Cape Cod restaurants to try this summer that are on the waterfront

While driving on the Scenic Highway in Bourne recently, I noticed cars parked in the clamshell dirt and crashed lot of The Seafood Shanty.

That could only mean one thing: the seafood shack owned by Johnny and Tish Economides for 30 years was open for the season! It was time for a lobster roll because The Seafood Shanty was one of five places voted best lobster roll by Cape Cod Times readers last year.

Seeing The Seafood Shanty open made me think of other Cape Town restaurants that have recently reopened. This led me to make a list of all the classic places on Cape Cod that I will share with summer visitors. What if there aren’t enough visitors? No worries, I can perfectly content myself with sipping a bellini at the table for one person.

Here are some of the seasonal places – all on the waterfront – that I plan to visit this summer and why:

From the archive: Cape Cod restaurants: Ocean House chef Tom Woods cooks pan-Asian dishes, with help from Ming Tsai

Address: 425 Old Wharf Road, Dennis Port

Contact: 508-394-0700;

Why is it on the list: Tom Woods, executive chef of The Ocean House, worked with celebrity chef Ming Tsai and Woods was tasked with creating an amuse-bouche – a small bite of flavor and creativity that was served to special diners. This early influence on Woods can be tasted in The Ocean House menu which focuses on fresh seafood layered with a pan-Asian influence in dishes such as Ahi Tuna Wonton Nachos ($21) and Tempura Lobster Maki priced at $20. day.

Ocean House co-owner Janet Barbato said there’s a new menu this year and live entertainment every night at the Ocean House Beach Bar, which features a mix of Hawaiian and Mexican flavors and techniques. Look for dishes such as grilled coconut shrimp ($25), jumbo shrimp with a sweet tamarind dip. “Fun and fresh and current and different,” Barbato says of the menu, which she says makes things “a bit tropical on Nantucket Sound.”

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Address:286 Grand Avenue, Falmouth

Contact: 508-548-7800;

Why is it on the list: Located directly on the beach in Falmouth Heights, Soprano’s Casino By The Sea features two levels of indoor and outdoor dining and views that overlook Vineyard Sound all the way to Martha’s Vineyard. “At night you can see the sunset over the Nobska Lighthouse in Woods Hole,” says manager Keath Driscoll, noting that Casino By The Sea has added free valet parking and more seafood dishes – including including bianco seafood ($45.95) with shrimp, scallops and lobster in a garlic-herb white wine sauce on angel hair.

From the archive: A review of Pearl in 2014

Address: 250 Commercial Street, Wellfleet

Contact: 508-349-2999;

Why is it on the list: An open-air kitchen rising to a peaked roof at Pearl creates a modern feel in a historic building. According to Pearl’s website, the structure was originally the Spit & Chatter Club, then moved across the street and was redesigned to become the famous Captain Higgins restaurant. At Pearl, there is an abundance of outdoor dining, including a covered patio that adjoins the marsh. Spectacular harbor views include the main wharf, city pier, Mayo Beach and Great Island. The menu starts with a raw sea bass offering Wellfleet oysters for $15 a half-dozen and has a heavy emphasis on local seafood. The lunch and dinner menu includes fried fish and a dozen salads, with dishes like Spicy Paella ($27) and New England Shrimp and Grits ($25). Yes, there is chicken and beef for those who like the view but don’t eat fish.

Address: 357 Sesuit Neck Road, Dennis

Contact: 508-385-6134;

From the archive: Readers’ Choice: 5 Best Places to Get a Lobster Roll on Cape Cod

Why is it on the list: Six ounces of lobster meat tossed with mayonnaise and celery, served in a grilled hot dog roll with lettuce, tomato and, on the side, fries and handmade coleslaw, put Sesuit Harbor Cafe on the list of best lobster rolls last year.

But I love that you can eat this treat at picnic tables, on the rocks, or on 64-passenger lunch and dinner cruises from the cafe next door for which the cafe offers catering. Sesuit Harbor Cafe, in its 22nd season, was started by JC and Jo-Ann Cuchetti.

Visit the map room: Cape Cod Restaurants: Waterfront Chart Room is a seasonal tradition at Cataumet Marina

Address: 1 Shipyard Lane, Cataumet at Kingman Yacht Center (put this in your GPS)

Contact: 508-563-5350;

Why is it on the list: In addition to lunch and dinner, the Chart Room serves a light bar menu – sandwiches, chowder and drinks – whenever the restaurant is open so that sailors coming by boat can cruise for a little sustenance. Does anyone else hear Jimmy Buffett music playing? The idea of ​​going to dinner on a boat seems quintessential Cape Cod, as does the Chart Room’s rich, creamy chowder and overflowing lobster sandwich (on bread, not a bun!). On a recent evening, the menu included haddock chowder, Cotuit oysters and grilled salmon.

Chart Room had dining on deck before the pandemic left everyone eager to eat out. The atmosphere is laid back, which means no one will look twice if you show up in shorts and boat shoes. While there are daily specials, they don’t stray from the seafood-heavy menu.

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When asked if there were any changes for summer 2022, Chart Room co-owner David Jarvis said: “We’re pretty much maintaining the course of what’s been successful for us over the past 49 last years.”

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