Cape Cod Dining
Cape Cod Restaurants

Here is a comprehensive listing of restaurants on the Cape which includes a description of each.


Upper Cape

Amari Bar and Restaurant
674 Route 6A, East Sandwich
Open year-round, serving dinner nightly plus lunch
on Saturday and Sunday

Aqua Grille
14 Gallo Road, Sandwich
Open end of April through end of October, serving lunch and dinner

The Bee-Hive Tavern
406 Route 6A
East Sandwich
Open daily year-round; serving lunch and dinner, plus breakfast on Sunday

Belfry Inne & Bistro
8 Jarves Street, Sandwich
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$$ Dinners at the Bistro feature a palatable pastiche of contemporary international cuisine.
Menus change with the seasons, incorporating fresh local ingredients. The Belfry specializes in intimate dinners for two or elegant affairs for 120. The Bistro welcomes guests to linger over desserts and coffee.

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10 Market Street
Mashpee Commons
Open daily year-round, serving lunch and
dinner; Jazz brunch on Sundays
$$$-$$$$ Chef and owner Frederic Feufeu creates an oasis of French cuisine and culture at this stylish bistro. Classic bistro dishes such as cassoulet and steak au poivre are complemented by Feufeu’s imaginative, varied creations, including Lobster Salad “Mille Feuille” with Asparagus, Bamboo Steamed Vegetables with Peanut Sauce and Jasmine Rice Spring Roll and Roasted Rack of Lamb “Aux Herbes”.

Bobby Byrne’s Restaurant & Pub
Routes 28 & 151, Mashpee Commons
Route 6A & Tupper Road, Sandwich
Route 28 and Bearses Way, Hyannis
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$-$$ An eating, drinking and talking establishment since 1973. Hearty pub fare, homemade soups, signature appetizers, salads and generous entrées are offered in the cozy pub and comfortable dining room.

The British Beer Company
46 Route 6A, Sandwich
263 Grand Avenue, Falmouth
412 Main Street Hyannis,
Open year-round, serving lunch and
$-$$ Cape Cod’s three BBC locations (see mid-Cape category) have charming, artful
interiors that evoke the feel of a real English pub, with many beers from the United Kingdom on tap. The eclectic menu has appetizers such as potato skins, quesadillas and crab cakes. Entrées include fish and chips, bangers and mash, sheperd’s pie, plus burgers, pizza and regional American fare.

Café Villaggio
188 Main Street, Falmouth
Open daily year-round, serving lunch and
$$-$$$ The third generation of a Falmouth culinary family operates this Main Street spot for fine Italian cuisine. Exceptional pasta, chicken, veal, steaks and seafood entrées. The bar area is dressed up with beautiful cherry wood and granite, and offers 10-ounce martini creations and an extensive fine wine list. Live entertainment before and after dinner on the weekends.

The Captain Kidd

77 Water Street, Woods Hole
Bar open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
Waterfront dining room open late June through Labor Day, serving dinner
$$-$$$ A friendly pub with an antique bar, massive fireplace and nautical collectibles, the Captain Kidd is a favorite destination for employees of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Marine Biological Laboratory. The deck sits over Eel Pond harbor. The bar menu offers steaks, burgers, chicken, lobster, seafood and pizzas. The waterfront dining room is more formal, but also open to the sea breezes.

Capt. Scott’s
71 Tupper Road, Sandwich
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$-$$ Owned and operated by the Gossios family for twenty years, this is a favorite destination for Sandwich villagers of all ages. Local seafood is served in many styles, with pasta specialities featuring sautéed seafood. Many entrées, such as Greek chicken with olives and feta, are given Mediterranean seasonings, all complemented by an affordable wine list. Burgers, soups and salads are served all day.

Chapoquoit Grill

410 Route 28A (West Falmouth Highway) Falmouth
Open daily year-round, serving dinner
$$-$$$ Popular with locals and nearly always crowded in the summer, Chapoquoit Grille cooks up imaginative cuisine infused with Italian and Caribbean flavors. Enjoy unique appetizers at the bar and a pond view.

The Chart Room
1 Shipyard Lane, Cataumet
Open mid-May to mid-October, serving lunch and dinner
$$$ The Chart Room’s mile-high lobster rolls on Portuguese bread are legendary. Entrées include lobster, steamers, fish, burgers, steaks and nightly specials. The restaurant is on barge at a busy marina, with spectacular sunsets over Buzzards Bay. Cocktails are served on an outdoor patio at the water’s edge.

Coonamessett Inn
311 Gifford Street, Falmouth
Open year-round, serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch
$$$$ A grand traditional inn set on Jones Pond in the heart of Falmouth, Coonamessett Inn offers white-tablecloth service in the main dining room. Rack of lamb, shrimp scampi and lobster are prepared in New England style with an updated, creative flourish. Eli’s Lounge ($$), the inn’s rustic tavern, offers scratch-made Yankee fare, such as pot roast and chicken pot pie.

Dan’l Webster Inn
149 Main Street, Sandwich
Open year-round, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday brunch served in off-season
$$$ An award-winning restaurant with recognition, including Distinguished Restaurants Award since 1995 and Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Award of Excellence. Featuring creative American cuisine served in the conservatory or the other elegantly appointed dining rooms. The Tavern at the Inn offers a casual, cozy dining atmosphere.

Emporio Brazilian Cuisine and Bar

339 Main Street (Route 28), East Falmouth
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$$-$$$ Brazilian dining in a colorful setting, with contemporary Brazilian music piped in to set the mood. Order from the basic menu, opt to visit the large buffet or dine on traditional churrasco, where servers come to your table to carve succulent roasted meats from big skewers right onto your plate.

Firefly Woodfire Grill & Bar

271 Main Street, Falmouth
Open daily year-round, serving lunch and
$$-$$$ All types of contemporary American and European dishes are wood-fired at this lively restaurant, including charred Caesar salad, seafood, rib-eye steak, homemade meatloaf and traditional and gourmet pizzas. An open kitchen with beach stone oven and large, wraparound bar are centerpieces of the room. Wide selection of wines, cocktails and microbrews available.

The Flying Bridge
220 Scranton Avenue, Falmouth
Open mid-April to mid-October, serving lunch and dinner
$-$$$ All the action on busy Falmouth Harbor can be enjoyed from the expansive decks and lively cocktail bar here, which are always crowded with boaters and other diners during summer. Countless buckets of steamers are served along with fish and seafood cooked many ways, plus steaks, burgers, lobster rolls and a children’s menu. The second floor can be reserved for weddings and other private events.


98 Town Neck Road, Sandwich
Open early April to December, serving lunch and dinner
$$ Formerly known as Horizon’s on the Bay, this spot was given a total makeover by now owners in 2006. The sweeping view across Cape Cod Bay is spectacular. The menu has appetizers, burgers, pastas and seafood entrées cooked in a variety of styles. If your timing is right, you can watch as big ships enter Cape Cod Canal.

Iriecorna Jamaican Restaurant
420 East Falmouth Highway (Route 28),
East Falmouth
Open daily year-round, serving lunch and
$$ Falmouth’s cool quotient bumps up a notch with Iriecorna, a funky but elegant place with
Jamaican cooks at the stove and color-splashed Jamaican and African art hanging on ocher walls. Favorite dishes include Red Pea and Coconut Soup and Jerk Chicken, and the menu also offers exotic options such as curried goat and braised oxtail.

