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The Barnacle

141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
(781) 631-4236
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Ranked #12 of 49 restaurants in Marblehead
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Marblehead is worth a detour. Marvelous little cove with an incredible collection of homes dating back to the late 1600's. Restaurant is off the beaten path a bit, situated on the water with a view as good as it gets. Food itself is rather plain good -- chowder, seafood platter, baked haddock -- get kind of spoiled in this part... More

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RI
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Last night my husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. We spent the day exploring Rockport, MA and then headed to dinner in Marblehead. We really had no idea where to go...we were just going to see what the day brought us. We stopped at The Landing first since it had one parking space left in the small lot... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This retraunt has good seafood but also great healthy food as while as sandwiches and burgers. It makes you feel like you are in true New England sea shore land. It is a little tight inside but it has an amazing outdoor view of the bay

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We were forced to stand outside by hostess who didn't know what she was doing and was overwhelmed with the smallest crowd and then refused service! They basically came out and said they didn't care if they lost our business as there were always other people!

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Worcester, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
165 reviews 165 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We had a late lunch, sitting outside on the patio with view to the ocean. Very friendly staff, lobster roll with a let's say half hand of lobster meat for 20$ a little pricy I think, but tasty. We had a good time here. My wife had baked haddock, which was reallllly good, very fresh and tasty!! Parking around that... More

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I have been eating at The Barnacle for twenty plus years; this place embodies reliability for consistently good food. This restaurant may not be "fit for foodies" , but it's the "foodies" who will miss out. If you seek out fresh delicious seafood, simply and honestly prepared, this is it. Small and rustic inside, it boasts the best ocean views... More

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Marblehead, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is not the best place to bring the inlays, but it does have great lobster deals. Reminded us of the bar in The Perfect Storm. So if you want a bit of local flair, and great lobster this is the place to come. If you want more elegant fair other there are many options in Marblehead that will fit... More

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is a great place to eat seafood with the wonderful views of Marblehead's bay and its hundreds of boats. It's nothing fancy, but you get fresh, well prepared seafood. We tried the lobster bisque, the seafood platter and the fish and chips. Very good... Service was nice and friendly. I had to set up for bottled beer, but nobody... More

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Had dinner the other evening...just ok. My husband's lobster was good but in this area it would be very difficult to find bad lobster in a restaurant of this caliber. Lobster bisque was blah...not a lot of flavor, very thin. Would not reorder. Had the shrimp with Barnacle's "famous stuffing" which was just shrimp covered in a ton of toasted... More

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Delicious meal at the Barnacle. The owner is also a lobsterman who provides the restaurant with his daily catch so that you can be sure that your meal is fresh and delicious. We found the waitstaff to be friendly and available when needed, and in the background when not...and they knew the difference! Made fast friends with the couple at... More

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