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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Counter service & take-out for lunch and dinner. Enjoy burgers, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads, wings, and margaritas & craft beers on landscaped grounds with a firepit. Full liquor license. Live music every Tuesday. Open May through Mid-September.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Mashpee Commons. Find your way to flavor at the new Spice & Tea Exchange, offering a variety of fine spices and custom made blends – everything for steaks, fish, seafood, curries & more! Salts from around the world, naturally-flavored sugars & exotic loose leaf teas! The handmade blends cater to the seafarer, land lover, and everything in between.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Enjoy delicious locally caught seafood in the casual dining room, outdoor patio or to take to the beach. Lunch and dinner, full-service, friendly waitstaff, cocktails, wine and beer. Appetizer Happy Hour 3-5 p.m. Open May-October, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fish market offers freshest tastes of Cape Cod, produce and specialty items.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrating our 40th season. Superbly prepared regional cuisine, local seafood & lobster, Wellfleet oysters, Angus beef, and vegetarian dishes. Delightful salad bar, fabulous martinis, wonderful wines. Breakfast and dinner daily in season. Voted one of the best restaurants on the Outer Cape.
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.