In the past, Cape Cod was known more for its beautiful beaches and rich history than its food. The restaurant landscape has undergone significant changes over the years, though. Believe it or not, Brewster is home to several wonderful places that serve a variety of cuisines. Whether you want the ultimate seafood experience or a romantic meal, you can find it here. Take a look at our favorite restaurants in Brewster MA. Most of them are located on or just off historic Route 6A, otherwise known as Main Street or Old King’s Highway.
Outstanding Brewster Cafes for Breakfast & Coffee
If you’re a guest of Candleberry Inn, you’ll wake up to a deluxe, two-course breakfast every morning. It’s served between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in the 1970s dining room of the Main House. Weather permitting, you can eat at the bistro tables in the garden patio area. The breakfast includes a fresh menu of frittatas, egg souffle, fruits, apple pancakes, and Belgian-style waffles, just to name a few of guest favorites. Home-baked muffins and treats are available too. If you provide advance notice, the inn can accommodate almost any dietary restriction.
Cafe Alfresco is a family-run restaurant in the Lemon Tree Village shopping mall. For lunch, you can order panini and specialty sandwiches, chicken tenders or wings, and seafood specials — lobster salad rolls — falafel sandwiches, and turkey burgers. Outdoor dining is available, and some of the menu items are gluten, vegetarian, and vegan friendly.
Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters
During your visit be sure to stop by Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters. This coffee house has a loungy, comfortable vibe and has been serving ethically-sourced, specialty coffee since 2015, and you can watch the staff roast and prepare your beverage. Along with coffee, espresso, and tea, the cafe serves pastries, oatmeal, granola bars, and more. You can get a salad, jerky, chocolates, and cookies throughout the day as well. The coffee house is adjacent to an herbal apothecary and is open all but three days a year!
Best Casual Dining Restaurants in Brewster MA
Guapo’s Tortilla Shack
Brewster local Kyle Parker is a big believer in affordable, fresh food, and that’s all he makes at Guapo’s Tortilla Shack. The eatery is famous for having the best fish tacos in the area. However, the Mexican-inspired menu includes guacamole, housemade chips, burritos, and quesadillas. You can even order salads and burgers, and several of the items can be made gluten, vegetarian (the root-veggie burrito is our favorite), and vegan-friendly. The shack also features a counter offering delicious margaritas!
Stone L’Oven Pizza Co.
To satisfy your craving for pizza and other Italian dishes, you should go to Stone L’Oven Pizza Co. The restaurant makes all-natural, hand-tossed pizzas and bakes them directly on a stone-fired hearth at 625 degrees Fahrenheit. Some of its creative specialties include fig and prosciutto, sweet potato and bacon, and scallop and bacon pizzas. Also, you can build your own pizza, or order a calzone, pasta, panini, salad, wrap, sandwich, or soup. Outdoor seating is available.
With the charm of an English tavern, Bayzo’s Pub has a cozy, intimate atmosphere with a piano. There are plenty of seats at the bar, where you’ll find several flat-screen TVs to watch your favorite sports. The restaurant is located down the road from Candleberry Inn, at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club and is open all year for lunch and dinner. Some of the items on its menu include chowder, burgers, pizza, and entrees of poultry, beef, and seafood.
At Captains Golf Course, Freemans Grill offers delicious food for breakfast and lunch. The artistic lunch menu is particularly special with items like pulled pork poutine, quesadilla al pastor, and short rib grilled cheese. You can enjoy your meal inside or outside while overlooking the golf course. The bar menu is available for a few hours into the evening, and even though it’s shorter, it includes many of the same lunch dishes. There are a full wine and cocktail list and local draft beer, too.
Great Restaurants in Brewster for Fine Dining
Headed by a husband-and-wife team, Spinnaker is the epitome of fine and romantic dining and is just a short walk away from Candleberry Inn. This Mediterranean-chic boutique restaurant only opened in 2017 and has become a favorite for locals and visitors alike. In fact, reservations are recommended. The menu changes constantly depending on the season and fresh ingredients available. However, you can expect creative dishes like grilled octopus, steak tenderloin in a red wine reduction, and clam and baby shrimp with handmade ndunderi (ricotta gnocchi). The restaurant also has one of the largest wine lists in the area.
Apt Cape Cod
If you’re a food lover with a passion for fresh ingredients, Apt Cape Cod serves farm-to-table dishes that are made with modern cooking techniques. You can get soups, sandwiches, and crabcakes for early lunch, and enjoy the chef’s wonderful tasting menu for dinner. If you have a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, or vegan diet, your server can provide extensive options.
