The Landing is in every way the quintessential Marblehead oceanfront seafood restaurant.
The Landing knows its target market and covers its bases well by delivering fresh, local seafood with spectacular views of the harbor, live entertainment on the weekends and featuring some of the best lobster and clam chowder around.
Since 1972, The Landing has been the restaurant of choice for tourists and locals alike in Marblehead. Located at the end of State Street on the harbor, the restaurant secures one of the most ideal and picturesque locations in town. Nearly every seat in the main dining room has a great view of the harbor, and the bar scene is almost always full of locals as well as out-of-towners.
It would be easy for The Landing to rest on its laurels and serve mediocre fare, knowing that the single-stop tourists will immediately and regularly be drawn inside. The Landing is marketed heavily in nearly every tourism outlet in town. However, The Landing takes the high road by specializing in exceptionally fresh local seafood, knowledgeable and friendly customer service and reasonable prices.
One should be aware The Landing features two distinct dining settings -- the pub section near the street, serving bar food in a more casual atmosphere, and the main dining room on the harbor side featuring full entrees in a more formal setting. If you're looking for a meal with a view, make sure you sit in the main dining room.
My latest trip for dinner was especially satisfying; most certainly my favorite meal at The Landing thus far.
Stopping by for dinner on a stormy late spring evening created a cozy ambiance at my candle-lit table by the window. As buoys and boats churned and lightning lit up the dark sky, I decided to start out with a New England favorite I had never tried at The Landing before – clam chowder.
Nearly every restaurant from Boston to New Hampshire claims to have "the best"clam chowder around. The Landing did not aimlessly tout this, but I can say that their chowder is very, very good. If you're like me, you like your chowder a bit on the chunkier side, with potatoes, spices and an overdose of fresh clams. This is certainly not a watered down variety of chowder. It may not be marketed as "the best," but what is served at The Landing is up there with New England's finest.
What's dinner in a New England beach town without fresh lobster of some sort? For lobster fans, The Landing offers a variety of choices from steamed full lobsters, to salads and pasta dishes. I ordered "The Landing Salad" with fresh lobster on top. The salad was comprised of various lettuces and spinach, fresh vegetables, dried carrot slices, which were amazing, and a homemade vinaigrette dressing.
I opted for the steamed lobster on top instead of the mayo-induced lobster chunk also offered. It's always nice to have health-conscience options available and still be able to order traditional favorites. My salad was fresh, crisp and hearty and the lobster was expectantly fresh and tasty.
The Landing is perfect for family meals, date nights and outings with friends. You can expect to pay about $8 to $15 for tavern fare on the pub side or about $17 to $30 for entrees in the dining room.
If you're looking to enjoy classic New England seafood, charm and ambiance with a waterfront view, The Landing will certainly satisfy.