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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” (68 reviews)
“steamers” (23 reviews)
“chowder” (37 reviews)
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11:00 - 21:00 Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
€€ - €€€
141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just walking around Marblehead on a sunny Sunday asked where to have lunch and the barnacle was mentioned. It seems to be the hot spot, so crowded and busy. Very very loud, with a great view of the water. Had to wait for awhile for...More

Thank needlepointer60
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were recommended this local restaurant, by locals. It was right on the ocean, with seating facing out directly to the water. We had salmon with veggies, and a fish sandwich with fries and coleslaw. The prices were reasonable, and the service was very good.

Thank kits0u
Reviewed 18 April 2018

I've been coming to the Barnacle since I was a kid in single digits. It's still my favorite place in town. The food is typical New England fare (read: seafood), all of it excellent, but with enough chicken and beef on the menu to keep...More

Thank J.P. S
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Stopped by for a noon meal and had fired oysters and a cup of clam chowder and lobster bisque. The food was very tasty! Will do again when in town.

Thank Mcoppin
Reviewed 3 March 2018

The best lobsters ! Great chowder ! Wonderful fried sea food.... always a fun time at the Barnacle. The views make your visit to the Barnacle a truly Marblehead experience.

1  Thank RERubin
Reviewed 2 March 2018

If you're looking for 5 star waterfront dining with fancy napkins French waiters wearing vests- this is NOT your place. If you're looking for a great fresh lobster, steamers, clam chowder- not to mention AWESOME onion rings (this stringy kind). real cocktails, and a crusty,...More

Thank Camsdad11
Reviewed 1 March 2018

Our waiter is a model of a perfect waiter. She was attentive without want to be your best friend. The attached bar kept the evening lively with locals and a birthday celebration. I felt like I was welcomed into someone's home. The food - large...More

Thank Jeannie E
Reviewed 22 January 2018

We had not been in awhile and worried about them getting lazy....not the case. The waitresses were competent and friendly, the Bloody Mary was great, and the scallops were too: fresh , a good amount of them, and not too expensive given the price of...More

Thank sjk7301948
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

The Barnacle is one of those quaint seaside gem of a restaurant. Nothing fancy or modern. If you want to step back in time for some really good food you should try it out. I can personally recommend the blackened swordfish. Two others had the...More

Thank Keith G
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Having a meal at The Barnacle in Marblehead is a must for all visitors to town. The seafood is fresh and very tasty. The view of the harbor is incredible.

Thank Kathy S
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2 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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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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