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“Food was OK, service was not.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Dolphin Restaurant

Dolphin Restaurant
3250 Main St, Barnstable, MA 02630
(508) 362-6610
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Ranked #2 of 10 Restaurants in Barnstable
Price range: $11 - $26
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dublin, Ireland
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Food was OK, service was not.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

We had dinner in The Dolphin in July while on vacation in Cape Cod. The decor is very nice and we were shown to our table by a pleasant hostess. So far, so good. Food was quite good, if a little bland. The clam chowder was delicious.
But the problem was with the service. Our reservation was for 7 pm, we arrived a few minutes after that. The waitress took our food order at exactly 7.30 pm. After that, the food arrived promptly, but a 30 minute wait for someone to take the order is not acceptable, even when on vacation, and the restaurant was not very busy at the time.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Boston
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“The Dolphin Restaurant-a local favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2009

Some chefs just know how to prepare seafood! The Sole Amandine is a dish that I have not been able to find like this one. Simple seafood dishes made with right. The bar is like a scene from "Cheers" when Johnnie is bartending. Lunch specials and Early bird specials really pack in the locals, but I like to go for Dinner. A whole different place.

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Marion
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“One of the best dinners I've ever had!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2009

My husband and I had one of the best dinner experiences of our lives at the Dolphin Inn on Valentine's Day night. We arrived a few minutes before our 6:45 p.m. reservation and were seated immediately by the Hostess who was friendly and professional. Our table was very nice and the entire restaurant was beautifully arranged with white tablecloths on the tables under glass with a single candle in the middle of the table. Our food was fantastic and the service was excellent. We would highly recommend this restaurant and can't wait to go back!

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Cape Cod2000
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“We Will Never Go Back”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2009

With reservations our party of four had an over 2 hour wait. The hostess kept forgetting us despite reminding her many times. The food has always been very good if you can get past the very poor service. When we spoke to the owner he couldn't care less that we were very unhappy with the service. We live in Barnstable, our favorite on Route 6A is The Barnstable Tavern where we are always treat great. We will never go back to The Dolphin and recommend the same for others.

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Buffalo, New York
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Good Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2008

Went to have some oysters here in November. It is a nice comfortable kind of place - not fancy but pleasant and clean. There were a ton of locals at the bar so we got a table. After looking through the menu, we decided to try a few of the appetizers. My daughter I ended up having 4 different appetizers, which ranged from good to excellent. (Goat cheese appetizer was actually outstanding) Service was good - waitress was kind of "down to earth" type - not fancy but we found her pleasant. All in all a good experience and worth a try.

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