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Arnold's Restaurant

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3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642
+1 508-255-2575
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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. Pets are allowed in our outdoor area in the back.
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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
Amazing fried seafood

On an average summer day, the line goes out the door, down the parking lot and around the corner. The fried seafood is fresh and delicious and the onion rings are THE BEST!! To avoid the line, we call and order takeout to eat at home.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Jan R
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Erving, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Erving, Massachusetts
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75 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

On an average summer day, the line goes out the door, down the parking lot and around the corner. The fried seafood is fresh and delicious and the onion rings are THE BEST!! To avoid the line, we call and order takeout to eat at home.

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The regular hot lobster roll was soooooo delicious and HUGE - full of claws, and a great deal for the price. I could barely finish it - definitely recommend this restaurant while on the cape.

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Northville, Michigan
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

With only a week in Cape Cod, we chose this place twice for lunch! The popular choice with our group was the lobster roll and fries. The onion rings were ordered separately and were good. Everything is local, fresh, and reasonably priced. Parking is great and seating was plenty. Don't be put off if there is a line to order,... More 

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Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We ate here three years ago when we visited the Cape and it was nice. However, when we went back, we waited in a huge line. After waiting a good 15 minutes, my daughter realized they were using latex gloves. Latex gloves are not supposed to be used in food service, they are for cleaning. Also, both my daughter and... More 

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

Thank you Lisa for your suggestion on gloves. Because of your complaint I have asked the person who orders gloves to order non latex gloves from now on. Having said that you must know that we are required by law to inform the public through signage and menus that if you have any sort of allergy which may be triggered... More 

MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed the whole belly clams, very good onion rings. Lobster roll is OK, The best lobster roll is at Sesuit Harbor. I do take exception (here and everywhere) that there are tip jars in the dining room for the employees cleaning up. They and the counter staff should paid a decent wage.

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

Robert, you need not concern yourself, the employees are paid very well otherwise I would not have so many of them back year after year. The tips jar in the dining room was recommended by a customer who wanted to tip the bussers for doing such a fine job. She was "surprised" there were no tip jars out there for... More 

New York City, New York
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Don't be afraid of the line outside; it moves quickly and is worth the wait. Everything is great. Try the warm lobster roll with butter. You can spend a whole evening here with ice cream and mini-golf too. They do takeout orders if you want to call in your food and come pick it up when it's ready. You can... More 

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Belchertown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Having frequented Arnolds on many previous occasions, I'm wrting about their take out service. Rather than wait in the long lines, we call in our order and either pick it up or eat outdoors at the picnic tables. On my last phone order, my server insisted on knowing how long away I was so that my order would be ready... More 

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Lakeville, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Delicious, fresh seafood. Lobster rolls are made with large chunks of lobster as they should be. There are two outdoor seating areas. If you are looking for casual dining and very good seafood, this is the place. Try the ice cream on the premises. Also very good.

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Missoula, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We visit Arnold's every time we visit the Cape as it is simply part of the culture. Great family owned and traditional Cape Cod food. The Onion rings are "to die for" and the rest of the food dependable and very good. The only disappointment is that over the years the hot lobster rolls have declined in quality. Now all... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

For several years, we've enjoyed ice cream (for lunch), followed by mini golf (most interesting course on the Cape), followed by an assortment of fried seafood. Their lobster rolls are huge, fried clams and oysters are great, and they have a raw bar with reasonable Wellfleet Oysters. And its right on the bike trail, so you can make it a... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, 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. Pets are allowed in our outdoor area in the back.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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