From clam shacks to spectacular waterfront fine dining, Cape Cod offers some of the best restaurants in New England.
Some of my favorites...
Ocean House – Dennisport
Unbelievable views of Nantucket Sound and fabulous menu. Great outdoor bar just above the beach. Live music each afternoon in season at the beach bar.
Insider's Tip: Make your reservation for before sunset so you can enjoy the incredible views from the dining room. The huge dining room windows make you feel like you are on a ship in the middle of the ocean.
Marshside – East Dennis
Beautiful waterfront location on Sesuit Creek, traditional American & seafood menu. Resort casual.
Twenty-Eight Atlantic – At Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. Harwich
Native and seasonal ingredients, beautiful location.
Insider's Tip: Relax by the outdoor fire pit after dinner.
Summer Shanty – West Dennis
Waterfront deck on Bass River Marina, live music at night. Watch the boats while you enjoy fried clams and a cocktail.
Mattakeese Wharf – Barnstable
Waterfront on Barnstable Harbor. Watch the whale watch boats arrive and depart. A local seafood tradition for over 40 years.
Brax Landing – Harwichport
Great outdoor patio on Saquatucket Harbor. Affordable, quality menu. Sunday brunch buffet.
Insider's Tip: Fab fish tacos.
The Beach House – Part of Chatham Bars Inn, it’s located across the street from the main inn.
Outdoor dining along the beach. Nice open air bar. Live music many afternoons in season.
Chapin’s – Dennis
Large, diverse menu. Close to Mayflower and Chapin beaches. Local favorite.
Insider's Tip: Enjoy beautiful days at the patio raw bar.
Captain Frosty’s – Dennis
Fried clams, lobster rolls and other sea fare (burgers too) at this award winning seafood shanty. Open seasonally.
The Oyster Company Raw Bar & Grille – Dennisport
Oysters are grown locally by the restaurant and served fresh daily. Fresh seafood, innovative menu.
Insider's Tip: The sashimi oysters on their menu are life changing. Seriously.
FINE DINING INLAND
Clean Slate Eatery - West Dennis
This 19-seat gem serves locally sourced, prix fixe, multi-course fabulousness. Featuring an open kitchen and cozy dining room, the chef personally presents each of the 6 courses to guests. Inventive, delicious and special! Reservations absolutely necessary.
Chillingsworth, Dining Room and Bistro – Brewster
Highly rated by Zagat for years, Chillingsworth has both a formal prix fixe dining room with 2 seatings per night (you must ‘dress’ for dinner in the dining room) and the resort casual bistro where the food is just as great.
Also see Ocean House and Twenty-Eight Atlantic under Waterfront.