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The Barnacle

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141 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3546
+1 781-631-4236
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
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Seattle, Washington
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tons of atmosphere, great view, friendly service, very good food. This feels like where the locals eat--or hang out at the bar. Great stuffed shrimp.

Thank jannpatterson
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

A small, inimate restaurant with one of the great views of Marblehead Harbor and the Neck. An outside deck is open during the warmer months. The seafood is always fresh and well prepared. My favorite is their fried oysters.

Thank Frank A
Clearwater, Florida
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The best stuffed lobster ever! Service is good! Small dining room! But cozy with beautiful view! Price is right!

Thank sandra77958
Kenmore, Washington
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255 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Not quite, we had to go to a business meeting in Andover, but the hour-plus drive was worth it. This place is so reliable. I have no idea how the fried foods don't taste greasy, but they don't. We've been here four times in the past year. I like the waterfront location, and the town shops just a few blocks... More 

Thank Wave R
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Strong drinks, fresh seafood and very friendly locals. We spent a wonderful carefree afternoon enjoying Bloody Marys and mussels. Some of the best I've had, by the way. So tasty and incredibly fresh. The view from the porch is priceless. Perfect place to kick back and relax.

Thank ATXLindsay
Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We had dinner first night we came to Marblehead. Seafood was fresh and service was attentive. Nice spot!

Thank Elena66000
Baltimore, United States
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

This was not the easiest place to find and we were very lucky to find close parking. We were seated immediately and got seats looking out the windows at the bay. The clam chowder was very good and so was the fish and chips and fried shrimp. The only downside here was once we were served our food it was... More 

Thank Stacey R
Columbus, Ohio
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130 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

The Barnacle building sits on rocks at the edge of the water, nearly at the mouth of the harbor. We ate 'bar style' sitting at the picture window, looking out across the harbor at the harvest moon coming up over the lighthouse last month. Tired from a really long day of driving, we opted for bowls of lobster bisque and... More 

Thank allezgently
London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped by here after a walk around town to have a drink and a nibble. Weirdly, they didn't serve any draft ale. It was all bottled. This is fine but after a long walk in the sun, the little 12oz bottles didn't last long!! As for food, we ordered the calamari and the Jalapeño Poppers. I now realise there is... More 

Thank Mark T

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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, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, 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?