The Top 15 Cape Cod Restaurants With Outdoor Dining


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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 have the best outdoor dining on the Cape. Thanks to all who voted!

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.

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.

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.

Summer Shanty

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.

Kream ‘n Kone

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.


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!


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.


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.

Chatham Bars Inn

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.

Sam Diego’s

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.

Alberto’s Ristorante

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.


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.


Opened in 1981 as a small, friendly eatery on Route 28, near the airport. The menu is mixture of the best seafood Cape Cod has to offer as well as classic American favorites and a pinch of Southwestern flare. Something for everyone.

Sesuit Harbor Cafe

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.

Wequassett Resort & Golf Club

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
Flying Bridge
Fisherman’s View
Pilot House
The Chart Room
Captain Kidd
Bubala’s by the Bay
Ocean House
Captain Parker’s
Eclectic Cafe
Raw Bar at the Popponesset

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