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Arnold's Restaurant

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3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642-2114
+1 508-255-2575
11:30 - 20:00
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Fri - Mon 11:30 - 20:00
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the best places on the cape for family dinning. Very laid back and the food is awsome. Best lobster roll on the cape. Raw bar is the best. After you are done you can play Minnie golf or get an ice cream cone. My family has been going there for over 20 years.

Thank cbizman
Guilford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with 5 other people. Had an assortment of fried food and salads. All were good, but not great. For what it is the place is good. Fried clams were good, but I have had better. Ate there before going to Coast Guard Beach for an evening camp fire. We wanted a fast, good, reasonable priced dinner and that is... More 

Thank carlb01
Ferney-Voltaire, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having taken to heart the many warnings on TripAdvisor about long lines, we decided to go early - around 5:00 - and found no lines at all, but this was off-season, so probably not really a good indication of how it would be in August. You order and pay in cafeteria-style line - this is probably the reason for the... More 

Thank Marshall B
Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went with 6 family members to Arnold's this past summer. The best fried clams I've had.The best steamers and best fried fish and chips we had. The beer was great! I have visited Arnold's many times since the early 70's and have gone back because of the quality of the food.

Thank Tim O
Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Low key, very busy fried sea food joint. Noisy and lots of tourists. Fried seafood is their claim to fame, but oysters and clams on the half shell are a treat.

Thank JSC717
Boston, MA, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

If you don't want the long lines, go mid-afternoon. Most of the food is fried, but quite delicious. Try the clam roll for a stomach-friendly serving of whole-belly clams... or share an order since they are huge! In fact, three people could share a fisherman's platter & have leftovers to take home. Thin but generous onion rings are a favorite,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We shared the fried seafood platter. When they say it's enough to share, they are not kidding. When it was served I thought, oh yeah, a little bit of seafood on top of a ton of fries. WRONG! It was e an adequate amount of fries with a ton of seafood. All was cooked perfectly. Great scallops (if you like... More 

Thank Austin720
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

My family always plans on going out to eat at Arnold's whenever we can. The lines out the door can be intimidating, but usually moves quickly. The staff is hard working and efficient. I love the extra large lobster roll, which I am guessing about the equivalent of a pound and a half lobster. My daughter loves the steamed claims,... More 

Thank Tom J
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We've eaten here several times. It is a hub of a business. Often a line up to get in. The food is not bad, but i'm still at a loss for the sometimes long lines and wait time to eat here. It seems to have taken on the atmosphere of a fast food joint (just my opinion) I just can't... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The food was good, but the wait for very long, I would try before the dinner rush to avoid the long wait. But worth the wait for dinner

Thank JaimeKarsch

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 23
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642-2114
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Cod  >  Eastham
  • Phone Number: +1 508-255-2575
"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.

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