomenal place!!!!!!

Lyn Hodgdon

This was very good for paper plate

Deirdre Van Amberg

Tasty seafood, poutine, and ice cream!

Patrick McKeon

Great fried food selection.

Rick Desjardins

Driving from MN to ME to satisfy my wifes craving for some "good" seafood!!! During our last long leg of the trip we came upon this small welcoming restaurant. Wife got a very generous portion of some whole clams and I got a very tasty senior size portion of nicely done sea scallops with sides of fries and cole slaw included!!! Needless to say the rest of the trip through the White Mtns. and on to our old stomping grounds was much more enjoyable with our happily filled stomachs!! We'll remember this stop on our return trip!! Bitzy enjoyed her doggy treat dessert too!!!

Donna Switser

The best seafood, FRIENDLY staff

Robert Nicholson

Service is great, food is ok but not inspiring.

Jennifer Clay

Poutine was great. Service was great. Love the color changing spoons!

Dana Westmoreland Sanchez

Heard about the place being so good . I stop by and being from Tennessee I tried the pulled pork . Well it was very good no fake pork it was the real deal . Milk shake was great . The lady’s was super nice and even had room to park a few semi’s . Well be back for more great food and country music .

Marie Carleton

Good food.. Quick service. Generous portions.

Neil Burd

It's always a great experience coming here!!!

Morton Pear

Never expected this quality sea food in northern vt.

Robert Sturk

This place has good service, good food, and good prices. If you like fried seafood (and/or ice cream), I don't think you'll leave disappointed.

Bryan Niedermayer

Hole in the wall fried seafood place along with burgers, grilled chicken, ice cream and fresh Lobster! I ordered a cup of New England clam chowder and I got the lobster. Chowder wasn't great and there wasn't any plans, but the lobster was unbelievably tasty... And it was only 19 bucks and it came with two sides. If you are in the area stop by and check this place out! P.S. their milkshakes are really great as well!

Tyler Baugh

Every single time I go here I get the WORST service. Nothing but the snobbiest girls work here that treat you like your just wasting their time. The food is way over priced for what you grt aswell

John Repsher

ordered 2 lobsters for our 43rd anniversary. They were overcooked and so rubbery you could not break the shells, I can usually demolish a lobster in 15 minutes, but battled with these for over an hour, leaving a good portion behind. They were tasteless and rubbery and just plain awful. My wife and I were nauseous for the rest of the night. This was unacceptable and we should have demanded our money back.

Mr. Moyet

Amazing place for seafood. Very cozy. Soups are delicious. I had fried calamari also. Done very well, clean fry. Highly recommended

Joseph Greenwood

Great food.... sooo my wife and i spent over a grand eating at rileys.we love the food and always had great serice ect. Then 1 day it recently got destroyed. I urge EVERYBODY to go to winegate instead.. recently my wife placed an order and was treated horribly while ordering. Then upon her arrival continued to listen to the same IGNORANT employee badmouth and mock her. Mind you this was all due to the employee not even knowing the ingredients of there menu.. so if you want to be treated with respect and good customer service i recomend Aaron fondry and winegate.. .

Freeman Patten

Excellent place to get Seafood but a little pricey.

gen cipolla

Delicious and so fresh !!

Katrina diller

Excelent burgers best fries ever !

demonia987 .

Favorite lobster place ever! Always take the fresh lobster. Really great for the price you pay. Don't expect 5 diamond service, it's a shack! But the food is great and this is what's important for me when touring on motorcycle :-)

Debbie Edwards

Great food always more than I can eat.

Joann Stone

I ordered a Swiss burger, side of onion rings and, all three were burnt, absolutely horrible. I would rather eat at McDonald's.

Sue Salvatore

Great food. Loved the clams & scallops. Offerings fried or broiled. Ice cream appears to be a favorite also. Outside patio is dog friendly

Monique Blaise

I love the lobster and the onion rings and the people are so nice and professional

Heather Cheney

Great food, great service!

jessica Sanville

The food is great the people are nice I enjoy myself

Bob Blodgett

Excellent service, food, and always satisfied

Melissa LeBlanc

Excellent customer service. Great prices. Great food. Always open.

