Dining & Lodging Guide

The best places on the cape, islands & south shore to grab a bite or rest your head

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Ever wonder where insiders eat, drink, and sleep when they visit Cape Cod and the Islands?

At Cape Cod LIFE we believe that food is at the core of LIFE. And in this coastal region of the world, the options are not only plentiful but also unique in their offering, quality and character. New England cuisine immediately brings to mind steaming cups of clam chowder, bright red lobsters with melted drawn butter, Yankee Pot Roast and Boston Baked Beans—no doubt about it, the region holds an iconic place in the global world of cuisine.

Across the Cape and Islands restaurants are an important part of the lifestyle that attracts visitors and residents from around the world. Navigating the variety of choices, finding the perfect place for your family, your friends and the special people in your life, is made easier with our Dining and Lodging Guide, complete with a short description, map directions and a live link that will take you directly to each listing’s website.

As a bonus, lodging options—for your own getaway, or when friends and family come to visit—provide all the information you need to book your stay.

Check-in and check out the local restaurants and inns that are ready to welcome you and your family as you discover new experiences and build new memories.


Exterior of the Dolphin Restaurant in Barnstable MA

Dolphin Restaurant

3250 Main St, Barnstable 02630

For 70 years and three generations, the family-owned Dolphin Restaurant has been a culinary landmark in Barnstable. Its menu bursting with mouthwatering choices, the Dolphin is an exquisite choice for those looking for a quality dining experience. Open year-round.


Chart Room

1 Shipyard Ln, Cataumet 02534

Enjoy the breathtaking sunsets overlooking Red Brook Harbor, freshly prepared entrees, and live entertainment at the piano bar. Sandwiches, appetizers, cold plates, and desserts may be ordered throughout the day. The Chart Room opens seven days a week beginning in mid-June through Labor Day. Closes for the season Columbus Day.

Courtyard Restaurant & Bar

1337 County Rd, Cataumet 02532

Regional comfort food, local seafood & brick oven pizza in a rustic tavern with a popular patio. A well-established and popular destination for people looking for good food and great fun. Offering Daily Blackboard Specials, and dishes such as clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, seafood specialties, salads, brick oven pizza, homestyle favorites, and more. Inside or out, enjoy great nightlife and live entertainment!

The Lobster Trap

290 Shore Rd, Bourne 02532

Classic New England seafood shack, market & bar in a rustic riverfront building with patio seating. Open year-round. The Lobster Trap is not just a clam shack, it is a Cape Cod experience, a relaxing place to eat and drink, water views, and a local favorite. Offering classics like Fish & Chips, to something different like Tuna Pad Thai, the best ingredients are sourced and approachable dishes bursting with flavor are created. Live entertainment.

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Seafood dish

Brewster Fish House

2208 Main St, Brewster 02631

Buzzy eatery, set in a charming cottage, draws crowds for its refined spins on seafood classics. “This unassuming cottage garners raves for its outstanding seafood”-Newsweek Magazine 2005. For over 35 yrs, The Brewster Fish House has been a “go-to” for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the region’s freshest seafood. The menu changes seasonally to source the freshest ingredients. A fiercely loyal clientele reflects the quality of food and service.

Café Alfresco

1097 Main St (Route 6A), Brewster 02631

Cafe Alfresco is Brewster’s original breakfast/lunch cafe since 1988. This family-owned and operated treasure offers an award-winning menu offering the only Acai Bowls in Brewster as well as smoothies, innovative sandwiches and fresh salads to be enjoyed inside, out on the peaceful deck amidst the gardens, or on the go. Open daily 8am-3pm.

Baked goods

Eat Cake 4 Breakfast Bakery

26 Wampum Dr, Brewster 02631

Serving delicious French pastries, specialty cakes, sweet and savory breakfast croissants, cookies, scones, and whole quiches and pies. Some gluten-free varieties. Home of the Brewster Bun. Also serving espresso and coffee. Check out their social media @eatcake4breakfast. Voted Best Bakery by Cape Cod LIFE readers.