La Cucina Sul Mare
237 Main Street, Falmouth
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner (no lunch on Monday)
$$$ A popular, often-crowded Northern Italian restaurant, La Cucina Sul Mare creates ambience with painted murals, a tin ceiling and windows overlooking Falmouth’s bustling Main Street. Chef/owner Mark Ciflone’s specialties include osso buco, lobster fra diavlo, zuppa de pesce and wood-grilled meats and seafood. The pasta is fresh and the desserts are homemade. Brunch served on Sunday.

The Nimrod Restaurant

100 Dillingham Avenue, Falmouth
Open year-round, serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch
$$$ The Nimrod is as known for its jazz lounge, which features live music nightly, as for its upscale restaurant. Popular dishes include roasted duck l’orange, prime rib served with freshly baked popovers, and bouillabaisse. Enclosed porch dining and a screened-in cabana bar in season.

Oysters Too
876 East Falmouth Highway, (Route 28)
East Falmouth
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$ Lots of fresh fish and lobster – and oysters, too – are served in this family-friendly restaurant with a warm, inviting dining room and cocktail lounge, both with fireplaces. Customer favorites include chicken Oscar, topped with lobster and Béarnaise sauce, and the seafood sampler, baked in white wine and butter. Pasta entrées, steaks and lamb chops are also served. Piano music on weekends.

Peking Palace
452 Main Street, Falmouth
Open year round, serving lunch and dinner
$$ Bustling every night, this favorite Falmouth destination for Asian food was rebuilt from the ground up in 2004. The bright, new contemporary interior has an intriguing aquarium. The menu offers ambitious, upscale Chinese and Thai cookery including Phad Thai, chicken and shrimp stuffed eggplant, Shanghai boneless duck and mango chicken. Complete sushi menu offered at the table or at the lively sushi bar.

Pi Pizza Bistro
75 Davis Straights, Falmouth
Open daily year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$$ A lively bistro specializing in gourmet brick-oven pizzas, such as Fig and Prosciutto with a rosemary crust and gorgonzola, and Mush-zoom, with four types of mushrooms, leeks and fresh mozzarella. Innovative bistro fare, such as butternut-squash ravioli, big sandwiches, a full bar and nearly 75 different beers are also served.

The Quarterdeck
164 Main Street, Falmouth
Open daily year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$$-$$$ Walking into the Quarterdeck is like finding yourself beneath the deck of a fisherman’s ship. The nautical décor complements a menu celebrating seafood: baked stuffed or boiled lobster, Shrimp and Scallop Scampi, mussel, oyster and calamari appetizers and their “famous” Lobster Salad on Portuguese bread. Steaks and pasta dishes are also available. Wine tastings are regularly held.

285 Main Street, Falmouth
Open May through December, serving dinner nightly and lunch some days (call for schedule)
$$$ This is a cozy RöoBar location, with tables packed in close. Cocktail bar windows open onto Main Street, weather permitting. Award-winning martini menu and extensive wine list. Banana-crusted halibut and Kona coffee-crusted pork tenderloin are favorite entrées. International pizza menu; a tapas menu served at the bar. The restaurant caters to the Falmouth area through 285 Main Catering. The wild, eclectic interior is energizing.nØH

10 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$-$$$$ RooBar’s newest location in Plymouth melds coastal New England charm with urban extravagance. Residing in what was formerly a rope factory, the 150-seat restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows, 18-foot ceilings, concrete floors, a custom-made fieldstone chimney and a 30-foot bar. Chef Tim Miller prides himself on creating atypical dishes using traditional regional ingredients.

Sandwich Taverna
290 Route 130, Sandwich
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$-$$$ Sizzling steaks, pork chops and specialty pizzas are on the menu of this recently renovated restaurant. The cathedral ceilings, exposed beams
and stone fireplace provide a comfortable atmosphere to enhance your casual dining experience. The renovations may be new, but the owners have a 17-year tradition of providing quality food and service in Sandwich.

38 Nathan Ellis Highway, Mashpee Commons
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$$$ Named for the northern Italian city where neighbors dine en masse in the streets at festival time, Siena’s goal is to bring such celebratory dining to busy Mashpee Commons shopping center. Bright, modern interior looks out to crowds of shoppers. Brick-oven pizzas, salads and pastas
utilize fresh, roasted vegetables. Specialties include butternut squash ravioli, Tuscan seafood stew, wood-grilled beef and pork tenderloin.

570 MacArthur Boulevard, Bourne
Open February through December, serving dinner Tuesday through Sunday plus lunch Friday
$-$$ Leave the beaches and lighthouses of the Cape behind for authentic Southeast Asian cuisine created by chef/owner Bopha Samms, who is from Cambodia. Many vegetarian and vegan options featuring fresh vegetables and homestyle cooking are offered, and the menu also has seafood and meat specialties. This well regarded, independent restaurant is not part of the Stir Crazy chain in the Midwest.

Sunset Grille at The Brookside Club
11 Brigadoon Road, Bourne
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$$-$$$ Dubbed “an oasis off of MacArthur Boulevard,” Sunset Grille at The Brookside Club features classic American cuisine in an elegant setting. Signature entrées of chef Dan Martin include pan-seared scallops over lobster and asparagus risotto and Black Angus beef tenderloin with garlic mashed potatoes. Outdoor seating on the terrace overlooks the golf course with ocean views and stunning sunsets. Banquets and wedding receptions available.

Tomatoes Italian Grill and Bar
280 C Route 130, Heritage Park Plaza,
Open daily year-round, serving dinner
$$-$$$ Traditional and creative Italian-style cuisine, with signature dishes including Hazelnut-Crusted Salmon, Homemade Lobster Ravioli, Grilled Fillet of Beef Gorgonzola and Oven-Roasted Chicken Rustica. Raw bar, fine wines, full bar and takeout service are available. Recipient of Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, 2005. Exciting specialty martinis and vintage wines by the glass.


Mid Cape

902 Main
902 Main Street, Route 28
South Yarmouth

Open year-round except January, serving

43 Main Street, Route 6A
Yarmouth Port
Open year-round, serving dinner

Alberto’s Ristorante

360 Main Street, Hyannis

23 Whites Path, South Yarmouth
644 Main Street, Hyannis

The Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern
3176 Main Street, Route 6A, Barnstable
Open year-round, serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch
$$-$$$ Quaint colonial tavern in the heart of the village with an extensive menu offering items in every price category. New England classics include chowder and fried seafood, as well as half-pound burgers and many sandwiches, grilled steaks, lamb, duck and chicken entrées. A raw bar selection and a list of fiftee
n-plus Italian pasta dishes are offered.

Baxter’s Boathouse
177 Pleasant Street, Hyannis
Open mid-April to Columbus Day, serving lunch and dinner.
$$-$$$ Baxter’s celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2007. Built over Hyannis Harbor, you can almost dip your toes in the water from the deck as you watch boaters arrive, tie up and take a table. They come for the cold beer, seafood bisque, fish and chips, fried clams, lobster rolls and local catch served grilled, blackened and broiled. Steamed lobsters and piano bar.

