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“Best. Clam-Shack. Ever.”

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, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, 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 21, 2014

I've been coming here for 30+ years. The food is consistently perfect. Best onion rings ever. Fresh and wonderful seafood. Have the hot lobster roll. They make it the right way with just fresh hot lobster and butter. See Courtney at the raw bar for truly local oysters and clams. This is a must do spot in Eastham.

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Nathan N, Owner at Arnold's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2014

So pleased to hear from you, Ann! Glad that, after all this time, everything's been consistent for you, and that you enjoy the onion rings and seafood. Thanks for recommending our lobster roll and raw bar, too! We'll make sure Courtney sees your shout. We'll see you soon.

All the best,
Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar

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Reviewed July 20, 2014

Arnold's is the kind of place with a really, really long line. You wait to order your food and then you wait for it to be done. There are plenty of seating areas inside, so don't worry. I had fried lobster for the first time and it was incredible. My husband had a hot lobster roll for the first time and it was incredible. This is a must for dinner!

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Reviewed July 20, 2014

Dinner for two here and it was tasty. However, since different parts of the meals are cooked at different times, our main dishes were warm (not hot) and the onion strings were ice cold. We stood right there with the buzzer to pick up the food at the counter so it would not be sitting there, but it still didn't prevent cold food. Bonus: if you get the large beer, you get to keep the glad and refills cost $3 less.

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Reviewed July 20, 2014

Arnold's has about the freshest and best seafood in the area. Prices are great, too. Be warned, though: lots of others have discovered this treasure, so it's always mobbed. One bit of advice we got from a native was to call our order in in advance as a take-out order. You can then take it home or try your luck finding a table there. Oh, and they don't take credit cards: cash only!

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Reviewed July 20, 2014

We make a trip to Arnold's every summer. The kids love the food and especially the frisbees. They have a good selection of drinks, a nice raw bar and good proportions. I would have rated this higher, but when my daughter asked for a frisbee with her fried clam order (because we think kids meals should not be limited to hot dogs, butter pasta, chicken fingers and mac and cheese) we were told it would be an additional charge. Considering the fried clam order was twice that of a poor kids selection they should have smiled and done it. I understand there is always a line out the door, but beyond serving the same food you can find at Cooke's, Kreme N Kone and countless others offer up graceful service.

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