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Reviews of the best restaurants on Cape Cod

Below are selections from various reviews of what we feel are the best restaurants of their kind in Cape Cod. It is not a complete listing of restaurants, just the standouts that we feel belong on a shortlist of restaurants to visit in Cape Cod. For a more detailed a complete review please visit the restaurant pages of the individual towns.

Our guide highlights select restaurants that belong on a shortlist because they are notable for their type of restaurant:

  • Diners, breakfast restaurants, family restaurants
  • Italian and Mediterranean
  • Clam shacks and Lobster shacks
  • Bistros, gastro pubs, pizza restaurants, comfort food, fast food
  • Slow food and locally sourced ingredient restaurants
  • Vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants in Cape Cod.

This restaurant guide to Cape Cod is intended to help you create a shortlist of must-visit restaurants that fit your needs. It is alphabetically ordered by town and the town name is linked to an entire page of more reviews, including expanded descriptions and notes about the restaurants listed here. We highlight in green whenever there are vegetarian, vegan or gluten free menu options available.

Barnstable restaurants

Village Landing Restaurant
Address: 3226 Main Street Barnstable Massachusetts 02630-1107
Phone: 508-362-2994
A modest family friendly diner with classic breakfast and lunch options. A good spot for breakfast or lunch for when you need a straightforward dining experience.

Five Bays Bistro
Address: 825 Main Street, Osterville Cape Cod Massachusetts 02655
Phone: 508-420-5559
This is a creative restaurant featuring many classic American comfort food items on the menu as well as more adventurous items. You will find standards such as steak, fried calamari and ribs alongside plates such as cinammon rubbed pork chops. A good choice for couples and families with varied culinary tastes.

Osterville Fish Too
Address: 275 Mill Way Barnstable Cape Cod Massachusetts 02630
Phone: 508-362-2295
This is a fish market and restaurant. These kinds of restaurants offer a classic New England dining experience. Variously known as clam shacks, fish shacks or lobster shacks, no visit to Cape Cod is complete without sampling fried seafood at one of these establishments. Osterville Fish Too is a good choice for families. Features outdoor dining. As with most clam shacks, you can count on finding non-seafood menu items such as burgers, chicken and hot dogs.

Centerville Pies
Address: 1671 Falmouth Rd (Route 28) Centerville Cape Cod Massachusetts 02632
Phone: 774-470-1406
This establishment was spolighted on Oprah's show and it's become a dining destination ever since. If you are a food pilgrim then this belongs on your shortlist of places to visit for savory and dessert pies. Chicken pot pies, meat pies, and more. You'll do well to call your order in ahead.

Regatta of Cotuit
Address: 4631 Falmouth Road, Cotuit Cape Cod Massachusetts 02635
Phone: 508-428-5715
An award winning restaurant offering fresh and locally sourced foods. Expect an inspired menu, elegant dining, a smart wait staff. There is also a more casual menu in the Tap Room. Live jazz on select evenings. Good for a special night out.

Bourne restaurants

The Lobster Pot
Address: 3155 Cranberry Hwy, Bourne, Massachusetts 02532
Phone: 508-759-3876
The Lobster Pot is an indoor lobster and clam shack. The decor is modest, with plastic cutlery and such. However what counts here is the food, particularly the clam chowder that is regarded by some as among the best on Cape Cod, no doubt because of the fresh ingredients used, including real clam juice from the clams, not a bottle. Also features the standard clam shack fare of fried seafood, steamers, etc. Family friendly, reasonable prices and generous portions make this a good stop for families and clam shack aficionados.

Brewster restaurants

Agro Dolce
Address: 2671 Main Street Brewster, Massachusetts 02631
Phone: 508-896-8600
Italian American comfort food. All the standard dishes are here, bruschetta, fried calamari, penne pasta with Italian sausage, ravioli, etc. A modest low key restaurant featuring a menu with fresh ingredients, some imported from Italy. Live jazz on select evenings.

Chatham restaurants

The Box Office Cafe
Address: 2642 Main Street South Chatham, MA 02659
Phone: 508-430-5211
A fun place to go for great New York style pizza and inspired sandwiches/grinders/subs. You can also rent movies here. A good spot for families and couples looking for fun, casual dining and good food. There are many Vegetarian and Vegan friendly menu options for pizza and sandwiches. This is also the place to go for gluten free personal size pizza and gluten free sandwiches.

Twenty-Eight Atlantic
Address: 2173 Rte. 28, Chatham, MA 02645
Phone: 508-430-3000
Formal dining with waterfront views. This is comfort food recreated with interesting combinations of ingredients. Standouts include caramelized day boat scallops with mushroom ravioli, Maine crab cakes, and New York strip steak with a trio of sauces.

Nickersons Fish and Lobster

Address: 45 Barcliff Ave, Chatham Fish Pier, Chatham, MA 02633
Phone: 508-945-0145
Seafood shack and market featuring fresh from the boat seafood. Family friendly high quality fried seafood.

