We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Barnacle

141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
+1 781-631-4236
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (72 reviews)
“steamers” (26 reviews)
“chowder” (40 reviews)
Closed Now
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (434)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 421 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our visit we asked several locals for recommendations and every one mentioned this place. I can only assume the owners are wonderful people and they are doing their friendly best to drum up business for them. One was honest enough to advise us not...More

1  Thank Companion617258
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to The Barnacle many time over the years, usually with a friend I've known since we were camp friends MANY years ago. I once lived in Marblehead and she is a native Bostonian now living in Nashville. When she is visiting we...More

Thank MassLass
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The chowder was perfect and so were the scallops. The service was so friendly and right. The atmosphere was perfect - just the right noise to feel good and to have a nice conversation. Cannot wait to go back!!

Thank segalarnold
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

OMG! The food was amazing! The lobster was caught fresh a couple hours before I devoured it! My friend had the fish taco and is was awesome, light and delicious! I highly recommend checking this place out. Walking along the streets of marble Head was...More

1  Thank VGDutchie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is my kind of old style, comfy, local seafood spot....good wine list, fab chowder...great menu variety and wonderful, attentive staff....you just know they love working there.....

Thank debrah711
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in for lunch on a blustery day. Seats with a narrow counter offer a wonderful water view or you can sit at a regular table. They also have outdoor dining over the water when the weather is a bit more cooperative. Our friendly...More

Thank Dee V
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful clam chowder and tasty fried scallops that were only lightly breaded so it didn't overpower the meat. The seafood was very fresh and we had a nice view of the ocean. Not a fancy place but great to be with friends

Thank HI_Traveller_12
Reviewed 4 September 2018

The ideal, if not perfect restaurant to dine at when in Marblehead. The freshest seafood and finest desserts. Highly recommend the chowder as a starter and dessert.

Thank CelesteandJack
Reviewed 29 August 2018

This little restaurant is just what you would expect on the North Shore! We sat on the deck that overlooked the bay and it was just as I remember it from the 1970s when I was in college! What a joy to find it still...More

Thank Susan W
Reviewed 25 August 2018

We felt very welcome and liked the restaurant (have been there before for fried seafood). Everyone was very nice, and good services, but we ordered outside our fried favs and not too impressed. My steak was overcooked (I didn't send it back but didn't enjoy...More

Thank Veronica N
Nearby HotelsSee all hotels
Harbor Light Inn
495 reviews
.33 km away
Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites
1,816 reviews
3.96 km away
Hawthorne Hotel
2,148 reviews
4.15 km away
The Hotel Salem
73 reviews
4.39 km away
Nearby Restaurants
176 reviews
1.11 km away
5 Corners Kitchen
275 reviews
1.13 km away
The Landing
579 reviews
.37 km away
Nearby Attractions
Chandler Hovey Park and Marblehead Lighthouse
117 reviews
1.03 km away
Fort Sewall
225 reviews
.16 km away
Old Burial Hill
90 reviews
.39 km away
The Jeremiah Lee Mansion
52 reviews
.69 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
3 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, 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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing