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The Yardarm

48 South Orleans Rd, Orleans, MA 02653-2423
+1 508-255-4840
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Ranked #7 of 53 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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English first
Clifton Park, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

My husband and I went to the Yardarm after checking out the reviews on Trip Advisor. I am very confused by its high rating. I don't see myself as being a tough critic and kept looking for those positive things to happen! Our experience was that when we arrived the hostess took my name and said it would be about... More

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Clifton Park, New York
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84 reviews 84 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Went here with my family for dinner while on vacation. Food suggestions: Scallops Nantucket - plenty of large sea scallops cooked with pepperjack cheese and bacon Fishermans Platter - huge variety at the best price around Clam strips - cheap price, high quality, and delicious This is a cute little place (very little). Not many tables but it is worth... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Yardarm is a tradition in our family! Every year we look forward to going to the cape, to sit on Nauset Beach, and get great food from our favorite place.... The Yardarm! The atmosphere is fun and friendly, the servers treat us like family, and the food is always excellent! Thanks again Yardarm for being our "go to spot"... More

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Riverside, Connecticut
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Every time we visit Orleans, we head to the Yardarm first. The atmosphere is that of a local hangout, the food is yummy and the price is right. This time, we had the chicken piccata over linguine, the knockwurst and the stuffed shell special - all were delicious. Desserts are also good - excellent key lime pie and the brownie... More

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Berlin, Connecticut
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We went to the Yardarm looking forward to a good meal. We were very disappointed in some parts of the meal. My husband had the baked onion soup which was excellent. The fried oysters were good. The tossed salad was okay. The french fries were horrible. They tasted hard and if they had been reheated. The slaw was sent back... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to speak up about your experience. It's a shame to hear that we left you disappointed, and I'll be taking your feedback up with the rest of the team. I know you mentioned that you don't plan on returning, but we would truly appreciate another chance to impress you. Sincerely, Best, John More

Inverness
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160 reviews 160 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Visited recently and was pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of items on the menu. Lots of chicken, steak, pork, pasta and of course seafood. I felt really spoilt for choice and at reasonable prices. I thought their clam chowder really was about the best i have tasted on the Cape. They say its award winning but unlike many cape... More

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

Thank you so much for your kind review! You can never go wrong with the Clam Chowder, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. And of course, I'm thrilled that the service was friendly and helpful. I appreciate your recommendation and hope you'll join us again when you're back in the area. Best, John More

Newtown, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Definitely a Cheers type of place. Good food and casual. I had the chicken sandwich with herbed mayo on brioche. It was delicious. Actually 3 of us had it, and everyone enjoyed them. Husband had the fried oyster po boy and he said it was very good. Kids enjoyed the local bottled yardarm lemonade.

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

It's so nice to hear that the entire family enjoyed their visit with us. From the Chicken Sandwich to our Yardarm Lemonade, I'm glad that you all had such a nice time. Please know that I sincerely appreciate your compliments and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best, John More

Las Vegas, Nevada
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Wonderful atmosphere - incredible bartender- friendly, helpful staff....my lamp chops were outstanding - as well as the prime rib special on Monday night! Servers friendly, helpful, and very fast. This is a place I will return to every time I come to the Cape :)

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

Thank you, Halrice! You have us smiling over here. We're happy to have made a new friend, and we look forward to welcoming you back next time you're near. Best, John More

Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

After a week of eating seafood, I was really craving a burger. My husband came across The Yardarm on TripAdvisor and we decided to give it a try. I'm so glad we did because my burger was fantastic. I got the burger with the jalapenos and added a side of avocado and the curly fries. It was so good, cooked... More

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

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed your burger while you were in! It's so nice to know that your husband enjoyed his Reuben, as well. And of course, I'm always glad to hear when you have great service, so I really appreciate you reaching out. I look forward to seeing you again. Best, John More

Vestal, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My SO and I went for dinner, we split the Orange Ginger Calamari (not bad, would probably order the classic calamari next time), and for entrees he ordered the Chef’s Pasta Angelino and I ordered the Grilled Reuben (pastrami) and we both really enjoyed our entrees (the pasta got better as the sauce thickened up). The Reuben though was bliss... More

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

Thanks so much for the review. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us. The Reuben is always a great choice. I hope you'll come back and dine with us again when you're in town. Best, John More

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