The Black Cat
165 Ocean Street, Hyannis
Open daily April through October, serving lunch and dinner
$$-$$$ Across from the Ocean Street docks and overlooking Hyannis Harbor, the Black Cat offers a variety of dishes including local seafood and specials such as mahi-mahi, red snapper, black grouper and wahoo. All beef is certified Black Angus and weekend specials include bone-in prime rib and porterhouse steaks. Persian rugs, antique marine and nautical artifacts, and Filipino mahogany paneling grace the dining room and lively bar. Outdoor patio seating overlooking the harbor in season.

Blue Moon Bistro
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605 Route 6A, Dennis Village
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$ Chef-owner Peter Hyde offers contemporary dining in this intimate spot where paintings by Cape artists are displayed. Local ingredients are used in entrées such as broiled haddock with olive tapenade and truffle oil, braised chicken breast with smoked bacon and garlic mashed potatoes, and roasted vegetable and goat cheese Napoleon. Live jazz; call for schedule.

Bobby Byrne’s Restaurant & Pub
Route 28 and Bearses Way, Hyannis
(See listing under Upper Cape.)

Brazilian Grill
680 Main Street, Hyannis
Open daily year-round, serving lunch and
$$ The mid-Cape’s growing Brazilian population, along with visitors in the know, come here for mounds of grilled meat served from sword-like skewers by circulating waiters. The all-you-can-eat buffet of side dishes doubly ensures that no diner leaves hungry.

The British Beer Company
412 Main Street, Hyannis
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$-$$ Charming, artful interiors that evoke the feel of a real English pub, with many beers from the United Kingdom on tap. The eclectic menu has appetizers such as potato skins, quesadillas and crab cakes. (See full listing
under Upper Cape.)

Captain Parker’s Pub
668 Route 28, West Yarmouth
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$$-$$$ The chowder here won top honors in ’06 at the Boston Harborfest and the Newport Chowder Cook-Off. Casual and convivial, this pub offers classic shellfish appetizers such as clams casino and Oysters Rockefeller. Hearty char-grilled burgers, pitas and roll-ups, and fried seafood rolls are available from the sandwich menu. Entrées include many chicken and beef options, plus fresh fish – baked, stuffed and broiled.

Center Stage Café
36 Hope Lane, Dennis
Open April through December, serving
$-$$$$ A casually elegant bistro, home to the Backstage Pub, on the grounds of The Cape Playhouse, Cape Cod Museum of Art and Cape Cinema. The varied menu offers continental cuisine with new world and international flavors. Local shellfish, sushi, award-winning clam chowder, salads and hand-thrown pizzas are featured. Entrées include hand-cut steaks, bouillabaise, pastrami-cured duck breast, lobster ravioli, angus burgers and pannini sandwiches.

Clancy’s Restaurant
8 Upper County Road, Dennisport
Open year-round, serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch
Clancy’s Fish ’n Chips and Beach Bar
228 Lower County Road, Dennisport
Open mid-May to Labor Day, serving lunch and dinner
$$ The main restaurant is a favorite family dining spot nestled on the banks of the Swan River. Steaks, surf and turf, and loads of seafood items – baked, broiled and fried – are offered. Extensive pasta and sandwich menu is available all day, too. Crab Benny is a brunch specialty – poached eggs over crabmeat with Hollandaise. Down the road, Clancy’s Fish ’n Chips and Beach Bar ($$) offers steaks, ribs and lots of fresh, fried seafood.

Chapin’s Restaurant
85 Taunton Avenue, Dennis
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$-$$$ Set in sand dunes and sea grass, Chapin’s is just steps from Chapin and Mayflower beaches. The outdoor raw bar is a big draw in season, but the Seafood Cioppino, a sauté of mixed seafood in a tomato-garlic-herb broth, is popular year-round, as are the fresh salads, char-grilled steaks and burgers, lobster pie, lobster quesadilla, Italian specialties and prime rib. “Beach casual” atmosphere.

Compass Rose Summer Shanty
140 Main Street
West Dennis
Open May to October, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
$$-$$$ Located at Bass River Marina, Compass Rose Summer Shack is the Cape’s newest waterfront bar and restaurant. This casual eatery features littlenecks and oysters, Don’s crazy lobster rolls, giant stuffed clams, Grilled Sharkbites (marinated and grilled mako shark), grilled Jamaican jerk chicken wings, award-winning clam chowder, burgers and Marathon Key Lime Pie. Live piano music Thursday through Sunday afternoons and evenings, and local guitarists outside on the deck, Friday through Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m

The Dolphin
3250 Main Street, Barnstable
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$-$$$$ A lively restaurant and tavern in the heart of Barnstable Village that’s been popular with locals for 50 years. The house favorite is baked lobster stuffed with crabmeat and sea scallops, and the menu also offers burgers, steaks, chops, chicken and seafood. Most dishes come in classic preparations like veal marsala or steak au poivre, while some have Asian flavors, like the panko-crusted chicken breast with sweet chili glaze.

Eclectic Café
606 Main Street, Hyannis
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$-$$$$ A big draw here is the hidden courtyard, just off Hyannis’ main drag, where guests enjoy a convivial dining space under the stars. The menu is “eclectic” with creative approaches applied to basic comfort foods. Day-boat scallops are served with a wild-mushroom salad with bordelaise sauce. Pan-seared trout comes with Colcannon (creamy escalloped potatoes and cabbage). Braised short ribs, roasted duck and a top-shelf martini menu.

294 Main Street, Hyannis
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$-$$$ Sleek, bustling, downtown trattoria. Both the long cuts of linguini and tagliatelle, plus the filled pastas – ravioli and manicotti – are made from scratch on-site. The huge variety of pasta plates and pizza toppings includes lots of roasted veggies, fresh mozzarella, and seafood ingredient choices. Entrées include a classic repertoire of Italian
chicken and veal dishes, plus a nightly specials board.

Five Bays Bistro
825 Main Street, Osterville
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$$ Urbane, gallery-like ambience with a sophisticated cocktail bar. Chef Tim Souza brings international flavors to classic continental preparation. Pork Porterhouse, filet mignon and fresh seafood entrées have Asian and Mediterranean seasonings. Tuna sashimi, pommes frites and risotto are done with creative flair. Use of seasonal ingredients is emphasized, and there is an extensive wine list.

Fresh Ketch
462 Main St., Hyannis
Open April to October, serving lunch and dinner
$$ Fresh Ketch offers Seafood 'N Steaks, the best of both worlds. Serving American eclectic cuisine in a clean, light, nautical environment. Our full lounge offers sports on LCD tv's and Karaoke, with Liz Soloman and Ken Wade from WRZE, every Friday and Saturday night from 9 pm. With 4 dining rooms, there is always room for a function of up to 200 people.

134 Taunton Avenue, Dennis
Open April to late November, serving dinner
$$-$$$ First established in 1938, this knotty pine-paneled restaurant, nestled in the dunes near Chapin Beach, is rich with old-Cape Cod nostalgia and romance. The fare is Italian-American, with emphasis on pastas and fresh, local seafood. Scampi a là Gina’s – garlicky jumbo shrimp over linguine – and native mussels marinara are customer favorites. Chicken, veal and steak are also served.

Gracie’s Table
800 Main Street, Route 6A, Dennis
Open year-round except February, serving dinner
$-$$$ Cuisine from the Basque regions of France and Spain. Twenty tapas plates are featured, including Potatoes of Importance and Lamb Meatballs. Also offering entrées such as pork confit (fork-tender braised pork) over creamy red cabbage and sour cherries, and organic chicken with sauce Basquaise, a purée of roasted peppers and classic Basque seasonings. Pillowed banquettes, candles and colorful, contemporary decor make for an elegantly cozy setting.