Dennis (Dennisport) Restaurants

Blue Moon Bistro
Address: 605 Main Street, Dennis, Massachusetts 02638
Phone: 508-385-7100
The Blue Moon Bistro offers a Mediterranean inspired comfort food. This is a semi-formal restaurant with some outdoor dining available. Here you will find charcuterie, cheeses and dishes such as lamb osso bucco and pan seared salmon. You can also expect to find some thoughtful and creative vegetarian menu items here, such as a vegetarian shepherds pie and butternut squash ravioli in apple cider cream sauce, to name a few items recently on their menu, we advise to call ahead or visit and browse their most current menu. Bistro dining is a popular way to eat because it offers a relaxed and intimate dining experience. A good restaurant for couples and eating out with friends. Open for dinner only.

The Breakfast Room
Address: 675 Main Street, West Dennis, MA 02670
Phone: 508-398-0581
We appreciate restaurants that specialize in a type of dining experience. It gives the restaurant focus and makes it easy to know what to expect. The Breakfast Room is one of those places. The Breakfast Room offers informal breakfast dining. Features traditional breakfast fare and some creative items as well, such as Cranberry Walnut Pancakes. Excellent choice for families.

Eastham restaurants

The Friendly Fisherman Restaurant and Fish Market
Address: 4580 State Hwy Eastham, MA 02642
Phone: 508-255-6770
Not as popular (or crowded) as Arnold's, and located just a short drive from Arnolds, The Friendly Fisherman is a good spot for families to enjoy fried seafood. There is outdoor seating and a play area for kids to romp around in. The food is fresh and tasty in the classic manner of a Cape Cod clam shack. Their scallop rolls and lobster rolls are outstanding. The seafood market offers some of the fresh seafood, including shrimp (from the Gulf of Mexico) and locally sourced live lobsters so you can load up and grill it wherever you are staying. Also available in the market are stuffed clams and various chowders- all made from scratch on the premises. The lines are reasonable, the food is fresh and tasty and the restaurant is kid friendly. An enjoyable place to visit for casual family friendly outdoor dining.

Catch of the Day
Address: 975 Route 6 South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: 508-349-9090
While this restaurant is not in Eastham, it is just over the town line, so it's close enough to be listed. Catch of the Day is a casual family friendly lunch restaurant that offers good sandwiches and seafood rolls- chicken, beef, seafood are all on the menu. Their ketchup on the table is the healthier natural version as opposed to the usual corn syrup and preservative laden versions you find at most establishments. For good casual sandwiches and rolls in a peaceful indoor or outdoor setting midway between a diner and a home-style restaurant, I rate this as a go-to restaurant when all you want is a good sandwich in a tranquil setting. Vegetarian menu items available.

Falmouth restaurants

The Beach House Restaurant
Address: 17 Nathan S Ellis Hwy, Falmouth, MA 02540
Phone: 508-564-5029
The Beach House Restaurant is more than just a restaurant, it's also a bar and a venue for live entertainment, dancing and trivia nights. There is also a gluten free menu. So if you're looking for a little nightlife, a beer and a burger then, check out The Beach House Restaurant.

The Nimrod Restaurant and Jazz Lounge
Address: 100 Dillingham Avenue, Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Phone: 508-540-4132
Sophisticated dining and live jazz. A good spot for a grown-ups night out.

Liam Maguire's Irish Pub and Restaurant
Address: 273 Main Street Falmouth, MA 02540
Phone: 508-548-0285
Gastro pub featuring pulled pork sandwiches and trivia nights on Wednesdays.

The Glass Onion
Address: 37 North Main St. Falmouth, MA Cape Cod 02540
Phone: 508-540-3730
White tablecloth dining with a French and Italian inspired menu.

Harwich restaurants

Brax Landing Restaurant
Address: 705 Route 28 - Harwich, Massachusetts Cape Cod 02645
Phone: 508-432-5515
Waterfront al fresco dining featuring Italian and American comfort food classics. Serving lunch and dinners.

Hyannis restaurants

Alberto's Ristorante
Address: 360 Main Street, Hyannis, MA Cape Cod
Phone: 508-778-1770
Northern Italian cuisine and home made pastas. Now offering cafe seating on the sidewalk- a little bit of Tuscany in Cape Cod.

Eclectic Café
Address: 606 Main Street, Hyannis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts 02601,
Phone: 508-771-7187
One of the more interesting places to eat on Cape Cod and definitely a destination restaurant if good food and excellent wine are your pleasure. The menu reflects and eclectic variety of creatively cooked seafood, duck, chicken, and red meats. One of the better restaurants to be found on Cape Cod and worth a spot on a shortlist of must-visit restaurants.