Pleasant Bay Village Resort

Pleasant Bay Village Resort

1191 Orleans Rd, Chatham 02633

Pleasant Bay Village is located on six acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds with zen gardens and waterfalls, offering luxurious accommodations including rooms, efficiencies, and suites. Enjoy our outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, or visit beautiful beaches nearby. Just minutes to the center of Chatham. Open May through October.


Cuttyhunk Fishing Club

Cuttyhunk Fishing Club

1 Road to the Landing, Cuttyhunk 02713

Set on 8 acres overlooking Vineyard Sound, located 12 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. Formed in 1864, the Cuttyhunk Fishing Club has been restored and has eight beautiful guest rooms, with both private and shared baths. Open from mid-May until early October.


Encore Bistro & Bar

36 Hope Ln, Dennis 02638

Since 2016, Encore Bistro & Bar (the sister restaurant of the iconic Sesuit Harbor Cafe) has been serving up seafood favorites, classic American fare & more!

Jason's Tavern Owner

Jason’s Tavern

Patriot Square, Route 134, South Dennis 02660

Lunch and dinner daily year-round. Delicious burgers, gourmet sandwiches, salads, and tavern favorites. Full bar, many beers on tap, signature rum punch. Voted Best Burger by Cape Cod LIFE readers. Early bird specials 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Kream ‘N Kone

961 Main St, West Dennis 02670

A landmark in Dennis since 1953. Family owned and operated. Known by locals and visitors for the best fried and broiled seafood, onion rings, chowder, and burgers. Eat in or take out. Beer and wine are available. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Outdoor patio overlooking Swan River.

Sesuit Harbor Cafe

357 Sesuit Neck Rd Dennis, MA, Dennis 02638

Offering an authentic Cape Cod clam shack experience. Beautiful outdoor dining overlooking Sesuit Harbor and Cape Cod Bay with the highest quality seafood and menu options for the whole family to enjoy.


Añejo Mexican Bistro

188 Main St, Falmouth 02540

Hip, contemporary venue featuring Tex-Mex dishes, Mexican-style street food & an array of tequila. Añejo’s fun, sophisticated atmosphere provides a unique twist on Mexican dining. Adventurously authentic dishes complement Añejo’s extensive list of tequilas and margaritas. Open for dinner from 4 p.m. nightly, lunch Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chapoquoit Grill

410 W Falmouth Hwy, West Falmouth 02540

Wood-fired pizzas & Mediterranean staples are served up at this easygoing neighborhood restaurant. “Chappy,” as it is locally known, brought the first brick oven to Falmouth. Offering wood-fired pizzas and unique, flavorful, gourmet pastas, breads, and desserts made daily. A great selection of wine and spirits carefully selected from around the world. Known by locals for quality, value, and great service. Open year-round. Call for hours.

Estia – Falmouth

117 Main St, Falmouth 02540

Estia offers a modern twist on Greek favorites. Try coal-fired pizza and wings cooked at 1,000 degrees, or enjoy specialty cocktails and exotic Greek wines by the firepit lounge overlooking historic Main Street. Lunch, dinner & take-out available.

Falmouth Raw Bar

56 Scranton Ave, Falmouth 02540

Cute, airy waterfront fixture with bar & with big patio specializes New England raw bar classics. Located across the harbor from the Island Queen, with excellent harbor views. For excellent food, drink, and nightlife (open seasonally), the Falmouth Raw Bar is exactly where you want to be! Some of the local favorites include: The Monsta Lobsta Roll, oysters on a half shell, and freshly made clam chowder. The bar offers the best mudslides and martinis on the Cape.

La Cucina Sul Mare

237 Main St, Falmouth 02540

Busy Italian spot offering pastas, seafood & wine in a space with a tin ceiling & a hardwood bar. The flavors of the authentic foods of Italy and the Mediterranean will have you longing to come back again and again! Enjoy dining on signature dishes, such as classic lasagna al forno, braised lamb shanks, osso buco, lobster fra diavolo over linguine, zuppa de pesce, rigotoni a la vodka, and veal piccata. Homemade desserts. Lunch & Dinner. Call for Hours.