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Grill
1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$-$$$ A favorite dinner spot, the Grand Cru is known for its list of carefully selected fine wines by the bottle, glass or taste, and it also boasts one of the best martini lists on the Cape. Menu features creative appetizers, salads and entrées in a warm, Mediterranean-style atmosphere. Live jazz every Friday and Saturday night.

Hannah's Fusion Bar and Bistro
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615 Main Street, Hyannis
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$-$$$ Hannah’s is an upscale, city bistro featuring fusion cooking with Asian and classical world influences. Specialties include “no-rules” fusion-style sushi, homemade pasta of the day, original sauces, soups and dressings, all-chocolate desserts, and the house’s signature flavored sake martinis. The bar is open until 1 a.m.

157 Main Street, Route 6A, Yarmouthport
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$-$$$ Step inside this antique captain’s house to find authentic Japanese atmosphere and decor. Sushi and sashimi specialties of every stripe are assembled at the lively sushi bar. Salmon and beef teriyaki plates, tempura, tofu and a dramatic house specialty of whole fried fish come from the kitchen. Sake list also offers Japanese beers and an international wine selection.

The Island Merchant
302 Main Street, Hyannis
Open daily year-round from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
$-$$ The Island Merchant Restaurant and Lounge offers comfortable island cuisine, entertainment and gallery shows. Cuisine, cocktails, décor and music meet to create a feeling of escape and relaxation. The menu offers freshly prepared dishes with flavors from the islands, such as West Indian Pumpkin Bisque, Cuban Sandwich and Island Salad, made with pork and mangos. Comfort foods include House Smoked BBQ Pork Sandwich and Homemade Macaroni and Cheese. Fresh desserts made daily. Be sure to try the fresh-squeezed rum punch!

Marshside Restaurant
28 Bridge Street, East Dennis
Open year-round, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
$-$$ This cozy, Cape-style house on the banks of Sesuit Creek serves up hot coffee, pancakes and omelets for breakfast, plus hearty lunches and dinners. Fish and chips are a customer favorite, as is the Marshside burger, topped with sour cream and sautéed mushrooms. Nightly specials include a broiled seafood platter, seafood stew, pasta primavera and prime steaks.

379 Main Street, Hyannis
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner.
$-$$ A touch of Tokyo in Hyannis, chef Ota Torao’s intimate restaurant offers seating at the sushi bar, at tables or in private tatami rooms. All varieties of sushi – nigiri, sashimi, makimono – are available at surprisingly affordable prices. The cooked entrée menu is also extensive, offering meats cooked teriyaki and sukiyaki style, plus tempura, udon noodle and stir-fry dishes.

The Naked Oyster
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20 Independence Drive
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$$$ The Naked Oyster Bistro and Raw Bar specializes in fresh seafood, quality meats and an extensive wine list. Visit for lunch, dinner, cocktails or the raw bar in the tastefully appointed dining room. The Chilled Seafood Tower, a popular appetizer, includes clams, oysters, shrimp, lobster tail and tuna sashimi.

Not Your Average Joe’s
793 Iyannough Road (Cape Cod Mall)
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$$ Now with fifteen locations, this Massachusetts-based chain offers creative yet comforting cuisine in a colorful, contemporary atmosphere. The menu offers many appetizers, entrée-sized salads, pizzas and burgers in addition to specialties such as mustard-crusted chicken breast, hearty meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes, and chicken Oscar, topped with shellfish and veggies in a creamy sauce.

Ocean House
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Depot Street, Dennisport
Open March through December, serving
$$$ The Ocean House perches directly on Nantucket Sound bringing coastal dining to another level. Anthony Silvestri creates seasonal menus of contemporary fusion cuisine with local influences. The wine list is extensive, including 25 wines by the glass. Specialty martinis set the tone in the oceanfront lounge. Experience the coast, cocktails and cuisine in this stylish restaurant. Top Zagat Scores. Cape Cod View Martini Win-ner. Voted Best Waterview.

Old Yarmouth Inn
223 Route 6A, Yarmouthport
Open year-round, serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch
$$$ The Old Yarmouth Inn, established in 1696, is the oldest inn on Cape Cod. It
offers unfussy food, thoughtfully and creatively prepared, at reasonable prices in a beautiful setting. Choose from one of three distinct dining rooms or the cozy, wide-
paneled tavern. The menu changes seasonally with an emphasis on local fresh ingredients.

Route 6A at Bray Farm Road
Open year-round, serving lunch and
$-$$$ A casual spot, popular with neighborhood locals, Oliver’s menu has something for everyone. The specialty is local seafood – broiled, seared and fried – including swordfish, sea scallops and lobster pie. Appetizers include coconut shrimp, oysters and clams. The fare ranges from Mexican and Italian dishes to wings, salads, sandwiches, burgers and char-broiled steaks. Many entrées are available in
lighter portions.

The Optimist Café
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134 Main Street
(Route 6A), Yarmouthport
Open daily year-round, serving breakfast, lunch and high tea
$-$$ Captain Howes’ historic gingerbread-trimmed house is a bright and cheerful place to start your day. Select from a
variety of breakfast entrées (try the heart-shaped Love Waffle or Eggs Benedict) or lighter fare. At lunchtime, enjoy a sandwich, homemade soup or salad. For an afternoon pick-me-up, transport yourself to merry old England during high tea and relax with a cup of flavorful tea or a Teatini (a nonalcoholic martini). Children’s menus are available throughout the day. Rooms are available for private parties.

The Oyster Company
202 Depot Street, Dennisport
Open mid-March to February, serving dinner
$$-$$$ New in 2005, this contemporary bistro is operated by the producers of local Quivet Neck oysters, award-winning for their sweet flavor. In addition to the raw bar, there is plenty of crisp, fried shellfish plus chicken piccata, crab cakes, pasta, steaks and nightly specials. Oyster with a Friend is the signature appetizer – raw oysters are topped with fried oysters coated in Cajun scampi butter. Occasional live jazz.

The Paddock
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20 Scudder Avenue
Open April through mid-November, serving lunch and dinner
$$$ A contemporary menu combines with the traditional ambience of linen-covered, candle-lit tables adorned with freshly cut flowers. Fresh local seafood, farm-raised shellfish and prime cuts of meat serve as the foundation of the restaurant’s cuisine. The Paddock is a popular destination before and after shows at the nearby Cape Cod Melody Tent.

Palio Pizzeria
435 Main Street, Hyannis
Open year round.
$-$$ New in 2005, this pizzeria specializes in made-from-scratch recipes using fresh ingredients, from the house meatballs to the hand-cut egg fettuccini. Pizzas, whole or by the slice, are thin-crusted and baked to crispy perfection in brick ovens, as are calzones, grinders and garlic breadsticks. Fresh salads and pastries, too. Palio’s wine-tasting dinners are co-hosted by The Wine List wine in Hyannis.

