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"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
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $23
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Takeout, Wine and Beer, Dog Friendly, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed October 29, 2022

I love Arnold’s!! Been coming here since i was a kid, i even named my dog Arnold! It’s by far the best seafood shack on the cape. Their onion rings are incredible along with ANYTHING fried. I highly recommend coming here. Anyone that says this...place is overrated or not worth it is A LIAR! They should just not come to the cape at all. That’s how strongly i feel about this place.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed September 12, 2022 via mobile

Haven’t been able to get to the Cape in almost 3 years so a visit to Arnold’s was a must. Whole Belly clams plus a Fish sandwich to go, just perfectly done. Extremely professional & polite is the best way to describe its employees. As...Cape Cod as it gets, really enjoyed my visit.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 9, 2022 via mobile

Unbelievable food! We have been coming here for years (from 1000 miles away.) This year is extra special as I mistakenly left my purse at the table when we left. Susie and Hayley were amazing as they tracked me down to ensure I got my...belongings back! Genuine, honest, wonderful people! Thank you!!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 5, 2022 via mobile

They don't force you to get fried food, but they certainly do it well - and most people order something fried with French Fries. Expect a line out the door in season, but it moves quickly.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 12, 2022 via mobile

Recently my husband and I had a great meal of fried clams and onion rings. The staff are all very helpful and pleasant. On the personal side, the owner contributes a lot to the community.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 12, 2022

We have been going to Arnold’s for years. They have delicious seafood and onion rings to die for! The Cole slaw is very tasty and even the burgers are top notch! The staff is very friendly and helpful and it’s always fun to visit the...ice cream window. There is also a mini golf course for family fun. We feel very lucky to live so close to Arnold’s . And the owner grew up in Eastham and is very generous in helping local charitiesMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 11, 2022

Fantastic seafood and casual dining. Our favorite place to go as a family!! Locally owned and wonderfully friendly staff. Allow for plenty of time to play mini-golf and have ice cream after the best seafood dinner.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 10, 2022

Food was good, came out quick, but the onion rings were terrible - they were string onions so not thick and could have been cooked more. Nice mini golf attached and the chocolate sprinkles on the ice cream were real chocolate instead of the waxy...sprinkles. didn’t care for the cash only notice once we reached the register but they have an ATM.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 6, 2022

We have been eating at Arnold’ Lobster and Clam Bar for decades. The owner and his wife provide the highest quality of fresh and expertly prepared seafood. The clean and friendly atmosphere is delightful. The entire team work very hard to ensure that dinners have...a great experience. Highly recommend this superb clam bar. Simply the best!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Nathan N, Owner at Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2022

Thank you so much for your kind words. The restaurant business is very hard on you and getting more difficult every day. Help issues, supply issues, trying to exceed the customers expectations. For as long as my wife and I own this restaurant we will...More

Reviewed August 5, 2022 via mobile

Great food and service as always. Love the friendly staff. Stuffed clams are the best and of course the onion rings are amazing

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 4, 2022 via mobile

Like always, food was good. Place was clean. Staff was very friendly except for one woman at the bar. When placing my order she was snappy and interrupted me several times while rolling her etes. After my wife tried her drink and said it didn't...taste right I asked the bartender to remake it. The bartender grabbed the drink from my wife's hand and slammed it into the trash saying "this is ridiculous". My family comes to the cape every summer and visits Arnold's because of the friendly atmosphere. Usually when we go we visit a married couple that works there whom are very kind, funny and make our trip a tradition. The husband does the steam room and wife does the raw bar and bar. She is amazing! This new woman was the complete opposite. I'd hope to hear an apology to my wife from her but something tells me that won't happen. Sorry Arnold's team, but she deserves a bad review and maybe another career that does not involve taking caring of customers.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Nathan N, Owner at Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2022

Im terribly sorry Bill that you had such a terrible experience with my newest bartender. To be completely honest i find it very difficult to believe anyone serving the public could be that rude. If you would be kind enough to call the restaurant and...More

Reviewed July 29, 2022

The system for ordering, getting a drink, was not clear to me and I didn't find it easy to find someone willing to explain in this bustling environment. Maybe just my problem. The coleslaw was wonderful! Lots of extras in it and a dressing that...didn't have that overpowering vinegar taste. My clams were over breaded and overcooked. i would have sent them back if I had time. Maybe just a bad night? the bartender did not know how to make my drink - made it wrong after instruction from a more experienced bar tender. Maybe just new to bar tending.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Nathan N, Owner at Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2022

Im sorry we failed to exceed your expectations or even meet them. Trying to find experienced help is difficult at best but my wife and i are doing our best under difficult circumstances. You are welcome to come back another time and we will happily...More

Reviewed July 18, 2022 via mobile

Sadly we were a bit disappointed with our stop at Arnold’s. We found it expensive for the amount and quality of food. One person in our group had the shrimp “basket,” but they were disappointed with amount of food. We also had someone who ordered...a chicken sandwich due to dietary restrictions. (We know it is a risk to order chicken at a seafood restaurant, but the chicken sandwich was small and didn’t include any seasoning.)More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Nathan N, Owner at Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2022

Im sorry you were disappointed but im more sorry you did not bring your concerns to me or one of my managers. Had you done that we would have fried more shrimp for you and i would have given you another chicken sandwich. Its not...More

Reviewed July 14, 2022

Stopped in after a day of garden tours for the Hydrangea Festival. It was the perfect ending. Started off with oysters and shrimp from the raw bar. Both were fantastic! The shrimp melted in your mouth and the oysters were perfect. Then on to the...the amazing fried clams and onion rings. Both were awesome! Just the right amount of coating, crisp and oh so sweet. Can't wait to go back!! Thanks Arnolds for being the go to clam place!!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 14, 2022 via mobile

Best clams on the cape! Went to Arnold’s tonight and had their fried clams. They were so sweet and tender! The clam chowder was creamy and delicious with tons of clams. Salad was ice cold! It’s not very often you can get a salad that’s...cold! Food was delicious! We will be back!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Yes, there is an area in the back designated dog friendly. Friendly service and great food.
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They only accept cash, travelers checks, and personal checks with proper ID Sorry....no credit cards Please contact Arnolds directly for any further clarification Thank you!
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Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5