Art on the Plate: Harborview Restaurant & Bar

Cape Cod Life  /  July 2018 / , , ,

Writer: Allyson Plessner / Photographer: Teagan Anne 

Harborview Restaurant Bar

From left to right: Coconut Margarita, Cherry-Lime Bubbletini, and Bloody Mary. Visit our online recipes section to try these delicious cocktails at home!

Owner: Michael Gustafson • Mixologist: Anthony Mendoza

“I love that every day is different. You just don’t know what will happen at any given day or time.” -Michael Gustafson

Michael Gustafson has been a world traveler for the last 30 years, and today he’s applying what he’s learned to his new restaurant in Hyannis, Harborview Restaurant & Bar. “We believe there is an opportunity to come up with something different to meet the requirements of today’s guests,” says Gustafson. “We are using the freshest ingredients and putting a Mediterranean twist on them while trying to avoid the fryer as much as possible.”

At Harborview, no detail has gone unnoticed—the décor is flawless, and the staff could not be friendlier. “We want to convey a contemporary maritime theme in a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere,” says Gustafson, who is keen to ensure his restaurant is always community-focused. “We try to be part of the community from all aspects. We are planning a golf tournament in the fall to benefit a local hospice, we support the Artist Shanties around the harbor, host events for the local police departments and support their respective charities.” Harborview also offers guests everything from special deals for local employees on “Industry Night” every Monday and fresh $1 oysters on Tuesday.

The food at Harborview is always incredible, and the expansive cocktail menu is exciting and creative. A fan favorite are the bubbletinis, crafted over cubes of dry ice so that the drink bubbles and smokes. They’re an Instagram lover’s dream, and they taste great too. “We want our guests to go home and tell their friends, family and co-workers that they had a great time at the Harborview—that they enjoyed the diverse menu, our handcrafted cocktails, or the expansive wine list,” says Gustafson.

Harborview Restaurant & Bar

235 Ocean Street, Hyannis



Allyson Plessner

Allyson Plessner is a former editorial intern for Cape Cod Life and now works for the publication as a staff writer and digital media coordinator. Born in Florida, Allyson has been a lifelong summer resident of the Cape. She is a recent alumna of the College of Charleston, located in Charleston, South Carolina, where she completed bachelor’s degrees in both English and Spanish. In her free time, Allyson is an avid sailor, beach-goer, and—like her fellow Cape Cod Life colleagues—a dog-lover.