My family and I go on vacation every year to the Cape. This was the first time we tried Arnolds--And now we decided that it will be tradition to go back every year! Most of us ordered the Warm Lobster Roll. I can't begin to describe how delicious it was. SO much lobster meat--it is well worth the money. We also ordered their onion rings, which were the best I've ever had. They are very similar to onion straws (nice and thin). The atmospher is also great. Picnic table style, you order at the front counter then find a place to sit until they call your name when the food is ready. While you are waiting, you can stop at the bar that has countless tasty drinks and raw oysters, etc. \ After we finished eating, we went mini golfing on their course. When the night was coming to a close, we decided to get some of their home-made ice cream. Also delicious! Arnolds is the perfect place for good food and a night out with family or friends. It's a one-stop shop. Can't wait to go there again next year!
On a rainy Wednesday we took the drive up to Arnold's specifically for the lobster roll. It did not disappoint - big chunks of lobster meat, melted butter, wishing I had another right now. VERY busy and yet we were seated relatively quickly - they have both the food and the service down to a science.
You must pay for your food, drink and raw bar with cash and/or check. It can be expensive, but wait!!' Mr. Arnold has installed a ATM to alow you to pay with cash. $1.50 a transaction in his pocket every time you approach the machine. But, WAIT ! The food is good, but on the expensive side. It's a family venue that is packed to the rafters every evening. The waiting line can be up to 45 minutes prior to the station. Mr Arnold is a genius..... He knows how to make Money !!!!
Pretty good Lobster Roll, best Clam Chowder on the cape, good fish & chips and a fun atmosphere. Lines can be long if you don't get there early, but they move relatively quick.
I grew up in New England but have lived in the Midwest the last 30 years. My wife and I were visiting my brother and his wife. My wife loves lobster and steamed clams and wanted to go to a seafood restaurant our first day on Cape Cod. This place met our expectations. The restaurant is a classic New England roadside stand. You order your food at the front and then find a picnic table inside to sit. Dress is beach casual-every other patron was wearing Red Sox gear. You are given a pager to let you know when your food is ready and you have to pick it up at the front. There is a small bar with an adequate supply of beers on tap. If you order the 20 oz. beer you get to keep the glass. Wines and mixed drinks are available as well. My wife had lobster and steamed clams which she thoroughly enjoyed. My brother had the clam roll. These are big clams with the bellies, not clam strips. His wife had a lobster and steamed mussels. I had the baked cod which comes with a very nice side salad and a baked potato. The piece of fish was large and cooked perfectly, flaky and firm, with bread crumbs and butter. The food is simple but first class in preparation and temperature. The place is busy and serves a high volume of customers. Probably not a good place for a date but a great place for families and groups of friends. If there is a line outside, do not worry, they move you through pretty quickly. The price and quality is great for classic New England seafood.
We went to Arnold's our first night on the Cape. The line was out the door, as per usual. But we went inside to get a few beers to drink while we waited. The line moved quickly and we were ordering before we knew it. I got the Native fried clam basket and my boyfriend got a hot lobster roll and a cup of clam chowder. The portions were smaller than I was expecting, especially for the price, it was almost $40 for the 2 of us, not including the beers we bought earlier. I know this is the norm for most touristy places on the Cape, I just wish it were a little cheaper, or you got more food. The food itself was very delicious. The clams strips were very good. The lobster roll was equally as good, but the chowder was amazing. I would highly recommend the clam chowder. If you're in Eastham and are looking for good seafood and a relaxed atmosphere, stop by Arnold's.
There's a lot of people in the waiting line, but you have to wait, it's worth it! Fried shrimps, lobster roll and oignon rings are delicious.
When on Cape Cod we usually stay in the Eastham-Orleans area for four or five days. We regularly spend two of those days eating dinner at Arnold's. The restaurant offers abundant amounts of New England seafood at its best. The only drawback is the noise created by the crowds enjoying the laidback cuisine, but I'll endure it for the joy of the food.
