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Marblehead Seafood Trail

There’s more to Marblehead than history, shopping and sailing. If you’re more of a foodie and want your trip to be focused on our fresh local seafood, you are in luck because we have you covered! Become the “lobsta” lover and oyster connoisseur you always dreamed you could be. Hit as many spots on our Marblehead Seafood Trail as you can during your visit, and sample some of the greatest shellfish, oysters, steamers, crispy fried clams (or perfectly fried fish) and of course lobster that New England has to offer.

couple at seafood restaurant

Our trail will give you plenty of options on menu offerings, ambience and location. Are you looking for fine dining on a deck overlooking the ocean? Or perhaps you are interested in bringing a picnic harbor side or hitting the local pub. It’s your choice! Our top picks (with locals’ recommendations on their favorite dishes) can be found below to hopefully steer you in the right direction. Get your lobster bib and hand wipes ready – you are in for a messy, fun and extra yummy time.

The best lobster roll in Marblehead

Little Harbor Lobster

No frills – just an insanely good lobster roll. They were recently included in the Boston Globe’s list of the best lobster rolls in New England (and for good reason!). Best part? You can book our lobster picnic package and we will do all the work for you! The only thing you have to do is find a great place to sit (we think either our garden or perhaps one of our local harborside parks) and eat.

Maddie’s Sail Loft

You can’t mention Marblehead dining and not mention Maddie’s, a legendary pub that has been in business since the 1940s. They may be known for their strong cocktails, but their food is divine! Very casual and fun atmosphere and it’s just around the corner from the inn. (No driving required!)

Top Local Picks: Pan-seared haddock topped with lobster or their scallops over lobster risotto. Oh and extra bonus – both of these entrees are under $20!

Grilled oysters with garlic butter and herb

The Landing

Great new chef and new menu? Check! Oceanside dining? Check! Quick walk from the inn? Check, check, check!

Top Local Picks: Grilled oysters, tuna tartare and the lobster ravioli

A&D Clam Box

Family run seafood restaurant with a focus on creating a menu full of New England seaside summertime favorites. Picnic tables outside make this a great lunch spot on your trail.

Top Local Picks: The combo plate gives you a big portion with a lot of flavor (extra points for the homemade tartar sauce!)

Clam chowder in a bread bowl on our Marblehead seafood trail

3 Cod Tavern

Another great “locals” pub. Don’t be intimidated if everyone turns on their barstools when you walk in, everyone’s friendly and more than happy to talk about Marblehead. Many workers in town are known to go there every day for lunch because the good food and conversation is always a guarantee.

Top Local Picks: Clam chowder and lobster casserole

Sea Salt

One of the first responses we got from a local when asking for their favorite seafood dishes in town was Sea Salt’s Tuna Poke. Sea Salt is an intimate restaurant that can either feel like a casual dinner out or a romantic date night. They have lovely patio seating and another location that is within a 5 minute walk of the inn.

Top Local Picks: Tuna poke and shrimp & crab spaghetti

Steamed clams with lemon on our Marblehead seafood trail

The Barnacle

The perfect night at The Barnacle is a table out on their deck (they are right on the water with fabulous views of the lighthouse) with a cold beer, a big bowl of steamers and a side of onion rings – perfect for those looking to have a casual but fresh seafood fare (or even a late afternoon snack).

Top Local Picks: Steamers, fried clams and steamed lobster

Guest room with private deck at our Marblehead hotel

Relaxing Guest Rooms & Apartments

Book your stay in one of the deluxe rooms or apartments at our Marblehead hotel, each with its own unique layout and style.

A full breakfast is included with your room rate. Personalized trays are made each morning of your stay, which include a daily hot offering.

Get your fill of some seriously delicious local seafood on the Marblehead Seafood Trail when you book your stay with us!

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