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Arnold's Restaurant

3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642
(508) 255-2575
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Ranked #3 of 25 Restaurants in Eastham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cuisines: Healthy
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: "Best fried clams in the world" Food & Wine Magazine.Arnold's seafood is so fresh, any fisherman would approve. Native lobster, local raw bar, cocktails, gourmet ice cream, mini golf.Arnold's owner is Nathan “Nick” Nickerson, a true Cape Cod native and Mayflower descendant. Nick grew up surrounded by the sea and worked on farms and with family in Cape Cod restaurants. 35 years ago he founded what has become the world-famous Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar. From the start, crowds were drawn to the fresh, native seafood, generous portions, friendly service and fun Cape Cod atmosphere found at Arnold's.
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Wading River, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I went here twice in one week and had the Jumbo Cold Lobster roll both times. The Jumbo's are huge and very tasty. I was on a search to find the best lobster roll on the Cape. Arnold's was one of the top 2. Need I say more? :)

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Poughkeepsie, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We were scared away by the line the first time we attempted Arnold's so on the second night we ordered takeout. When we went to pick it up, turns out there was hardly any line at all. I would suggest calling to see what kind of night they are having before you make a final decision. This is a very... More

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Brewster, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I visited Arnold's in June and had the hot lobster roll. It was huge and delicious. Based on that experience I went again this week. Very disappointed that the same lobster roll was half the size this time. I feel like they are adjusting portions as soon as the tourists come to town. Not sure I will go back.

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Nathan N, Owner at Arnold's Restaurant, responded to this review

Hmmm, Ann, c,mon now, cutting portions during high tourist season is a very serious charge! Did you really mean that? I assure you I would not be in this business for 35 years if I practiced that kind of behavior. I don't know what the facts were. I can tell you that 3 different people have the job of serving... More

Stamford, Connecticut, United States
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We stopped here mainly due to seeing a large queue out the front all the time. They have a good setup for a family stop in that they have the mini golf, they are right next to the bike trail, they provide air for bikes and they have plenty of parking. Firstly, bring cash or you have to go to... More

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Nathan N, Owner at Arnold's Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm very very sorry you did not feel Arnolds is great. I can tell you ktopham it's not for lack of trying. I instill into my order takers that the food can be fantastic but if the customer gets attitude from any cashier all bets are off. It drives me crazy that you were given attitude consequently failing immediately to... More

New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Always a line for both food and ice cream, but well worth the wait! Cash only, but they have several ATMs for those who are in need. My wife had steamed mussels, which were excellent - large-sized and tasty! I had fried whole-belly clams, which were also great. They have a huge menu selection for everyone. For dessert, just leave... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We had to wait over a half hour to put in our order but it was soooo worth it. The food was amazing and the portions were a good size. If you are not in a rush this is definitely the place to go for wonderful seafood.

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washington dc
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83 reviews 83 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

It's been four years since we've been to the cape. One Of our first stops back was Arnold's. Gosh we love this place. The wait was as long as ever but that's ok. Everything was delicious: the lobster, summer salad, Onion rings, margarita, oysters, corn, etc. and of course the ice cream just outside completely rocks. If you haven't been,... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

I got the fishwich and clam strips. Last time I visited I got the seafood platter. It's not bad but the people taking the orders weren't friendly. It's also overpriced. I suggest calling ahead of time for takeout because if not you will be in a horrendous line forever. Overall an average experience.

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Nathan N, Owner at Arnold's Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm very very sorry you did not feel Arnolds is great. I can tell you ktopham it's not for lack of trying. I instill into my order takers that the food can be fantastic but if the customer gets attitude from any cashier all bets are off. It drives me crazy that you were given attitude consequently failing immediately to... More

New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I tried to edit my review from last year, but I don't seem to be able to do that. After much discussion in the car on the way home, and much chastising from my family regarding my 3/5 review last year, I am upgrading. Here's why: Arnold's is located right off the bike trail!! And the restaurant makes many accommodations... More

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Hartsdale, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We have been going to Arnold's for years and they still have the best lobster rolls, lobster bisque, onion rings and homemade pistachio ice cream!

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