Cape Cod’s Outdoor Dining Picks for Summer

There is something special about dining outside in the summer on Cape Cod… The trouble can be picking the right place! Here is a list of some of your (and our) favorite spots to enjoy a great meal, soak up the sun, people watch and generally enjoy Summer on Cape Cod:

Alberto’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.

Aqua Bar (Provincetown) – Our beautiful waterfront deck bar boasts magnificent views, creative cocktails, and an exceedingly comfortable atmosphere.

Baxter’s Boathouse (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!

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham Bars Inn (Chatham) – Enjoy stunning panoramic views of Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean at lunch and dinner. Seasonally inspired cuisine rooted from the bountiful harvest of The Chatham Bars Inn Farm to create Cape Cod’s premier dining experience.

Crisp Flatbread (Osterville) – Crisp serves fresh wood-fired pizza and homemade pastas prepared with seasonal, local ingredients. They support local farmers and are passionate about using hormone and nitrate-free meats and organic vegetables whenever possible. All of their pastas, sauces and CRISP flatbread dough are made from scratch with love. Relax on their outdoor patio, cook a s’more at their fire pit, and challenge friends (old and new) to a game of table tennis.

Fisherman’s View (Sandwich) – With a focus on fresh, locally-sourced seafood coupled with stunning views of the canal and marina, the fishermen brothers hope to give guests a truly unique dining experience!

Flying Bridge (Falmouth) – For more than 20 years we’ve been serving fresh seafood with distinctive local flavors in a unique waterfront setting for a memorable Cape Cod dining experience. You can arrive or depart by boat at our location with magnificent views of Falmouth Harbor and Martha’s Vineyard.

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.

Mattakeese Wharf (Barnstable Village) – 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.

Sam Diego’s  (Hyannis) – Sam Diego’s Mexican Cookery and Bar is independently owned and offers a friendly atmosphere consisting of the rich colors of Mexico, tropical plants and cacti, and whimsical artwork and sculptures.

Seafood Sam’s (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.

Sesuit Harbor Café (Dennis) – A family owned and operated business, Sesuit Harbor Cafe is a classic Cape Cod clam shack offering outdoor dining overlooking Northside Marina and Cape Cod Bay. Go for breakfast, lunch and dinner to enjoy the raw beauty of Cape Cod.

Spanky’s Clam Shack (Hyannis) – Ideally located directly on the water on Hyannis Harbor, Spanky’s has quickly become one of the most popular waterfront dining spots on Cape Cod. Serving lunch and dinner daily, Spanky’s is known for its full menu featuring a raw bar, the freshest seafood including four different lobster dinners, house cut steaks and salads galore.

Summer Shanty (West Dennis) – The Summer Shanty menu features littlenecks and oysters, Dan’s crazy lobster rolls, steamers, scallops, salmon, swordfish, clam chowder & more! Take out & boat service is available.

The Wellfleet 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.

Tugboats (Hyannis)  – Overlooking all of Hyannis Harbor, Tugboats an award winning waterfront restaurant that serves local seafood and is acclaimed for quality and dining at affordable prices. Tugboats has two large bars along with three dining areas and heated canopied decks for when it is cool out. Tugboats serves lunch and dinner and is a fantastic place to go enjoyed good seafood with friends and family.

Wequassett Resort & Golf Club (Harwich) – Come experience the dining at Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. Whether you are in the mood for four star, exquisite fine dining or just want to relax with a succulent cup of chowder they have the perfect spot for you.

Honorable Mentions:

The Lunch Box


Braxs Landing

The Skipper


Pilot House

The Chart Room

Captain Kidd

Bubala’s by the Bay

Ocean House

The Drunken Seal

Captain Parker’s

Eclectic Cafe

Raw Bar at the Popponesset

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About Cat Wilson

Cat Wilson is "That Girl" on Cape Country 104 – a Cape Cod native and longtime Cape radio personality. She is a passionate supporter of Military and Veteran causes on the Cape and also hosts local music spotlight program, “The Cheap Seats” on Ocean 104.7.
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