Cape Cod Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Cape Cod

A beacon for seafood lovers, the Cape serves everything from oysters and scallops to fried clams and lobster rolls. Casual clam shacks, bustling fish markets and fine-dining establishments abound. Wander along the streets of Wellfleet and you'll find local haunts shelling out succulent oysters, from Pearl, which plates everything from Wellfleet oysters to pan-steamed mussels, to the Wicked Oyster, which offers inventive twists like fried and buttermilk oysters. The nearby Moby Dick's – a relaxed eatery known for its fried clams, littlenecks and lobster – is also a top spot for sampling a traditional taste of the Cape. For fresh chowder and lobster bisque, head to Chatham, where tried-and-true institutions like the Chatham Pier Fish Market and upscale dining spots like the Impudent Oyster lure local and visiting seafood fanatics, alike. You'll also find a variety of international eateries around the Cape, ranging from buffet-style Brazilian establishments in Hyannis to Asian, Middle Eastern and European-inspired venues, such as Abba in Orleans.

For an upscale meal filled with imaginative takes on Cape classics, head to the Naked Oyster Bistro & Raw Bar, which plates French-inspired creations, such as house country pate and oysters prepared in all sorts of inventive ways, like gimlet oysters with a gin sauce and oyster Moscow, with caviar and sour cream. Another crowd-pleaser is Twenty-eight Atlantic, a Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant located at the Wequassett Resort that features menu items like butter braised lobster and beef tenderloin from local farms.

For more cost-effective, family-friendly options, try The Lobster Pot in Provincetown, Seafood Sam's in Sandwich or Pie in the Sky in Woods Hole. The Lobster Pot offers scenic Provincetown harbor views paired with specialties like lobster avocado cocktail and scallops au gratin, along with kid-approved meals like hamburgers and fish tacos. Meanwhile, Seafood Sam's dishes up entrees like fried clam strip platters and lobster salad rolls, along with menu items designated for kids ages 12 and younger, such as grilled cheese and popcorn shrimp. And Pie in the Sky is ideal for dessert-lovers, thanks to its flavorful blueberry, apple and key lime pie varieties and popular crumbly popover layered in jam.

Find the Best Restaurants in Cape Cod

  • #1
    Old Yarmouth Inn
    #1 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 861 reviewsTripAdvisor (861)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
    223 Route 6a, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-1717
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  • #2
    Royal II Restaurant & Grill
    #2 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 299 reviewsTripAdvisor (299)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Greek
    715 Route 6a Route 6A, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-2041
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  • #3
    Inaho Japanese Restaurant
    #3 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 273 reviewsTripAdvisor (273)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
    157 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675
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  • #4
    Jack's Outback Restaurant
    #4 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 151 reviewsTripAdvisor (151)
    $ - $$ | American
    161 Route 6a, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-1713
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  • #5
    Happy Fish Bakery
    #5 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 61 reviewsTripAdvisor (61)
    $ - $$ |
    173 Massachusetts 6A, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675
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  • #6
    Optimist Cafe
    #6 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 193 reviewsTripAdvisor (193)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    134 Route 6a, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-1712
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  • #7
    Grill 43
    #7 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 57 reviewsTripAdvisor (57)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pizza, Gastropub
    43 Main St 6A, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-1620
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  • #8
    Yarmouth Pizza By Evan
    #8 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 154 reviewsTripAdvisor (154)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    559 Route 6a, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-1915
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  • #9
    Oliver's and Planck's Tavern
    #9 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 234 reviewsTripAdvisor (234)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    960 Route 6a, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-2125
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  • #10
    Il Montebello Inc
    #10 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 60 reviewsTripAdvisor (60)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    81 Kings Circuit, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-1461
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  • #11
    Black Sheep Bah & Grill
    #11 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 95 reviewsTripAdvisor (95)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    720 Route 6a, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-2000
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  • Petersons Supermarket
    #12 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 26 reviewsTripAdvisor (26)
    $ - $$ | American
    918 Route 6a # A, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-5102
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  • #13
    R C's Cape Cod Pizza
    #13 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 23 reviewsTripAdvisor (23)
    $ | Pizza
    918 Route 6a, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-5102
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  • #14
    Anthony's Cummaquid Inn
    #14 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 70 reviewsTripAdvisor (70)
    $$ | American
    2 Route 6a, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-1618
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  • Hallet's Store
    #15 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 19 reviewsTripAdvisor (19)
    $ - $$ |
    139 Route 6a, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-1713
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  • KFC
    #16 of 24 Places to Eat in Yarmouth Port
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 1 based on 1 reviewsTripAdvisor (1)
    American
    447 Route 6a, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-1824
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  • Village Pizza Restaurant
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3 based on 6 reviewsTripAdvisor (6)
    Italian, Pizza
    715 Route 6a, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-2041
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  • Primavera Ristorante
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 137 reviewsTripAdvisor (137)
    43 Route 6a, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-1620
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  • Ardeo Grill At Kingsway
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3 based on 12 reviewsTripAdvisor (12)
    81 Kings Circuit, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-1461
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  • Lyric
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 115 reviewsTripAdvisor (115)
    $ - $$ | American
    43 Route 6a, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, MA 02675-1620
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