The Brewster Fish House
With a seasonal, bistro-style menu, The Brewster Fish House offers more than just fish and shellfish. Its delicious food is made with fresh, local ingredients and has been featured in Zagat. You can expect dishes such as lobster bisque, braised short ribs, hard-shell lobster, sandwiches, and fish and chips. The restaurant is happy to accommodate gluten-free and vegetarian diets. In addition, it’s a friendly spot for drinking cocktails, beer, and wine.
Chillingsworth and Chills Bistro & Bar
Known for hosting the famous Julia Child, Chillingsworth and Chills Bistro & Bar is located within the Chillingsworth Foster estate, which is more than 300 years old. It has been a premier dining spot in Cape Cod for more than 30 years and is only open between May and Thanksgiving weekend. The 4-star restaurant features multicourse and a la carte menus, while the bistro features small plates. There’s a large selection of wine to pair with your meal as well.
Top Seafood Restaurants in Brewster Cape Cod
Since 1986, Kate’s Seafood has been serving some of the best fish, shellfish, and ice cream in Cape Cod. It’s one of the most family-friendly restaurants in Brewster and is open seasonally starting in May. You can order fried and grilled seafood, crab and lobster rolls, hot dogs and burgers, and even tempura veggies. Ice cream is served in a cup or waffle cone, and the restaurant makes sundaes, frappes, and floats.
Brewster Inn & Chowder House
Located in what was built as a retirement home around 1870, Brewster Inn & Chowder House has been serving delicious food for more than a century. You’ll find homestyle seafood and other fares on the lunch and dinner menus. There are a few dishes that you won’t find anywhere else, though, like the fried oyster or scallop rolls and the sauteed mango shrimp and scallops. You can eat your meal inside or outside.
The Island Blue Crab
If you’re torn between a seafood and steak restaurant, The Island Blue Crab can satisfy both cravings. The restaurant is known best for its seafood — shrimp and lobster saffron, salmon piccata, lobster ravioli, and fried platters. However, the menu includes steak, poultry, and veal entrees as well as burgers and sandwiches. You can always expect fresh food, and gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options are available.
For quick seafood, JT’s Seafood is another of our personal favorite restaurants in Brewster. Open from mid-April to late September, it’s located on Main Street, down the road from Candleberry Inn. Several of the items on its menu have earned Cape Cod Life awards for many years — chowder, fried clams, lobster rolls, and ice cream, of which there are 20 flavors. Other dishes include baked and grilled entrees, fried platters, and burgers and sandwiches. They also serve local beer on tap and wines.
Best Brewster Bakeries and Ice Cream Shops
Across the street from Candleberry Inn, the friendly and historical Brewster Scoop is located next door to The Brewster Store, which has been serving the town since 1866. The shop used to be part of the general store but eventually moved into a separate building. It’s open between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, scooping more than 30 flavors of ice cream. The large menu includes sundaes, frozen yogurt, sherbets and sorbets, and no-sugar ice cream. You can order floats and frappes too.
Eat Cake 4 Breakfast Bakery
The mission behind Eat Cake 4 Breakfast is to make fun and delicious food. The owner and pastry chef studied the art of French pastry but brings those techniques to American classics. The bakery menu features cookies, pies, cakes, croissants, quiches, scones, tarts, and individual desserts. You can even get coffee and espresso to go with your treats, and there’s outdoor seating.
Hopkins House Bakery and Gift Shop
Since studying abroad in England and later at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, the baker and owner of Hopkins House Bakery and Gift Shop has been serving Brewster for nearly 30 years. The list of goodies is quite extensive — muffins, scones, brownies, dessert bars, cookies, pies, bagels, and quiches. Coffee and refrigerated beverages are available as well.
A Convenient Place to Stay in Brewster
Since Brewster is located in Old Cape Cod, even its restaurants are full of history. With many of them located on Route 6A, you can walk to some of them from Candleberry Inn. The others are only a short drive away. Sometimes, our packages and specials page features a dining package with gift certificates for local restaurants.
In the Guest Pantry, we have plates and silverware if you want to eat takeout or leftovers in the dining room. On the other hand, there are even more wonderful restaurants in Cape Cod that you might enjoy. Shortly before you check-in, we’ll send you a guidebook with details about some of our restaurant recommendations.