Restaurants in Cape Cod
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.
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 in the basement of a Victorian house, Provincetown’s Front Street is owned by Donna Aliperti and Kathleen Cotter, who can usually be seen in the kitchen making dishes like pan-seared salmon with Swiss chard dumplings, white bean coulis, and sage.
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.