10 Great Waterside Restaurants
The Beachcomber, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
What It’s Like: The “Combah,” as it’s affectionately called by Cape locals, earned its spot in the annals of destination dining when it opened back in 1978 in what is arguably one of the greatest restaurant locations ever—atop colossal sand dunes that line much of Wellfleet’s coast. But this 100-year-old building that once housed a U.S. Lifesaving station and is now the ultimate-beach-hangout is no fancy affair; summertime here means flip-flops, picnic tables, fresh and fried seafood, salt air breezes, free-flowing beer, and lines of kids at the pinball machine. Instead of letting the big happy crowd get to you, just sit back and enjoy the party.
What to Order: Anything and everything from the raw bar: oysters and clams—littlenecks, cherrystones, and Nauset steamers. For non-seafoodies, the killer Buffalo wings. And you can’t go wrong with one of its serious frozen mudslides or vicious Bloody Marys.
Best Seat in the House: Find a stool at the popular outdoor bar for a perch above the steep Cape dunes; you’ll also be just steps away from the raw bar and shuckers freeing—what else—sweet Wellfleet oysters!
Insider Tip: Beyond its flapping fresh seafood, fun bar scene, and views, the “Combah” is also renowned for its live music; Squirrel Nut Zippers and reggae great Eek-A-Mouse are both on this summer’s lineup.
More Info: The Beachcomber.