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.
With the seafoam-green exterior and purple trim of this 1970s-style A-frame, it shouldn’t be hard to find this popular restaurant on U.S. Highway 6 in Eastham, which is near the Wellfleet Flea Market. The colorful interior can be seen through the floor-to-ceiling front windows.
In a tiny cottage with trompe l’oeil rugs painted on the floor, the Brewster Fish House is always packed at dinner; locals know to come during the day.
The eatery serves solid—as its name would suggest—Tuscan food like roasted organic chicken with fennel, garlic, sage, and olives.
Before you head to the beach, pick up lobster rolls to go from Nickerson’s Fish & Lobsters in Chatham.
Order the fried lobster tail at Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar, in Eastham—a hit since it opened in 1976.
For sushi as fresh as it gets, Inaho, in Yarmouthport, has the requisite shoji screens and a Japanese garden out back.
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.
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.
The Naked Oyster goes one step farther in its focus on fresh and local: The restaurant has its own oyster beds in the harbor.
Although the dining room itself-set in a former sea captain’s house-could use a facelift, the food delivers. Try the seared sea scallops with scallion pancake, napa cabbage, grilled peaches, and smoked bacon.
With 18 tables in a Cape Cod cottage, the Nauset Beach Club Restaurant in East Orleans is a tough reservation to score. Don’t miss the northern Italian trattoria’s risotto of the day—green peas and fontina cheese one night, wild boar with funghi the next.
Try to get a table overlooking the sandy beach at the Ocean House Restaurant, in Dennisport, and go deep into the land of fusion. (Roasted black cod with edamame ravioli and miso-truffle broth, anyone?)
Wicked Oyster's breakfast and coffee bar (available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) is one of the eatery's most popular attractions.