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Arnold's Restaurant

3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642
(508) 255-2575
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Ranked #2 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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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Every time that I travel to the cape I make a plan to eat at Arnold's. While the lines to get in are intimidating to a first timer - rest assured they move quickly. My favorites are the steamed lobster, Wellfleet oysters at their raw bar, and their fried onion rings (a small portion can serve 2, a large portion... More

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Auburn, Indiana
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We ate here 3 times on our recent trip to Cape Cod. First, the food was excellent. On the first visit, my wife and I shared the seafood combo platter which included fish, shrimp, calamari, oysters, clams and scallops. There was so much food that we could not finish it all. On the other two visits, we had lobster rolls... More

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Naugatuck, Connecticut
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43 reviews 43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The lines are long and it's a bit confusing. Drinks and raw bar need to be ordered at a separate line so coordinating your whole meal can be a chore. We had the fried clams, lobster roll and raw oysters. The food was good but I thought the fried clam portion was on the small side for the price.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Although upon entering a nearly full parking lot and then reaching a line that was 20+ people out of the door, surprisingly we ordered within 15-20 minutes and got our food in an additional 15 minutes. The food was very good and the resteraunt is very family friendly with good vibes everywhere you look. I would recommend it.

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Mount Dora, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Lines are long,but move quickly.Seafood is fresh and price well.I had one of their new salads,it was great.

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whitby
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Usually have to line up, but the food is very good and the line moves fairly quickly. My sons has declared Arnold's the best fish and chips on the cape

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Providence, Rhode Island
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

What can I say except I crave their scallops all year long. It's the highlight of going to the Cape! Seafood is just amazing! I personally love the scallops. Caught fresh daily in Wellfleet waters, sweet and delicious! Fried onion strings are a must have! I recommend getting there before dinner rush hour, around 4-4:30, as the wait line can... More

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Stamford, Ct
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We came off the beach and we were hungry. We were still in our bathing suits. We took a chance and stopped at Arnold's. We were greeted very warmly and we were told there was plenty of outdoor dining through the main dining room. We had the lobster bisque, lobster roll, and the fried scallops. All were delicious!! I would... More

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Newton, New Hampshire
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Excellent seafood platters, chowder and lobster bisque. Service was fast and convenient. Really enjoyed.

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Ashburn, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We go to Arnold's every year, multiple times per vacation; we love it. A bit expensive for a family of four for lunch, but the quality of food and atmosphere are worth it. Thanks Arnold's!

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