Cyndi Kenney

This place is awesome. Food is great, staff is amazing and the prices are fair. The amount of homemade food you get is unbelievable. Would highly recommend.

Peg Allinson

Delicious fried whole clams & scallops

Andrew Fisher

Over priced with small portions. Our sandwich that came with a "side" of cole slaw came with a 2 oz cup of slaw. Order water, and they will charge you $1.70 an give you a bottle of Dasani. Order a scallop roll, and they give you 6 scallops on a hot dog bun. Not nearly as impressed with this place as they are with themselves...

Linda Marcotte

Great spot all by itself, pretty good scallops, fried clams and haddock with fries with great size platter sure to please... lobster rolls are a great price as well, Enjoy !

Vernon Barfield

They were great.

Jo Tassie

We tried Riley's Fish Shack on the recommendation of my Mom - we were in Vermont from Charlotte NC for her 80th birthday. Of course, she came with us and the 3 of us totally enjoyed it! We all had a lobster, it was Jeff's 1st time having Maine lobster and WOW!! It was delicious. We ate outside, looking at the gorgeous foliage and stuffing ourselves. The staff was friendly and cheerful Will definitely go back again the next time we are in VT! Recommend Riley's for everyone

cynthia wilson

Food was OK. good for a burger or other quick bite. Kid friendly.

Terry Allard

Stopped by on our way home from Maine, where we had seafood last night, but not as good as this! Best fried oysters ever. Also clean and very efficient counter service!

LindaNJeff Kapovich

Our first whole boiled Maine Lobsters!!!! Fantastic!!!! 1 1/2 pound lobster with two sides and a roll only $19.95. Incredible and delicious!!!!

Cris Cote

Good, friendly service even though we arrived as they were opening.

Sawyer Brown

Great food if you have time to sit down for a while

Earl Hunter

Good Food,, high prices

Real Parent

Great food, decent price

Ralph Fryman

Fantastic food and service!

RJ Di Nitto

Well worth a visit, wife & I have bacon cheddar burgers; mom had the fried Haddock Sandwich - fair prices for the portions provided.

Aaron Morton

Always glad to have some seafood that’s not over cooked or oily. Works for me. Go enjoy it, they make good stuff.

Russell Hayes

Great food, great service, nice atmosphere! Indoor/outdoor dining. Vegetarian options. Try the fried mushrooms!

Janna Hill

The fish plate was delicious, Haddock I think. Ice cream for dessert and walked around outside the outdoor sitting area to burn one or two calories while taking in the lovely view.

Kenn O'Connell

Always a must stop when visiting the area. It doesn’t look like much but the food here is always spot on..great prices..seafood here is so good..always a must is the lobster roll which I always ask for hot with butter, it will run you $12 but they don’t skimp on the lobster meat..everything is always cooked to order and never dissatisfied. This place is always packed so have to usually wait a bit especially because everything is cooked fresh but well worth it..they have inside and outside patio seating and welcome dogs on the patio.

william dimond

great place

Louonne Tomasko

Such a fantastic place to eat out. The food is top notch as well as being very well run. You feel like you are in Maine briefly with the decor. The restaurant and restrooms are kept very clean as well, which I for one really appreciate. Thanks for an excellent place to eat in the North East Kingdom of Vermont.

Diane Rousseau

Great good & prices!

Susan Cherry

The fish is fresh and delicious! Also love the sweet potato fries.

Kiff Allen

Their paranoia for alcohol & liquor control it's over the top. Had the same conversation three to five times before even ordering-. "my container it's empty. See?" - I was the only person at the counter. While owners and managers might be impressed, this made me wonder if they would forget my order. Portions were light but yummy -small burger and two (??!!) mushrooms. Could be better

Marcus B

Really good seafood, large amounts of food

Scott Gregory

My Swiss burger was just the way I asked for it and my wife said her haddock sandwich was juicy and delicious. The dining room is clean and has a quaint seafood restaurant decor. We had the opportunity to meet and chat with the owner as well, she was very gracious and welcoming. We will be stopping here again and I can't wait for warm weather so we can stop for ice cream on our way though the area.

