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.
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.
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!
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
Boston chef (and frequent guest on Hell’s Kitchen), Jason Santos decided to open his fourth restaurant in Marblehead last year with the focus on creating a menu full of New England seaside summertime favorites. Picnic tables outside (and even a firepit table) make this a great lunch spot on your trail.
Top Local Picks: Battered cod and crispy fish sandwich
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
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
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
5 Corners Kitchen
This is one of our top picks for a romantic dinner date! They have some of the best dishes in town and their atmosphere is no different.
Top Local Picks: Salmon entrée and the skate wing meunier
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!