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Arnold's Restaurant

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3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642-2114
+1 508-255-2575
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11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Fri - Mon 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Eastham, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Clam chowder to kill for; same for all fried seafood! Large portion sizes but prices on the high side. Worth waiting in the long line!

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Thank fvgabriel
London, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seafood choices were fine. Great onion rings and coleslaw. Was busy and right by main road but ideal location when visiting National Seashore

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Thank RiddiSue
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the best places on the cape for family dinning. Very laid back and the food is awsome. Best lobster roll on the cape. Raw bar is the best. After you are done you can play Minnie golf or get an ice cream cone. My family has been going there for over 20 years.

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Guilford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Went with 5 other people. Had an assortment of fried food and salads. All were good, but not great. For what it is the place is good. Fried clams were good, but I have had better. Ate there before going to Coast Guard Beach for an evening camp fire. We wanted a fast, good, reasonable priced dinner and that is... More 

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Ferney-Voltaire, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

Having taken to heart the many warnings on TripAdvisor about long lines, we decided to go early - around 5:00 - and found no lines at all, but this was off-season, so probably not really a good indication of how it would be in August. You order and pay in cafeteria-style line - this is probably the reason for the... More 

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Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

I went with 6 family members to Arnold's this past summer. The best fried clams I've had.The best steamers and best fried fish and chips we had. The beer was great! I have visited Arnold's many times since the early 70's and have gone back because of the quality of the food.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Low key, very busy fried sea food joint. Noisy and lots of tourists. Fried seafood is their claim to fame, but oysters and clams on the half shell are a treat.

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Boston, MA, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

If you don't want the long lines, go mid-afternoon. Most of the food is fried, but quite delicious. Try the clam roll for a stomach-friendly serving of whole-belly clams... or share an order since they are huge! In fact, three people could share a fisherman's platter & have leftovers to take home. Thin but generous onion rings are a favorite,... More 

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Austin,tx
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

We shared the fried seafood platter. When they say it's enough to share, they are not kidding. When it was served I thought, oh yeah, a little bit of seafood on top of a ton of fries. WRONG! It was e an adequate amount of fries with a ton of seafood. All was cooked perfectly. Great scallops (if you like... More 

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Thank Austin720
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

My family always plans on going out to eat at Arnold's whenever we can. The lines out the door can be intimidating, but usually moves quickly. The staff is hard working and efficient. I love the extra large lobster roll, which I am guessing about the equivalent of a pound and a half lobster. My daughter loves the steamed claims,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $23
Cuisine
American, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Takeout
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642-2114
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Cod  >  Eastham
  • Phone Number: +1 508-255-2575
Description
"Best fried clams in the world"-Food & Wine Magazine. Arnold's seafood is so fresh, any fisherman would approve. Native lobster, local raw bar, cocktails, fried and baked seafood, lobster rolls, salads, an extensive children's menu, gourmet ice cream, and mini golf. Arnold's owner is Nathan "Nick" Nickerson, a true Cape Cod native and Mayflower descendant. Nick grew up surrounded by the sea and worked on farms and with family in Cape Cod restaurants. Almost 40 ago he founded what has become the world-famous Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar. From the start, crowds were drawn to the fresh, native seafood, generous portions, friendly service and fun Cape Cod atmosphere found at Arnold's. Pets are allowed in our outdoor area in the back.

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