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Sep 26, 2009 06:34 AM


We are taking out of town friends to dinner in Orleans. We thought we'd try Saltwater Grill but some reviews online are not so great. We have not been to Abba in a few years. The reviews on Trip Advisor are abysmal. Now, we do like to form our own opinion but with guests hate to chance it..any updates on either please?

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  1. You could try the Lobster Claw,restaurant in Orleans,( I haven't been in a while, but it has been good in the past. Also there is this place you could try, ( I cant vouch for this place, but I'm sure some more people as they come on line and check out today's posts will put more info on the site,as to what they think of either of these two suggestions... Hope this helps you. Earle

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    1. re: Earle

      Oh boy..Orleans Inn..pass...sorry, Earle, Personal experience leads me to say no.

    2. I went to Abba a few weeks ago and it was fantastic< from the food, to the atmosphere, to the service. I am lookingforward to going back!

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      1. re: ciclista

        Second the suggestion for Abba where we always have had great meals.

      2. I haven't had a memorable meal in any Orleans restaurant in over 10 years. The Lobster Claw, at least to us, is a place we stop with a carload of sandy, sunburned kids for a good, tacky (last year the kids meal included house-split Popsicles for dessert!) lunch or dinner. But fine dining it ain't!!! Fill up with gas on the way to the Cape and prepare to drive to another town for a decent dinner! (Although the town beach has the best onion rings around.)

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        1. re: stuck in Hartford County

          Nauset Beach Club was excellent, then slipped a bit for about three years. They were back in their game in 2009, each meal we had there was excellent and memorable.

          Abba has been consistently excellent for several years, highly recommended.

          Mahoney's Atlantic is casual, but pretty good. Their seared ahi tuna and the steaming Atlantic bowl are consistently delicious.

          We haven't had such good luck at The Beacon Room, and Orleans Inn is a wasteland.

          Liam's onion rings at Nauset Beach are OK, but not as good as Arnold's in Eastham.

          Abba and Nauset Beach Club are the best of class for Orleans dining, expensive but worth it.

          1. re: Dan D

            I used to LOVE Nauset Beach Club but the staff were such snobs so we stopped going.

            1. re: phelana

              Phelana re NBC - yesyesyesyesyes!!!!!

              I've found the Orleans Inn can be a terrific night out. The Inn is a historical landmark, built in 1875, is on the water at Town Cove (get a table at a big window), and it's family owned and operated. The second generation is Johnson & Wales trained and they have operated the Inn and restaurant for over a decade. On Friday nights an Irish/Scottish band plays a wide variety of ethnic and country style music. The menu is typical for the Cape and not bust-your-wallet expensive. The culinary achievements don't dazzle but the portions are fair size and presented by a skilled wait-staff. The owner is generally present to shake and greet or listen to your comments.

        2. I'll suggest two of my favorites in Orleans:
          The Beacon Room & Mahoney's

          Both the Lobster Claw and Orleans Inn are not worth the time or money.

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            1. re: phelana

              What's up with Captain Linnell House? So few comments! Why?

              1. re: Afar

                Two summers ago, wife & I took her sister & husband to the Cap't Linnell for a "special night out" Such a mistake! Very small portions and food was just so ordinary. This was our "go to restaurant" when we wanted a special night out. We replaced it with The Beacon Room.

                1. re: ppmaysa

                  Last night, Sunday, we went with friends to the Captain Linnell House in Orleans. Ap's were Escargot & Clam Chowder followed with Swordfish & Shrimp, Veal & Crab, Scollops & Shrimp - delicious one and all. The wait-staff was superb. Being off-season the comfort of the fireplace room was perfect. Our two meals came to $85.19 with tip, no drinks. A most relaxing and delightful two hours.

                  Captain Linnell House
                  137 Skaket Beach Rd, Orleans, MA 02653

                  1. re: Afar

                    great review..thanks..this is a favorite from a long time Jillian had her wedding there..magical