Mashpee restaurants

Bleu Restaurant
Address: 10 Market Street Mashpee Commons Mashpee, MA Cape Cod
Phone: 508-539-7907
A modern French bistro that serves local and seasonal foods. Elegant dining, fine wine. Perfect for a special night out with close friends or significant others. Reservations recommended. Conveniently located in the Mashpee Commons.

Siena Restaurant
Address: 17 Steeple Street (Mashpee Commons), Mashpee, MA Cape Cod 02649
Phone: 508-477-5929
Creative thin crust artisanal pizzas. So while they offer adventurious pizzas like the Alpine (Pesto Marinara with Prosciutto, Smoked Mozzarella, Caramelized Onions, and Mozzarella) you can still find classic American standbys such as the pepperoni pizza. Vegetarian menu items available here.

Trevi Cafe & Wine Bar
Address: 25 Market Street (Mashpee Commons) Mashpee, Massachusetts Cape Cod 02649
Phone: 508-477-0055
Mediterranean inspired menu with an extensive European and American wine selection. Casual small plate dining as well as entrees such as the Brandt Steak Tagliata or Marinated Grilled Shrimp.

Cupcake Charlie's
Address: 28 North Way Mashpee, MA Cape Cod
Phone: 508-477-2253
This is the place to find out how deep the cupcake rabbit hole goes.

Sandwich Cape Cod restaurants

The Belfry Inne and Bistro
Address: 149 Main St, Sandwich Cape Cod MA
Phone: 508-888-3622
Sumptious breakfast menu for guests of the Inne featuring local and organic ingredients. Farm fresh eggs, chicken apple sausages, applewood smoked bacon, and house made corned beef hash are examples of their elegant breakfast selections. Dinner menu features slow cooked lamb, mussels, duck and more. This restaurant has a gluten free menu.

Aqua Grille
Address: 14 Gallo Road Sandwich Cape Cod MA 02563
Phone: 508-888-8889
They offer award winning sandwiches and non-traditional traditional New England dishes such as stuffed clams with Spanish sausage. That's alll good. But what really excites this reviewer is their special Thursday night German menu. They still serve their regular menu on Thursday nights, but they also offer delectable German dinners on Thursdays. If you've never had German food then be prepared for the ultimate in comfort food (and a maybe a big nap afterward!). There are some vegetarian options but because this restaurant only cooks what is in season we recommend you call ahead to find out what's on the menu.

Truro restaurants

Address: 17 Truro Center Road, Truro, MA 02666
Phone: 508-349-3399
Creative restaurant serving fish, fowl, beef, lamb and rabbit as well as inventive dishes such as tuna bolognese, rabbit ragout and comfort food such as pork confit. Owner/chef Eric Jansen is formerly of the Wicked Oyster (Wellfleet, see below).

Wellfleet restaurants

Wicked Oyster
Address: 50 Main St, Wellfleet Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Phone: 508-349-3455
Creative and sophisticated interpretations of surf and turf, like grilled pork chop with smashed potatoes seasoned with mustard, brussels sprouts with bacon, apple compote, and a cider demi-glaze.

Mac's Shack
Address: 91 Commercial St, Wellfleet, MA
Phone: 508-349-6333
We love this restaurant. LOVE IT. Don't be fooled by the name, this restaurant is not a shack. It's as opposite to a shack as a restaurant can be.The waiting list to be seated can be daunting if you arrive during prime seating hours so we suggest arriving early. Nevertheless Mac's Shack is worth the wait, which is not that bad because of an outdoor raw bar and a bar area where you can order small plates, sushi, and cocktails while you wait; thus, your seafood bacchanal can start before you're even seated. There is outdoor seating to accomodate you as well as air conditioned indoor seating. The air conditioning set-up can use some reconsidering, though. The last time we were there (summer 2010) the AC was loud and uncomfortably windy. It was the only thing that negatively impacted our evening, although fortunately we were able to move to a better table (but that meant that another party had to suffer). Sit too close to their fans and the sound can almost drown out your conversation. Fortunately those seats are few in number. Other than that the food was excellent, a dream. Some plates are offered in small and large portions which is good if you intend to eat family style because the large plates are generous.


Woods Hole restaurants

Pie in the Sky Bakery & Interent Cafe
Address: 10 Water St. Woods Hole MA 02543
Phone: 508-540-5475
Pie in the Sky Bakery is a small spot offering soups, salads, and sandwiches. It's a good breakfast spot with a college town cafe feel to it. True to their name this cafe and bakery offers many sumptious baked goods and excellent coffee.

Yarmouth restaurants

Inaho Japanese Restaurant
Address: 157 Route 6A Yarmouth Port Cape Cod MA 02675
Phone: 508-362-5522
Authentic style Japanese restaurant featuring sushi, grilled meats and a fair selection of vegetarian food. The only quirk is the inclusion of Shumai (a Chinese food) on the menu. Nevertheless, Inaho can be a welcome break from standard Cape Cod fare.