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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
Lunch
Dinner
Takeout
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 320
    Excellent
  • 150
    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
Most recent review
Experience the Mini Golf, Skip the Food

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
jpkstamford
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stamford, ct
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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stamford, ct
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Started going here in the summer of 2013 on the way to P-Town. Love their lobster rolls and their crab cakes. And their onion rings and out of this world. Large crowds so be prepared to wait in line, but it is SO worth it! Can't wait to go again this summer.

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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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Lake Sherwood
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Lots of lobster for your money but definitely family oriented -- order at counter and pick it up. Lobster was very good!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Waiting time is usually an hour, Because of the line going out the door. It is like this continuously from June to September. The seafood is absolutely number 1. Clams so fresh they melt in your mouth , no grit ever; lobster is cooked to perfection, airy, roomy "lobster in the rough" type table seating; a table's always available. It... 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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