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The Yardarm

48 South Orleans Rd, Orleans, MA 02653-2423
+1 508-255-4840
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Ranked #9 of 52 restaurants in Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Fish & Chips, Sandwiches
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Description: The Yardarm Restaurant is a small place with a big imprint. In the last decades we've prided ourselves on being the go-to meeting spot for locals in Orleans. On any given day, you'll find townsfolk like fisherman, physicians and plumbers all sharing stories over drinks or watching the Patriots. The Yardarm is a place where friends meet and where new friends are made. A big reason for our popularity is our food. We have a variety of dishes in different styles, from steaks to Gumbos but there's no one else quite does fish like we do. In fact, the Yardarm is where the local fisherman go to eat. We even serve forgotten traditional favorites like Cod Cheeks. Then more come in for the friendly service. Everyone from the owners down to the wait staff has made it their utmost priority to serve you well, and you'll definitely notice the smiles on our faces and attention to detail as you slowly realize like you're dining at a friend's place. There's no where else quite like the Yardarm!
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Description: The Yardarm Restaurant is a small place with a big imprint. In the last decades we've prided ourselves on being the go-to meeting spot for locals in Orleans. On any given day, you'll find townsfolk like fisherman, physicians and plumbers all sharing stories over drinks or watching the Patriots. The Yardarm is a place where friends meet and where new friends are made. A big reason for our popularity is our food. We have a variety of dishes in different styles, from steaks to Gumbos but there's no one else quite does fish like we do. In fact, the Yardarm is where the local fisherman go to eat. We even serve forgotten traditional favorites like Cod Cheeks. Then more come in for the friendly service. Everyone from the owners down to the wait staff has made it their utmost priority to serve you well, and you'll definitely notice the smiles on our faces and attention to detail as you slowly realize like you're dining at a friend's place. There's no where else quite like the Yardarm!
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Bethel, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

We CT Yankees, hit the Yardarm when we wash-a-shore on the Cape. The family has been going there since the 70's, now my kids for NC and NY stop by when they visit. it was always nice when you walked thru the door, were greeted with a friendly hi and the barkeep would mix up your favorite drink. The food,... More

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Rochester, NY
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123 reviews 123 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

My GF and I were camping at Nickerson's and eating out almost every night the week of the 4th of July. My GF has camped alone and with family over the many years on Cape Cod and she is pretty familiar with many of the fine restaurants on the Cape. But the Yardarm was new to her and certainly new... More

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MA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

I enjoy the good food and casual atmosphere at the Yardarm. The decor is slightly dated but has a lot of charm and is definitely not a "dive". The menu consists of your typical pub fare and the prices are reasonable. The chowder is fantastic. Good beer selection as well. I would definitely recommend a stop in for a bite... More

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Kennebunk, Maine
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We were a large family group and had to wait to be seated but we got frequent updates on what to expect. It was apparent that everything was being done to accommodate us. Once seated, the service was excellent and attentive and the food was prepared exactly as described. The menu is varied enough to suit a wide range of... More

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John S, Owner at The Yardarm, responded to this review

It's so great to hear that you had a nice time while visiting us. I'm glad the staff was friendly and helpful and that everyone in your party enjoyed their meal. I hope you won't hesitate to come back again. Best, John More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Always crowded lunch or dinner .......very noisy ......tables close together ......full range blackboard menu from prime rib to fried clams including some items not ordinarily found in the pub type restaurants such as bratwurst and baked beans ........friendly service.........reasonable prices.....worth a try.

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Camp Verde, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Love The Yardham, friendly people, good food at a good price. Fisherman's plater was tasty and cooked to perfection.

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John S, Owner at The Yardarm, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind compliments. It's so great to hear that you enjoy the Fisherman's Platter and always have a nice time when you're dining with us. I hope you'll come back and visit again soon. Best, John More

Longmeadow, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Bad food, bad service and the locals do not want outsiders. One local actually got my 65yo dad alone outside and questioned him as to who and what we where driving. This was so odd because none of us where intoxicated and this guy was not an employee, but a drunk patron sitting at the bar since lunchtime. It seems... More

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Hanover, New Hampshire
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We've had lunch here several times when we're visiting from NH, have always returned when back. You definitely must go there for at least lunch- great wraps (check the specials, regardless of the wraps!) beyond varied menu choices. Service is excellent AND quick. We'll be back in September- you should be too.

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Eastham, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

There are many great clam places on the Cape, but who knew that the Yardarm in Orleans was another great clam place. Usually think of it as a great hamburger and prime ribs kind of place. The fried clams strips were crispy on the outside, not doughy, and very tender on the inside. So if you need another place to... More

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John S, Owner at The Yardarm, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed our clams, and of course, you can never go wrong with a good burger. I really appreciate your compliments and I'm glad you've given a variety of our menu items a try. I hope to see you again soon. Best, John More

New York
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

When visiting the Cape, we always stop at the Yardarm in Orleans. Whatever you get, it will be served fresh and hot ! We tend to get a seafood dish, but everything is very good. It is not fancy or maybe not for a special occasion but for good service and good food the place to go !

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