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Cape Cod restaurants

Superb restaurants in Cape Cod are surprisingly lacking, given the Cape's growing year-round population and the sophistication of its visitors. Alas, the culinary renaissance seen in Boston, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket has yet to arrive here. Service, too, is generally lackluster. What Cape Cod restaurants do well is casual dining and family-friendly seafood. Locals line up at the gray-shingled Brewster Fish House, for example, for traditional seafood and unexpectedly refined dishes such as crisp-skin wild sea bass (2208 Main St.; Brewster; 508-896-7867). And the family-owned Lobster Pot—a Provincetown institution near the wharf—serves fresh-as-can-be fish and seafood with a Portuguese flair (321 Commercial St.; 508-487-0842; If you don't mind chowing down at a picnic table, the best clam shack is Arnold's in Eastham, and you'll find the tastiest lobster roll at the Sesuit Harbor Café in East Dennis. Note that many Cape Cod restaurants are seasonal, and their opening and closing dates vary. While summer hours are fairly reliable, it's best to call ahead at other times of the year; restaurants that remain open after high season often change their hours to adjust to the flow of business.

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The Naked Oyster Bistro & Raw Bar, Hyannis

With its modern furniture, spun-glass light fixtures, mahogany bar, and tattooed hostesses dressed in black, the Naked Oyster looks as if it had been...more

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Picnic Supplies on Cape Cod

Planning a picnic? The Brown Jug in Sandwich will pack a basket for you, or you can pick your own fixings from their selection of cheeses, meats, nuts,...more

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The Red Inn, Provincetown

The Red Inn's 200-year-old dining room in Provincetown's West End is a stunner: Its unparalleled views of Cape Cod Bay, Provincetown's dunes, and Long Point...more

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The Red Pheasant, Dennis

Located in a 200-year-old barn that still has its original wide-plank floors, exposed beams, and working fireplaces, the family-run Red Pheasant is a New...more

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The Regatta, Cotuit

Housed in a 200-year-old mansion with low beamed ceilings and creaky wooden floors, the Regatta is a blue-blood staple for romantic dinners and special...more

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Sesuit Harbor Café, East Dennis

You'll find the Cape's best lobster roll at the Sesuit Harbor Café—that is, if you can find the restaurant. It's located in a weathered, low-slung...more

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The Wicked Oyster, Wellfleet

Even if it weren't pretty much the only decent restaurant between Provincetown and Orleans, the Wicked Oyster would be worth a visit for its friendly atmosphere...more

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