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The Barnacle

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141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
+1 781-631-4236
11:00 - 23:00
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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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253 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have lived in town for ever and have avoided this touristy spot on the water. Having a yearning for lobster we decided to check it out the other night. Well, it was pretty disappointing with its frozen shoestring fries and small tenders of haddock! Didn't get the lobster as they didn't offer lazy mans. The staff was pleasant but... More 

Thank stephanie m
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Great local haunt. Perfect for lunch or dinner. Not fancy but the real thing. The front bar can be a little sketchy but that's half the fun. Especially during a storm and boy do we have storms! As the pix show you can sit literally over the water. Watch the kayakers or get inspired to rent your own around the... More 

Thank mjme11
Roswell, Georgia, United States
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

This is a great place right on the water. There is a deck and try to get a table there when the weather is good, of course. Steamers are spectacular. Fried Claims probably are my favorite.

Thank Mike J
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

We popped in last Sunday and it was just great. It had a tiny little bar but it was full of people having a real good time which is great to see... good on them!!! The service was great and the clam chowder and fries were delicious!!! We'll be back!

Thank Damien O
North Hero, Vermont
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63 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

This visit was a mini reunion. So there was quite a bit to celebrate after meeting former students who now live in Marblehead. Unfortunately, because of a power outage, that evening there was no heat. We made do. It was Twin Lobster night and we took advantage of it along with steamers. Excellent. Not terribly noisy considering and we stayed... More 

Thank mendn13
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26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

A bit crowded and no draft beer. Staff and patrons are very nice. Good atmosphere and view. Did not have food but heard it is good.

Thank Ken H
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

This has to be my favorite casual restaurant in MHD. The service is always fast and friendly. I've tried a few items but my all time favorite is the lobster roll. The option to mix onion rings and fries is great for people who can't decide on one or the other! Also on a cold day their soups are a... More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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156 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

This place was recommended to me and my family so we gave it a try. The location is right on the waterfront, so it makes for nice views during dinner. It is a small establishment which makes seating a little tight. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. The food was a big disappointment. When you add a sizable bill... More 

Thank Don S
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Do not go here. The food was terrible. The service matched the food. The bathroom (IF you can get through the local bar crowd) was a joke. This experience was not worth the high prices of the terrible food and service. The view is gorgeous! If you just want an expensive drink and wilted salad but really desire a good... More 

Thank Pennie S
Seattle, Washington
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I have been eating here since 1980s, and I was here when the waves broke through the windows in 1991 "perfect" storm. The location is so unique, stuck on the rocks like a barnacle. The dishes are typical New England seafood, no frills, just great flavor. I love fried fish and clams etc., and they are great here. I no... More 

Thank Kenneth S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood, Soups, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?