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The Barnacle

141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
+1 781-631-4236
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (72 reviews)
“steamers” (26 reviews)
“chowder” (40 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 4 days 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed very fresh seafood on our first visit to The Barnacle. Platters were very generous, service was friendly and our outdoor seating by the crashing waves made for an authentic experience. If we return in cooler weather, I plan to sit inside directly facing...More

Thank Joan K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best lobster and fish you will eat anywhere in Marblehead! It is a small restaurant and the wait can be long if you don't get there when they open for lunch or dinner.

Thank Pat872
Reviewed 14 August 2018

The Barnacle serves wonderfully fresh and plentiful fresh food. The wonderful dishes I have had there include; steamed lobster (Wednesday is 2 for the price of one), steamer clams (a huge portion, good for two meals), baked fish and lobster roll. Fried oysters were the...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 5 August 2018

Coming from Texas where our shrimp has a Gulf of Mexico flavoring, I was excited about trying out The Barnacle after friends raved about them. We ordered the lobster roll sandwich, butterfly shrimp, and clamp chowder. It was spectacular! The owner is a lobsterman and...More

Thank MaMa-Beck-13
Reviewed 2 August 2018

Went here this past weekend with my wife and my nephew’s family. A total of six of us. We split into two tables which was fine. The waitperson took our order in a timely fashion. I had lobster bisque and steamed clams. My wife had...More

Thank davidranen
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

Friends of my Mom’s live here and heard the best lobster roll around was here. I’m a super lobster roll snob now so I had to try. Huge lobster chunks on a nice hotdog bun with lettuce and a dab of mayo. I’ve never had...More

Thank callie H
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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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
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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