Silver Lounge and Uncle Bill's

Silver Lounge Restaurant & Uncle Bill’s Country Store

412 MA-28A, North Falmouth 02556

Enjoy the pub-like congeniality of the main dining area or the nostalgia of the caboose. Adjoining country store offers a vast selection of cards, collectibles, gifts, and complimentary gift wrapping. Open year-round.

Simply Divine Pizza Co.

271 Main St, Falmouth 02540

Hand-tossed, stone-fired pizzas in the Neapolitan tradition, gourmet salads, specialty sandwiches, and signature pasta dishes. Guests enjoy an inviting atmosphere and are encouraged to watch the pizza makers. Fine wines and award-winning craft beer selections are constantly rotating, offering our guests a variety of different tasting experiences.


400 East Restaurant exterior

400 East Restaurant & Bar

1421 Orleans-Harwich Rd # 21, Harwich 02645

Call-ahead seating. “Famous not Fancy.” Serving food you crave by staff you love. Innovative yet comfort-balanced menu with creative daily specials. Charbroiled fresh ground burgers, grilled pizzas, pasta, seafood & more. Lunch & dinner served daily. Enjoy inside, seasonally under our tent, or take-out. See website for menu updates & summer events.


Spanky’s Clam Shack

138 Ocean St., Hyannis 02632

Award-winning restaurant on the water on Hyannis Harbor. Dine inside or outside on the waterfront patio. Featuring fresh local seafood, lobster, fried clams, steamers, grilled steaks, chicken, pasta, and salads galore! Spanky’s is like Cape Cod the way you remember!

Brazilian Grill open rotisserie with steaks on a skewer

Brazilian Grill

680 Main Street, Hyannis 02601

This authentic churrascaria is a fun place to get together. Enjoy casual and affordable Brazilian cuisine with Rodizio-style barbeque and an extensive buffet. Voted Best Ethnic Restaurant in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2019 by Cape Cod LIFE readers.

Food at Alberto's

Alberto’s Ristorante

360 Main St, Hyannis 02601

Homemade pasta, veal, steak, seafood, chicken and an extensive selection of wines. Lunch and dinner year-round daily from 11:30 a.m. and a three-course sunset dinner from 3-6 p.m. Winner of Fine Dining Gold 2014 and 2018 and Most Romantic Gold 2019 from Cape Cod LIFE.

Anejo exterior

Añejo Mexican Bistro-Hyannis

599 Main St, Hyannis 02601

Añejo’s fun, sophisticated atmosphere provides a unique twist on Mexican dining. Adventurously authentic dishes complement Añejo’s extensive list of tequilas and margaritas.

Interior of Grand Cru Restaurant

Grand Cru Restaurant

1225 Iyannough Rd, Suite #1, Hyannis 02601

Inside the Cape Codder Resort & Spa. Featuring creatively prepared Italian and American fare in a warm, casual atmosphere. For a light bite or a complete meal, the menu offers a unique selection of appetizers, salads, entrées, thin-crust pizzas, and decadent desserts. Carefully selected fine wines, creative martinis, classic cocktails, and craft beer. Live Jazz and Blues Friday and Saturday nights, no cover!

Dining room of Hearth 'n Kettle Restaurant

Hearth ‘N Kettle

1225 Iyannough Rd, Suite #3, Hyannis 02601

Inside the Cape Codder Resort & Spa. 1225 Iyannough Road, 508-568-2935. (Also in Yarmouth.) “H ‘n K” is a family-owned restaurant that’s been a mainstay for Cape Codders and visitors since 1973. Many entrées are prepared using ingredients that are all-natural, organic, hormone and antibiotic-free and also gluten-free. Breakfast is served ALL DAY! Great Kids’ Menu. Full liquor.

