Cape Cod is home to many wonderful restaurants.
This list presents all those my husband and I have tried,
and a few recommended by friends, with our comments. The comments
are just our opinions, based on our preferences and in many
cases based on just one experience or report.
Anne and Robert enjoying the view
of Pleasant Bay before dinner
at the Wequassett Inn
Kadee's is a favorite place for a
snack after Nauset Beach
There are many more good restaurants that are
not included simply because we have not eaten at them. Many more can be found on the web. John
offers much to browse. DiningInMass
contains a fairly complete lists by town with addresses and
links to maps. CapeLinks
has a list with links.
The telephone area code for all the Cape is 508.
Beechcroft Inn 1360 Rte 6A,
My best new find with a new chef the summer of 1999. Smoked fish
chowder with crunchy corn was wonderful. Then it stopped serving
dinner, but I see it on the web so it may be back in 2002.
Bramble Inn 2019 Rte 6A
2019 Rte 6A, 896-7644
Fixed price for a 3-course dinner. Perhaps overly formal
and expensive, but pleasant.
Brewster Fish House 2208 Rte 6A,
Excellent food. Lots of wines by glass. No reservations. Great
fried oysters & lobster bisque. Innovative, interesting fresh fish
Chillingsworth 2449 Rte 6A, 896-3640
We had a very expensive dinner that we were very happy with a few
years ago. Fixed price (big price) with about 7 courses, very elegant.
Chillingsworth Bistro 2449 Rte 6A, 896-3640
The Bistro has a very pleasant garden room. They once rushed us
through a meal and we haven't been back.
High Brewster 964 Satucket Rd, 896-3636
No longer serving dinner in 2001. Too bad: Served perfect food
and service in cozy antique dining rooms. The fixed price included
appetizer, entree and dessert. No one else cooked duck so well.
Mulligan's 832 Villages Dr,
On the golf course, Mulligan's has a pleasant dining room. It's
casual and noisy, with lots of children. The food was competent,
with some interesting combinations but not special.
Old Manse Inn 1861 Rte 6A, 896-3149
Not serving dinner in 2001.
Taste of Chatham Crowell
Road, once a year. 945-1501
a year, on the last Monday evening of July, all the chefs in this
fine-dining town gather under a big tent. Over thirty restaurants
bring samples of dinner and desserts and wine and they don't run
out of anything. It's an elegant affair with a band playing and
everyone dressed to see and be seen. This charity event sponsored
by Monomoy Community Services (945-1501) is usually sold out. Call
early in the summer for reservations.
Amara's Italian Pastry & Deli
637B Main St, 945-5777
Pastries, subs, pizzas. Just the thing to pack for a picnic.
Campari's 323 Orleans Rd ,
An Italian bistro with Mediterranean food. Quite good. There's
also an informal restaurant, Benedetto's, with pizza-type food.
Chatham Bars Inn Shore Rd, 945-0096
The Inn has three restaurants. The food is solidly good, expensive,
and not real adventurous. The elegant dining room looks extremely
pleasant. We had a nice lunch at North Beach Tavern. At the beach
across the road, the Beach House Grill is the least formal.
Chatham Candy Manor Main St, 945-0825
It's not a restaurant, but you could skip dinner and concentrate
on their handmade truffles, turtles, fantasy fudge, chocolate-covered
fruits, praline scallops and even gumdrops and licorice.
Chatham Squire 487 Main St, 945-0945
Outstanding seafood. Dark cook pub atmosphere. Chatham local year-round
Christian's 443 Main St, 945-3362
Trendy, expensive downstairs, and we have sometimes found it snobby,
but the food is very good. We haven't been there for a few years,
time to try it again.
High Tide 1629 Main St (Rte 28), 945-2582
Informal seafood. Okay not great.
Impudent Oyster 15 Chatham Bars Ave, 945-3545
Great lunches and we've had great dinners. Sometimes dinner feels
crowded and hectic.
Queen Anne Inn 70 Queen Anne Rd, 945-0349
Formal and just right; pleasant drink on porch; very
innovative, interesting, tasty food.
