The Short List: Restaurants on Cape that are Missed the Most When They Close for the Season


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We asked Cape Codders what restaurants on Cape that they will miss the most when they close for the season.

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Here are the results for what restaurants on Cape that Cape Codders will miss the most when they close for the season!Lobster Claw Rawbar

1. Lobster Claw Restaurant – Orleans

The Lobster Claw has been serving up award-winning New England seafood since 1963, and has been family-owned by the Berig’s since 1970. We are open seven days a week for lunch or dinner, featuring early bird dinner specials, senior discounts and a full liquor license. Your family will love our whimsical nautical-themed decor, our variety of tasty dishes, and our experienced, friendly wait staff.

mattakeesewharfoutsidedeck2. Mattakeese Wharf – Barnstable

Directly on the harbor front, Mattakeese Wharf invites you to experience spectacular views of Barnstable’s seaport while you dine in comfort. Choose Mattakeese Wharf for lunch, dinner or a leisurely Sunday brunch. Sip cocktails and watch from the Mattakeese Wharf indoor deck as the sun sets and the harbor settles into its evening hum. Feast on steamers and lobster, or try their pasta, steaks, and other seasonal seafood. Catch all the Sox games at the bar. And while you’re there, order a slider with homemade potato chips baked with melted bleu cheese off their bar menu.

3. Chapin’s Restaurant – Dennis

Steps from Chapin and Mayflower Beaches complete with sand dunes and beach grass, Chapin’s is the place to enjoy a casual leisurely lunch or dinner. Signature dishes include Lobster Quesadilla, Cobb Salad and Lobster Pie. The seasonal outdoor Raw Bar compliments the “beach casual” theme, and is ideal for informal outdoor dining. The full service bar and lounge, the decor, and fun atmosphere makes Chapin’s the local favorite.

4. Chart Room – Pocasset

The Chart Room Restaurant opened in 1966 and was originally a barge and is now converted into a restaurant. The Chart Room serves lunch and dinner and offers seafood, steak and sandwiches. There is indoor seating and outdoor seating on the covered porch where you can enjoy the sunset over the water. There is an open piano bar and typically nightly entertainment in the form of live music.BaxtersDeck

5. Baxter’s – Hyannis

A Cape Cod Tradition since 1957, Baxter’s is built entirely over the water with breathtaking views of the harbor activities, including the ferry boats going to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard and local commercial fishing boats unloading their catch. Baxter’s serves lunch and dinner and features live entertainment on the piano, making it the ideal place for summer relaxation. Since it opened in 1967, Baxter’s has attracted celebrities, including the Kennedy’s who became regular visitors.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Kate’s Seafood & Ice Cream
  • Gina’s by the Sea
  • Beachcomber
  • Spanky’s
  • Liam’s

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  1. Stephanie Rodgers says

    Arnold’s In Eastham

  2. Jack reeves says

    What about Tugboats

  3. The Knack!!!

  4. Van Rensselaers

  5. Danielle Jeanloz says

    Sesuit Harbor Cafe

  6. Captain Al’s Restaurant and Tiki Bar, Buzzards Bay

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