33 Seasonal Restaurants to Visit this Summer on the Cape


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Seafood Sam’s – Falmouth & Sandwich

Since 1974 Seafood Sam’s has been serving families just what they wanted. And now – with their menu expanded to over 100 items, friendly value pricing, large helpings, freshest ingredients and beautiful locations – they offer even more of what you want.

Mattakeese Wharf – Barnstable

Overlooking Barnstable harbor, Mattakeese Wharf offers amazing harbor views and sunsets with a full menu of fresh Cape seafood! You can also enjoy live entertainment on summer weekends.

Kream ‘n Kone – West Dennis

The Kream ‘n Kone on Cape Cod has been serving award-winning seafood, including fried clams, fried shrimp, seafood platters, french fries, onion rings, and fresh lobster rolls, for over six decades.

BaxtersDeckBaxter’s – Hyannis

Baxter’s is one of the oldest Cape Cod restaurants. It is built entirely over the water and has great views of the harbor activities, including the ferry boats going to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard and local commercial fishing boats unloading their catch. At Baxter’s you can enjoy a piece of Cape Cod’s history and some of the freshest seafood around!

Lobster Claw – Orleans

For over 40 years the Lobster Claw Restaurant has served as an ideal location to enjoy a delicious meal and fine spirits in a comfortable atmosphere for a great price. The varied menu always guarantees fresh seafood including boiled and baked stuffed lobster, steamed clams, fresh swordfish, haddock, salmon and other native fish.

King’s Way Grille – Yarmouth Port

King’s Way Grille beautiful, full-service restaurant idyllically situated on the rolling fairways at Kings Way and The Golf Club at Yarmouth Port.

FourSeasFour Seas – Centerville

Four Seas Ice Cream on has been serving the finest homemade ice cream since 1934. The old blacksmith shop-turned-ice-cream-store is where generations of summer visitors and Cape Cod residents have taken their families for a memorable summer experience.

Bistro on Main – Chatham

Bistro on Main is Chatham’s go to neighborhood bistro for fresh local innovative food, fine wines, great beers and select spirits where you’ll always feel amongst friends.

Nauset Beach Club – Orleans

The converted Cape Cod style cottage that is now the Nauset Beach Club was built back in the early forties. With a capacity of 55 seats, the building has been operating as a place to eat since the late sixties.

Pate’s Restaurant – Chatham

A Cape Cod landmark since 1957, Pate’s believe’s delicious food shouldn’t be complicated. Prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood and a classic lounge menu are proof that good things don’t always have to change.

KA_Provincetown_Ptown lobster pot4_11315Lobster Pot – Provincetown

Overlooking historic Provincetown harbor, the Lobster Pot is part of what makes Provincetown such a special place. You can dine in either of our two waterfront dining rooms and choose from a menu that features fresh seafood, Portuguese specialties, steaks, poultry, vegetarian and light fare.

Red Pheasant Inn – Dennis

The Red Pheasant Inn has been serving up up classic and creative cuisine since 1977. Stop by and enjoy the atmosphere and food in the charm of a 200 year old barn in historic Dennis Village on Cape Cod.

Spanky’s Clam Shack – Hyannis

Visit Spanky’s for lunch or dinner and feast on their “wicked good” fried Clams, scallops and shrimp. Try their award winning clam chowder and delicious fish!

The Beachcomber – Wellfleet

The Beachcomber has been a must-visit Summer destination for surfers, families, beach-goers and music lovers for more than 50 years! The live music, cool cocktails, fantastic food, stunning scenery and friendly atmosphere create an oasis here in Wellfleet at Cahoon Hollow beach.

Moby Dick’s – Wellfleet

Family owned and operated for over 30 years, Moby Dick’s is the Cape Cod seafood restaurant for friends and families to meet, eat and just have a good time. Taking the New England clam shack to a new level, they will offer you and your family a great experience.

Cooke’s Seafood

Cooke’s Seafood continues the tradition of serving some of the best fried and broiled seafood on Cape Cod. Using original family recipes for their special batters, the results are tender, light seafood and crispy, sweet hand-cut onion rings – time honored traditions with visitors and Cape Codders alike.

The Chart Room – Cataumet

The Chart Room features breath-taking sunsets, freshly prepared entrees and live, nightly entertainment at the piano bar. The Chart Room has a friendly, casual atmosphere and offers indoor seating as well as seating on a covered porch.

The Knack – Orleans

By partnering with local fishermen, The Knack provides you the best, freshest seafood. They work with a local butcher to serve you their own delicious blend of all-natural, freshly ground, hamburger meat. They buy produce from Cape farms to bring you local, seasonal vegetables. Using these local sources, The Knack aims to create the perfect Cape Cod roadside stand.

Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar – Eastham

For almost 40 years, Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar has served only the freshest fried seafood, lobster rolls, raw bar and premium gourmet ice cream on Cape Cod.

Sweet Caroline’s – Forestdale

Visit Sweet Caroline’s and smell of freshly baked waffle cones while enjoying your ice cream on their grounds and gardens. Sweet Caroline’s Ice Cream continues to be a favorite family destination and is a Cape and Islands Best of 2009 medalist!

KA_Hyannis_Steve and Sue's Par-tee freeze_opening_Winter_021019_004Steve & Sue’s Par-Tee Freeze – Hyannis

From stopping-by for your favorite soft serve or frozen yogurt to planning a party complete with refreshments and miniature golf for a birthday celebration, Steve and Sue’s Par-Tee Freeze and Lightning Falls Adventure Mini Golf in Hyannis is the place to be for family fun in the sun on Cape Cod!

Karoo – Eastham

Karoo Restaurant is inspired by the diversity of British, Dutch, African, Malaysian, Portuguese and Indian flavors that make up the delicious dishes of Chef Sanette Groenewald’s South African homeland.

KA_Dennis_Chapins Ice cream and Restaurant06_11315Chapin’s Restaurant – Dennis

Chapin’s Restaurant is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. They are located just steps from gorgeous Mayflower and Chapin’s Beach in Dennis, and they offer a fun, casual dining experience for all.

Guapo’s – Brewster & Orleans

Guapo’s Tortilla Shack is a casual, Baja-style tortilla shack serving the best fish tacos this side of the Bridge.

Pearl – Wellfleet

Pearl is the quintessential Cape Cod dining experience. It features indoor-outdoor dining on multi-level decks with panoramic views of the entire harbor including the main boat dock, the town pier, Mayo Beach, and Great Island.

KA_Falmouth_landfall restaurant 2_111215 (1)Landfall Restaurant – Woods Hole

Landfall Restaurant is Woods Hole’s premiere waterfront restaurant. Their spacious dining room (capacity 180) presents a spectacular oceanfront dining experience to enjoy fresh local cuisine – lobsters, swordfish clams, scallops and seasonal fin fish.

Stewart’s Seafood Restaurant & Tavern – Eastham

Stewart’s Seafood Restaurant and Tavern in Eastham fresh New England seafood straight off the boat and features live jazz and blues music throughout the summer season.

Flying Bridge – Falmouth

Enjoy a delicious meal in a memorable setting at Flying Bridge Restaurant in Falmouth. For more than 20 years they’ve been serving fresh seafood with distinctive local flavors in a unique waterfront setting for a memorable Cape Cod dining experience.

The Pancake Man – South Yarmouth

The Pancake Man in South Yarmouth specializes in delicious breakfast as well as lunch!

Mac’s Shack – Wellfleet

Named in honor of the best simple suppers of a Cape Cod summer, Mac’s Shack is all about the pure goodness of the season’s local harvest.

Bass River Burrito & Fish Co. – West Dennis

Formerly Marathon Seafood Restaurant, the Bass River Burrito & Fish Co. specializes in Mission style Burritos made to your specifications under your supervision! Ingredients are fresh and healthy and we offer many Gluten Free options including all of our fried Seafood Platters and Specialties, our onion rings, french fries, Homemade New England Style Clam Chowder and our soft white corn tortilla Tacos.

A&W – Harwich Port

Head over to A&W in Harwich Port for delicious burgers, hot dogs and their famous floats!

Dairy Queen – Falmouth, South Yarmouth & Harwich Port

Dairy Queen serves burgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, delicious soft serve ice cream and more!

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  1. The Lobster Trap on Shore Rd. In Bourne is fabulous!!

  2. Meghan O'Callaghan says

    Don’t forget Swan River seafood in Lower County Road in Dennisport. It’s the best!

  3. Cannot believe with all the wonderful restaurants in Provincetown you only added the Lobster Pot! What about Fanizzi’s, Napi’s, Ross Grill. Mojo’s? When you live in Provincetown year round, you know when Summer is here by Mojo’s opening!

  4. J. Andrew Lark says

    How could “Blackfish” located in Truro not be on your “Best Cape Restaurants” list? Their cleverly-prepared food is amazing, its location within a rustic old Cape house is cozy, and their service is always friendly and top-notch.

  5. You forgot Peddler’s Restaurant in Brewster. Hard to find , but the best French bistro on the Cape 🙂

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