Restaurants You’re Most Looking Forward to Opening This Spring/Summer

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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 what restaurants you’re most looking forward to opening this spring/summer.

Thanks to all who voted!

The Flying Bridge

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.

Lobster Claw

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.

Sweet Caroline’s Ice Cream

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!


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!

Mattakeese Wharf

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.

Lobster Pot

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.

Karoo Restaurant

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.


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 it’s full menu featuring a raw bar, the freshest seafood including four different lobster dinners, house cut steaks and salads galore.

Bistro on Main

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.

Seafood Sam’s

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.


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.

Chart Room

The Chart Room Restaurant opened in 1966 and was originally a barge and is now converted into a restaurant. There is indoor seating and outdoor seating on the covered porch where you can enjoy the sunset over the water with your lobster roll!


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.

The Beachcomber

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.


Cobie’s Clam Shack has been a Cape Cod tradition since 1948. Cobie’s restaurant serves fried seafood, burgers, hot dogs, french fries and ice cream.

Four Seas Ice Cream

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.

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