Two Turtles 11 Library Lane, 945-1234
The menu sounds great but we and our friend Eunice both found the
service so incompetent we forgot the food. I do remember that they
couldn't find a cold bottle of white wine. More recently,
yet another person volunteered to me that the food and the service are
Vining's Bistro 595 Main St, 945-5033
Excellent wood-grilled food in a warm pub-like atmosphere. Rich,
Wayside Inn 512 Main St, 945-3407
On Main St, you can have lunch or dinner and watch the people from
the sidewalk patio. They also have interior dining. The menu looks
pretty plain, but we had a very tasty lunch there.
Wequassett Inn Rte 28, 432-5400
Perched on a hill above Pleasant Bay, the Wequassett Inn is elegant
and does everything right. We like to have a perfect lunch on the
patio overlooking the bay. Or dinner in the dining room which has
a wall of glass overlooking the bay.
Outer Bar and Grille at Wequassett Inn
Rte 28, 432-5400
For lunch or dinner, sip a fancy drink and watch the sailboats
in Pleasant Bay. Sit at a table on the deck or inside, or relax
at the bar on the deck. For lunch I had seared sea scallops on haricots
vert with ginger-infused black bean vinaigrette.
Academy Ocean Grill 2 Academy Place, 240-1585
New in 1999, it's one of the few places for fine dining outside
on a patio (or inside). (No one will miss its predecessor, the Wheel
Haus.) The chef's experience includes time at the Impudent Oyster,
and he's fanatic about fresh ingredients. The gazpacho was the best
of the summer. My dentist, who's tried all these restaurants, singled
out this one as the finest.
The Arbor 20 Rte 28, 255-4847
This restaurant seems to be really closed now. Its informal sister,
the Binnacle, continues.
Barley Neck Inn 5 Beach Rd,
Gourmet food and formality in the dining room (they also have a
casual bar). The menu looks great, and Anne has enjoyed the dinners,
but Robert always finds everything too salty. The service is a little
The Beacon Room 23 West Rd,
Lunch or dinner in a cottage with fresh, well-prepared food. It
is very nice and calm. Tables both inside and out on a deck but
the deck has no view..
The Binnacle 20 Rte 28, 255-7901
Informal food: gourmet pizza, specialty drinks and desserts. We
haven't actually been here.
Capt'n Cass Rock Harbor
The best, very fresh seafood. Clams, lobsters, fish, oysters and
"she-crab", steamed, fried, broiled (no raw bar). Lobster roll
with no filler. Very informal. Can bring your own booze. Steamers
great. Open 11-2 and 5-9, closed Mon.
Capt'n Elmer 18 Old Colony Way, 255-3350
Casual; they were out of half the stuff, but the smoked
fish was great.
Captain Linnell House Skaket Rd, 255-3400
This fine restaurant seems to cater to an older crowd, but we decided
they know a good thing. My favorite seat is next to the window looking
onto a courtyard garden. The food and service seem unpredictable
-- sometimes we think it's great, sometimes mediocre.
Chocolate Sparrow 85 Rte 6A Lowell Sq, 240-2230
Take out great chocolate and coffee/chocolate drinks, ice cream
etc. Finish up the evening here. (Moving in 2002 to Old Colony Way.)
The other branch is on Rte 6, N. Eastham, 240-0606.
Cooke's Seafood Rte 6A and 28, 255-5518
For years I avoided Cooke's because it looks like fast food, even
though it wins awards every year for its fried clams. In 1999 I
tried it and loved their crispy big fried clams and delicate onion
rings. The secret is in the light breading. It's now my favorite
fast food joint.
Cottage St Bakery 5 Cottage St, 255-2821
Rich food, very good at this bakery. Anne's sister knows Joanna,
the owner, and therein lies a story.
Joe's Beach Road Bar & Grille
5 Beach Rd, 255-0212
The informal part of the Barley Neck Inn. Fishy appetizers, sandwiches
and main courses that look pretty good. We haven't tried it.
Kadee's 212 Main St, 255-6184
Sit outside on deck. Okay dinners. Great for rawbar and champagne
after the beach. They also make some fine stews after 5 p.m. In
2000, they disappointed us by closing from 3-5 pm, just when we
like an afternoon snack.