The Red Pheasant
905 Route 6A, Dennis
Open-year round, serving dinner
$$-$$$$ Elegant country dining in a 200-year-old renovated barn with a romantic martini and wine bar. The menu changes seasonally, offering classic dishes rooted in New England tradition with fresh, contemporary twists. Appetizers include country paté, Maryland lump crab cake and Tuscan tart. Organic produce served. Entrées include native day-boat fish, Roast Duckling with Cranberry and Port Sauce, and Roast Rack of Lamb Persillade. Sunday brunch selections include eggs benedict, brioche French toast and seafood crêpe. Atwood-family owned since 1977.

The Regatta of Cotuit
4631 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Cotuit
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$-$$$$ One of the Cape’s most acclaimed dining venues, set in a 214-year-old mansion with a romantic, candle-lit
atmosphere. The Regatta’s “New American” cuisine has earned many accolades, as has the emphasis on attentive and professional service. Seafood, roasted and grilled meats and chops are elegantly presented with lavish side dishes. The three-course “early evening” menu is an outstanding value. An intimate bar menu is also available.

Roadhouse Café
488 South Street, Hyannis
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$-$$$ The Roadhouse Café provides superior food, service and ambience. It has four dining rooms, a custom mahogany bar and a separate-entrance Backdoor Bistro with a piano bar. The menu offers native seafood, select beef, pasta dishes and Italian specialties. Some of the best live jazz on the East Coast can be heard here each Monday night year-round, plus piano bar on Friday and Saturday nights. Live music is featured nightly in the summer.

586 Main Street, Hyannis
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$ This RöoBar, a hotbed of Cape nightlife for the thirty-and-under crowd, offers an imaginative menu plus live entertainment at least five nights per week. The Seafood Caponata is a favorite entrée – a lobster, squid and shellfish stew with eggplant served over pappardelle pasta. The Asian-flavored lobster salad appetizer is served in a martini glass. Creative nightly specials are as popular as the house menu.

540 Main Street, Rt. 28
W. Yarmouth, MA 02673
Open April to October, serving lunch and dinner
$$ Salty's is a taste of Key West on Cape Cod. When you walk in the front door, you enter a casual, comfortable family friendly environment. The bar is small and intimate, offering everything from Salty's Brew, for the beer drinker, to frozen Margaritas, alcohol free frozen drinks. Cozy nooks are available in the dining room for parties of up to 6. And the outdoor patio gives the feeling of being on a picnic while also permitting the smoker a smoke.

Sam Diego’s
950 Iyannough Road (Route 132), Hyannis
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$$ Friendly, casual dining. Mexican/Southwestern cuisine, BBQ and a children’s menu are featured. The luncheon menu on weekdays includes an all-you-can-eat taco bar. Patio dining. Take-out, functions, private parties. Restaurant open until midnight, lounge until
1 a.m.

Scargo Café
799 Main Street (Route 6A), Dennis
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$$$ A traditional, colonial-style restaurant with wood-paneled walls, open fires and a tavern room. The fare includes customer favorites such as roasted rack of New Zealand lamb, and seafood strudel – a seafood blend baked in pastry with Newburg sauce. Many more seafood entrées, steaks, chicken, surf and turf, and a special version of grapenut custard.

138 Ocean Street, Hyannis
Open mid-April to mid-November, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
$$-$$$$ This lively, full-service restaurant is located on Hyannis Harbor. Spanky’s recalls a bit of old Cape Cod, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, both inside and outside on the waterfront patio. The menu features local seafood done every way, including a raw bar, steamers, fried fish, shellfish, swordfish, four lobster options, house-cut steaks and much more.

21 Arlington Street, Hyannis
Open mid-April to mid-October, serving lunch and dinner
$$-$$$ As nautical as it gets, Tugboats has two big decks and a bar overlooking busy Hyannis Harbor. It’s all about seafood here, including a raw bar, lobster rolls, the famed “beach bake” (a clambake for one), fried seafood platters and plenty of “munchies,” such as crab cakes, calamari and steamers. Salads, burgers and sandwiches served all day.

The Wianno Grille
380 Barnstable Road, Hyannis
Open year-round, serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch
$$-$$$ An elegant Cape Cod pub, the Wianno Grille strikes a delicate balance between fine and casual dining. A chic interior, cherry booths and marble bar tops are complemented by top-notch food selections, including all-natural Creekstone beef and local seafood favorites. Sandwiches, soups and salads too, plus fresh bread from Hyannis’s Pain d’Avignon bakery.

Wimpy’s Seafood Café and Market
752 Main Street, Osterville
Open year-round, serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
$$-$$$ Wimpy’s has a cozy dining room plus a pub-style tavern. The menu is huge, with twenty appetizers including Oysters Rockefeller, lots of fried seafood and wings. Entrées include every type of fish the Cape has to
offer – stuffed, baked, grilled, poached, fried, – plus lobster, steaks, prime rib, chicken and pasta. Burgers and salads are served all day.

Yarmouth House
335 Route 28, West Yarmouth
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$$-$$$$ Run by the Kounadis family for more than twenty years, this popular destination offers a huge menu of house specialties including veal and poultry, and steaks of all kinds. The many lobster preparations include Lobster Thermidor and Lazy Man’s Lobster (sautéed in butter and ready to eat). Surf and turf combos include Filet Mignon à la Neptune, a char-broiled filet topped with lobster meat and Hollandaise sauce.


Lower Cape

400 East
Corner of Routes 39 and 137
East Harwich
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$-$$$ A convivial, family-friendly community tavern with an extensive menu, including novel appetizers such as coconut-fried shrimp with orange-chipotle cream sauce, to go with the always frosty pints of beer. Entrées include pastas, char-grilled burgers, steaks and chicken, gourmet grilled pizzas and fried seafood. Private function rooms available by reservation.

89 Old Colony Way, Orleans
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$-$$$$ A small barn converted into an intimate and stylish dining spot with banquette seating at some tables, and candle-lit décor in warm tones. Creative cuisine by Israeli chef/owner Eraz Pinhas, who often combines Mediterranean style with a Thai influence. The wine list is unique and extensive. Signature dishes include duck breast with gnocchi in satay sauce, lobster in yellow curry sauce, Thai seafood stew, and herb-crusted rack of lamb.

Academy Ocean Grille
2 Academy Place, Orleans
Open April to mid-January, serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch
$$$-$$$$ Chef Christian Schultz is famed for his native seafood preparations and the special dinner events he has created at the James Beard Foundation in New York. Cape Codders can sample his signature dishes here, including center-cut swordfish grilled over a wood fire, monkfish and scallops in Thai curry, and Tandoori shrimp. Chicken, veal and steak, too, all served in a bright, contemporary dining room with nautical touches.

Ay Caramba! Cafe
703 Main Street, Harwich
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$-$$ Owner-operated, festive and authentic Mexican restaurant featuring classic dishes like carne asada, chicken mole, tacos al carbon and grilled fish tacos plus house specialties such as Tiger Shrimp Diablo, all scratch-made from fresh, local ingredients. Customized margaritas are made with care from the 30+ premium tequilas at the bar. Spicy Mexican hot chocolate, too.

Barley Neck Inn
5 Beach Road, Orleans
Open year-round, serving dinner
$-$$$ This restaurant/inn is housed in a sea captain’s house less than one mile from Nauset Beach. Both the whimsical dining rooms and rustic Joe’s Bar and Grille are casual and serve the same menu nightly. Seafood predominates: fried shellfish, grilled fish and loads of appetizers, plus lamb, veal, steaks and ribs. Pizzas and sandwiches available, too. The wine cellar has been consistently recognized by Wine Spectator magazine.

