You'll probably experience the best meal you will ever have in this 200-year-old barn. The cozy restaurant serves American and French cuisine and uses local produce and ingredients whenever possible. The menu changes with the seasons but entrées can include duckling, lamb, veal and salmon. The fireplaces, glass and pottery by Cape Cod artists and the lush flower garden make for a romantic dinner setting. The wine list here is extensive and superb. Reservations are required.
After the original Dan'l Webster Inn burned down, the proprietors decided to rebuild true to the style of the historic structure. The result is a 20th-century inn, pub and restaurant that retains much of the colonial charm of its forbearer. Dining venues include an atrium setting, formal dining room and pub. Seafood is a specialty but the menu also boasts plenty of vegetarian offerings. Brunch in the atrium is popular as is the fare in the cozy pub, where you can get wood-grilled pizzas, burgers and chowder while you hang out and soak up the ambiance.
Management at this casual eatery understands that most patrons prefer outdoor seating, so the decks are chock-full of tables overlooking the harbor. This establishment has two large bars and lounges and three dining areas. Watch the Nantucket ferries come and go as you try the lobster roll, the rich and creamy clam chowder or abundant sandwiches. Heartier fare complements the evening menu. Tugboat's is a great refuge, even on rainy days. A popular nightspot, head for the tiny upstairs bar where folks at the bar swill tropical drinks to music with a Caribbean beat.
The scenic dinner train is the Cape's entry in the novelty dining experience category. Dress up for a three-hour tour among cranberry bogs and marshes in a restored 1937 dinner coach. From Hyannis, the train crosses the canal and then stops in Bourne while you consume your entrée choice, usually steak, chicken, fish, or pasta. The Elegant Dinner Train was named one of the top three nationwide by the Food Network Dining on the Train. A full bar is available.
Flying Bridge is a particularly appropriate name for this longtime Falmouth favorite because, like the flying bridge on a boat, the dining room offers a wide open view of the harbor and ocean beyond. Falmouth's Inner Harbor is one of the busiest on the Cape, so there's plenty of action to watch from a seat on the outside deck. In addition to its large dining room, there are also several intimate cocktail lounges. Talented local bands rock the house several nights a week during summer months.
When you're on Martha's Vineyard and craving a pint, stop by the Offshore Ale Company for a locally-brewed beer and a bite to eat. The menu features all sorts of pub favorites like seafood, burgers and pizza, including a never-ending supply of peanuts. There's always live music and special events, so check out their schedule for the latest goings-on. Don't forget to toss those peanut shells directly on the floor - it's encouraged!