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Arnold's Restaurant

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Seafood, Ice Cream
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3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642
(508) 255-2575
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: "Best fried clams in the world" Food & Wine Magazine.Arnold's seafood is...
"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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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 321
    Excellent
  • 152
    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
GREAT FRIED FOOD, always a line at the door

I bet one cannot get better fried food in a 20 mile radius! Choose fried clams, fish and chips or fried oysters - or anything else on the menu- and you will not be disappointed. There is ALWAYS a line but it moves rather quickly so PLAN AHEAD do not stop when the kids are screaming in the back... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
dalepaints
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I bet one cannot get better fried food in a 20 mile radius! Choose fried clams, fish and chips or fried oysters - or anything else on the menu- and you will not be disappointed. There is ALWAYS a line but it moves rather quickly so PLAN AHEAD do not stop when the kids are screaming in the back set... More 

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Eastham, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Go by daily, eat there maybe once a season. Long lines, no credit cards accepted, noisy dining areas. Great onion rings!

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West Yarmouth, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We make sure we get to Arnolds at least once or twice each summer. I love their hot lobster rolls. The rolls are full of sweet delicious lobster and the roll is nicely browned. They also have the best steamers of anyplace I have gone and their steamers are local and fresh

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

Thank you Lynn and thank you to all you folks who wrote such glowing positive reviews of Arnolds. I pledge to all of you my staff and I will do everything within our power to make your experience at Arnolds a positive one. We really do work hard to maintain your loyalty and patronage and will never ever take your... More 

stamford, ct
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

The draw of Arnold's is that it has a large fried seafood menu + mini golf, so if you're a family on holiday you can make an "event" out of going to Arnold's. But if you're looking for excellent fried seafood in a welcoming atmosphere without the hustle and bustle of a highway rest stop, you'll need to pass on... More 

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

Gee JP I'm really sorry about your experience at Arnolds, especially the trays dropping. Was not sure that "trays dropping all the time" was necessarily accurate so I asked one of my bussers who has been there for 12 yrs ( "Cynthia" and will be back again this year Lord willing) to estimate how many trays she witnessed that were... More 

Eastham, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Arnold's has it all - great seafood, ice cream window, raw bar, terrific little shanty bar and Miniature golf. Don't let the lines scare you - they move quickly and in the summer you can enjoy a steel band while moving along. The place is very clean and restrooms are more than you would expect at a 'Clam Shack'. Not... More 

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Eastham, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Very clean, very fresh, good service. Owner very involved and generous to the community. You know you will get a good meal. I live down the street and pass it a few times a day, the lot is always full and people are waiting at 11 am to get in. I stop in at least once a year myself, sometimes... More 

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The food is fresh. You will get the traditional Cape Cod seafood / clam bar experience. Deep fried is the most popular choice. This place is constantly rated very high but I don't get it. You can easily pay $25 - $40 and then eat at the plastic covered picnic table out of paper trays with a plastic fork. Even... More 

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Ballston Spa, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Glad we got to enjoy seafood at Arnold's before they close for the season. The dinner was yummy and waitstaff were pleasant.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Arnolds is right along the bike path. Plan to stop for a bite. We call ahead for take out, it's a lot quicker. We usually get the Lobster Rolls, cole slaw and fries, then bike back to the campground to eat. They are very busy in the season, parking lot is on the corner, it can get pretty tight. Pretty... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I have been eating at Arnold's since I was a boy 20+ years now and consider it the best seafood I've ever had. We hit it at least once a vacation, sometimes twice. Everything is super fresh and cooked perfectly. The raw bar is great as well (get some oysters, stuffed clam and cold beer while u wait!). A couple... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Cod  >  Eastham
  • Phone Number: (508) 255-2575

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Ice Cream

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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