Restaurants in Orleans
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.
Liam’s at Nauset Beach, set right between the sand and the parking lot, has legendary onion rings.
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.).
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.
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.