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“Tasty Food - Follow the Crowd on How to Order”

Arnold's Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 29 Restaurants in Eastham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $23
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout
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.
Reviewed July 12, 2014

Arnold's was recommended by the couple we were with. Glad they knew what to do. Line is long, but moves fast. Order food and pay first, then go get your see. Picnic tables and nothing fancy, but food is tasty and is a good experience. Cocktails/beer are available inside - another line, but also goes fast.

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Reviewed July 12, 2014

Food & Wine stated that they were the best fried clams in the world and I would have to agree. The only problem I ever have here is that the onion rings are sooooooo good that it's hard to stop not fill up on those to enjoy the whole fried clams. Once you've had these clams, it's hard to have them anywhere else. They are that good!

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Reviewed July 10, 2014

I have been going to Arnold's for years with the family. Stopped in the other day for lunch and had the very best whole belly clam roll, fishwich, and onion rings. Just had to tell all, worth the stop. it is pricey for a roadside stand, but worth the price, cash only, ATM on site. And, mini golf on the property. if you go to Cape Cod, this is a must stop.

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Reviewed July 10, 2014

I tend to agree with what everyone else here is saying...it is not the cheapest place in the world for the seafood (although other menu items are surprisingly affordable), but the quality is just outstanding. We stayed in Eastham for a week this summer and ate here 3 or 4 times! (my kids loved the mini-golf as well)

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Thank JDHLAGRK
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

While not inexpensive, the fried seafood is some of the best we have had. The batter is light and crispy (corn flour & white flour) and the seafood itself is fresh moist and flavorful. Clam strips were big, juicy and tender. Scallops were juicy and full of actual scallop flavor. Shrimp was large moist and had excellent flavor. Calamari was tender and flavorful.Haddock fillet was simply some of the best we've had .... are we seeing a trend here?

One gripe, for us anyway, is that the platter comes with whole clams (along with the scallops, shrimp, calamari, oysters & haddock ). We prefer clam strips, but there is no alternate platter with strips (instead of the whole clams).

While the pricing is not inexpensive, the portions are indeed large. The staff is friendly. You will wait a while to order and then pick-up your order, but it is worth it. The venue is beach casual with paper plates, but it is very clean and the dining area is large.

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Thank Gordon A
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Nathan N, Owner at Arnold's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2014

Gordon, thank you for your kind words if you had simply asked for clam strips instead of whole belly clams we would have been happy to oblige you. I am so sorry about that, maybe next time you visit us??

Some of the reviews have mentioned the food is good but pricey and that's because seafood IS PRICEY! Scallops and clams are at an all time high, never before have I paid so much. Native fried clams and steamers being extremely scarce and sometimes non existent due to flats being closed because of rain. Shrimp prices are high also but are stabilizing I hear. High quality does not come cheap and that's a fact. The old saying " You get what you pay for " is definitely true at Arnolds. Our longtime customers come here expecting top quality and that's what we give them. Having said that I can assure you we are very competitive with the other restaurants in this area, I invite you to see for yourself either online or by visiting my good friends down the road a piece.
Please specifically check out our lobster in the shell prices and I think you will find us one of the least expensive on CAPE COD!

We are doing all we can to keep our prices reasonable and competitive because we want you happy and we want you back. I will guarantee you we will continue doing what we have done for the last 35 years to keep your loyalty and patronage. Our mantra here at Arnolds is to "EXCEED THE CUSTOMERS EXPECTATIONS" Something we practice everyday.
Gratefully yours
Nate Nickerson

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