The Top 19 Restaurants that Serve the Best Fried Seafood on Cape Cod

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We asked Cape Codders where the best spots on the Cape are to get fried seafood.

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.

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.

Baxter’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!

Kreme & 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.

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.

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.

KA_Ptown 10 things_Provincetown_Ptown lobster pot4_11315The Lobster 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.

Sesuit Harbor Cafe – 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.

KA_Sesuit Harbor_Cafe_Dennis_061416_006PJ’s Restaurant – Wellfeet

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!

Captain Frosty’s – Dennis

Captain Frosty’s features fresh Atlantic cod in their fish & chips, fresh local clams & scallops lightly fried, meaty lobster rolls, and other favorites such as house made clam cakes, towering hand-cut onion rings, fresh angus burgers!

Sir Cricket’s Fish & Chips – Orleans

A Cape Cod landmark, Sir Cricket’s Fish and Chips has been highly noted by Fodor’s, Zagat’s, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, and thousands of visitors and locals for their mouth-watering fried seafood, lobster rolls, chowder, and more.

Cooke’s – Hyannis & Orleans

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.

Green Pond Fish Market – East Falmouth

Green Pond Fish Market offers homemade chowder & cole slaw and their signature fried clams & seafood. Try their wildly popular fried seafood platters!

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.

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!

Nauset_Beach09Liam’s at Nauset Beach – Orleans

Try their famous onion rings! Fried and grilled seafood, chicken, burgers, lobster rolls, lobster bisque, chowdah, cakes, extra thick shakes and ice cream!

Kate’s Fried Seafood & Ice Cream – Brewster

Try Kate’s famous lobster rolls, Liam’s onion rings, 40+ flavors of ice cream, fresh fried seafood, and minutes away from Paine’s Creek 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.

Cobie’s Clam Shack – Brewster

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.

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  1. The Lobster Claw in Orleans is terrible.

  2. Overall a well qualified list but although I’ve not yet tried The Clam Shack in Falmouth, it consistently gets on lists for best fried clams on the cape. Seems like a rather glaring omission.

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