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.
An island institution, famous for its harbor views from its glassed-in dining room and upstairs decks, and for its seafood chili, a spicy assortment of shellfish in a thick stock. Most entrees are classic seafood dishes—reasonably priced by island standards—though meat and chicken are also served. Native Menemsha lobster is a specialty. There is an upstairs pub with a lighter menu and nightly entertainment. The restaurant, located next to Memorial Wharf, remains open through mid-October and is a popular island establishment.
Acclaimed as one of the best dining establishments on the island, Lambert's features a rotating menu featuring such entrees as grilled honey orange duck breast served on a bed of caramelized onions with fruit chutney and sautéed Halibut Veronique with seedless green grapes, mushrooms, shallots, lemon and vermouth. For a great finish indulge in white chocolate cheesecake, banana foster crepes or Creme Brulee. Also on offer are a variety of wines, beer and delicious cocktails. The elegant dining room, in the Lambert's Cove Country Inn, has lots of windows, hardwood floors and a fireplace. It offers a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend an elegant evening.
A visit to Martha's Vineyard is not complete without stopping at the popular Black Dog Tavern, if only so you can say you have been. This simply decorated restaurant has pine floors and old beams, and its wooden tables are packed pretty tightly together. This place is not for the claustrophobic, nor for the diner needing a quick meal, especially in-season when the wait for a table is an hour at the minimum. The main menu items are fresh fish and vegetables, each from local sources. You can bring your own wine or beer.
Settle into your seat under the awning on the wrap-around deck and watch the sun set while you dig into a bowl of sweet steamers drenched in butter. Ahhhh...this is Cape Cod at its best. Finding Mattakeese Wharf is worth the effort; located on a side street (off Route 6A) that dead-ends at the harbor, this is a summertime favorite with superb seafood and a full liquor license. Inside seating is an option, but set your sights on the deck where you can watch over the harbor.
Locally known as "Poppy", the Popponesset Inn Restaurant is a friendly dining spot in Mashpee that attracts locals and tourists who love its brilliantly cooked seafood preparations. Watch the waves lap the shore as you dine outdoors and sample the fine array of dishes laid on the table. catering orders are taken here. Private ceremonies and parties are also organized.
Offering stunning vistas of the Nantucket Sound, The Skipper Restaurant & Chowder House is an established name in the dining scene of cape Cod. It operates between April to October and serves some unforgettable seafood entrees that would make you want to return again and again. The specialty entree here is the Crab Roll. Other amazing dishes include the Lobster Ravioli, Yellow-fin Tuna Steak, oysters and Fried Scallops.
A delightful restaurant for seafood-enthusiasts, Lobster Trap is perfect for groups and families. True to its name, the lobster is the main specialty here that is topped with vegetables and potatoes. The Pan-Seared Seafood Pasta and the Yellow-fin Tuna Pad Thai are other popular dishes on the menu. They also accommodate vegetarians and vegans. Dine outdoors and watch the gentle waves hit the shores as you savor every bite of the meal.