The Beacon Room
23 West Road, Orleans
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$-$$$ An inviting, wood-beamed dining room in a cozy Cape Cod house. The food is scratch-made and portions are generous. The house specialty is linguini in gorgonzola cream sauce with prosciutto and peas. Half the menu is devoted to creative seafood preparations such as scallops in saffron cream sauce. Other options include chicken, lamb, steak and venison. Extensive wine list.

The Blacksmith’s Shop
Route 6A, North Truro
Open mid-February through December, serving dinner
$$$ Once the site of a Truro blacksmith’s shop, it’s now a fine dining spot with rustic decor. The signature dish is seafood fettuccini, made with lobster, shrimp and scallops in sherry cream sauce. The veal Oscar is made with fresh lobster meat topped with Béarnaise sauce. Though fish and seafood predominate, the extensive menu features classic preparations of chicken, steaks and chops, too.

The Blue Coral
483 Main Street, Chatham
Open early June through Labor Day, serving lunch and dinner
$$$-$$$$ Owners Tony and Meg Gullotti bring a little bit of the Caribbean to the Cape at this colorful, outdoor restaurant located just off Chatham’s busy Main Street. Families are welcome at lunch time, but linens and candles come out at night for fine dining under the stars for a lively, adult crowd. The varied menu offers many seafood appetizers and entrées such as extra-large baked stuffed lobster and grilled Kobe beef filets.

The Bookstore & Restaurant
50 Kendrick Avenue, Wellfleet
Open year-round, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
$$-$$$ A Wellfleet institution for more than 40 years, and right on the harbor. Breakfasts include cranberry pancakes and Crab Cakes Benedict. The lavish raw bar selection, available at lunch and dinner, includes only local shellfish. Many lobster, oyster and clam preparations are offered, along with chicken, steak and prime rib. There really is a bookstore here, too, along with the legendary Bombshelter Pub downstairs, open all year.

The Bramble Inn & Restaurant
2019 Main Street, Route 6A, Brewster
Open April to New Year’s Eve, serving dinner
$$$$+ Formal dining in an inn dating from 1861. Chef-owner Ruth Manchester’s contemporary approach often draws on South American flavors: Mussels Tampico, Brazilian Beef Chimichurra, and Marascada, a shellfish paella, supplement other classic preparations. The four-course, prix fixe menu is offered nightly, and an a là carte bistro menu ($$) has recently been added.

Brewster Fish House
2208 Main Street, Brewster
Open April through December, serving lunch and dinner
$$$-$$$$ An intimate setting inside an antique house with the work of local artists on display. The menu is “seafood-centric,” giving imaginative and contemporary twists to the preparation of the Cape’s fresh catch. Signature dishes include the sought-after lobster bisque and the out-of-the-shell, grilled lobster served with a “coral” emulsion, made with lobster roe. Beef and poultry items are also offered.

183-85 Commercial Street, Provincetown
Open late April to mid-October, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
$$-$$$$ Bubala’s is a colorful bistro, home to a lively clientele. All fish served is filleted daily in-house. Both the lunch and dinner menus include every seafood preparation that Cape Cod diners seek, some with Cajun and Caribbean spices. Breakfast includes Huevos Rancheros, waffles, omelettes and more. Add fajitas, burgers and ribs for lunch. The spicy, inventive appetizers pair nicely with Bubala’s specialty martinis.

Buca’s Tuscan Roadhouse
4 Depot Road, Harwich
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$ Cozy trattoria with an intimate bar area. The cuisine comes from Tuscany: hot and cold antipasti, inventive side dishes and fresh-cut pasta available in full or half orders. Veal Rosa in red wine and dried cherry sauce and Cacciucco, Tuscan seafood stew, are house specialties. House-made desserts include tiramisu and dark chocolate wedding cake.

323 Orleans Road (Route 28)
North Chatham
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$-$$$ Popular Chatham destination serving fresh renditions of Italian fare with an emphasis on seafood. The catch of the day and veal marsala are house favorites. Pastas are served with all the classic sauces. Ravioli, lasagna, cannelloni, Italian chicken and veal entrees, and steak and prime rib are also served. There are two dining rooms, one with a kid-friendly atmosphere, the other subdued, sophisticated and reserved for adult diners.

Cape Sea Grille
31 Sea Street, Harwich Port
Open mid-April to mid-December, serving dinner
$$$$ Chef-owner Douglas Ramler, recently recognized by the James Beard Foundation, and wife Jennifer operate this antique captain’s house on a bluff overlooking the sea. The décor is casually elegant. The emphasis is on local, seasonal ingredients. House-made duck confit, country pate, and crispy oysters are favorite starters. Signature dishes, all artfully presented, include pan-seared lobster with Calvados-saffron reduction and horseradish-crusted swordfish.

Captain Linnell House
137 Skaket Beach Road, Orleans
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$-$$$$ Dine in the romantic mansion that Captain Ebeneezer Linnell built for his bride in 1840. With a sprawling lawn and gardens filled with wisteria and sprays of lavender, this stately home is a favorite spot for Cape Cod weddings. Chef-owner Bill Conway's menu offers an extensive selection of local seafood dishes such as Bourbon Lobster Bisque, grilled Atlantic salmon and authentic bouillabaisse, plus filet mignon, rack of lamb and more.

Casa di Babbo Grille
600 Route 28, Harwich Port
Open daily April to January, serving lunch,
dinner and Sunday brunch
$$-$$$$ Traditional food and simple preparations characterize the main menu at this contemporary, American grille. The restaurant encourages participation by the diner by offering a selection of classic sauces and a variety of side dishes to customize the casual à la carte menu. The dining room and bar are supplemented by an inviting patio in season.

Chatham Bars Inn
Shore Road, Chatham
Open year-round, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
$$$-$$$$ One of New England’s grandest oceanfront resorts, situated atop dramatic bluffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and one of Cape Cod’s premier fine-dining destinations. The cuisine is classic continental, creatively updated, and is served in the main dining room (jacket required), the Tavern, the Beach House Grill, and in the demonstration kitchen where “Chef’s Table” multi-course dinners are prepared while you watch. All venues open to nonguests, with reservations required.

The Chatham Squire
487 Main Street, Chatham
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$$$ With its large tavern and dining room plus four bars, the Squire is jammed on summer weekends, when a call-ahead waiting list allows diners to avoid long waits for tables. The Squire is a lively, family-friendly spot offering burgers, fish and chips, and lobster entrées all day, plus veal and scampi dinner specials. The eclectic menu offers Italian, French and Asian touches. Popular logo items – hats, T-shirts, ties, etc.– are sold onsite in The Squire Store.

2449 Main Street, Brewster
Open Mother’s Day weekend through Thanksgiving, serving lunch and dinner
$$$-$$$$ Award-winning fine dining is served in elegant surroundings in the former Chillingsworth Foster estate. The main dining room offers a seven-course table d’hote menu (reservations recommended), while the second restaurant on the premises, a casual greenhouse/gallery bistro, offers à la carte fare. The emphasis is on fresh, seasonal produce and local seafood, as well as lamb, duck, veal and beef. The colorful martini bar is a great gathering spot for before- or after-dinner cocktails.

