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All 25 Eastham Restaurants

Arnold's Restaurant

3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642
(508) 255-2575
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Ranked #4 of 25 Restaurants in Eastham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood, Ice Cream
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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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Hartford, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We were there a couple of times during the Labor Day weekend. The place was packed and line was long, but the food was excellent - the lobster roll, cod sandwich and raw oysters are awesome! Will definitely be back.

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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We ended up having food prepared here twice. First time we waited on line for delicious fried scallops, roasted beet salad and caesar salad.The scallops were fresh, meaty and large portions. The beet salad had multi colored beets, goat cheese, walnuts, not a typical fried seafood restaurant salad. Second time we called ahead for steamers and Fiesta salads and the... More

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Kansas City, Kansas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This place was awesome! This very casual place serves the best, freshest seafood of any place we tried, including many more expensive restaurants. We had baked scallops, fried scallops, salmon, and clam chowder. All were fantastic! The atmosphere was fun too. Nothing fancy--first time we watched the sunset from a picnic table. Second time we overlooked the mini-golf and enjoyed... More

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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76 reviews 76 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

If you're looking for a traditional clam shack, this is your place. Arnolds serves local, fresh seafood as well as a large menu of alternatives. But seafood is #1 here. It's nothing fancy, only open seasonally. You eat on benches in the main building or under a tent. The food is FRESH and whether you chose fried, baked or broiled,... More

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Two of us shared a lobster roll and a bowl of clam chowder - and both were excellent! The lobster roll was overflowing with huge chunks of lobster - and the chowder was full of flavor and just the right consistency - not too thick, but not watery either. A wonderful lunch! Plus the rest rooms were nice and clean!

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Tinley Park, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

What a find!! this restaurant is on Cape Cod and features the best Lobster Roll we had on the trip. Your choice is the mayonnaise based one or the garlic butter one. Hugs portion and so fresh!! They also featured onion rings which were more like onion strings. A little greasy but delicious. The portion was large enough for a... More

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Charlottetown, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This place is hopping and full of tourists and locals alike. The menu is extensive, orders are placed at the counter and come out in a couple of minutes. Most of the food is deep fried, so if you are looking for some other sort of prep, check out somewhere else. The portions are huge and everyone is in a... More

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New York State
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Clean, fresh food, good prices and great atmosphere. Lots of families and a full parking lot. Wonderful lobster! It's what you're looking for when in the Eastham area of the Cape!

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Reichelsheim, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I've been there today with my wife and we had a hot lobster roll a cheeseburger, fries, baked potato with sour cream and fried onions. The onions are excellent! The rest was OK, the flair is like a takeaway, not like a real restaurant. The food was fresh and the restaurant clean. Overall I was disappointed. Will not go there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Great offer of fresh fish. As most dishes are fried, we had strawberry-spinach salad with it, which turned out to be a perfect combo. Cash only!

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

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