My family and I recently came here because we read on tripadvisor that it has great lobsters. The line to order food was pretty long, but it moved quickly. The employees are very efficient. This place is cash/check only. No credit cards. We ordered the 3 pound lobster with steamers and corn, veggie burger, veggie chili with corn bread, onion rings, and raw clam sampler. The lobster was huge. My husband said it was cooked well. The meat inside the tail and claws were very tender. The steamers and corn were a bit overcooked. They tasted ok. Veggie burger was good, as was the veggie chili and cornbread. The onion rings were ok. They were more like onion strings. The raw clam sampler was very fresh and tasty. Overall, the food is good. We would definitely come here again. Side note: There's a mini golf place right next to Arnold's. Ice cream is also sold here.
Great clam shack style sea food. Very busy, but for good reason. Had the lobster roll, fish and chips and lobster meal.
We go every time we are on the Cape..and they have the best mini golf course around. Love it, love it, love it!
Don't be discourage by the line out the door. It moves quickly and there is plenty of seating out back. The salads are fresh and tasty - very refreshing in the land of fried seafood. The lobster roll is loaded with lobster - worth every penny!
Arnold's has been a family favorite for years and years, and remains that way because of the great food. Though over the years we have expanded our dining out options, we continue to dine here because of convenience, quality of food, and the large menu. Though it always seems crowded, we find a way to get in between the long lines, though this year we had a big problem finding a place to park, as it was late afternoon before the crowds arrived, but apparently they were playing golf. The biggest problem we had this year was communicating with a couple of European employees. Once our order was placed and we found a table out back, I headed to the raw bar for a drink and appetizer. My wife asked me to pick up a straw, so I stopped at the fountain area they now have in the back, but saw no straws. I asked the young man cleaning an adjacent table three times for a straw and he never responded, only a blank look. I spotted another guy nearby, and though he didn't know what I wanted, he at least spoke English, and asked me what a straw was. I basically gave up but spotted a young lady who has worked the back for 12 years, and she told me the young men were from Siberia. That's fine by me, but maybe Arnold's training or job assignments need to be improved. We regularly frequent a more upscale restaurant nearby in Wellfleet, who also have a clam shack facility, and though they also employ foreign staff each summer, we always marvel at the high quality performance their staff delivers each and every year, and have complimented them on that quite often. They work hard at it, and do not tolerate staff that do not fit the bill. I hope Arnold's can train their staff as well as they prepare their food and menu.
Arnold's is a "MUST" visit for our family on each visit to the Cape. Sometimes we go twice in a week. I forget how much food is in each serving though. We always share the various platters so that we can all enjoy a little bit of everything. Their hot buttered lobster rolls are what I have always looked forward to the most . . . though I may have to change that. My husband ordered the fried lobster platter on our last visit. I may have liked that even better! The atmosphere is always fun. The kids color while they wait for their food. The youngest in our group was almost 2 years old. She danced around our out-door picnic table for the entire meal (stopping in for bites off of all of our forks along the way). It was a great atmosphere for the kids to act like kids on vacation instead of having to sit quietly in a stuffy restaurant. The evening that we were there, the wait to put in our food orders was even fun. While standing in line for 20 minutes, we were entertained by a steel drum player. Please don't bother with Arnold's if you are on a diet. It isn't worth it to torture yourself. I went for a 5 mile run after our last visit to try to ward off some of the guilt. I would run 10 miles for the next visit though!
Arnold's is on our "must go to" list whenever we visit Eastham. We've been going there for years. Our meal is always good and filling and those thin onion rings, piled high in the container, are the very best!! It gets pretty crowded in the evening, but the wait is worth it!
