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Arnold's Restaurant

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American, Seafood, Ice Cream
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3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642
+1 508-255-2575
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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: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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, fried and baked seafood, lobster rolls, salads, an extensive children's menu, gourmet ice cream, and 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. Almost 40 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
CASH only

Mostly fried food, but very good. Lobster, clam, crab sandwiches. Really good Onion rings and fries. Salad was even good. Prices seem a little on the high side, but they are OK for The Cape. Key thing is its CASH only. Two AMT's in case you didn't bring enough.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
ThePCGuy
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Boca Raton, Florida
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Boca Raton, Florida
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Mostly fried food, but very good. Lobster, clam, crab sandwiches. Really good Onion rings and fries. Salad was even good. Prices seem a little on the high side, but they are OK for The Cape. Key thing is its CASH only. Two AMT's in case you didn't bring enough.

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Lancaster PA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This is a great relaxed casual restaurant to go to for excellent seafood. Prices are reasonable considering quality and quantity (generous) of the portion size. It can get very busy during peak season, but the ordering lines move quickly. We look forward to their opening in 2015 for a return visit.

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Enfield, Connecticut, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We stay next door to Arnold's at the Town Crier Motel when we travel to The Cape, and I can tell you, we start salivating for their delicious seafood and their amazing beet and arugula salad even before we cross the bridge. The food is great, the atmosphere fun, and it is affordable. A trip to Eastham isn't complete without... More 

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West Suffield, Connecticut
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67 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I had the fried lobster basket and my wife had the lobster roll. We also had beef, corn on the cob, and their great onion rings. They open in May and it is worth a stop for fried sea food. Most of the time their are lines. Outdoor dining in a wonderful atmosphere.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Cod  >  Eastham
  • Phone Number: +1 508-255-2575

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 23
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Ice Cream

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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, fried and baked seafood, lobster rolls, salads, an extensive children's menu, gourmet ice cream, and 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. Almost 40 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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