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.
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.
Townsend Lobster & Seafood owner, Chris Townsend, runs lobster-catching tours on his fishing boat.
The Wall of Fame at Moby Dick’s is covered with framed photos of patrons who bought Moby Wear in the gift shop and then sent a picture of themselves wearing the apparel in various U.S. cities.
Although it has zero atmosphere, Harwichport’s Talk of the Town Café, wedged between a CVS and a hardware store in a strip mall, sells the best cup of chowder on Cape Cod.
In a former blacksmith’s shop in Centerville, Four Seas Ice Cream is the place for Kennedy sightings.
The local seafood shack has outdoor tables set alongside boat slips.
This pun-loving destination is a high-end but cool bakery and sandwich shop.