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The Barnacle

141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
+1 781-631-4236
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good41%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“lobster” (65 reviews)
“chowder” (37 reviews)
“fish and chips” (23 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A good spot on the harbor with a good local feel, a casual and comfortable place to dine. Lobsters were fresh, caught by the owner each day. Service is good and prices were reasonable for the lobsters we had.

Thank Greg L
Reviewed 6 days ago

This local restaurant is a favorite of the locals for good reason - it's incredible. I had the best lobster roll I've ever had, and my wife's seafood was incredible. (Warning: All of the prices on other dishes are extremely reasonable, but I paid extra...More

Thank Rick B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The first time we ate here on a Thursday for lunch. The service was fantastic! The clam chowder was the best we had on this trip and the lobster rolls were good. So we made a choice to go back on Saturday hoping to have...More

Thank Debbie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great dinner there with my Mom for their Wednesday night Lobster for two special. Excellent service, friendly, cozy, and amazing food!

Thank Garrett_TX
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Kind of a greasy spoon. Known for their outstanding steak tips and seafood. Fried clams and fries are good. View is spectacular, especially during a storm. In a storm, be prepared to run.

Thank Grizlette
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is small and friendly. Reminded us of a old pub in London, UK. Very picturesque. The service was nice and the waitress gave us good advices. The portions are plentiful, but the food was a little too greasy for our tastes.

Thank Jean M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has the great views, patio sitting, and the atmosphere. The servers were fun, fast, and friendly. The beer was cold. The fried oysters...oh, yum! My steak and stuffed shrimp were/was one of the best meals I had in Marblehead! A great place all...More

Thank rainbow-ettes
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Came here because Salem was so packed with people that we could not find parking. Tried another restaurant in Marblehead and had the same parking situation. This place we found parking and gave it a try. Calamari was great as was all the kids meals....More

Thank R6908OYwilliams
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

On our trip to the Northeast we had occasion to try clam chowders at several restaurants in many towns. The Barnacles was the best, plenty of clams and not that many potatoes.

Thank Terry L
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Wonderful views of Marblehead harbor, especially from the few outdoor tables, in good weather. One of the few dining places in town on the water! Too many bad, greasy choices, such as mediocre fish & chips & overly mayonnaised cole slaw. Discovering sliced, raw white...More

Thank TheWhiteRoad
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3 November 2017|
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Response from Mark S | Reviewed this property |
I don't know much about gluten allergies. but I'm guessing a steamed lobster, or some steamed clams would do? the clams are amazing! and well lobstah is as good as it gets. The Oysters are good too.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Marblehead
  • Phone Number: +1 781-631-4236
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