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About Marblehead

Our Mission

To provide a great place for our employees to work, enabling them to prepare and serve delicious food in a warm, friendly and efficient manner. We want to assure you, our guest, of a memorable visit and encourage you to tell your friends and return often.

Our Guarantee

Your satisfaction is guaranteed or we will make suitable amends.

Our Endeavor

Let your light shine among men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

Our Concept

Founded in 1996 the ideas for the Marblehead Chowder House were actually hatched a few years before. Sitting at "The Barnacle," overlooking Marblehead Harbor one raw winter day, while the spume from the rough saltwater painted the windows and the Sam Adams Lager flowed freely, a concept was born.

Casual, coastal and cozy - fresh seafood, fin fish, shellfish and hearty chowders in a warm, relaxing atmosphere that says "seaside" - a place that had tradition, patriotism, and a New England heritage about it. Fresh ingredients, house-made soups and chowders, comfort food with a twist freshly prepared to order were all musts!

Features unique to New England were the foundation – Ipswich Belly Clams (aka steamers, softshells, pissers), fresh Lobster Roll, a Raw Bar with half-shell oysters and clams and, of course, live Lobsters arriving regularly. Authenticity was crucial – only without the sea breeze, gulls and scent of saltwater. Lighthouses and other nautical décor highlight the ambience to create a coastal dining experience like none other in the greater Lehigh Valley.

Building History

Marblehead Chowder House Dining Room

The property on which the Chowder House is now anchored has been the site of at least five previous restaurants: The Red Pig (1930's and '40s), Frank's Top Hat (late 1940's to early '60s), Scandinavian Inn and Lowrie's Steak House (1960's), then the Cross Timber Inn (early 1970's until 1996).