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The Barnacle

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141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
+1 781-631-4236
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Salem, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A classic old-fashioned New England fried seafood place with outstanding views. Good service, good food, good drinks. It's small, and be ready to wait during the busy season. Food isn't inexpensive, but portions are big.

Thank Jim-from-Salem
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62 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I enjoyed dinner at the Barnacle while visiting Salem in April. It was quite busy the night we visited but our waitress was still attentive to us and recommended seats overlooking the harbor since we were not from the area. All of the food we ordered was really well prepared and oh so delicious. But that view,... More 

Thank krazykevy
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great staff and very good fish and chips. Some great daily specials. Wonderful view of the harbor from the restaurant, the bar and the outside deck.

Thank bill g
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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254 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2017 via mobile

We have lived in town for ever and have avoided this touristy spot on the water. Having a yearning for lobster we decided to check it out the other night. Well, it was pretty disappointing with its frozen shoestring fries and small tenders of haddock! Didn't get the lobster as they didn't offer lazy mans. The staff was pleasant but... More 

Thank stephanie m
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2017

Great local haunt. Perfect for lunch or dinner. Not fancy but the real thing. The front bar can be a little sketchy but that's half the fun. Especially during a storm and boy do we have storms! As the pix show you can sit literally over the water. Watch the kayakers or get inspired to rent your own around the... More 

Thank mjme11
Roswell, Georgia, United States
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2017

This is a great place right on the water. There is a deck and try to get a table there when the weather is good, of course. Steamers are spectacular. Fried Claims probably are my favorite.

Thank Mike J
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3 reviews
Reviewed February 3, 2017 via mobile

We popped in last Sunday and it was just great. It had a tiny little bar but it was full of people having a real good time which is great to see... good on them!!! The service was great and the clam chowder and fries were delicious!!! We'll be back!

Thank Damien O
North Hero, Vermont
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63 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2017

This visit was a mini reunion. So there was quite a bit to celebrate after meeting former students who now live in Marblehead. Unfortunately, because of a power outage, that evening there was no heat. We made do. It was Twin Lobster night and we took advantage of it along with steamers. Excellent. Not terribly noisy considering and we stayed... More 

Thank mendn13
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27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2016

A bit crowded and no draft beer. Staff and patrons are very nice. Good atmosphere and view. Did not have food but heard it is good.

Thank Ken H
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

This has to be my favorite casual restaurant in MHD. The service is always fast and friendly. I've tried a few items but my all time favorite is the lobster roll. The option to mix onion rings and fries is great for people who can't decide on one or the other! Also on a cold day their soups are a... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood, Soups, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Marblehead
  • Phone Number: +1 781-631-4236

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