The Short List: Most Romantic Restaurants on the Cape


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The Short List is a place for people to share opinions and discover new things on and about Cape Cod. We take your feedback and thoughts and share them with readers! We asked Cape Codders where the most romantic restaurants are on the Cape. Thanks to all who voted!

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KA_Hyannis_Albertos2_11315Alberto’s Ristorante – Hyannis

Alberto’s Ristorante offers Italian cuisine with all fresh ingredients and in-house preparation of every course from the soups to the desserts. Whether for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a buffet or a formal sit down dinner, the intimate fireside dining rooms offer a great dining experience.

Primavera Ristorante – Yarmouth Port

Primavera Ristorante serves fine Italian Cuisine with only fresh farm to table ingredients. Attentive and knowledgeable service will make your intimate dining experience all the more enjoyable.

Roadhouse Cafe – Hyannis

The Roadhouse Cafe menu offers native seafood, choice beef, pasta dinners and Italian specialties. For those looking for lighter fare, the Bistro offers both the regular dinner menu and the bistro menu which consists of salads, sandwiches and authentic Italian thin crust pizza.

Ocean House – Dennis Port

Along with a view of the water and live music, the Ocean House has a great menu with a variety of options to choose from. Serving pizza as well as fresh seafood, some of the entrees also include Pad Thai noodle bowl, flat iron steak and lobster ravioli. There is also the Beach Bar and Beaches Café providing breakfast, lunch and cocktails right on the water.
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Brewster Fish House – Brewster

The dinner menu at The Brewster Fish House has entrees such as ricotta gnocchi and grilled swordfish and clam chowder and crispy calamari for appetizers. The lunch menu has similar offerings, but also has simpler dishes like fish and chips.

The Dolphin Restaurant – Barnstable

The Dolphin Restaurant started over 60 years ago and has been a hands-on restaurant for 3 generations. Patrons are greeted by friendly staff and The Dolphin uses local purveyors who supply the restaurant with high quality produce and seafood.

Red Pheasant Inn – Dennis

The Red Pheasant Inn opened in 1977 and serves classic and creative cuisine with French influences. In a centuries-old barn with fireplace & garden in historic Dennis Village on Cape Cod, the Red Pheasant features an extensive wine list and has daily specials. The diverse menu and high quality dishes make for a fun and delicious night out with plenty of choices to please anyone.

Black Cat Tavern – Hyannis

The Black Cat Tavern is a waterfront, harbor side restaurant with a full bar, piano lounge, spacious patio and unbeatable ferry access. The Black Cat is not simply a seafood shack. The full menu offers gourmet burgers, steaks, chops and chef driven specialties in a breezy casual atmosphere.

KA_Hyannis_Embargo Martinis and Tapas_11315emBargo – Hyannis

emBargo will treat you to a culinary adventure with influences from around the world, home-made infused Martini’s, and some great live bands in a hip new cosmopolitan atmosphere. Menu features Raw Bar, Sushi, Tapas, Salads, Spring Rolls, Sliders, Pizza and more.

Siena – Mashpee

Siena is one of the best in Italian dining on the Cape and includes an exceptional hand picked wine list. Siena has a number of pizzas to try from including specials. Also served are dishes such as Veal Saltimbocca and Pistachio Crusted Salmon.

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Wicked Oyster
  • Ceraldi
  • Abba
  • Daniel Webster Inn
  • Oysters Too
  • Buca’s
  • Ciro & Sal’s
  • Front Street
  • Gerardi’s
  • Sesuit Harbor Cafe
  • Four Seasons Trattoria
  • The Ebb Tide
  • Jason’s Tavern
  • Bleu
  • C Salt
  • Del Mar
  • Barley Neck Inn
  • Chillingsworth
  • Cape Sea Grille
  • Chatham Bars Inn
  • La Cucina Sul Mare
  • Coonamessett Inn
  • Columbo’s
  • Estia
  • The Marshside
  • The Mews
  • Fazio’s Trattoria

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