Finding wonderful restaurants near Carriage House Inn on Cape Cod is easy since Chatham, MA is renowned for outstanding cuisine. While many venture to the Cape in search of fresh seafood from the local Massachusetts waters, there are many options besides seafood from which to choose. The following is a dining guide to some of our favorites, but there are countless more excellent restaurants we are discovering constantly.
Del Mar: (website) (508-945-9988) Route 28 just before downtown Chatham. Always busy and has more of a city than Cape Cod feel. Great appetizers such as fried tempura shrimp, oysters Rockefeller and salad selection if you want to do something lighter. Entree selections are varied from pizzas to steak, seafood, chicken, and pork. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a bustling scene with very good food.
Impudent Oyster: (508-945-3545) Downtown Chatham. The menu focuses primarily on seafood with a couple steak/chicken options. Excellent food, service, and always a bustling atmosphere.
The Chatham Squire: (website) (508-945-0945) Downtown Chatham. Casual fare with options from burgers to fried seafood to steak. Best options are the more low-key entrees such as fried oysters, fish and chips, burgers. The Squire does not take reservations – it is strictly a first come – first serve establishment!
Red Nun: (website) (508-348-0469). Doesn’t take reservations – too small! Best burger on the Cape; great local hangout.
Cape Sea Grille: (website) (508-432-4745) Harwich Port, about a 15-minute drive. Cape Sea Grille features mouth watering coastal cuisine. It is an elegant atmosphere and every time we go, we are absolutely blown away by the food.
Buca’s: (website) (508-432-6900) Harwich, about a 10-minute drive. Despite the casual atmosphere complete with fairy lights and red-checked tablecloths, Buca’s serves up exceptional Northern Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. The menu is extensive and selecting a dish can be tough, but whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong at Buca’s. This is not red sauce Italian – it is more “gourmet” with great seafood, veal, chicken, steak, and homemade pasta dishes. They also have an award-winning wine list.
28 Atlantic: (website) – (508-430-3000) 3 miles down the street at the Wequassett Inn. If a view is what you are after, 28 Atlantic is hands down the place to go. Often, the food and service are compromised when a restaurant has such a spectacular view to fall back on, but this is far from the case here. It is pricey, but when all is said and done, 28 Atlantic is worth every penny.
The Beacon: (website) (508-255-2211) (closed Tuesday until May 1) Open for lunch and dinner and Sunday Brunch. Wide selection of pasta, seafood, chicken and beef. Great cranberry walnut salad. Very attentive service and great bar.
Captain Linnell House: (website) 508-255-3400. Romantic grand house on Skaket Beach Rd. Has a prix fixe from September to June or a la carte. Heavy on seafood specialties; always good.
Barley Neck Inn: (website) (866-972-9040). Varied menu with some Asian fusion influence, great seafood, pastas and burgers. Definite casual and fun place.
The Red Pheasant Inn: (website) (508-385-2133) –about a 30-minute drive, located on gorgeous 6A in Dennis. The Red Pheasant is a very romantic 200-year-old Cape barn with lovely gardens. The cuisine is eclectic offering fresh local seafood, a game dish, roast duckling, and a chicken dish. The desserts are yummy and large and the NE Cherrystone chowder is terrific.
Ocean House: (website) 508-394-0700 – about half hour away – but definitely worth it. Upscale restaurant overlooking Nantucket Sound. Beautiful menu and very attentive staff.
Oyster Company: (website) 508-398-4600. Grow their own oysters – check website for bargains. Great place for seafood lovers and land lovers alike. Chowder, calamari and raw bar outstanding. Check them out! The owner has his own oyster beds.