Sam Diego's Margaritas

Sam Diego’s – Hyannis

950 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis 02601

Friendly, comfortable, casual dining. Mexican/Southwestern cuisine, award-winning BBQ steaks and burgers, daily specials, children’s menu. Outdoor patio. Take-out available, functions, private parties. Restaurant open until midnight, lounge until 1 a.m.

Bar at Bobby Byrne's

Bobby Byrne’s Restaurant-Hyannis

489 Bearses Way, Hyannis 02601

An eating, drinking, and talking establishment whose origin, meaning, and menu themes are connected to New York City Third Avenue saloons. Eclectic, standard neo-American cuisine ranging from hearty burgers to formal dishes.


Cast Seaside Bites & Bar

7 Cottage Street, Marion 02738

Cast fuses international cuisine with a fresh catch of local seafood and ingredients; meant to be shared, the menu includes a variety of crudos & ceviches, raw bar, small plates, heirloom corn tacos & tostadas, and desserts. The cocktail, wine and beer list will quench your thirst.


Bobby Byrne’s-Mashpee

6 Central Square, Mashpee 02649

Easygoing hangout, one of a small chain, offers pints & pub grub in cozy booths or at the long bar. Eating, drinking, and talking establishment whose origin, meaning, and menu themes are connected to New York City Third Avenue saloons. Eclectic, standard neo-American cuisine ranging from hearty burgers to formal dishes.

Estia – Mashpee

26 Steeple St, Mashpee 02649

A popular staple in Mashpee Commons, Estia is well known for serving up Greek delicacies with a modern twist. A warm, welcoming ambiance provides the ideal spot to gather and enjoy specialty cocktails or exotic Greek wines. Lunch, dinner & take-out available.

Siena Exterior


17 Steeple St, Mashpee 02649

Siena in Mashpee Commons is a place where everyone can vivere bene, mangiare bene, socializare; live well, eat well, and be social. The menu includes both familiar favorites and exceptional specials that you’ll love. The handpicked wine list is sure to impress, while Siena’s grill brings the taste of a Cape summer to your table year-round. Siena is the place for Italian dining on the Cape.

Sopranos Ristarante Entree

Soprano’s Ristorante

681 Falmouth Rd, Mashpee 02649

Bringing the taste and charm of Italy to Cape Cod since 2005, Soprano’s is an upscale Italian restaurant with an extensive wine list. Authentic Italian cuisine served nightly. All dishes are prepared with passion and tradition, using only the freshest, highest quality real Italian ingredients. NIGHTLY SPECIALS. Catering and takeout are available.

The Lanes Bowl & Bistro

9 Greene Street Commons, Mashpee 02649

An uncommon Bowling Experience, this innovative, multi-tiered concept combines upscale casual dining, bowling, entertainment and events under one roof. 10 “ten-pin” Qubica/AMF bowling lanes, and a seasonal outdoor bar, cafe and bocce court. Designed to intentionally break some of the stereotypes associated with traditional bowling venues.


The Spice & Tea Exchange

13 Central Square, Mashpee 02649

Spices, blends, teas, gifts & more! Stop in the store to learn more about what they offer!

Trevi Cafe & Wine Bar

25 Market St, Mashpee 02649

Mediterranean fare at this classy yet low-key eatery with wine bar & famous Roman fountain replica. Mashpee Commons. Inspired by Rome’s Fontana di Trevi, this cafe and wine bar has a contemporary ambiance and serves Mediterranean-style cuisine using seasonal ingredients paired with unique wines. Serving lunch and dinner.


Union Street Inn Bedroom

Union Street Inn

7 Union St, Nantucket 02554

The Union Street Inn lies just steps from the heart of Nantucket’s historic village. Each of the 12 rooms boasts private bathrooms, designer furniture, complimentary Wi-Fi, and an optional gourmet breakfast delivered right to your door.




