Restaurants in Cape Cod

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Whether you’re eating at one of Cape Cod’s fine-dining restaurants or at a humble roadside shack, expect to find plenty of fresh seafood: the local w... Read More

Whether you’re eating at one of Cape Cod’s fine-dining restaurants or at a humble roadside shack, expect to find plenty of fresh seafood: the local waters are a treasure trove of clams and oysters, lobsters and scallops, tuna and cod. A can’t-miss experience is visiting the Chatham Fish Pier Market to watch fishermen unloading their latest catch. Grab a seat by the waterfront and sample what they’ve brought in that day.

Some of the top places to eat in Cape Cod include Chatham’s Impudent Oyster, where the daily specials are caught right offshore that morning; the Brewster Fish House, a sophisticated spot that’s famous for its sweet lobster bisque; and Provincetown’s Mews Restaurant & Café, which is popular for its waterfront location.

And there are low-key seafood shacks everywhere you look. Some of the best are Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar in Eastham, which offers miniature golf along with your fried clams; the Kream 'n Kone, an area institution since it was founded in 1953; and Mac’s on the Pier, a simple stand on Welfleet’s wooden pier where you order from a window and eat at picnic tables by the water.

No matter where you decide to eat, one dish you must order is a cup of creamy New England clam chowder (pronounced “chowdah” in these parts). Rich and briny, this is Cape Cod in a cup, as delicious on a hot summer day as on a foggy, cool fall afternoon.

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  • Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar Restaurant in Cape Cod Courtesy of Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar
    Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar

    Originally established 40 years ago as a drive-up clam bar with carhops on roller skates, Arnold’s has expanded over the years into a one-stop spot for... Read More

  • Bistro on Main Restaurant in Cape Cod Courtesy of Bistro on Main
    Bistro on Main

    Hidden away on the second floor of a white clapboard building in downtown Chatham, the Bistro on Main was, for many years, a hidden secret for well... Read More

  • Bookstore & Restaurant in Cape Cod Courtesy of Bookstore & Restaurant
    Bookstore & Restaurant

    Named for its small bookstore out back, this is one of the top places in town to order a dozen shucked-to-order briny Wellfleet oysters. The second... Read More

  • Brewster Fish House Restaurant in Cape Cod Courtesy of Brewster Fish House
    Brewster Fish House

    In a tiny cottage with trompe l’oeil rugs painted on the floor, the Brewster Fish House is a former seafood market that morphed into a restaurant. It is... Read More

  • Depot Dogs at Buca's Tuscan Roadhouse in Cape Cod Courtesy of Depot Dogs
    Buca's Tuscan Roadhouse

    For many years, locals looking for a good northern Italian meal would head to Buca's Tuscan Roadhouse, known for dishes such as roasted organic chicken... Read More

  • Centerville Pie Company Restaurant in Cape Cod Judith Goetz
    Centerville Pie Company

    This family-friendly breakfast and lunch spot was put on the map by none other than Oprah Winfrey, who ate one of its chicken pies right after it opened... Read More

  • Chatham Pier Fish Market in Cape Cod Courtesy of MOTT
    Chatham Fish Pier Market

    Set in a weathered gray shingle clad building overlooking Aunt Lydia's Cove, the Chatham Fish Pier Market is where locals come to buy their seafood, and... Read More

  • Hangar B Eatery Restaurant in Cape Cod Paul Blackmore
    Hangar B Eatery

    In-the-know locals wake up early to snag a seat at the Hangar B Eatery, a sunny spot on the second floor of the Chatham Municipal Airport that opens at... Read More

  • Impudent Oyster Restaurant in Cape Cod Courtesy of Impudent Oyster
    Impudent Oyster

    This popular seafood restaurant is housed in a small, wood-shingled building decorated with panels of stained glass salvaged from old New England... Read More

  • Kream 'n Kone Restaurant in Cape Cod

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    Kream 'n Kone

    One of the longest-running seafood joints on Cape Cod is the Kream ‘n Kone, established in West Dennis in 1953 as a small roadside stand. In 2003, the... Read More

  • Lobster Pot Restaurant in Cape Cod                               Courtesy of Lobster Pot/Mike Potenza
    Lobster Pot

    The neon-lit exterior of the Lobster Pot makes it an often-photographed spot. It’s also known as the place where Anthony Bourdain’s cooking career began... Read More

  • Mac's Shack Restaurant in Cap Cod Courtesy of Mac's Shack
    Mac's Shack

    Mac’s has become an institution in the Outer Cape, thanks to several restaurants and fish shops. The main restaurant, Mac’s Shack, is located in a 19th... Read More

  • Pain D'Avignon Restaurant in Cape Cod

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    Pain D'Avignon

    This French favorite in Hyannis originally started out as a boulangerie selling artisanal bread and espresso. It developed such a cult following that it... Read More

  • The Bistro at the Belfry in Cape Cod Courtesy of Belfry Inn & Bistro
    The Bistro at the Belfry

    Dining on dishes like brioche-crusted codfish and duck bolognese at the Bistro at the Belfry is an almost religious experience: this restaurant is... Read More

  • The Mews Restaurant in Cape Cod

    Courtesy of The Mews Restaurant & Cafe

    The Mews Restaurant

    This Provincetown mainstay offers two distinct dining experiences: a downstairs dining room serving up creative dishes like lobster vindaloo and pan... Read More

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