Steve Libby

Great breakfast on the road, friendly service.

Cheri Carr

If you like good size portion at great prices and fresh well cooked seafood go here to Riley's


Great place, offered us free ice cream for our party, food and selection is great however a little pricy

Ronn Riedel

Lightning fast service and good food, if you like fish. Very casual, and that's refreshing

Stephen Raff

Great seafood, big portions and excellent friendly service. Gonna go back again.

Erin Kelly

Was good. Really enjoy when they have whole belly clams!


We ordered the burgers, clam belly, fried pickles and broccoli and cheese bites. I have to say the food was really good! They seemed understaffed which is the only reason I'm not giving five stars - obviously not on the staff at all but we waited an hour after ordering to eat and the tables / inside was dirty and couldn't have been paid attention to with how busy they were. Maybe if they hired someone to clean up and make sure everything is stocked it would've been a better experience :) 10/10 reccomend their food though, staff was friendly and there were places to sit and eat outside. Looks like a snack shack but high quality for sure

Glenn Towle

Fish and Chips was very good, the fish was perfectly breaded (most places bread waaaaay too much) and the price was right (under $8). Bit of a wait, but seemed worth.

Don Ruhlman

got two orders of clam chowder Friday, was like milk soup nothing in it, very disappointing

Russell Lanham

Ok food. No hushpuppies lol

Ellen vigeant

I was very pleased about this place until about 5 days ago. I ordered 2 of the 3 choice meals. One with shrimp, scallops and haddock. One dinner with all haddock.There were 6 bay scallops . There were 5 shrimp. There was a little piece of haddock which tasted like frozen store bought and the onion rings were undercooked and over battered. Portions were not like usual. Very disappointed! I usually order the whole belly clams and get a ton. The 2nd dinner with all haddock wasn't great either!What has happened to this place?

Kip Robinson

Absolutely love this place best seafood around great prices huge portions and a layed back atmosphere can't wait to go back

Duane Garand

Best sea food eatery around

Andrew Hatfield

Seafood in Vermont, who knew?! Shrimp was cooked perfect and pretty tasty. Casual atmosphere caught me a little off guard with the prices, but I guess you have to pay to get decent seafood in Vermont! Good parking and easy to find, and staff was friendly. Will go back!

Brenda Bundy

Rileys fish shack east very easy to get to off the road, food is excellent, been telling my friends n family, even brought family from Newfoundland, Canada here n what a blast we all had. Take a trip to Rileys you will sure enjoy.

connie Butkovich

Very nice

Corey Bibler

Pretty good! Nice little fish place. Friendly service, albeit a little on the slow side. We went just after lunch time, 2:30 ish and waited approx. 15 min. for our food. But, it was hot and fresh! I got the haddock, fried and it was crispy, flaky and delicious. Fries were just as good.

paul villeneuve

Pleasant people and food

Chad Stemarie

First off the food is absolutely amazingI would highly suggest dining here you won't be disappointed but there is a few cons to mention the service was rather lackluster I walked in and paid for my takeout order and the lady took my money and then just moved on to the next customer no problem figured my food wasn't ready yetafter about 10 minutes I pointed to another lady and ask her if that was my food sitting on the counter and it was I would have preferred to get it warmer but it was still tastyall in all not the best atmosphere certainly not the best service but I highly doubt you can beat their food

Penelope Courchesne

Took quite a while to receive ice cream order, Got half the order. It was a couple minutes before I got the next ice cream. We wanted to eat our ice cream togetherBut the 1st one was melting quickly.

Paul Fixx

Great outdoor seating. Excellent burger and fried haddock (just fish, not breaded). Fries and onion rings were crispy enough to make up for the slightly oily rings. Perfect coleslaw too.

shane norton

Great seafood! Best in the area ☺️

Maja Tomasine

This place is awesome!!

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