770 Main St, Osterville 02655

Crisp Flatbread, Inc. serves fresh wood-fired pizza and homemade pastas prepared with seasonal local ingredients. Crisp is sophisticated yet fun, with an eclectic selection of beer and wine, and features an outdoor bar and patio, two fire pits, and outdoor table tennis. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week and brunch on Sundays.

Plated food at Five Bays Bistro

Five Bays Bistro

825 Main St, Osterville 02655

Five Bays Bistro features award-winning new American cuisine with neighborhood appeal, together with a carefully selected wine and cocktail list. A lively bar and intimate dining room offer a modern yet classic atmosphere. A big-city dining experience in the heart of Osterville. Serving dinner nightly from 5 p.m.

The Chart Room at Crosby’s

330A W Bay Rd, Osterville 02655

The Chart Room at Crosby’s is a family-owned and operated casual dining restaurant. Serving the same great food as the original Chart Room in Cataumet, guests enjoy freshly prepared entrees, sandwiches, salads, and signature drinks. Seated either in the beautiful dining room or outside, guests enjoy breathtaking ocean and sunset views of North Bay, located on the south side of Barnstable.


Sam Diego's Margaritas

Sam Diego’s – Plymouth

51 Main St, Plymouth 02360

Friendly, comfortable, casual dining amid festive Southwestern surroundings. Just a block from Plymouth Rock. Southwestern cuisine, award-winning BBQ steaks and burgers, daily specials. Takeout, functions, private parties. Open until midnight, lounge until 1 a.m.


Exterior of inn

Inn at Cook Street

7 Cook St, Provincetown 02657

One of the Distinctive Inns of Provincetown, The Inn features two private cottages and six guest bedrooms with private baths. Many of our accommodations have private entrances and access from the beautiful, secluded gardens complete with a koi pond. Full breakfast is served daily. Voted “Best of” Inn, 2017-2019.

Lobster Pot

321 Commercial St, Provincetown 02657

Two waterfront dining rooms, spectacular harbor views. Voted “Best of” by Cape Cod LIFE readers, one of the “Top restaurants on Cape Cod” by Zagat, and repeatedly a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner. Extensive menu offering the finest, freshest seafood, Portuguese specialties, steaks, poultry, vegetarian and light fare. Cocktails served in their “Top of the Pot” bar. Open April through late November.

The Club Provincetown

193A Commercial St, Provincetown 02657

The Club has solidified itself as great place to catch world-class jazz & jazz-influenced entertainment. Now serving brunch/lunch & dinner daily, with a raw bar intermission. Interested in dinner & a show? Reserve a slot after 8PM! All day & night, The Club offers delicious food, cocktails & water views.

Fine dining

Victor’s Restaurant, Bar & Catering

175 Bradford Street Ext, Provincetown 02657

This culinary standout offers a unique dining experience, geared toward people who enjoy upscale, casual dining. We offer a delicious “small plates” dinner menu of New American cuisine, sized for tasting and sharing. We graciously serve dishes individually at their hottest and freshest in our open, airy, cottage-style atmosphere with a cathedral ceiling and central stone fireplace.


Bar at Bobby Byrne's

Bobby Byrne’s Restaurant-Sandwich

65 MA-6A, Sandwich 02563

An eating, drinking and talking establishment whose origin, meaning and menu themes are connected to New York City Third Avenue saloons. Eclectic, standard neo-American cuisine ranging from hearty burgers to formal dishes.

Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa

149 Main St Suite #1, Sandwich 02653

Elegant, historical inn. Forty-eight individually appointed rooms/suites, full-service spa, award-winning restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily and Sunday Brunch. The famous Tavern at the Inn also serves lunch and dinner daily. Spectacular wedding receptions and functions. Open year-round.

Pasta from Nonna Elena

Nonna Elena

598 MA-6A, East Sandwich 02537

Dedicated to bringing Italy to the Cape, and the Cape to Italy! Nonna Tours escorts small groups to less-traveled areas of Italy to experience local culture, food and wine. Nonna Cooks teaches classic Italian dishes to small groups. Bring the whole class or join an existing group.


