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Arnold's Restaurant

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3580 State Hwy Route 6, Eastham, MA 02642-2114
+1 508-255-2575
Fri - Mon 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Lenox, Massachusetts
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2015

This establishment has been a cape cod standby for several years. To me. It has not been able to keep up with its former reputation. Nevertheless, it remains very popular and some of our party insisted we stop for an afternoon snack (read late lunch) . Fried clams were still excellent. Onion rings not so much. Fish and. Chips were... More 

1 Thank Johnberk
Groton, Connecticut
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2015

My great idea was for a "snack stop" at 3pm, before the super-long dinner lines begin around 5pm. Since we had a big breakfast, my friend and I just wanted fries and onion rings. I ordered a small onion rings, and I was shocked to see an overflowing container of lightly-battered rings. I never tasted such non-greasy, light-as-air onion rings... More 

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Clifton Park, New York
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2015

When you get to a restaurant and there is a line out the door, it usually means good things. Arnolds is an order at the counter and pick your food up type of restaurant, with picnic table seating outside. The seafood is tremendous. I ordered the fried seafood platter (big enough for two) for less than 30 bucks. The mound... More 

1 Thank Paul F
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

Arnold's was an average place to eat. They messed up our order of a hamburger, and insisted we take the double cheeseburger that they had made instead. My friend was lactose intolerant, and couldn't eat cheese. The waitress sighed when we asked for our original order and made it reluctantly. Their lobster cracking tools were very difficult to use, and... More 

2 Thank Anya A
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

The food is great and atmosphere is very comfortable - only negative at all is that they don't accept credit (or debit) cards. That was a major downer for me since we're on vacation and don't travel with a lot of cash. They do have an ATM, but I'm not a fan of using anything but bank ATM's. That aside... More 

1 Thank oldeschule
Nutley, New Jersey
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2015

I spent a few days in Eastham and due to Arnold's being ranked #1 in tripadvisor I thought I could not leave without trying it. So I went yesterday around 2.30 the line was manageable, they do not take credit cards just cash - and ordered a fish sandwich, the cod was freshly fried but it was nothing more than... More 

1 Thank Heidi H
Rochester, New York
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117 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2015

Arnold's is a landmark and a must see if you have a few days and looking for a true cape cod lobster "experience" but be warned there is a lot to like and a lot to hate depending on your demeanor. Parking is crazy and to give you an idea they have parking attendants. They have separate lines for food,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2015

A Cape Cod favorite, and for good reasons. Quality of the food is excellent and prices are reasonable. Portions are quite generous. The atmosphere is basic, with tables underneath tents. You wait in line, then order, are given pager that buzzes when your food is ready, and then you head off to find a table. When your pager buzzes, you... More 

Thank Ed C
Hutchinson Island, Florida
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2015

If you've traveled the "real Cape Cod", I'm talking from the elbow to P-town only, (anything previous is just Massachusetts), and have been through Eastham then it's fair to say you've seen the line at Arnold's. Naturally there's a reason. And if you've done this trek several times a year ever since Fonzi would make you laugh on Tuesday nights... More 

Thank Tim M
Cotuit, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2015

Great food and fun atmosphere! Will always stop here on way to P'Town! Love the lobster roll, it's famous!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $23
American, Seafood
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
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3580 State Hwy Route 6, Eastham, MA 02642-2114
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Cod  >  Eastham
  • Phone Number: +1 508-255-2575
"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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