Land Ho! Rte 6A and Cove Rd,
Loud colorful bar atmosphere, fresh fish, real locals mixed in
with the tourists. We haven't been there since Orleans banned smoking
in restaurants, but I bet that will be a big improvement.
Lobster Pound 157 Rte 6A, 240-1234
Our worst new find of 1999 for informal lunch. I list it only to
mention that the lobster roll tasted kind of like old tuna salad,
the french fries were overdone and tasteless, the cole slaw was
soggy with salad dressing, and my husband can't even remember what
he ate. I thought the porch where we ate was pleasant, but Robert
says he smelled garbage. The service was fine.
Lobster Claw Rte 6A near Town Cove, 255-1800
Millions of kids and noise, and we thought the seafood no better
than anywhere else. If it were real inexpensive, it might still
be a winner, but we could have gone to a finer restaurant for the
Mahoney's Atlantic Grill 28 Main St, 255-5505
Some (but not I) will mourn the passing of "Off the Bay"
in this location. New in 1999, the Mahoney's is starting out with
a less ambitious menu emphasizing fresh seafood. Upscale grill and
bar ambiance. We had a pretty good dinner.
Nauset Beach Club 222 E. Main St, 255-8547
New owners in 2000. The same rich earthy Italian food with a few
new twists. Now taking reservations -- and you may not get in without
one. Fantastic food, and high prices. Wines by the glass are featured.
Old Jailhouse Tavern 28 West
Seafood, salads, lunch, dinner, brunch, cocktails. We only went
there for a drink once.
Orleans Inn Rte 6A & 28 at
Fine view of Town Cove from the dining room, and now they have
a good chef that serves upscale dinners to match the view. The back
deck is a great place to have lunch next to the water. An extended
family in 1997 rescued and began restoring this old wooden inn.
They are very nice people. The inn is open to walk through and see
how fantastic it now looks.
Sunset Grill 84 Rte 6A, 240-3282
Take-out bbq chicken and other things; pretty good.
Eastham Lobster Pool 4380 Rte 6 , 255-9706
North Eastham. Good informal seafood, sit in or out on the patio.
Lobster Shanty Rte 6 across
from Salt Pond Visitor Center, 255-9394
Good, informal seafood. Sit in or out on the patio.
Aesop's Tables 316 Main St, 349-6450
Very trendy; gourmet for the masses, entrees with cute names. It's
quite famous and some people love it. We found it loud and hurried.
Beachcomber Cahoon Hollow Rd, 349-6055
This restaurant and bar is on the beach at the end of
Cahoon Hollow Rd. The food is informal pub fare for lunch and dinner.
After dark the Beachcomber rocks with live music.
Bookstore Kendrick Ave, 349-3154
Sit on the top deck overlooking Mayo Beach and the harbor for rawbar
and good seafood meals. It's the essence of summer.
Painters 500 Main St, 349-3003
My most exciting new find of 2000. American food with influences
from all over. My pan-seared halibut with horseradish, chive butter,
wilted spinach and carrots was perfectly cooked on a busy Friday
night and the tastes were way more exciting than that sounds. These
were carrots to die for.
Sweet Seasons E. Main St,
Very nice atmosphere and view overlooking Duck Creek. Dining room
has an open, summary feeling. The food is good but not wildly innovative.
Finely JP's Route 6, South
Robert's cousin Donald likes this one. We haven't tried it.
As it happens, I have not actually tried any Truro restaurants.
However, a good list of suggestions can be found at Truro's Chamber
of Commerce site.
Lobster Pot 321 Commercial
Informal with water view. Great food and cheap standup rawbar.
Blackened tuna sashimi is just wonderful.
Martin House 157 Commercial St, 487-1327
We had one fine relaxed dinner with excellent, innovative food.
Next time we went was a Saturday and it was hectic with disappointing
The Red Inn 15 Commercial St, 487-0050
The dining room is right on the water; everyone sits near the windows
looking onto Provincetown Harbor. We found it classy, relaxing,
and the food is great. The second time we went we noticed that it's
also quite expensive.
