The Short List: The 10 Best Places to go for a Cup of Clam Chowder


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We asked Cape Codders who they believe serves the best cup of clam chowder on the Cape. Thanks to all who voted! Here are the results for who serves the best clam chowder on Cape Cod!

Captain Parker’s Pub – Yarmouth

Captain Parker’s Cape Cod Restaurant is a family friendly restaurant overlooking Parker’s River. They are open year round and have been serving Cape Cod for 30 years. They are most famous for their multi-award winning, thick and creamy, New England clam chowder. For more information, please click here.

Quahog Republic Dive Bar – Falmouth

The Quahog Republic Dive Bar offers a casual atmosphere with themes of quahogs, the ocean and the summer. Definitely try out their awesome menu full of seafood favorites as well as their stacked burgers and sandwiches. Their custom made cocktails, like the Quahog Grog, are also worth a look and don’t forget the local beer offered on tap! For more information, please click here.

Wimpy’s – Osterville

Wimpy’s was established in 1938 as a small hamburger counter. Over the years as Osterville grew in popularity, so did Wimpy’s. After numerous additions Wimpy’s now has over 200 seats and a thriving retail/take-out market. Although many things have changed both at Wimpy’s and in Osterville since 1938, Wimpy’s has remained family owned and unwavering in its dedication to the community, hospitality and food quality. For more information, please click here.ThinkstockPhotos-479756028 (1)

The Skipper Restaurant & Chowder House – Yarmouth

Established in 1936, this waterfront restaurant features fantastic seafood, with the fresh catch of the day, fried seafood, lobster rolls, platters, a raw bar and their triple crown award winning chowder. For more information, please click here.

Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar – Eastham

An award-winning clam shack, Arnold’s is the place to go for all your favorite seafood dishes! For almost 40 years, Arnold’s has served some of the Cape’s best fried seafood, lobster rolls and more! Don’t forget about their gourmet ice cream and the mini golf! For more information, please click here.

The Chatham Squire – Chatham

Chatham’s family restaurant with a multi-cultural menu and an entertaining cast that includes both the crew and the customers, the Chatham Squire is the place everyone looks for when they visit Chatham, MA, on Cape Cod. For more information, please click here.ThinkstockPhotos-480992087

Lobster Trap Fish Market & Restaurant – Bourne

For more than 40 years, The Lobster trap has been serving the freshest seafood on the Cape, whether you order from the seafood shack or the market. Overlooking Buzzards Bay and with fresh seafood that is constantly in supply, your meal is bound to be good. The menu ranges with classic options like fish ‘n chips, lobster rolls and fried clams to grilled swordfish and yellow fin tuna pad Thai. For more information, please click here.

The Homeport – Orleans

The Homeport serves warm, home-style dishes in a cozy environment with friendly staff on hand. Whether its breakfast or lunch the Homeport can help satisfy your hunger. Originally a soda counter back in the 1960s, the Homeport has grown to feature many options in the morning and midday. Get your eggs the way you like them in the morning or enjoy french toast or pancakes. There is a long list of sandwiches for lunch and of course many Cape Cod classics like clam chowder and broiled cod. For more information, please click here.ThinkstockPhotos-532934647

Brewster Inn & Chowder House – Brewster

Although no longer serving as an inn, the Brewster Inn & Chowder House serves both lunch and dinner with nightly specials seven days a week. Inside the building originally built in 1895 you will find delicious home-style cooking with warm hospitality with every meal! For more information, please click here.

PJ’s Family Restaurant – Wellfleet

Having opened its doors in the 1970s, PJ’s Family Restaurant has served local, quality products at affordable prices for families. PJ’s offers fresh seafood, soups, salads, burgers and more! For more information, please click here.

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  1. Sysco chowder The Squire serves deserves no mention at all ever.

  2. I would strongly recommend the chowder at the Portside Restaurahnt on North Street in Hyannis.

  3. Austin Smith says

    Keep driving on Rt 6 … Lobster Pot in Provincetown !

  4. chowder at the squire thats a joke

  5. A. Gorelick says

    Please ask your advertisers to indicate if they are accessible for people with wheelchairs (parking, entrance, bathrooms). A simple wheelchair logo will do–we all want to spend our money!!!!

  6. Jan Rushton says

    What about crabapple in Falmouth? We tried 6 others in the local area and keep going back to the crabapples on rt 28. Try it. You will be amazed at the fish chowder. Clams have little taste .switch over……….

  7. Sadly I must say Arnolds Chowder reminds me of the chowder that was once served in a chain restaurant called the Seafood Shanty which has since closed . They boasted about their ‘chowda’ which was a pre-made soup delivered to the restaurants in plastic bags and the restaurant would add cream to this base in a bag…the clams were far and few in-between and lacked the taste of what a chowder should have. Lobster Pot in Provincetown has trumped anything I have tasted so far and I would love to hear about other location near Eastham that are comparable to the LP.

  8. The Silver Lounge in Falmouth should be on that list! Best chowder around!

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