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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” (60 reviews)
“chowder” (40 reviews)
“steamers” (21 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in neighboring Peabody for a wedding, and a local recommended we go to the Barnacle. We had a seat outside overlooking the water, which was super. The lobster rolls were fresh, tasty, and loaded with huge chunks of lobster meat. Service was adequate,...More

Thank Annie P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hard to beat that price! And the location on the deck overlooking the harbor is perfect. The rest of the menu looked pretty basic and bar-foodish so we went to MAddies for dinner after the oysters.

Thank MAJ_Massachusetts
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great chowder in an out of the way location,,,,direct harbor front reasonable prices and a jovial atmosphere

Thank drgumm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard that both the Barnacle and the Landing were very good seafood restaurants in Marblehead. We tried both, and have to say that The Landing was significantly better. While the food was good at the Barnacle, it just did not meet the standards...More

Thank Pa55w
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You want to love this place, you really do. It's old school M'head. Been around forever. Unfortunately, it's poorly run & the food's mediocre. I never understand why managers down't train wait staff on the very basics. A restaurant makes most of it's $'s on...More

Thank Bill K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the Wed. night twin lobster and it was the best ever. Being on the water was fun, too. The 15 minute wait was closer to an hour, ...food was slow, ...paying even more slow.

Thank jean g
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A typical tourist trap. Small mediocre plates for a high price. My calamari plate was so small that it wouldn't even stand for kids appetizer - and for $13.... They only get the second star for the location and kind service. If you want to...More

Thank Nitzan S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to go for seafood. Good portion sizes. Fresh lobster and shellfish. Seasoning is nothing special and the space is a little noisy. Still a fun atmosphere with nice outside seating and a wonderful view.

Thank Orsobear09
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here three times in two days! I'm not kidding. Reasonably priced, delicious salad for lunch topped with a generous salmon filet, or grilled shrimp. Twin lobster special for dinner on Wednesday nights. Overlooking the water. Loved it! Terrific service.

Thank Sheryl B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was really good and the prices were reasonable. The fish & chips was melting in my mouth, it was delicious. It felt like the fish was caught the same morning. The restaurant is on the water so the view is very nice and...More

Thank miryam_dec
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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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