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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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Abba, Orleans

Abba's fusion of Israeli and Asian cuisine—on Cape Cod, of all places—is as good as it is unusual. And it's been drawing crowds. Israeli chef and...more

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Arnold's, Eastham

Arnold's is by far the best of Cape Cod's many clam shacks. Named, regrettably, for the Happy Days diner, it turns out lightly battered shellfish (including...more

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The Bramble Inn, Brewster

The Bramble Inn offers traditional Cape Cod dining at its best: fresh, local ingredients prepared and served in a 19th-century farmhouse. The four-course...more

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Chillingsworth, Brewster

Julia Child celebrated several of her birthdays at this antique-filled, 17th-century home, and it gets our vote for the best restaurant on Cape Cod. Service is...more

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Dunbar Tea Shop, Sandwich

Located in a 1740 carriage house, the Dunbar Tea Shop is an Anglophilic oddity that serves imported teas, finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, and the like in...more

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Front Street, Provincetown

While there are many restaurants in Provincetown, there are surprisingly few standouts. Front Street is a reliable mainstay that serves both Continental...more

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The Impudent Oyster, Chatham

This simple, boxy restaurant makes up for what it lacks in decoration by packing in a lively crowd that seems to fill it to the (very high) rafters. The...more

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Inaho, Yarmouthport

Inaho prepares its fish in a way not typical of Cape Cod: raw. The ultrafresh sushi and sashimi is served in a dining room with shoji screens and woven mats...more

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Marion's Pie Shop, Chatham

No visit to Cape Cod is complete without a visit to Marion's Pie Shop. This 60-year-old institution bakes up breakfast treats such as staggeringly good cinnamon...more

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The Mews, Provincetown

Named for the converted stable in which it was originally housed, the Mews is friendly and unpretentious—and serves standout food. You'll find it in...more

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