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Cape & Islands Dining Guide 2018

Mid Cape Dining

Tried & True restaurants in Barnstable, Dennis & Yarmouth

Encore Bistro & Bar

Encore Bistro & Bar


This small, unexpected gem tucked in the back of a building on West Main Street in Hyannis has been serving high-quality, authentic sushi and Japanese cuisine for years. A bit of a local’s secret, Misaki flies slightly under the radar, but an evening with friends and some of their creative cocktails to complement their outstanding cuisine is one that will be long remembered.

The Naked Oyster

The Naked Oyster, located adjacent to Puritan Cape Cod on Main Street in Hyannis, has been serving not only oysters on the half shell and in a variety of other creative ways, but also a fresh collection of seafood and other innovative cuisine for almost a decade. Chef/Owner Florence Lowell brings her French upbringing to her kitchen, and her customers are rewarded with her classically influenced cuisine. She also maintains and harvests the oysters she serves from her own oyster farm, so the freshness and quality are always guaranteed.

Sesuit Harbor Café

2018 marks the 18th year for this family-owned harbinger of summer. With long lines out the door, and scores of picnic tables lining their spot on Sesuit Harbor, this popular restaurant turns out lobster salad rolls by the ton as well as delicious fried seafood, raw bar favorites and an under-acknowledged extensive breakfast menu. They do not have a liquor license, but diners can bring their own to enjoy with their meals.

Roadhouse Café

Established in 1981, the Roadhouse is as much of a dining institution as you will find on the Cape. Part of the Columbo Group of restaurants, owner David Columbo continues the tradition of exceptional food and service offered in a classic yet casual atmosphere established by his father almost 40 years ago. Other restaurants under the same quality management include the Black Cat, the Black Cat Harbor Shack and Columbo’s Café & Pastries. All located in downtown Hyannis.

Royal Pizza

This consistently popular restaurant has been turning out family favorites for a while now, but it seems that people are still discovering their unique interpretation of American classics. Located on Lower County Road in Dennis Port, the owners put a Greek twist on their extensive menu that includes burgers, salads, grinders and pizza. With an eye on quality and affordability, they always offer generously portioned entrees and have a full liquor license.

A few new places to add to your favorites list

Grill 43

The owners of Rock Harbor Grill in Orleans open their second restaurant, on Route 6A in Yarmouth Port, this summer. The menu offers a tantalizing selection of comfort food, ranging from homemade haddock chowder to mac ‘n cheese, fried chicken, burgers and flatbread pizzas. Open year-round, the new spot will certainly be welcome in a fairly quiet section of the Mid Cape.


Formerly the Angler’s Club on Hyannis Harbor, the Harborview has adopted a fresh-faced approach to the next chapter in the historic location. Presenting Mediterranean-influenced small plates like tapas, the kitchen is turning out fresh seafood with a decidedly different twist. Their innovative cocktails will reinforce your suspicion that you are enjoying a very special restaurant.

Royal II Restaurant & Grill

A good thing has to be shared. Keying on the success of their original restaurant in Dennis Port, the Balanos family expanded to the north side of the Cape when they opened this neighborhood gem in Yarmouth Port in 2013. This new restaurant also offers their authentic Greek classics as well as Italian and American standards. The tasteful interior steps things up a notch with an inviting dining area, a comfortable lounge with a full bar, and seasonal outdoor seating.

Encore Bistro & Bar

The owners of the very popular Sesuit Café have found a year-round home where they can indulge in their culinary passions. Tucked into the Cape Playhouse campus in Dennis Village, this cozy restaurant is turning out innovative and thoughtful cuisine for a variety of palates. A tiny, cozy bar on the side of the building is the perfect spot to warm up when the Cape winds blow. Outdoor seating during the warmer months serves up the perfect place to grab a bite before or after a play or a film at the historic Cape Cinema next door.

The West End

Since opening in the summer of 2017, this unique restaurant offers an experience not found anywhere else in the region. With a strong focus on locally sourced ingredients, their commitment to quality is evident at every turn. The atmosphere has a plucky, energized vibe that makes any meal feel like a celebration of a special occasion. Add a couple of their creative concoctions from the bar, and you have a great night out.

Añejo Mexican Bistro & Beech Tree Taqueria

New in the summer of 2018, the extremely popular Falmouth restaurant will be opening a second location on Main Street in Hyannis. The same fresh and innovative interpretations of Mexican cuisine will be available, along with the extensive tequila list and the endless varieties of margaritas. The historic patio out back, with a 200-plus-year-old beech tree, will once again be the place to grab a cocktail in Hyannis.

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