Cape & Islands Dining Guide 2018
Lower Cape Dining
Tried & True restaurants in Brewster, Chatham, Harwich & Orleans
Not ready to commit to an Italian vacation? Get your feet wet with an authentic Italian feast at Buca’s Tuscan Roadhouse in Harwich, where you can have everything from a piece of cheese and a glass of wine, to a mouth-watering pasta entrée. Imagine yourself sitting on an Italian vineyard or amongst the bustle of the streets in Tuscany without ever leaving the Cape. If it’s a genuine Italian experience that you want, look no further!
What’s more Cape Cod than dinner in an old sea captain’s home? The Barley Neck Inn provides just that along with stellar cocktails, an expansive wine list, and delicious appetizer and Sunday brunch options. Located in East Orleans, just a short distance from Nauset Beach, the Barley Neck Inn features four intimate dining rooms as well as the Beach Road Bar & Grille in the attached barn, and is great for events or a nice family meal.
Guapo’s Tortilla Shack is a family-friendly restaurant serving deliciously simple, Mexican-inspired meals. With two locations—one in Brewster and one in Orleans—Guapo’s is the place to go for fresh, mouthwatering dishes. Owners Kyle and Danna Parker are also committed to helping out the community, routinely raising money for local families and nonprofits, and sourcing as many regional ingredients as possible.
For a sophisticated meal in a relaxed setting, look no further than Mahoney’s Atlantic Bar & Grill. This charming spot is centrally located in downtown Orleans and passionately run by Chef Ted Mahoney. Try one of their creative cocktails, like the “Blue Lemon Drop” or the “Meet Your Maker Manhattan,” and be sure to enjoy some of their incredible, fresh seafood as well.
Known for its cozy atmosphere and creative specials, the Beacon Room is a true go-to spot. For a nice lunch with friends or a great family get-together, this is the place. Expect inventive dishes, attentive service and a comfortable atmosphere to ensure you have a meal and an experience that is both incredible and relaxing.
A few new places to add to your favorites list
Many have been waiting for this, and finally it’s happening! Chef/Owner Mason Pryme, Co-Chef Timothy Ames, and their seasoned front of the house team are opening a concept of their own on Main Street in Brewster with the ambition to create no less than the ultimate food destination on Cape Cod. The menu features creative coastal New England cuisine, including bite-size and small plate appetizers, center of the plate proteins, wild game selections, artisan burgers, homemade desserts, and specials prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
Spinnaker in Brewster is taking hospitality to a new level, from the inn upstairs to their beautiful restaurant. With friendly waitstaff, a cozy ambiance and delicious menu selections, Spinnaker leaves nothing to be desired. Try their seasonal menu options for flavor profiles that are sure to delight the taste buds.
Lanyards are used to tie owners to their valuables, and at the Lanyard Bar and Grill in Harwich, the local community is something to be treasured and held close—hence the name. Providing crowd-pleasing menu items, refreshing drinks, great company and an all-around good time, this hip spot is a must-try.
Vers means “fresh” in Dutch, and that’s certainly something that Vers in Orleans has captured in both their food and ambiance. Owners Jonathan and Karen Haffmans have paired elegant dishes with a comfortable dining environment, providing guests with rich flavors and unparalleled comfort. For something a little different, try the four- or eight-course tasting menu paired with flavorful wine selections.
Sunbird in Orleans boasts a laid-back, modern vibe for “life on the fly.” Their dishes capitalize on classic flavor combinations and feature everything from breakfast and coffee to dinner and drinks. They say birds of a feather flock together, and at Sunbird, this old adage has never been more true. For your next big get together—be it with family or friends—it’s the place to “flock.” Short on time? Sunbird’s menu is also perfect for takeout.
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