Restaurants in Cape Cod
Expect to find plenty of fresh seafood on the menu at Cape Cod restaurants, where visitors will delight in the assortment of fresh clams, lobster, tuna and oysters served at fine dining establishments and humble clam shacks alike. While you’re in Cape Cod, don’t forget to order New England’s signature clam chowder and lobster bisque; visit the Chatham Fish Pier Market in Chatham to sample fresh fish right on the waterfront, served cooked into a bisque or chowder or offered up raw in sushi hand-rolled on the spot. Settle into a picnic table with your feast to watch fishermen unloading their latest catch, likely headed straight to another Cape Cod restaurant.
Some of the best restaurants in Cape Cod include BlackFish in Truro, which combines fine dining with the locavore ethos in dishes like rabbit ragout and blackberry bread pudding; Bistrot de Soleil in Hyannis, which prepares fresh local ingredients with a Mediterranean flair for a menu that offers everything from wood-fired pizzas to filet mignon; the Mews Restaurant & Café in Provincetown, a martini bar beloved by locals that offers two distinct dining experiences – a downstairs dining room offering tuna sushi and rack of lamb, and a casual café setting serving excellent bar food like juicy Angus burgers; and the Brewster Fish House in Brewster, a low-key spot famous for its sweet and meaty lobster bisque.
For sushi as fresh as it gets, Inaho, in Yarmouthport, has the requisite shoji screens and a Japanese garden out back.
Cap’t Cass Rock Harbor Seafood is a funky BYOB in Orleans with wood floors, shelves lined with old seashells, handwritten menus taped to the walls, and colorful buoys covering the exterior. Get there on time because the hours are strict (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
The neon-lit exterior of the Lobster Pot, in Provincetown, makes it an often-photographed spot. Order the lobster as God intended it—steamed, with drawn butter on the side.
The renovations at the iconic restaurant set some locals grumbling that it now resembles a gallery in New York City. But the food is still top-notch: check out the oysters with leeks, pancetta, Pernod, and cream, on the Mediterranean-influenced tapas menu.
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
An insider’s secret, Sesuit Harbor Café is hidden in a Dennis marina, with picnic tables by the water.
Consider a jacket and tie for an evening at Twenty-Eight Atlantic, in Chatham’s Wequassett Resort, where dishes range from black-truffle risotto to Chatham day-boat scallops with peekytoe crab, mâche, and a lemon-tarragon emulsion.
Despite its modest appearance and cash-only policy, this tiny hole-in-the-wall draws huge crowds with its menu of fresh, cooked-to-order seafood.
It’s worth the wait for a table at Terra Luna in North Truro, where Raina Stefani serves up creative concoctions like ancho-and-coffee–rubbed New York strip steak or roasted free-range chicken with bread pudding.
Wrap up your day with a seafood dinner with an ocean vista at the casual restaurant, where the menu naturally includes scampi, fried whole belly clams, and scallops plucked from the water outside.
Fresh dough made daily is part of Sweet Tomatoes, Inc.’s recipe for a great Neapolitan-style, thin-crust pizza. Their location on Route 6A in Sandwich has both tables and a large rectangular wooden bar with Windsor stools, as well as flat-screen TVs for entertainment.
To watch the sunset with a glass of wine in hand, head to the Chart Room Restaurant, a simple seafood haunt in a marina in Cataumet, where crowds gather on the lawn to toast the spectacle.
The Naked Oyster goes one step farther in its focus on fresh and local: The restaurant has its own oyster beds in the harbor.