443 Main Street, Chatham
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$-$$$$ A stately captain’s house, circa 1818, that offers a clubby, mahogany-paneled bar. Each of the many menu items is given a movie title name such as “Big Chill” salad, clams “Casino” and “Moonstruck” pizza. The menu is varied, offering Cape standards such as chowder, baked cod and lobster as well as a sautéed seafood mix in lemon buerre blanc called “Sea of Love.” Steaks, lamb, chicken and homemade meat loaf, too.

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86 Sisson Road
Harwich Port
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$-$$$$ Elegant country bistro in an 18th-century inn with an adjoining tavern. Award-winning chef Franck Champely uses fresh, indigenous produce and locally caught seafood in high-style presentations. Day-boat scallops are served over creamy risotto with truffle oil and vegetable “pearls.” Bouillabaisse is a house specialty, as is rack of lamb with a lemon-thyme reduction. Extensive wine list is inventive and reasonably priced. Tavern menu ($-$$) offers burgers and creative lighter fare.

Ciro & Sal’s
4 Kiley Court, Provincetown
Open February through December, serving dinner
$$-$$$ A Provincetown institution founded in 1951 by two starving artists, this is still a favorite spot with famous members of the local arts community. Classic Italian menu and atmosphere with eight veal dishes and a dozen or more seafood options. All manner of pasta served as entrées or side dishes. Dine in the cozy, brick-walled wine cellar or in the upstairs dining rooms that double as gallery space.

The Eldredge Room at The Queen Anne Inn
70 Queen Anne Road, Chatham
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$$ An inventive menu highlights the bounty of New England, including a venison “lollipop” appetizer (small grilled chops), assorted caviar, butter-poached lobster, walnut-crusted foie gras, and a truffle-crusted version of fish and chips. Ingredients are obtained from local purveyors whenever possible. All dishes are artfully presented in an elegant yet comfortably relaxed atmosphere.

539 Commercial Street, Provincetown
Open year-round, serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch
$-$$$ At high tide the surf rolls in right under the floor boards and you can see the sea spray from your table. The lounge is cozy and nautical. Regulars love the mustard and nut-crusted cod and the Seafood Pasta-by-the-Sea, a mix of lobster, shrimp, scallops and pasta in a saffron-tomato broth. Burgers are available all day. Evening entrées include steaks, veal and vegetarian options. Early-bird specials 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Front Street
230 Commercial Street, Provincetown
Open early May to November, serving dinner
$$$-$$$$ Both continental and upscale Italian fare are served in this romantic, rustic grotto-like setting. Chef-owner Donna Aliperti and pastry chef Kathy Cotter produce creative, lavish presentations. Salads and antipasti are offered, along with seafood, pasta, veal, chicken and steak. House specialties include baby gnocchi in white-truffle butter sauce, plus Aliperti’s famed tea-smoked duck and rack of lamb. Recognized by Wine Spectator.

The Golden Clove
155 Crowell Road, Chatham
Open year-round, serving dinner; Sunday brunch in season
$$-$$$$ Chef-owner Lisa Whelan’s creative menu focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients and an international palate of flavors. Small plates are offered, including hand-cut pappardelle pasta with spinach pesto, and skirt steak with an African spice rub. There are beef, veal, duck and many seafood entrées, too, including Whelan’s Golden Clove seafood stew with shellfish, andouille sausage, tomatoes, garlic and herbs.

The Impudent Oyster
15 Chatham Bars Avenue, Chatham
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$$$-$$$$ A quaint dining spot with crisp white tablecloths and a polished wait staff. Lunches feature fresh salads, scratch-made soups, sandwiches and seafood entrees. Dinner favorites include the house bouillabaisse and Pesca fra Diablo, a spicy mélange of lobster and shellfish tossed with pasta. Impudent’s Hangzhou Sauté features Asian-flavored vegetables served over a pan-fried noodle cake.

L’Alouette Bistro
787 Main Street (Route 28), Harwich Port
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$$ Step inside this traditional Cape Cod house to find romantic, south-of-France ambience and tables set with crystal and crisp white linens. Chef Steven Graves uses local ingredients in dishes such as sun-dried tomato crusted halibut and crispy five-spice roast duck, while pastry chef Christine Arden creates finales such as apple tarte Tatin and warm almond tart. The wine list features bottles from
small estates in every region of France, plus “new world” selections.

Land Ho!
Route 6A at Cove Road, Orleans
Open year-round, serving lunch and dinner
$-$$ Lively, nautical pub with oak floors and polished brass that’s a favorite with locals and always crowded in season. Classic Cape fare predominates: chowder, kale soup and all manner of fried seafood. Also served are char-grilled burgers, deli sandwiches and beer-boiled hot dogs. Broiled seafood after 5 p.m. Family-friendly spot for lunch or early dinner; there’s more of a pub crowd in the evening.

The Lobster Pot
321 Commercial Street, Provincetown
Open early April through November, serving lunch and dinner
$$$ The bright-red neon lobster beckons diners to sample the astounding array of seafood dishes offered at the always-bustling Lobster Pot. Portuguese specialties, char-grilled steaks, poultry and vegetarian fare are also offered. Local fish, grilled or blackened, is accompanied by a variety of exotic sauces and sides. Chef Tim McNulty’s acclaimed clam chowder has won honors at the Boston Chowderfest.

133 Commercial Street, Provincetown
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$ Refined Mexican cuisine is offered in this cozy, sedate restaurant. The emphasis is on seafood dishes such as shrimp enchiladas and blackened seafood tostadas. Specialties include Duckling Maison; a preparation that changes nightly; porcini-encrusted beef tenderloin; Chicken La Paz; and mesquite-grilled rack of lamb with chipotle demi-glace. Lorraine offers her “private collection” of 100 special tequilas.

Mahoney’s Atlantic Bar and Grill
28 Main Street, Orleans
Open daily year-round, serving dinner
$$$ Chef Ted Mahoney “freely admits” that fried seafood is no specialty here, but his many seared, grilled and sautéed seafood creations definitely are, including blackened and jerk-seasoned entrées. Local fish and lobster, soft shell crabs, barbecued ribs and prime steaks are added to the mix. This is a lively spot with a 50-foot long cocktail bar and a decidedly Irish attitude.

Marley’s of Chatham
1077 Main Street (Route 28), Chatham
Open year-round, serving dinner
$-$$$ Chef Lara Gray’s crab cakes are a favorite appetizer at this casually elegant pub and restaurant. Lighter fare includes fried sweet potato medallions, wings done three ways, sandwiches and vegetarian options, as well as entrées such as The Catamaran – blackened salmon topped with shellfish and lemon butter sauce.

The Mews Restaurant and Café
429 Commercial Street, Provincetown
Open-year round for dinner, also serving
Sunday brunch May to October
$$-$$$$ Revered by locals, this is a romantic and elegant destination with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame sweeping views of Provincetown Harbor. In the main dining room, international touches are added to a diverse menu including a delicious spicy Asian-glazed duck and the ever-popular Tuna Sushi Tempura appetizer. The café upstairs is more casual
and also offers an additional menu of lighter fare.

Michael Shay’s Rib and Seafood House
350 Bradford Street, Provincetown
Open year-round, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
$$-$$$$ Warm, country atmosphere in a post-and-beam building with French doors opening to the surrounding gardens. Friendly, community-oriented destination with a varied menu. House specialties include Portuguese dishes, fresh fish, slow-roasted prime rib carved to order, Wellfleet oysters broiled with garlic-scallion butter, scampi over pasta and house-made desserts such as key lime pie and New York-style cheesecake.

