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.
Village Landing Restaurant
Address: 3226 Main Street Barnstable Massachusetts
A modest family friendly diner with classic breakfast and lunch options.
A good spot for breakfast or lunch for when you need a straightforward
Five Bays Bistro
Address: 825 Main Street, Osterville Cape
Cod Massachusetts 02655
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
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.
Address: 1671 Falmouth Rd (Route 28)
Centerville Cape Cod Massachusetts 02632
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
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.
The Lobster Pot
Address: 3155 Cranberry Hwy, Bourne, Massachusetts
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.
Address: 2671 Main Street Brewster, Massachusetts
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.
The Box Office Cafe
Address: 2642 Main Street South Chatham,
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
Address: 2173 Rte. 28, Chatham, MA 02645
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
Seafood shack and market featuring fresh from the boat seafood. Family
friendly high quality fried seafood.
Blue Moon Bistro
Address: 605 Main Street, Dennis, Massachusetts
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
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
The Friendly Fisherman Restaurant and Fish Market
Address: 4580 State Hwy Eastham, MA 02642
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
Catch of the Day
Address: 975 Route 6 South Wellfleet, MA
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.
The Beach House Restaurant
Address: 17 Nathan S Ellis Hwy, Falmouth,
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
Sophisticated dining and live jazz. A good spot for a grown-ups night
Liam Maguire's Irish Pub and Restaurant
Address: 273 Main Street Falmouth, MA 02540
Gastro pub featuring pulled pork sandwiches and trivia nights on Wednesdays.
The Glass Onion
Address: 37 North Main St. Falmouth, MA Cape
White tablecloth dining with a French and Italian inspired menu.
Brax Landing Restaurant
Address: 705 Route 28 - Harwich, Massachusetts
Cape Cod 02645
Waterfront al fresco dining featuring Italian and American comfort food
classics. Serving lunch and dinners.
Address: 360 Main Street, Hyannis, MA Cape
Northern Italian cuisine and home made pastas. Now offering cafe seating
on the sidewalk- a little bit of Tuscany in Cape Cod.
Address: 606 Main Street, Hyannis, Cape Cod,
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.
Address: 10 Market Street Mashpee Commons
Mashpee, MA Cape Cod
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
Address: 17 Steeple Street (Mashpee
Commons), Mashpee, MA Cape Cod 02649
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
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.
Address: 28 North Way Mashpee, MA Cape Cod
This is the place to find out how deep the cupcake rabbit hole goes.
The Belfry Inne and Bistro
Address: 149 Main St, Sandwich Cape Cod MA
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.
Address: 14 Gallo Road Sandwich Cape Cod
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.
Address: 17 Truro Center Road, Truro, MA
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).
Address: 50 Main St, Wellfleet Cape Cod,
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.
Address: 91 Commercial St, Wellfleet, MA
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.
Pie in the Sky Bakery & Interent Cafe
Address: 10 Water St. Woods Hole MA 02543
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
Inaho Japanese Restaurant
Address: 157 Route 6A Yarmouth Port Cape
Cod MA 02675
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.