After a day of exploring the beaches, museums, galleries, and other attractions on Cape Cod, you need a delicious meal. On the Cape, nothing is better than fresh seafood when it comes to recovering from a full day of fun. We’ve created a list of more than two dozen of the best seafood restaurants on Cape Cod so that you can grab a bite no matter where you are.
Best Restaurants for Seafood in Woods Hole & Bourne
Water Street Kitchen
In the very southwest corner of the peninsula, Water Street Kitchen serves modern flavors in Woods Hole. The chef-owned restaurant focuses on farm-to-table, seasonal fresh ingredients. Because of that, everything on the menu is always made from scratch and changes depending on what’s available at the time.
Since 1946, Landfall Restaurant has been a premier waterfront restaurant in Woods Hole. In fact, it has one of the most spectacular oceanfront views on the Cape, and the dining room is constructed with old building boards and shipwreck wood. The seafood menu features fresh clam, lobster, fin fish, scallops, and swordfish, and it has an oyster bar.
With a mission to give diners in Bourne a true Cape Cod experience, Lobster Trap wasn’t always a restaurant. It opened as a neighborhood seafood market on the Back River in 1969, and the restaurant came later. It has a casual environment with a bar and relaxing patio, and the kitchen makes elevated cuisine.
Best Sandwich & Mashpee Seafood Restaurants
Owned and operated by local fishermen, Fishermen’s View in Sandwich is a boat-to-table fish market and one of the most delectable seafood restaurants on Cape Cod. The kitchen uses only locally sourced, fresh seafood for the globally inspired dishes on its menu. The dining room offers stunning views of the marina and canal. Also on the property is Sandie’s Outdoor Bar, a fast-casual spot that serves cocktails and features live music.
The first Seafood Sam’s restaurant opened in 1974 and has been serving families wonderful seafood cuisine ever since. The extensive menu has expanded to feature more than 100 items, and the service is always fast and friendly. Additionally, Seafood Sam’s has a second location in Falmouth and a food truck that visits other Cape towns.
In Mashpee, Cooke’s Seafood has been serving award-winning fried and broiled seafood since 1977. The entire menu is made from scratch. Although dine-in is available, the dishes are fantastic to eat anywhere when you order takeout.
Best Seafood Restaurants in Hyannis & Yarmouth
The Naked Oyster
Specializing in local, fresh products, The Naked Oyster in Hyannis is a bistro. The oysters that it serves come from the restaurant’s own farm, which is located in the northwest section of Barnstable Harbor. Chef Lowell makes creative dishes, and the restaurant has a large wine list.
Captain Parker’s Pub
Since 1981, Captain Parker’s Pub has been serving robust fare in West Yarmouth. It’s one of the best seafood restaurants on Cape Cod, and chowder is its crowning achievement. In fact, the pub has won 18 trophies for first place and earned the triple crown. Even the Food Network has featured the chowder on several of its shows, and it was mentioned in a “Jeopardy!” question.
Skipper Chowder House
Another restaurant known for its chowder, Skipper Chowder House is located in South Yarmouth and is one of the oldest waterfront restaurants on the peninsula. Along with serving award-winning, triple crown chowder, the restaurant menu features seaside sandwiches, lobster rolls, pastas, and fish and shellfish platters. You can order from The Skipper Raw Bar and Skipper’s Ice Cream Shack too.
Best Dennis Seafood Restaurants on Cape Cod
The Ocean House Restaurant
A contemporary fine dining restaurant in Dennis Port, The Ocean House Restaurant has an impeccable view of the Nantucket Sound. Perfect for a special occasion, it’s known for serving handcrafted cocktails and cuisine using the finest ingredients from organic farms and locally sourced seafood.
Red Cottage Restaurant
You can try one of the many lunch classics or specialties at Red Cottage Restaurant in South Dennis. Some of the popular dishes among locals are the home fries, chevre cheese and fresh chive scramble, spinach and bacon crepes, eggs Napoli, French toast foster, and cinnamon bun French toast.
Sesuit Harbor Café
One of the most popular seafood restaurants on Cape Cod — Sesuit Harbor Cafe — is located in Dennis. The family-operated cafe makes breakfast, lunch, and dinner from April to October. It has numerous outdoor picnic tables, which have views of the harbor and boats that come and go. A raw bar and lobster roll cruise charters are available as well.
Best Restaurants for Seafood in Brewster & Harwich
The Brewster Fish House
Famous among the locals, The Brewster Fish House is a contemporary bistro with a seasonally changing menu depending on the fresh ingredients that are available. Some of the seafood you can order include octopus, oysters, and scallops. Along with lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves unique cocktails and has lengthy lists of craft beer and wine.
JT’s Seafood Restaurant
A modern clam shack, JT’s Seafood Restaurant in Brewster has won many Cape Cod Life silver and gold awards for its clam chowder, lobster rolls, fried clams, and onion rings. It has even won awards for its ice cream. Also, you can order from a range of burgers, fish and chips, fried platters, hot dogs, scallops, and more.
