Marblehead Chowder House

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$30 and under
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Seafood
Casual, Coastal, Comfort Food
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J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The 2nd time we've been here. Everything was delish. 2nd time ordering the Prime Rib and cooked to my liking. My son also ordered the prime rib and hubby order the lobster pie which the portion could have been a bit larger but he enjoyed it anyway. We all ordered dessert which were top quality sweet treats. Service was excellent and thank the owner/manager for making things right this time around.

Marblehead Chowder House
Responded 3 hours ago

Thank you for the comments Jody, we're very happy to hear that you enjoyed yourselves and we hope to take care of you and your family for a long time to come!

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S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food is always delicious and there’s plenty. The atmosphere is always good and staff are always friendly. I wish they changed the menu up a little bit

LC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and good service...as usual! Will be back soon!!

MD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drive a ways to go here for really fresh seafood and drinks. Service is top notch. Captains Club benefit is great with frequent coupons and incentives. Oysters, crab, lobster, fresh fish and great sides. There menu is available all day.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there, definitely going back ! Great service and plenty of food to choose from.

RL
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

they should have more buck a shuck days.
they need more soups like snapper soup, gumbo, maryland crab chowder

JY
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood always fresh & tasty. Service outstanding. Always enjoy our meals at the Marblehead.

RH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time at Marblehead Chowder house. Our server was very nice and both of my husband’s and my entrees where delicious. He got the stuffed shrimp and I got the baked cod. The only item that I didn’t like was the lobster bisque. It just might be a different way of making it, but it tasted sweet and was very very thick.
My husband had the seafood chowder for an appetizer though and he said it was great!
We will be back next time we’re in town.

KK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dinner was good. Drinks very pricey. Desserts amazing!!!

DA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Matt our server was excellent. food was good as usual ... price is on the higher side ... but worth it for special occasions.

GK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Very good.

HL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I made a reservation and when I got there they wanted to put the 2 of us next to a very large group with several small children under the age of 5. The kids were all over the place and loud I could not even get to sit at our table because they were in the aisles. We went to the front desk and they sat us in the bar area at the opposite side of the dining room. It was a little noisy but where we were seated we could still hear the loud children. Glad we moved. Then I ordered the shrimp Carbonara which was very tasty but found out the hard way the shrimp still had on their tails. Hard to see in a creamy sauce.

All in all it was not a good night. If Marblehead knows that there is a large group coming, they should put them in the back room by themselves.

E
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Disappointed for first time ever.
This is our go to place for special occasions. October 7th visit was not exceptional. Hope it was just an off night!

RW
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always food was excellent. Staff....great. Cocktails, beer selection abundant.

J
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

While the Prime Rib was delicious, the stuffed shrimp were dry, fishy and not good at all. Seafood Restaurants should specialize in Stuffed Shrimp, period. Lobster Bisque, just Ok. Atmosphere was very nice as was the service. Not sure I'll be back soon as the shrimp was a turn off.

Marblehead Chowder House
Responded on October 12, 2019

Ross- We're incredibly disappointed to read your comments about the stuffed shrimp. We would have happily replaced the shrimp or gotten you something different instead, had we known they were not to your liking. We will certainly keep a closer eye on stuffed shrimp preparation to ensure our quality standards are being met. We would also like to make amends and send you a little something to use on your next visit. We thank you for your feedback, it is always greatly appreciated.

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OT
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service. Missed the pumpkin cheesecake. I hope to get it next time.

DT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Crab cakes had more filler than crab. My baked potato could have cooked a bit longer. Lobster Bisque soup had no Lobster at all. My husband had the Fried Clams. He said they were over cooked. This was our second visit to Marblehead. We will not be coming back. Very disappointed

Marblehead Chowder House
Responded on October 12, 2019

DonaldT- Your comments are very concerning and certainly not typical of the reviews we generally receive. We are always happy to replace a dish if our guest is not satisfied, but since it seems we did not take care of this during your visit, we would like to make amends and invite you back for your next meals on us. If it is acceptable, we can send a gift card to the address listed on your Captain's Club account, please let us know if we should proceed. Thank you very much for your feedback.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night

GW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good food. Good service and value for the price. Inside is a bit dated but it kind of adds to the charm rather than subtracts.
Pro tip: Make a reservation...the place is always busy.

SU
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of our meals were delicious and service was outstanding by Danielle. Excellent

GA
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, portions we're good, service was excellent! Will definitely be back.

FF
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Reasonably priced. Less than $100 for two people with drinks and a tip.

LP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent service, have eaten here many times, always a good experience.

