Restaurant Review: The Lobster Claw Restaurant

Orleans landmark celebrates 48th year
Outstanding service is a hallmark of Orleans' iconic Lobster Claw Restaurant (Pat Brooks photo)

A whimsical, nautical themed dining experience. 

Summer on Cape Cod might mean a few things visitors don't have back home. Months-long sundress weather, jacket-less nights and endless excuses to eat ice cream (to stay cool, of course). But what they're really looking for are lobster rolls, clam bakes and clams.  There may be more seafood dives on the Cape's coastline than in any other state. From lobster shacks, full-blown fish joints to local restaurants.

The Lobster Claw in Orleans is known as an unpretentious and immaculate family restaurant owned and operated by Don & Marylou Berig, now celebrating their 48th year. There are several dining rooms with a whimsical, nautical themed décor. The varied menu (which is shaped like lobster claws) features seafood - including boiled and baked stuffed lobster, a classic clambake, lobster rolls, swordfish, haddock, salmon and a variety of hors d'oeuvres, including a raw bar served in the bow of a boat that sets the mood for this unique room. 

When we arrived we were greeted with friendly smiles from the waitstaff and the hostess who has been with the restaurant for many decades. It was good we came early since many tourist make this spot an annual visit while on vacation. 

After checking out their specialty cocktails and great selection of local beers we shared a cup of thick, flavorful clam chowder ($5.95)  followed by my choice of their signature, award winning New England clambake ($35.95) featuring steamed lobster, clams, corn on the cob, baby red potatoes, crispy coleslaw, drawn butter – and a signature lobster bib, of course. 

My husband ordered the broiled fisherman's platter ($28.95) with stuffed shrimp, haddock and scallops served  with fries.  He chose rice pilaf.  Both entrees were very generous and delicious.  

Gluten free meals are offered as well a kids menu and early bird specials which includes chowder, beverage and dessert.

A large function room is available for any occasion.

Be sure to visit their gift shop to see over 250 lobster related gifts for sale.

If You Go

The Lobster Claw Restaurant is open April 1 to October 16 daily for lunch and dinner

42 Cranberry Hwy (Route 6A) Orleans

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