Dancing Lobster Cafe Trattoria
371 Commercial Street, 487-0900
Robert's cousin Donald likes this one. We haven't tried it.
Cape Sea Grille 31 Sea St,
Very good and interesting food, nice atmosphere and
service. One of our favorite places. They make a perfect martini.
L'Alouette 787 Rte 28, Harwich, 430-0405
Food is very French and service hovers over you. It didn't capture
our hearts but it's time to try again. My dentist, who's tried all
these restaurants, singled out L'Alouette as the finest French restaurant
in the northeast and an excellent dining experience.
Swan River Seafood 5 Lower County Rd, Dennis Port, 394-4466
Very fresh fish, very casual
Clancy's 8 Upper County Rd,
Dennis Port, 394-6661
"A country tavern for ladies and gents" Decor has lots
of wood and windows looking over the Swan River and marsh. We sat
on the deck for lunch and watched kayaks on the river. Varied menu
emphasizing seafood. Serves Sunday brunch.
Red Pheasant 905 Rte 6A, Dennis, 385-2133
On our visit several years ago, we found this okay but not special.
Ocean House Depot Street,
Dennis Port, 394-0700
I haven't been but have heard it recommended. My dentist says "very
nice and pretty but over-ambitious with the menu."
We have not been to any of these restaurants. The comments and
recommendations come from my dentist, who likes all the restaurants
I like, so I think he has extremely good taste.
Albertos 360 Main Street,
The Black Cat 165 Ocean Street,
"Overpriced" Menu looks like pretty basic food.
Barolo 905 Rte 6A, Dennis,
Eclectic Cafe 606 Main Street,
Very interesting they say.
Harry's 700 Main Street,
This one's a mystery to me.
Penguins Seagrill 331 Main
Street, Hyannis, 775-2023
Paddock 20 Scudder Ave ,
SweetWaters Grille 644 Main
Street, Hyannis, 775-3323
The Naked Oyster 20 Independence
Drive, Hyannis, 778-6500
No one suggested this -- I just saw it on the web
and it looks good.
Abbicci Route 6A, Yarmouth
First in every list. Contemporary mediterranean cuisine.
Fishmonger Cafe 56 Water
St, Woods Hole
A natural foods restaurant that offers fish and chicken too. We
had a tasty lunch here.
Regatta End of Scranton Ave,
Falmouth Harbor, 548-5400
Pretentious and expensive but outrageously good gourmet food and
great water view. Go for early-bird special.
Coonamesset Inn Jones Rd and Gifford St, Falmouth, 548-2300
A big inn with several dining rooms. Food and service
were quite fine.
Aqua Grille 14 Gallo Rd, Sandwich, 888-8889
Casual waterfront dining looking over the Cape Cod Canal. A very
big restaurant. Interesting eclectic food with a homey aspect. I
had very spicy New Orleans crab cakes in an even hotter innovative
Belfry Inne & Bistro 8
Jarves St, Sandwich, 888-8550, 800-844-4542
Fine dining in an old church. They say: "Dinners at The Bistro
feature a palatable pastiche of neoclassic cuisine. The menus change
with the seasons, incorporating the freshest local and regional
ingredients. " Closed for Sunday dinner, which is why we didn't
get to try it yet.
Daniel Webster Inn 149 Main
St, Sandwich, 888-3622
A New England inn with excellent food and service. Rather formal.
Beach Plum Inn North Rd, Menemsha,
Martha's Vineyard, 645-9454
Pleasant atmosphere, pretty good but the creme brulee was burned.
Black Dog Tavern Beach St Ext, Vinyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard, 693-9223
Crowded, long lines but the food was excellent
Lambert's Cove Country Inn Lambert's Cove Road, West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, 693-2298
Very pleasant and relaxing
L'Etoile South Summer St, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, 627-5187
Very pleasant but food not innovative enough to make
it worth the big price. At the Charlotte Inn.
Ray's Bar-B-Q, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard
Best barbeque we remember ever having
The Oyster Bar 162 Circuit Ave, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, 693-3300
Great food and atmosphere; felt and tasted like New