I'm local to the Lower Cape and can honestly report that Arnold's is one of the many outstanding Clam Shacks on the Lower Cape (along with Friendly Fisherman also in Eastham, either Cobbies and Katies in Brewster, & PJ's in Wellfleet). Arnold's is the most well known among the bunch and probably has a bit broader menu and larger dining area along with a liquor license and mini-golf next door (although it's cost per round approaches the greens' fee of a real golf course!) which is why it tends to attract the greater number of tourists. It's all good, but as I said it's always crowded and noisy which is why I suggest the other local competitors. As long as the quality of offerings is comparable, I'll go for less crowded with a more manageable decibel level over liquor license and more extensive menu every time. If you're here for on vacation and feel you must try this place, I suggest doing what we do... call in ahead of time for take out and then dine at home in peace with your family while on vacation! All you gotta do is excuse your way to the front of the line and announce yourself. You'll be otta there in 5-10 minutes with only a little of hustle and bustle effecting your enjoyment. All the Clam Shacks are strictly seasonal (May-Aug with a little variation), so if you're here off- season, you'll just have to come back when the sun is high, the beaches are toasty, and the surf is refreshing!
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