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The Barnacle

141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
+1 781-631-4236
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good40%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (68 reviews)
“chowder” (37 reviews)
“fish and chips” (22 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 9:00 pm Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best lobsters ! Great chowder ! Wonderful fried sea food.... always a fun time at the Barnacle. The views make your visit to the Barnacle a truly Marblehead experience.

Thank RERubin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're looking for 5 star waterfront dining with fancy napkins French waiters wearing vests- this is NOT your place. If you're looking for a great fresh lobster, steamers, clam chowder- not to mention AWESOME onion rings (this stringy kind). real cocktails, and a crusty,...More

Thank Camsdad11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our waiter is a model of a perfect waiter. She was attentive without want to be your best friend. The attached bar kept the evening lively with locals and a birthday celebration. I felt like I was welcomed into someone's home. The food - large...More

Thank Jeannie E
Reviewed 22 January 2018

We had not been in awhile and worried about them getting lazy....not the case. The waitresses were competent and friendly, the Bloody Mary was great, and the scallops were too: fresh , a good amount of them, and not too expensive given the price of...More

Thank sjk7301948
Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

The Barnacle is one of those quaint seaside gem of a restaurant. Nothing fancy or modern. If you want to step back in time for some really good food you should try it out. I can personally recommend the blackened swordfish. Two others had the...More

Thank Keith G
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Having a meal at The Barnacle in Marblehead is a must for all visitors to town. The seafood is fresh and very tasty. The view of the harbor is incredible.

Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Don't touch anything else. If you must be here for the view, the terrace or some other redneck convinced you to pass by, have some deep fried food - at least you won't taste anything else then the batter. We ordered salad with grilled shrimp....More

Thank akripa
Reviewed 25 November 2017

Wonderful seafood, GREAT drinks, and what a view ! Best harbor front location in Marblehead ! What a fun spot.

Thank Daniel C
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed a wonderful quiet evening and fantastic dinner here. The food was outstanding, the waitstaff very accommodating. Wish we could get fish this amazing and fresh everywhere 😊

Thank sparky99Florida
Reviewed 13 November 2017 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
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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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids
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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