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Arnold's Restaurant

3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642
(508) 255-2575
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Ranked #3 of 25 Restaurants in Eastham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Healthy
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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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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

My most favorite place to eat every year i come here. The ice cream is great too. The food is always fresh and yes it's always busy birth WORTH THE WAIT EVERY TIME

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Indianapolis, Indiana
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Truly a little lobster shack. Not to impressed with the place and that everything is fried. For restaurants in this day and age to be cash only is ridiculous. There's very few restaurants in the area so our choices were limited.

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Montreal, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Arnold's is not a fancy sit down dinner. You wait in line to place your order and then you scurry and find a table somewhere in the vast dining space. However, the menu is vast and the food is fantastic. We ordered a steamed lobster - as good as any fine dining restaurant, the lobster bisque - outstanding, and a... More

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Eastham, Ma
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Twice in the last two weeks tried to call an order in. First got busy signal for 10 minutes. Then put on hold for another 10 minutes. Finally decided to go elsewhere.

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Shirley, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Had Fried Scallops, Clam Chowder and Steamers... All Excellent! Scallops were out of this world! Best I've had !

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Wading River, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I went here twice in one week and had the Jumbo Cold Lobster roll both times. The Jumbo's are huge and very tasty. I was on a search to find the best lobster roll on the Cape. Arnold's was one of the top 2. Need I say more? :)

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Poughkeepsie, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We were scared away by the line the first time we attempted Arnold's so on the second night we ordered takeout. When we went to pick it up, turns out there was hardly any line at all. I would suggest calling to see what kind of night they are having before you make a final decision. This is a very... More

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Brewster, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I visited Arnold's in June and had the hot lobster roll. It was huge and delicious. Based on that experience I went again this week. Very disappointed that the same lobster roll was half the size this time. I feel like they are adjusting portions as soon as the tourists come to town. Not sure I will go back.

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

Hmmm, Ann, c,mon now, cutting portions during high tourist season is a very serious charge! Did you really mean that? I assure you I would not be in this business for 35 years if I practiced that kind of behavior. I don't know what the facts were. I can tell you that 3 different people have the job of serving... More

Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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122 reviews 122 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We stopped here mainly due to seeing a large queue out the front all the time. They have a good setup for a family stop in that they have the mini golf, they are right next to the bike trail, they provide air for bikes and they have plenty of parking. Firstly, bring cash or you have to go to... More

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

I'm very very sorry you did not feel Arnolds is great. I can tell you ktopham it's not for lack of trying. I instill into my order takers that the food can be fantastic but if the customer gets attitude from any cashier all bets are off. It drives me crazy that you were given attitude consequently failing immediately to... More

New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Always a line for both food and ice cream, but well worth the wait! Cash only, but they have several ATMs for those who are in need. My wife had steamed mussels, which were excellent - large-sized and tasty! I had fried whole-belly clams, which were also great. They have a huge menu selection for everyone. For dessert, just leave... More

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