Fly in on a Saturday, pick up the rental car, battle the Cape traffic in from Boston, get the keys to the beach house. And then on to Arnold’s. We don’t even see the waves first. For me, the first meal is always an order of fried scallops, a cup of chowder, onion rings, and a Coke. Always. The line to order food seems like an eighth of a mile long, even at 5 p.m. ... People are already lining up for ice cream, too. (And there’s still mini Red Sox batting helmets left!) ... The parking lot looks like Sunday at an NFL stadium. (Leaving the lot for busy Route 6 is still a nervy test of will and skill. They need a cop or a light there -- seriously.) ... Everything is still cash-only, unlike most normal restaurants. And the word is from those long waits in line is that sometimes the cash machine located inside the restaurant falls asleep and malfunctions. ... The adjacent mini-golf course, a popular fixture for a good decade now, makes one wonder when ol’ Nate Nickerson is going to add the Arnold’s Hotel & Casino next door, too. Wife & I have been coming here since the mid-90s -- back when one could still call the place a lobster & clam shack. Before the souvenir glasses, postcards, frisbees & t-shirts. Before the expanded seating. Before they built that little hut for the raw bar & adult beverages. Before the mini-golf course. Before the days the 5 p.m. line exploded out of control. But it’s all fun and games until the scallops taste – gasp! – average, not awesome. Not awesome! The scallops were a little dark and more salty than sweet on this night. And the soda fountain up at the front counter is spitting out watery Coke. Wife says the lobster roll is a little chewy. The tweebs shrugged about their chowders. One of us noted the onion rings seemed a little greasier than in the past. … Back the next night: The Coke still tastes 'off,' but the food’s solid, the inner workings of the house (front cashiers, table cleaners) solid. ... Solid. Still a Cape institution. But can this place be nicknamed a “shack” anymore? No! It’s a behemoth! Instead of the usual half-dozen or more visits in a week (seriously), we only did the two meals this time. And end of a personal era. It made us a little sad. Will we be back? Oh yeah! For that first meal of scallops, chowder, rings, and Coke. Always! But like this summer, we’ll likely spread some cash (& plastic) around to other worthy shacks & restaurants & even a food truck (Crush Pad) on the lower Cape. The beat at Arnold's, tho, will still go on. I'm sure of it.
We visit the Cape each summer for two weeks and stay in Eastham. We are about a mile from Arnold's so we always order takeout and go back to the cottages to eat. There are several cottages full of family so we always have big orders and Arnold's always fills them correctly, sometimes even throwing in an occassional extra fries or onion rings or slaw. Our group usually orders a few different times over the course of two weeks. We had fried oysters, scallops, and shrimp, in basket style as well as sm/lg sides (all very plentiful). Also had lobster rolls, assorted salads, chowder and bisque. Also had steamers and native blue mussels. As usual, everything was great. Already looking forward to next year!!!!
Good food, great service, reasonable price! The owner was friendly and seems to run a sound ship! Bravo!
After trying so many places, this is a yearly destination. The rest of the time we grill or get prepared foods from local stores during our stay here, or we go to other non-"fried seafood" restaurants around... but for that classic Cape fried seafood, this is the best anywhere: Fried Clam Strips. Onion Rings. Lobster Roll. Raw bar excellent, try Oysters Rockefeller. Mini Golf then Ice Cream. No credit cards and $$$ but worth shelling out that cash every time.
My husband and I were on a mission to find what we learned, is called a New England style lobster roll,and sometimes called Rhode Island style, depending on where you're from. This means the lobster is served on a warm, hopefully grilled New England style hotdog bun with drawn butter on the lobster instead of mayonnaise. We came across Arnold's in Eastham, MA on Cape Cod. This was THE best lobster roll I have ever had and being from New England, I've had many, but mostly with mayonnaise. The New England style roll was piled high with the freshest lobster meat ever! They have a tank of live lobsters right in the kitchen so you can't get them any fresher! It was served with cole slaw and either French fries or a bag of Cape Cod potato chips. The place is very clean and the service friendly. They only accept cash and checks and have ATM machines if needed. I'm ready to go back again today!!