AS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Along with wonderful menu selections, there is a great Gluten Free menu!

d
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service. extensive menu and creative presentation

GB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Typically we have great service and a nice experience. Unfortunately there were a series of events with this visit. We waited 25 minutes for our salad and bread, after placing our order. Another table (different server) had their soup & bread while we waited. Another table (our same server) received their salad and bread within a few mintes after placing their order. We had ours by then, therefore more of an observation. The menu described a filet mignon (blue plate) as best as we remember that ended up being a 'chopped filet' (per our server) and not very tasty (likened to a glorified salisbury steak). Lastly when the air conditioning kicked on the cold air was dropping down on our table making it uncomfortable, whereas it was quite comfortable in between on/off cycles. Our server could not adjust the thermostat because it was behind a table with clients, therefore would have to wait for them to leave. Huh?!?! (I assume its a bit tricky to make the room comfortable for everyone and assumed nothing would be done, but thought we'd mention it just in case other have too).
Bottom Line: We are very easy going and typically 'roll with it' understanding 'things happen', but this was simply not a good dining experience for us this time, due to a series of unfortunate events.

Marblehead Chowder House
Responded on October 12, 2019

Gregory- We're very sorry to hear of your disappointing experience. There is certainly no reason why your first course should have taken so long to receive. We will continue to work with our staff to ensure they are meeting our service expectations. We would like to make amends and send you a gift card as an invitation to dine with us again, as we are confident we can provide you with an excellent dining experience. Thank you for your feedback, it is always greatly appreciated.

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G
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood around!!

D
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We had a bad experience last time but my wife really like Marble Head, so we tried again. I made my reservation and went.
1st we were stuck in the BAR section, the service was fine and food was good but the Bartender Ryan came out to wait on a couple seated next to us and they apparently new each other because he did nothing but talk with them for the rest of our meal to the point his hand and other parts of his body was resting on our table. We just finished our meal and left. I did say something to the hostess but them seemed not to care.

Marblehead Chowder House
Responded on October 2, 2019

Differentandgood- We certainly do have some great relationships with many of our guests and we often spend time having tableside conversations with them. We are also aware that space between tables in the bar is limited, and we will absolutely coach our staff to be aware of other diners' personal space to make sure that everyone has a comfortable dining experience. We thank you very much for your valuable feedback and we look forward to better serving you in the future.

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BR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious seafood in the Lehigh valley! Large restaurant, but many small rooms make the environment comfortable and not so noisy.

CC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Outstanding customer service. This is probably our top favorite restaurant around. The food is fresh and I have never been to a restaurant with top notch customer service like here. Keep it up guys!

GR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Asked for table against the wall and was seated in area with lots of traffic. I would be embarrassed to serve the steamed clams we got way to small and over priced. I have been going there for 4yrs and about 6 to 8 times a year and will say this was the only bad time I ever had.

c
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Marblehead several times and have never been disappointed. WONDERFUL food matched with excellent service - ALWAYS.
Our waiter provided excellent service and my wife truly appreciated his suggestion for one of their specials and was not disappointed!
We certainly consider this restaurant as one of our "go to" places!

AM
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

September Lobster Fest is just in time to help celebrate my birthday!

L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately this place has gone downhill in recent years. Our bread was MICROWAVED and turned into rocks. My wedge salad was an ugly montage of lettuce blue cheese dressing with crumbles and SUNFLOWER SEEDS??? No red onion or tomato /- huh? My whole lobster was lukewarm my baked potato gluey. Really a shame. After 17 years, I won’t be back.

Marblehead Chowder House
Responded on September 27, 2019

We’re very sorry to hear of your dinner disappointment. We’re not sure why bread would be microwaved, as that is not standard procedure. Our wedge salad has never contained onion or tomato but we would be happy to add them at your request. We would like to make amends by sending you a gift card and we invite you to dine with again, as we are certain we can provide you with the type of experience you have come to expect from us over the last 17 years. Please let us know if this is acceptable.

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PP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 6 for dinner. Everyone enjoyed their food. Service was excellent.

v
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was my mother’s and my first time. We made a reservation and when we arrived we sat down for maybe a minute and we were seated. Service was prompt and patient woh is since we were catching up. The menu leaves you with a lot of options! There was a dish option for scallops (choice of sides) and another dish that offered scallops, shrimps and lobster risotto still offered with a side of the same price. We both got the second option and it was delicious! Our plates were clean no need for doggie bags! Great experience - would absolutely go again!

KB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is awesome, get the cheesecake!
Prices are also good

b
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there but we will be back! Great good, great service, wonderful ambience. Glad we finally got to try Marblehead - now we know what we were missing!

LB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for lunch. First time trying this restaurant; everything was good! Seafood fresh, service good. Reminded me of a place you’d see at the beach. Would go again.

DY
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nathaniel was our server and he was wonderful. The food was delicious.

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