Cape Sea Grille
Making creative cuisine in Harwich Port, Cape Sea Grille uses the freshest native catch, sustainable meats, and other local ingredients possible. As a result, the chef creates an ever-changing menu. Additionally, the restaurant has an extensive wine list. While you eat, you’re surrounded by an elegant atmosphere in a 19th-century sea captain’s home.
Located in Brewster, Kate’s Seafood has been serving fried seafood and ice cream to Cape Cod since 1986. This seasonal walk-up window is conveniently located on Route 6A and has a small outdoor seating area that welcomes customers from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year.
Cobies’ Clam Shack
Cobie’s Clam Shack has been a Cape Cod tradition since 1948. In Brewster, Massachusetts, Cobie’s serves fried clams and seafood, burgers, hot dogs, french fries, and ice cream. Salads, wraps, and panini sandwiches are also available as lighter options. Cobie’s Restaurant is conveniently located off Route 6A and the Cape Cod Rail Trail, making it accessible to cyclists, motorists, and tourists alike. They have a large porch with covered, eat-in tables, as well as parking lots in the front and back.
Best Chatham & Eastham Seafood Restaurants
Mac’s Chatham Fish & Lobster
Although Mac’s Seafood has several locations across Cape Cod, our favorite is Mac’s Chatham Fish & Lobster at the Cornfield Marketplace. It has a creative menu with daily specials and gluten-free fried dishes. On top of that, the restaurant serves beer and wine, which you can enjoy at one of the outdoor picnic tables.
One of the best seafood restaurants on Cape Cod, the Impudent Oyster in Chatham is an upscale eatery. What makes it unique is that it’s located in a former church. The menu includes innovative seafood dishes, with local favorites like oysters Rockefeller and spicy mussels with chorizo. The cozy tavern has an awesome bar scene too.
Best Cape Cod Seafood Restaurants in Wellfleet
Van Rensselaer’s Restaurant & Raw Bar
In South Wellfleet, Van Rensselaer’s Restaurant & Raw Bar is a family-owned restaurant with an oyster bar that’s been serving the community since 1980. The menu is full of locally caught seafood dishes, as well as fresh meats and options for gluten-free and vegan diets. The restaurant has an awesome selection of local brews, cocktails, and wine.
Bookstore & Restaurant
At Bookstore & Restaurant, you get a balance of simplicity and seafood made with love. This venue has been run by three generations since 1964 and is a great spot for family dining. Some seafood items that you’ll find on the menu include cod, lobster, mussels, oysters, and scallops. You can grab a new or secondhand book, magazine, or comic from the bookstore before you leave.
Moby Dick’s Restaurant
Taking the clam shack concept to a new level, Moby Dick’s Restaurant has been the seafood restaurant to go to for a good time since 1983. It offers a great family-friendly experience and some of the freshest seafood dishes on Cape Cod. If you want beer or wine with your meal, you can bring your own.
Best Truro & Provincetown Restaurants for Seafood
One of the most unique seafood restaurants on Cape Cod, Blackfish is a tiny American bistro located in a former blacksmith shop in Truro. The best part is that it still has a lot of its original architecture. Within the rustic brick walls, you can enjoy classy seafood and a refined bar scene. Or, you can place a takeout order.
The Mews Restaurant & Cafe
Near the northeastern tip of Cape Cod, The Mews Restaurant & Cafe in Provincetown was born from the Provincetown Mews Food and Wine Society in 1964. It has two dining experiences — The main dining room is right on the beach, while the bistro is upstairs with sweeping views of Cape Cod bay.
Featured as a top Cape Cod restaurant in a Zagat Survey, the Lobster Pot in Provincetown offers fantastic views of the harbor. You should try its award-winning clam chowder and, of course, the lobster. The restaurant has additional locations as well — the Lobster Pot Express and the Lobster & Chowder House.
Best Places to Eat Lobster in Cape Cod
And if you’re looking specifically for an amazing lobster dinner, these Cape Cod seafood restaurants are our favorite places to eat lobster:
- Skipper Restaurant ~ (508) 394-7406 / skipperrestaurant.com
- Mattakeese Wharf ~ (508) 362-4511 / mattakeese.com
- Sesuit Harbor Café ~ (508) 385-6134 / sesuit-harbor-cafe.com
- The Beachcomber ~ (508) 349-6055 / thebeachcomber.com
- Stewart’s Seafood ~ (508) 240-7900 / stewartsseafood.com
Stay at a Luxury Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast
Whether you’re just passing through Brewster or want a central location during your Cape Cod vacation, Candleberry Inn is in the perfect place. Our bed and breakfast offers elegant accommodations and is within walking distance of The Brewster Fish House and a short 3-minute drive of JT’s Seafood Restaurant.
The rest of our favorite seafood restaurants on Cape Cod are located within about a one-hour drive. If you’re not in the mood for seafood, though, we’ve curated an extensive list of other fantastic restaurants on Cape Cod.