Moby Dick’s
3225 Route 6, Wellfleet
Open early May to Columbus Day, serving lunch and dinner
$-$$$ Creamy chowder, clambakes, lobsters, a raw bar and loads of seafood – grilled, broiled and fried – are all served in this oversized beach shack with over-the-top nautical décor. Operated by the Barry family for twenty-five years, Moby Dick’s serves up buckets of steamers and bucket loads of fun for all ages. Salads, burgers and chicken available, too. Alcoholic beverages are BYO.

7 Freeman Street, Provincetown
Open year-round for dinner, serving lunch October through April
$$$-$$$$ Napi and Helen Van Dereck created Napi’s as an homage to Province-town and its artistic legacy, with local antiques and artwork on display. Situated on a quiet side street lined with roses and sunflowers, Napi’s offers a menu of international dishes using the local catch of the day plus pastas, Thai Chicken, filet mignon, lobster and bouillabaisse. Regulars love Napi’s chowder and its special side dish of Brazilian black beans and rice.

Nauset Beach Club
222 Main Street, East Orleans
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$-$$$$ It may look like a beach club on the outside, but inside you’ll find a city-style bistro serving the cuisine of northern Italy using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Antipasti include smoked salmon crostini

The Orleans Inn
21 Route 6A, Orleans
Open year-round, serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch
$$$ An antique sea captain’s house complete with squeaky plank floors and a deck on the beach at Town Cove, this inn has authentic, salt-air atmosphere. The menu is extensive with lots of contemporary, cocktail-friendly appetizers. The dinner menu includes virtually every Cape Cod culinary classic, including lobster, fried clams and scallops.

Pepe’s Wharf
371 Commercial Street, Provincetown
Open late May through mid-October, serving lunch and dinner
$$-$$$$ Chef-owner Astrid Berg’s parents first established Pepe’s in the early 1970s. Today she carries on the tradition at this casually elegant seaside eatery. Lunch – burgers, salads, fish and chips, and pizzas – is served on the upper outdoor deck. Dinner is also served on the deck and in the more formal dining room below, with all tables enjoying harbor views. Pan-roasted lobster and filet mignon Budapest, in a paprika cream sauce, are long-standing favorites.

Patio American Grill and Blue Bar
328 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
$$ Patio delivers the quintessential Provincetown experience. Locals and visitors alike flock to this hot spot to people-watch while keeping an eye on the wonderful crazy street scene. They all agree this newbie is the place to enjoy great cocktails and delicious New England cuisine in a laid back, yet cool atmosphere without having to rob a bank on the way to the
dance clubs.

The Port Restaurant
541 Route 28, Harwich
Open mid-April to December, serving dinner
$$$ Opened in 2004, this modern bistro offers big-city sophistication in a seaside village setting. A classic New England pantry of ingredients gets the international treatment in dishes like Sesame Tuna Sashimi. Favorites like Lobster Tempura Roll and Pistachio Encrusted Halibut are also creatively rendered.

The Red Inn
15 Commercial Street, Provincetown
Open mid-April to New Year’s Day, serving dinner and brunch
$$$$ The view of Provincetown Harbor is
stunning and diners also love chef Philip Mossy’s creations: pan-roasted cod with lemon-garlic confit, juicy lamb chops crusted in Dijon mustard and fresh herbs, crispy panko-crusted shrimp, and lobster and artichoke fondue, to name just a few of his signature dishes. The inn’s atmosphere has a real shipboard feeling, with elegantly understated nautical décor. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays in May, June, September and October, and Thursday through Sunday from July to Labor Day.

907 Main Street, Chatham
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$$ All three RöoBar locations pride themselves on offering a hip, citified alternative to Cape Cod diners. This location has a large outdoor patio and lively interior with whimsical glass art lighting. The cuisine is eclectic “fusion” style, offering tempura shrimp, sweet potato ravioli, wood-roasted cod and grilled sirloin with blueberry-port sauce. A wide selection of premium wines by the glass.

Rosina’s Café
15 Cove Road, Orleans
Open year-round, serving dinner
$$-$$$$ Chef-owner Angelo Gerardi, with the help of wife Rosina and his extended family, serves dishes from his native Sicily with pride. Fresh seafood is purchased daily for specialties like seafood scampi in garlic butter sauce over pasta. Pan-fried sole and veal parmesan are customer favorites. Family friendly, with a casual yet elegant ambience and al fresco dining on the patio.

Saltwater Grille
20 South Orleans Road, Orleans
Open year-round, serving dinner
$-$$$ With a fresh, new contemporary interior completed in 2006, this casual eatery offers simple fare like pizzas, burgers, pasta and ribs, as well as upscale beef and seafood entreés. The upper-level dining room and bar overlook Orleans Cove.

Van Rensselaer’s
Route 6, South Wellfleet
Open mid-April through October, serving breakfast, dinner and Sunday brunch
$$-$$$ A big, friendly, family-owned establishment located across from Marconi Station in South Wellfleet. Hearty breakfasts include eggs benedict, custom omelettes, and Belgian waffles. At night, enjoy freshly shucked local oysters and littlenecks from the raw bar, boiled or baked stuffed lobsters, prime rib, steaks and chicken dishes, with salad bar included. Small plate entrées are available from the bistro menu.

Wequassett Inn
Route 28 on Pleasant Bay, Harwich
Open daily mid-April through Thanksgiving, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
$$-$$$$ This beautiful resort offers three different dining rooms to non-guests. Twenty-Eight Atlantic, the inn’s formal dining room, is posh, luxurious and contemporary in decor. Chef Bill Brodsky brings award-winning credentials to the Cape with his “progressive” menu, using cooking styles and flavors from around the world. Cozy Thoreau’s Tavern and The Outer Bar & Grille, on an open-air seaside deck, offer lighter fare.

The Wicked Oyster
50 Main Street, Wellfleet
Open year-round, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner (closed for dinner on Wednesdays)
$$-$$$ Hip and lively Wellfleet destination with “shabby chic” decor. Order the famed local oysters on the half-shell, stewed, or
buttermilk-fried, along with other fresh
seafood. Poached halibut comes in curry- coconut broth; grilled tuna is “spice-rubbed.” Rack of lamb, braised short ribs, Angus
steaks are evening entrées, with gourmet burgers served all day.

The Wild Goose Tavern
512 Main Street, Chatham
Open February to December, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
$$-$$$$ Completely renovated in spring 2007, this historic tavern (formerly the Wayside Inn) has a fresh new look and menu offering pizzas and paninis along with chef Paul Woodard’s signature dishes, such as the Wayside Short Stack, a swordfish and beef filet combo, plus crab cakes and lobster ravioli. The new dining deck on Main Street is a great spot for people-watching.

Winslow’s Tavern
316 Main Street, Wellfleet
Open mid-May to mid-October, serving lunch and dinner
$$-$$$ This historic Captain’s house was freshly renovated by new owners in 2005. The interior is sunny and contemporary, with a cozy, wood-beamed cocktail bar on the second floor. The menu is strong on prepar-ations of the local catch, including Wellfleet oysters served raw, or broiled with garlicky pesto. Creative salads, pastas, crab cakes, lobster rolls, burgers and more.




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