Ella’s Wood Burning Oven Restaurant

3136 Cranberry Hwy, East Wareham 02538

Come in and experience what others are raving about…Ella’s is the only wood-fired oven and grill in the area. It is pizza & sooo much more; enjoy a full menu including small plates and large format dishes, craft beers and adult beverages and bring their mobile oven to your home for your next event!



Bookstore & Restaurant

50 Kendrick Ave, Wellfleet 02667

Quirky family-run eatery with a bookstore attached serves casual seafood & inventive cocktails. Enjoy the spectacular view of Wellfleet Harbor and Great Island while having appetizers & cocktails on one of the outer decks. The menu includes Wellfleet oysters and littlenecks, native seafood, steaks, pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads. Children’s menu. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Bomb Shelter Pub is open year-round 4 p.m. – 1 a.m. Bookstore has collectors’ items.

C*Shore Restaurant Sign

C*Shore Kitchen & Bar

554 State Highway Route 6, Wellfleet 02667

Serving delicious, fresh, local farm-to-table/dock-to-table fare. Dinner nightly 5-9:30 p.m. Seafood, raw bar, poke bowls, hush puppies, burgers, steaks, pizza, and daily specials. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Outdoor dining and fire pit.

Moby Dicks Restaurant

Moby Dick’s Restaurant

3225 US-6, Wellfleet 02667

We are Fresh, Friendly, and Fun! Since 1983 “Moby’s” has been the place for families and friends to meet and feast on the finest seafood Cape Cod has to offer. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Kid’s menu, gluten-free menu, and take-out. Order online. BYOB.

Kitchen at Pearl Wellfleet


250 Commercial St, Wellfleet 02667

Family-friendly option for New England seafood standards served with a harbor view from the deck. Located on picturesque Wellfleet Harbor. Open from 11:30 a.m., May-October. Pearl is the quintessential Cape Cod dining experience: indoor-outdoor dining on multi-level decks, panoramic views, and an extensive menu specializing in local seafood. Special happy hour menu with live local music 3-5 p.m. select days.

Beachcomber Wellfleet

The Beachcomber

1120 Cahoon Hollow Rd, Wellfleet 02667

The ‘Comah has been a must-visit summer destination for surfers, families, beach-goers, and music lovers since 1978! It’s the ultimate beachside oasis location, with something for everyone: Live music, cool cocktails, fantastic food, stunning scenery, and a friendly atmosphere. Open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Monday.

Van Rensselaer’s Restaurant & Raw Bar

1019 US-6, South Wellfleet 02663

Celebrating their 44th season. Superbly prepared regional cuisine, local seafood & lobster, Wellfleet oysters, Angus beef, gluten-free & vegan selections.

Comfortable & casual, with awesome appetizers, scrumptious salads, fabulous cocktails & wonderful wines. Dine outdoors on their lovely porch or open-air patios, dine indoors or at their very comfortable bar.

Dinner seven nights. Weekend breakfast. Open April-October.

Seafood dish

Winslow’s Tavern

316 Main St, Wellfleet 02667

We feature New England classics and innovative coastal specialties, a full bar, and the best wine list on the Cape. Our beautiful garden courtyard and tree-lined terrace are open for lunch and dinner daily. See our website for hours.


Captain Parker’s Pub

668 Route 28, West Yarmouth 02673

Consistently voted “Best Chowder” by Cape Cod Life readers, Captain Parker’s Pub is a proven favorite among locals. Open for lunch & dinner 7 days a week.

Interior of Old Yarmouth Inn Dining room, colonial chairs, fresh flowers, large windows & sunlight

Old Yarmouth Inn

223 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port 02675

Since 1696 the Old Yarmouth Inn has welcomed travelers from near and far. The unique character and charm provide the perfect setting for any occasion. Menus change seasonally. Attentive service. Expertly prepared food at down-to-earth prices. Offering Curbside Take-out nightly with Daily Specials prepared with the same care and attention to detail as your dine-in experience. Our history is our future.