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.
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.
The upper and lower dining rooms of this East End Provincetown restaurant are as different as day and night. Upstairs, the Tuscany Room includes paintings from the namesake region, while the main room boasts big windows, high ceilings, mirrors, a brick fireplace, and a garden view.
Liam’s at Nauset Beach, set right between the sand and the parking lot, has legendary onion rings.
Sundae School Ice Cream serves unusual varieties like ginger and has three locations across the Cape: the original in Dennisport, plus outposts in Harwichport and East Orleans.
The fresh seafood at this restaurant on Route 6 in South Wellfleet comes from its very own on-site fish market. Peter and Diane Hall, who also own Van Rensselaer’s Restaurant, founded catch of the Day in 2006.
Well-heeled locals come here for jazz, rosé champagne, and the freshest raw oysters around (only $1.25 apiece at happy hour).
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.).
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.
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.
Abba, in Orleans, is widely touted as the Cape’s best restaurant. Israeli-born chef Erez Pinhas dips into his heritage for dishes like falafel in a tahini-amba sauce, then spins the globe to Asia; his shrimp-and-lobster pad thai has a cultlike following.
Set on the Wellfleet town pier, Mac's is a local takeout institution.
Red Pheasant Inn, in a 200-year-old ship’s chandlery in Dennis, sources ingredients from local producers including Not Enough Acres Farm down the road.