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The Yardarm

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American, Seafood, Fish & Chips, Sandwiches
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48 South Orleans Rd, Orleans, MA 02653-2423
+1 508-255-4840
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night
Description: The Yardarm Restaurant is a small place with a big imprint. In the last...
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

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Bad and Good

After reading and hearing about The Yardarm for years my wife and stopped by for lunch. We sat for 1/2 hour before a waitress came over and gave us menus although the place was virtually empty and there were 2 bartenders. Finally, we got a couple of drinks and ordered. Clam chowder was middle of... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
jbunnyBoston
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Boston
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Late Night
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Boston
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

After reading and hearing about The Yardarm for years my wife and stopped by for lunch. We sat for 1/2 hour before a waitress came over and gave us menus although the place was virtually empty and there were 2 bartenders. Finally, we got a couple of drinks and ordered. Clam chowder was middle of the road and burgers would... More 

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Eastham
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41 reviews 41 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This was my first visit to the Yardarm since new ownership has taken over. I was happy to see many of the same faces among the staff and even more importantly, our meals were excellent. We both chose the Cape Scrod for our meals and were delighted. Our entrees were thick, moist and delicious. I had squash and a baked... More 

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Orleans, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The other best pub in Orleans! Chowder and sandwiches! Try the Rueben. Not as crowded as other places. Cozy and comfortable

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Danville, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Enjoyed a late lunch here while things were winding down before the dinner crowd - waitstaff writing up the nightly specials on white boards, friendly conversations at the bar and all around. Cold beer, delicious fried seafood in generous portions. A no-nonsense restaurant with good food and incredibly welcoming and helpful staff. Sent our compliments to the chef that day... More 

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Old or venerable? Exotic or traditional? Portion control or massive plates Cheap or inexpensive? If you know what to expect you are going to enjoy this place. It is a popular local hangout and has a dedicated clientele. It is not fancy. If not elbowing the fishermen at the bar you are seated at a wooden table with paper place-mats.... More 

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

What a compliment! I'm happy that you're such a fan of our fare and atmosphere -- we know that's one of the best things about visiting Cape Cod. I'm also happy to see that your party was a fan of the Fisherman's Platter -- we love to give our customers a taste of everything this awesome place has to offer!... More 

Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

The Arm is a local spot with a cadre of regulars - often sitting at the bar watching tube and making a ruckus. They took out the pool table some time ago for more tables. Good menu; clam chowdah and stuffed quahog are favorites. Cod Cheeks often not on menu but available is asked. Very crowded spacing for tables.Smokers stand... More 

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

We love being a place for the community -- both locals and newcomers -- to get together and enjoy a few laughs over a good meal. We're so happy you love the clam chowder in particular. Some days are just better with a bowl of clam chowder, right? We'd love to be a top-notch spot in your book, so if... More 

Orleans, Massachusetts
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Whoever the lunch cook was today *get rid of him or her*. Have eaten at the Yardarm many many times, always good and fun. Today went in with family and friends, one who had never had the Yardarm Reuben but had heard so much about it. First of all, the meals took a long time to come out. The two... More 

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

I hate that it took a bad day to bring you to review us, especially since you've had so many good times here. That said though, I hope you'll accept my sincerest apology for such a disappointing experience. Your sandwiches should've been perfect the first time, but it's good to hear that we could get everything sorted out in the... More 

Vero Beach, Florida
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Food is always freshly cooked and consistently good. Prices are fair and the ambiance is pure Cape Cod. You won't be disappointed in your choice if you go there for either lunch or dinner. By all means have the onion straws! I only had the choice of checking one meal, but we had both lunch and dinner during our stay... More 

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

I'm thrilled to hear that you love the Onion Straws! Thank you so much for your kind compliments, and I hope to see you when you're back in town. Best, John More 

Wallingford, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

If you enjoy great food in a casual pub-style atmosphere, this is the place to go! There were 2 in our party, one had prime rib (Mondays and Thursdays are "prime rib night"). It was done to perfection and enough for 2 hearty meals. The other had local cod...large portion and absolutely delicious. We shared a side of onion rings...thinly... More 

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

Thanks for the great review, and I'll be sure to pass your compliments along to Nicki! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the prime rib and I hope you'll visit us again when you're back in the area. Best, John More 

Pueblo, Colorado
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We were in the area and stopped by for lunch and since they were so busy I thought this would be a great local place. Well....not really. This food was ok typical pub fare. The place was packed but no place to sit and it was difficult to get anyone to wait on us and let us know how long.... More 

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

Of course, I'm disappointed to hear about your experience. We can certainly get busy during the evenings, but I hope you'll accept my apologies for the wait. I hope you enjoyed your meal and will consider coming back and giving us another shot. Best, John More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 48 South Orleans Rd, Orleans, MA 02653-2423
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Cod  >  Orleans
  • Phone Number: +1 508-255-4840

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Fish & Chips, Sandwiches

Restaurant Characteristics

  • 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!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?