Taste the Cape at Our Favorite Restaurants
There’s so much to do on Cape Cod, from soaking in the sights and sounds of its incredible beaches, to seeing a Cape Cod Melody Tent show at twilight, that it can sometimes be overwhelming simply trying to figure out where to go to eat. Luckily, as year-round Cape Codders, we know the best places to go when it comes to food and drinks.
The beaten path isn’t always the best path when it comes to the Cape’s dining scene. Some of our favorite places take a little navigation to find, but once you arrive you’ll be happy you put in the extra effort. Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Dennis is a short drive from all of the Cape’s Red Jacket Resorts. It's known for fresh, crispy fried seafood, million-dollar views, playful atmosphere and epic sunsets. The Cafe’s website playfully welcomes guests to the “world’s most beautiful dining room,” but it’s seriously one of our favorites. Other hidden gems near our South Yarmouth resorts include Clean Slate (West Dennis), a tiny tasting-menu-only space that promises not just an incredible meal but an experience for you and your family/friends, Mooncussers Tavern (Harwich Port) which specializes in locally caught seafood and tapas, and Tumi Ceviche (Hyannis) which is set back behind Main Street and features some of the freshest ingredients on the Cape in its Peruvian and Italian menu.
You might be surprised to learn there are a lot of restaurants on the Cape that don't take reservations, but we're here to tell you that the ones with long lines are generally worth the wait. When visitors drive by Keltic Kitchen in West Yarmouth, they may be scared off by the droves of faithful diners waiting in the parking lot -- but sitting amongst the hungry masses will be well worth your wait when it comes to this Irish eatery. Menu items include true-to-Ireland options like rashers (Irish bacon), black and white pudding and brown bread. Locally sourced indulgences like the Seafood Benny (with lobster, shrimp, scallops and chopped clams) are other great reasons to get in line here. Añejo Mexican Bistro (pictured above), a longtime Falmouth favorite, recently opened a second outpost on Main Street in Hyannis and while it doesn’t take reservations, we’ll gladly wait for its food and drinks. Put your name in when you arrive and make your way to the outdoor back bar for a signature margarita under the historic beech tree, or explore the shops and sights of Main Street while you wait for your text message calling you to the table.
Whether you need a pick-me-up in the form of a sweet confection or a gooey slice of pizza, there are ample options across the Cape. Set amidst the picturesque tree-lined streets of downtown Sandwich, The Brown Jug makes some of our favorite sweet treats (their apple hand pies are out of this world), quick bites (like from scratch quiches and world-class sandwiches) and one of the Cape’s best pizzas, thanks to its outdoor wood-fired brick pizza oven. It also features an outdoor patio and bar, perfect for a quick nosh stop any time of day. Guapo’s Tortilla Shack in Brewster, just off the Cape Cod Rail Trail, offers quickly prepared Mexican favorites with Cape Cod flare. The Guapo’s signature baja fish taco makes our mouth water, and the guacamole is good enough to eat with a spoon -- although we prefer the house-made tortilla chips. The shack has ambiance to spare, with string lights and picnic tables serving up the perfect slice of Cape atmosphere (even though it’s nowhere near the beach). A bit further down Cape is the Hot Chocolate Sparrow, Cape Cod’s original coffee-and-chocolate bar in the heart of Orleans. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., the sparrow will be able to satisfy just about every craving: from ice cream and smoothies, to frozen hot chocolate and housemade confections. It even features sandwiches, bagels and soups if you’re looking for something a bit heartier. Last but not least, if ice cream is calling your name, try the homemade varieties at Sundae School (Harwich Port, Dennisport or East Orleans), Four Seas (Centerville) or Katie’s (Hyannis).
Staying at a Red Jacket Resort on the Cape means having delicious food at your fingertips. Red Jacket Beach, Blue Water, Riviera Beach and Blue Rock Resorts all feature on-site dining, with options from casual family-friendly options to splurge-worthy seafood (like our guest-favorite lobster rolls). At Red Jacket Beach, guests can order outside at the Ocean View Grill and dine on the patio, by the pool or at the beach. They can also go inside for a seated meal in Asa Eldridge Pub or the Clipper Ship Dining Room. Blue Water has stellar views from its Surfside Bar & Grill, with oceanfront outdoor seating, and indoor Jonah’s Pub offers memorable Cape Cod meals like fish and chips and shrimp scampi.
The Cape’s restaurants, breweries and bars are some of the best ways to get to know its rich history and culture, so it’s no surprise that enterprising Cape Codders have put together their own tours of towns and breweries. Cape Cod Foodie Tours offers a “Hungry in Hyannis Tour,” with seven stops along a 1.8-mile walking tour of Downtown Hyannis. Each stop comes with a yummy sample of a restaurant’s menu, like Neapolitan wood-fired pies at Pizza Barbone. Falmouth Food Tour’s 3.5-hour Main Street Tour takes you to the culinary epicenter of Falmouth, a picturesque town about an hour from our resorts. Visitors are also welcome to delve into the microbrewery landscape of the Cape, complete with a designated driver, with the 3.5-hour guided Cape Cod Brew Bus tours. The bus picks up at the Hyannis Transportation Center, stops at three breweries around the Cape, comes with lunch and even offers coolers in case you pick up some beer to take home. You can also go to the Cape’s breweries and vineyards for independent tours, just make sure to drink responsibly!
The Cape has endless options when it comes to dining. If you have any questions when you’re planning your trip (or even while you’re here), feel free to email us at email@example.com for more information!