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Cape & Islands Dining Guide 2018

Upper Cape Dining

Tried & True Restaurants in Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee & Sandwich

Next Door Burger Bar

Next Door Burger Bar

Añejo Mexican Bistro & Tequila Bar

The Upper Cape has enjoyed a fresh take on Mexican cuisine for almost a decade since Anejo first opened their doors on Main Street in Falmouth in 2010. Their innovative interpretations of classic mexican ingredients are complemented by a vast list of tequilas accompanied by fresh mixers and juices. With an outdoor patio that flanks Main Street, the comings and goings of the bustling town make for great entertainment.

Soprano’s Ristorante

This popular Mashpee restaurant has been serving up sumptous Italian favorites since 2005. An extensive wine list highlights their commitment to fresh, high quality ingredients, showcasing the talents and passion of their Executive Chef, Kevin P. Doherty. Sure to please any Italian aficionado, standard fare like veal, chicken, beef and seafood are prepared in the traditional manner, but there are always unexpected pairings and presentations to be found both on the menu as well as on the specials list.

Belfry Inn & Bistro

The iconic renovated former church located in Sandwich Village has been serving high-quality regional cuisine for decades. The sophisticated interior, complemented by professional and attentive service, ensures patrons will have a memorable dining experience. A well-curated wine list confirms that every detail has been carefully considered in this fine restaurant. Open year-round and perfect for special celebrations.

La Cucina Sul Mare

Literally translated as “The Kitchen by the Sea,” this authentic Italian eatery, located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Falmouth, serves up Italian specialties for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Owners Mark and Cynthia Cilfone truly make it a family affair, as their grown children are often seen working throughout the restaurant—even the customers are made to feel like family. For over 15 years, the Cilfones have been sharing the warmth of their hearts and their kitchen with diners by the sea in Falmouth.


Travel to France without ever leaving the Cape. This charming restaurant mainstay in the heart of Mashpee Commons delivers authentic French bistro cuisine with a contemporary flair, all under the guidance of Executive Chef and Owner Frederic Feufeu from France’s Loire Valley. Serving lunch, dinner, an off-season Sunday brunch and an ever-changing daily prix-fixe menu at an incredible value, there is always something wonderful in store for discerning diners.


Complete with a fountain, this European-inspired café, in a shaded courtyard within Mashpee Commons, serves up small plates of contemporary continental cuisine. The thoughtful wine list has many varietals available by the glass or bottle, making the outdoor seating area the perfect place to sit back and take your time enjoying your meal.

A few new places to add to your favorites list

Soprano’s Casino by the Sea

This summer, the Soprano’s family has opened a new restaurant in an old location at 286 Grand Avenue in Falmouth. This new venture is a welcome addition to the Cape’s restaurant landscape as they serve up their traditional Italian cuisine, complemented by a fresh and creative specials list focusing on the waterfront location on Vineyard Sound in Falmouth Heights, with views to Martha’s Vineyard. This historic spot that has been the finish line for the Falmouth Road Race for decades will surely be the new spot to gather for food, fun and cocktails this summer.

Next Door Burger Bar

In keeping with what is obviously a trend of continuing the success of one restaurant by opening a new one, Chris Wilson, owner of the Belfry Inn & Bistro, opened the Next Door Burger Bar adjacent to his popular restaurant. Offering an alternative to the fine dining at The Belfry, the Burger Bar features casual fare that has benefited from thoughtful consideration. Additions like foie gras and regionally sourced cheeses, all served on toasted brioche buns, remind diners these are not your average burgers.

The Drunken Seal

Once again, if something is good, then two of something is better, and therefore three of something must be incredible. Sandwich restaurant owner Chris Wilson is waving his magic wand over another eating establishment. The former Horizons restaurant on the beach at the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal has been transformed into the Drunken Seal. Wilson has crafted a fresh and simple menu that highlights quality ingredients and complements the stunning waterfront location perfectly. The atmosphere and simplicity of the menu keep the vibe casual and carefree, as diners gaze at the endless parade of ships and boats as they move through the canal.


A summer institution in Woods Hole for decades, Shuckers has recently been acquired by new owners who, like a fresh breeze, have revamped the menus to still feature the freshest seafood around, but in unexpected ways of preparation. Their impressive raw bar and appetizers like Ahi tuna nachos and buffalo cauliflower are accented by a full bar, extensive wine list and creative cocktails including homemade sangria. Tucked into a sweet spot on Eel Pond with plenty of boats at the dock and on moorings, there is no better place to duck in while waiting for a ferry to the Vineyard.

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