Our History and Fun Facts

About Kelly’s Roast Beef

Since 1951, Kelly’s Roast Beef has been delighting guests daily with its freshly prepared sandwiches, succulent seafood, crisp salads, fries, onion rings and our legendary roast beef. With our flagship walk-up window still operating on the shores of Revere Beach, Kelly’s larger, suburban dine-in and drive-thru locations are reminiscent of our 1950s history, featuring carousel horses, colorful fish tanks, Revere Beach murals and boardwalk nostalgia. Kelly’s Roast Beef is family-owned and operates five-casual eateries in Massachusetts. Visit our Locations page.

Did you know?

Kelly’s Roast Beef is the Creator of the Original Roast Beef Sandwich – before 1951, no one had ever heard of eating such a creation!
Since our inception, Kelly’s Roast Beef has mixed up hundreds of thousands of batches of lobster salad, cooked close to one million beef roasts and has fried millions of crisp French fries, onion rings, clams and seafood!

The top 5 most popular menu items at Kelly’s Roast Beef are:

Roast Beef Sandwich – approximately one million sold per year!
Fried Clams
Fish & Chips
Lobster Roll
Hot Dog/Chicken Finger Plate

This Little Place that Started on the Beach is Now on the Map of the World

Since our 1951 Revere Beach origins, Kelly’s Roast Beef has expanded to include five Massachusetts locations and we’ve won numerous awards including Boston’s best lobster roll, renowned roast beef and tastiest clam chowder. Among our media recognition, Kelly’s has gained national television attention on the Food Network’s $40 a Day with Rachael Ray, PBS Special “Sandwiches You Will Like”, Saturday Night Live and on the silver screen, in Boston natives Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s movie, Good Will Hunting.

Six Decades of Family Tradition and Customer Satisfaction

Celebrating six decades of quality, customer service, and value, Kelly’s is still a family owned and operated business that continues the original philosophy of our founders. Many of Kelly’s hourly employees and managers have been with the company over thirty years! Kelly’s is open 363 days a year, providing our valued customers with the quality and consistent standards they have come to expect over the years. Now when people ask, “Why is Kelly’s So Famous Anyhow?” Our answer remains: because of our loyal customers.

Healthy Food Options: Our Answer is Yes. What’s Your Question?

At Kelly’s Roast Beef, the answer is yes. Delighting guests is a must, even if it means bending over backwards. Consumers have become savvier about healthy eating options and so has Kelly’s! Since our inception, we have expanded our menu with a range of delicious and healthy items all prepared to order. No mayo? No problem. With crisp vegetable salads, freshly rolled wraps and sandwiches made with lean delicious meats, low-calorie seafood and ingredients delivered fresh daily, menu items can be customized to anyone’s health-conscious or diet restricted needs, aimed to sustain one’s active lifestyle and satisfy any appetite. Check out our Menu.