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“Very nice meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Dolphin Restaurant

Dolphin Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 9 Restaurants in Barnstable
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $26
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dover, New Hampshire
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129 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Very nice meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2014

Went here on a Thursday night during summer on the Cape, but the restaurant was fairly empty around 8pm. Was a little concerned considering how nice appointed the restaurant was that I was wearing a golf shirt and ball cap, but there was no hesitation by the staff to seat us and we were treated nicely.

Atmosphere is very nice with linen on the tables, fresh flowers, and nice hardwood chairs. Clean restaurant and nicely lit. A handful of tables are in each of a handful of separate rooms. Service on the night was very good. All was prompt and accurate. Timing and friendliness were there as well.

Instead of bread and butter, we were given a plate of three types of crackers, and an herbed cream cheese. Enjoyable, but there was probably a little too much for the two of us. Bread and butter actually did come later with our meals. Three different types of bread including what both of us considered the BEST CORNBREAD WE HAVE EVER HAD - light, fluffy, moist, and a strong sense of corn. Yum!

For an app, we ordered the Two Barnstable Stuffed Quahogs. This was really a good value and enough of an app for two. The price was $5.99, though you could order a single one for $3.99. These are large stuffed on the half shell. A good amount of clam inside and really good flavor. Would recommend the offered Tabasco to kick them up a notch, but they are fine without it as well. Could have made a meal from these - but I was already at carb overload.

Despite the large seafood-oriented menu, we ordered off the specials menu which had a large number of options. I got the baked scallops with a crab and Parmesan cream sauce. The wife got the macadamia nut-crusted swordfish. While not identified on the menus, both items came with two small baked potatoes and green beans. The beans were fresh and lightly dressed. The potatoes were rubbed with butter? and sea salt? Regardless, you didn't need to add anything to them. There were good just as they were. Only point of issue was that there was maybe a little too much potato. One would have been too little, two were too many. But that's a minor gripe.

Meal, including app, two drinks, two entrees, tip and tax came to under $74. A very good meal where we'd often spend over $100. Highly recommended.

  • Visited July 2014
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Boston MA
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551 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Consistently good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2014

Have eaten here for lunch a number of times over the years. It is open year round which is a plus. Good solid food - no surprises. Clam chowder particularly good. Good service, comfy ( but darkish) ambience.

  • Visited July 2014
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Fall River, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

Beautiful restaurant in barnstable center. Friendly efficient staff and amazing food. Looking for a great dinner with that special someone? Come here you will love it

  • Visited July 2014
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Highly recommended”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

We enjoyed everything about Dolphin -- the service, the food, the atmosphere. After a disappointing and frustrating experience the night before at Old Yarmouth Inn, we were especially happy to find a restaurant that did everything right.

  • Visited July 2014
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Chatham, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent Food, Portions & Atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014

Unlike many Cape restaurants that charge an obscene amount of money for tiny portions, you get a full plate - the three of us each took home left overs. The quality and menu options were fantastic - between us we had Salmon Cakes, Crab Cakes, Carrot Ginger Soup (phenomenal), Prime Rib, and Dolphin Fish Fry, it was all fantastic. The seats are far enough away from everyone so you're not on top of your neighbor. The waitstaff was incredibly attentive without being intrusive. We're coming here again.

Visited July 2014
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