Brant Rock, MA

by on July 29, 2015

The Beaches, Restaurants, and Sights of Brant Rock – Part of Marshfield, MA

About an hour south of Boston is Brant Rock, MA, a small village in the town of Marshfield. It is a census designated place that is one of those small parts of town referred to by its own name, but not its own town. Brant Rock is one of the most popular summer spots on the South Shore of Massachusetts. The village is best known for its beaches, restaurants, and large sea wall which is accessible directly from Ocean Street. In the winter of 2014-2015, Brant Rock saw extensive damage to its sea wall, which was repaired in spring 2015.

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One of the biggest appeals of Brant Rock is that it’s a locals’ place. The nearest hotels are far away, so the only tourists that come here are those that rent beach homes. If you’re looking to spend a fun day on the South Shore, Brant Rock is one spot that isn’t to be missed. The beaches, as the name implies, are a little rocky. Direct access to the beach can be found in the “esplanade” area, where there is public parking permitted.
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How to Get to Brant Rock

Quick directions

Getting to Brant Rock is fairly simple. If you’re headed to Brant Rock from any point north or south, take exit 12 (the Pembroke/Marshfield exit) off of Route 3, and head east on Route 139. This will take you through Marshfield Center, to Rexhame, Fieldston, Ocean Bluff, and finally to Brant Rock. The village is about 8 miles from the highway, or 20 minutes if there’s not too much traffic on Route 139.

Once you get to Brant Rock village, head down the one-way part of Ocean Street which contains all of the parking spots in front of Venus 2, The Hop, and Arthur & Pat’s (which is the red house that is now closed). This is the best place to park, and spaces are usually plentiful even in the summer. If you can’t find parking here, there’s an adjacent lot on Dyke Road that is just around the corner where you have to pay.

On the way out, be sure to drive down Island Street, which loops to Town Pier Road. Here, you can catch a glimpse of adjacent scenic Green Harbor, which is the southernmost coastal area of Marshfield before entering Duxbury.

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Restaurants in Brant Rock

Seafood, bar food, breakfast, and more

For such a small area, there are quite a few options on where to eat in Brant Rock. All of the restaurants except for the Fairview Inn, are located in the strip of buildings that you see above. There’s Arthur & Pat’s, which is a renowned breakfast place that serves some hard to find specialties and excellent omelettes and homemade originals. Venus 2 is a large restaurant that overlooks the ocean, complete with outdoor seating and the South Shore’s revered “bar pizza.” Next to Venus 2 is the breakfast and lunch diner, The Hop. Further down the road is Haddad’s Ocean Cafe, which has been renovated to a much larger building just behind the original. Across the street is The Bailey, a small Irish pub that was renovated in 2010 from the former “Lobster Tale” restaurant, which has changed names to The Jetty. The best restaurant is The Fairview, which boasts incredible ocean views, but will be closing in 2015.

Official Brant Rock Links

  • BrantRock.com – Tidal charts, history, weather, and everything you ever wanted to know about this small village.
  • Ocean Bluff – Brant Rock on Wikipedia – These two villages have been lumped together in one Wikipedia page. Ocean Bluff is just a minute’s ride from Brant Rock.
  • BrantRockGreenHarbor.com -Paintings, vintage photos, forums, and more about Green Harbor and Brant Rock.
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