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141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
(781) 631-4236
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Province of Cordoba, Argentina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Barnacle is not the most fanciest place. However it has the best lobster, clam chowder and of course dark and stormys. The restaurant is on the water so you can enjoy a great view of the harbor. You should try to get there for an early dinner as the restaurant does fill up and then there is a long... More 

Thank ArgExpat2011
Fairfield, Connecticut
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great experience, terrific food, fabulous service. Met the owner, really seems to care. Seems to be local hangout

Thank fishes5
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Recent stay in Marblehead, MA. Inn keeper suggested The Barnacle. Actually ended up going there 3 times. Lunch, Drinks/Snack, Dinner. Each time we were on the deck overlooking the harbor. Food was very good. Steamed Clams were generous in quantity for snack. All food was fresh and the staff was very attentive. We will surely come back to this spot... More 

Thank Mike P
Beverly, Massachusetts
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Have been coming here since I was little and it's still great. Fresh, local seafood with a great view. This is the place to be during storms. The waves break over the restaurant.

Thank Torrey67
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Since I've lived here all my life and visitors always want a lobster and a waterfront restaurant The Barnacle is perfect. Old and rustic, crammed and noicy it is a fun spot especially if you sit outside. Not fancy dining! Just take that boiled lobster and pull it apart and dig out that succulent meat, dip it in drawn butter... More 

Thank capril30
Middlebury, CT
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108 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Set right on Marblehead harbor, actually hanging over it, view can't get any better. Small restaurant so very noisy and because of local charm, usually crowded. Can eat out or in but often breezy off water. Also loose door to deck slamming repeatedly was distracting. Seafood platter was more than generous. Fried shrimp tasty. Sides good. Clam chowder made fresh... More 

Thank Ray S
McLean, Virginia, United States
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in for a late lunch. Burgers were huge !!!! Fish and chips were wonderful. Not heavy breeding but light and wonderful. Service was good but it was very very busy. Very friendly place and great seafood menu. Had a wonderful time. Recommend!

Thank Scott G
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

lovely lobster on a tiny deck overlooking the harbour. felt very authentic, rustic nautical and the lobster tasted like it had just been brought in off the boat, which considering they catch their own lobsters was probably true!

Thank thejourney2014
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been here with my wife and 3 kids, with my family and another family and on a date with just my wife. This is our favorite place to eat when we visit Marblehead. The steamer clams are served with butter and boils sea water. The twin lobster special is a good value for 2 lobsters and a ton... More 

Thank thisguyisweird
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 459 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I dined here with a friends and we had a lovely time. You walk into an impossibly tiny hallway, past the small bar and enter the dining room with views over the harbour. We shared the seafood platter and a lobster roll. More food than two could finish. It's in a lovely location and I recommend this restaurant in lovely... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine, 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: (781) 631-4236

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?