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The Yardarm

48 South Orleans Rd, Orleans, MA 02653-2423
+1 508-255-4840
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Ranked #8 of 53 Restaurants in Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Fish & Chips, Sandwiches
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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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English first
Goshen, CT
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This has become my favorite restaurant on the Cape....many locals visit this place regularly and I found out why last year and revisited it again twice in the past week. Unbelievable food and choice and great price and friendly people all chatting across tables ...wait staff just as friendly. Very good choice of seafood plus American and even some Italian... More

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

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. Please know that your loyalty means a lot to us, and I'm really glad you always enjoy your meal when you stop in. I sincerely appreciate the recommendation and I hope to see you again soon. Best, John More

Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Orleans natives took us to Yardarm. Truly a local spot. Our waitress was very friendly and chatty. We shared the basket of onion rings to start which were some of the best i have ever had. I tried the salad as an appetizer which I would not recommend. This is truly a greasy spoon where I would advise staying away... More

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

Thank you for your kind compliments, Kaitlin. I'm sorry if the salad wasn't your favorite, but I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the rest of your meal. I hope you'll come back and visit again soon. Best, John More

New Hartford, Connecticut
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Went to Cape to do some work. The last time we could not get in here, because of long wait. This time we got there about 11:50 and seated right away on a Tuesday. By about 12:15 the place was full. I had fried scallops which were great. My friend had fried clams and said they were also great. The... More

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

I'm glad to to hear that you enjoyed your time with us, Randy. You certainly can't go wrong with the Scallops, and it's so nice to know that our service was on point. I hope you'll come back and visit when you're in town again! Best, John More

Sudbury, MA
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Stopped in for lunch on the way back from P-Town. It's a small place, so I suspect it can get crowded during peak times. We stopped there for lunch on a Monday and it was fair empty. The food arrived quickly and was very good. We all had seafood of some sort and all were very pleased with the quality... More

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

Thanks so much for your kind review. You definitely can't go wrong with a seafood dish, and it's nice to know you enjoyed it. I really appreciate the compliments and hope you'll come back and see us again soon. Best, John More

Rye, New York
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I can remember when the Yardarm first opened - in the early Seventies. The peer reviews at the time were along the lines of "well, it's somewhere else (besides the Ho) to go." Later peer reviews were more complimentary, but not by anyone in whom you'd place any great culinary confidence. So, in the four decades and change since the... More

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

Thanks for providing us some feedback, Anjaneya. It sounds like you came during dinner on a weekend, when we are the most busy, so I'm sorry if the wait was a little much for you. Of course, I'm glad our portion sizes were filling, but I apologize if some of the menu items you picked weren't your favorite. Please know... More

saratoga NY
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

Recommended as the best place to eat by friends from East Ham ( not Eastum) the bar was full of locals as well as people waiting to eat. Very efficient and friendly bar staff. Our half-hour wait flew by with friendly conversation, almost hated to sit down. Waitress Ruby was delightful and very competent. Be sure to check chalkboard specials,... More

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

It's great to hear that Ruby took good care of you, and I'm thrilled that you enjoyed some of our specialty seafood dishes. I'm glad you had such a nice time and hope to see you again soon. Best, John More

London, UK
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

The Yardarm is lively pub & restaurant. It was busy when we visited, but that added to the atmosphere for us. Good choice of veggie options for my partner. I ordered the lobster ravioli from the specials board and was not disappointed! Attentive service and food was well-priced.

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

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the Lobster Ravioli and the liveliness of our restaurant. Thank you so much for your kind compliments, and I hope to see you again when you're back in town. Best, John More

New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Struggled to find somewhere to eat on a Sunday in September. This place was recommended in a couple of guides to Cape Cod, but I wouldn't bother eating there again. Everything was hot and we didn't die, but it was a bit scruffy and basic. Had to ask to find a table away from the TV/football to have lunch.

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

I'm sorry to hear about your experience, Steve. This certainly not how our restaurant is typically described, so it may have just been an off-day for us. I hope you'll come back and give us another shot. Best, John More

Springfield, Illinois
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We had dinner at The Yardarm on a Thursday evening in mid September, after the summer crowds had departed. We had stopped in for a drink around 3:30 in the afternoon. The kitchen closes from 4 to 5, and they do not take reservations, but we were told that if we called just before we were to arrive, they would... More

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

Thanks so much for your kind compliments. It's really great to know that you and your wife both enjoyed your meals while you were in. I hope you'll come back and visit us again when you're visiting again. Best, John More

Providence, RI
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We just discovered the Yardarm in Orleans and had an excellent experience. My parents and I arrived during a busy lunch time, but the hostess Patty F. took special care to seat us quickly and was especially attentive throughout our meal. My father had the spinach salad and a Guinness, my mother had the crispy chicken roll up and I... More

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

Hearing that we've become on of your go-to restaurants really means a lot, and it's great to hear that you had a nice time while you were in. Of course, you can never go wrong with the Chocolate Cheesecake -- I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, John More

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Additional Information about The Yardarm

Address: 48 South Orleans Rd, Orleans, MA 02653-2423
Phone Number: +1 508-255-4840
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Cod  >  Orleans
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Fish & Chips, Sandwiches

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