by Donna Cain, Innkeeper and owner
I love good food and always pay attention to guest’s comments about their dining experiences while visiting Cape Cod. We feel very fortunate to have so many great restaurants that are close to our two inns, Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa and the Captain Freeman Inn. I thought it would be fun in this blog to summarize some of our favorites.
28 Atlantic at the Wequassett Inn Resort, Chatham- whenever we have guests that want a very special place to celebrate a birthday or anniversary we love to recommend 28 Atlantic. The restaurant boosts beautiful views of Pleasant Bay and the food is top notch…fresh fish that is brought daily to their docks along with many creative dishes.
BlackFish, Truro- modeled in a British pub style of eatery featuring Italian and French cuisine. Really unique dishes including rabbit ragu. $$
Brewster Fish House, Brewster- still probably our favorite restaurant ever and we are lucky to have it right up the street from the Captain Freeman. Many of our guests walk for their evening meal or light lunch. The Fish House boasts a menu full of top notch seafood and a loyal following that reflects the quality of the food and service. Guests will wait several hours for an evening meal, all for good reason.
<em>Land Ho, Orleans -sometimes one just craves a good hamburger and if so, this is the place to go. The Ho serves a combination of Cape Cod cuisine with a pub atmosphere including great chowder, fried clams and daily specials.
The Lobster Claw in P”Town- it’s always a special treat to spend the day in P’town where we love to recommend to our guests that they go whalewatching, see the sights and have lunch at the not to be missed Lobster Pot. The restaurant has beautiful views of the harbor along with a true Cape Cod lobster experience.
Mahoney’s Atlantic in Orleans- we have been recommending this restaurant to our guests for years. It’s just a short drive form both of our inns and the food is always fresh and creative. The atmosphere is upscale pubby with plenty of great martinis to choose from. They do not take reservations but handle crowds very well. The menu has basically stayed the same for years but we understand why the chef owner has kept it over the years….the menu has plenty to choose from with great seafood and salad choices. My husband is always happy as they always have great beef.
PB Boulangerie Bistro- PB combines local flavors with traditional French dining. They offer a lovely neighborhood feel with an elegant French menu. The restaurant also includes a fabulous french bakery where you can purchase a croissant or baguette for your home dining.
Red Pheasant in Dennis- creative classic American cuisine with emphasis on native seafood, lamb and game. Romantic cozy atmosphere with a large old fashion fireplace in the winter.
Abba’s in Orleans- a unique fusion of Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. Specialty dishes include curries and sauces…..this is a real favorite for our adventuresome diners.
Ocean House in Dennis- what separates this restaurant is the beautiful Atlantic views along with fabulous unique dining that has a slight Asian infusion.
Bucas Tuscan Roadhouse in Harwich- i I had to choose one restaurant for my last meal I think it would have to be Bucas. This restaurant is sooooo romantic and the food so true to Northern Italy cuisine, with just a touch of Cape Cod twirled in. My only problem when I dine here is what to have for dinner……so many great choices!
Lost Dog Pub in Dennis- there logo says Come Sit Stay and that’s exactly what you want to do at this pub. We love to sit in the bar and order their chicken barbecue pizza, all home made. There are plenty of TV’s if you want to keep track of your favorite team.
Fin in Dennis- this is a great seafood restaurant that does take reservations. The chef owner’s husband has his own oyster farm so you know you’ll always enjoy the very freshest oysters around. Farm to table philosophy that really stands out!
Chillingsworth in Brewster- creative modern French cuisine in a very formal atmoshere with old fashion attention to detail. The mac and cheese and creme brulee are to die for!
Bramble Inn in Brewster- wonderful traditional American cuisine with plenty of Cape Cod touches. Dining room is set in an old fashion building with china that you may remember from your grandmother’s house.
We feel so blessed to have so many wonderful choices close by. During the high season advance reservations are recommended for many of the fine dining spots, and we would be glad to help plan ahead.
Bon Appetite to all of our special guests staying on Cape Cod.