With two Provincetown waterfront dining rooms and the Top of the Pot cocktail room, The Lobster Pot offers wonderful views along with prize-winning food. Open nearly year round, this restaurant offers the award-winning Tim's Clam Chowder and won a "Best Of" award from Cape Cod Life. The fresh seafood here is delicious, and chances are you'll see it being brought into the harbor on fishing boats. Ordering their chowder and lobster, and sitting by the water (especially at sunset) will provide a quintessentially great Cape Cod evening.
You will find this restaurant tucked away behind Commercial Street, down a clamshell alleyway and through a portal in a trellis that opens into a patio and garden. Inside is a very cozy, wine cellar with low ceilings, complete with hanging Chianti wicker basket bottles. This is the main fireside dining area for this sumptuous, legendary Provincetown eating experience. Upstairs, the Tuscany Room is decorated with paintings for sale, and an award-winning bartender offers you all manner of drinks. The food, mostly Northern Italian, is superb.
One side of this landmark is an old-fashioned restaurant complete with high-backed booths and red carpeting. The other side features a huge bar and room to mingle. The food is good in either venue. Steak, seafood and chowder are staples in the dining room, while lighter fare is the norm at the bar, where the focus is more on drinking. Cape Cod restaurants come and go, but this popular spot, especially at night, remains a fun place to grab a bite or share a drink with friends.
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.
Perched on the edge of a marsh across from Gull Pond Road on Route 6 in Wellfleet, Moby Dick's comes as a welcome surprise to the hungry tourist. Unassuming and simple in decor—benches and plastic tablecloths—this family restaurant offers good, simply prepared seafood at a very reasonable price. You can spread out and make a mess (using the plastic bibs) while cracking open the fresh lobster or clams, or chewing corn on the cob, so this is a particularly child-friendly eating environment.
One of New England's liveliest haunts, The Beachcomber is more than just good food and drinks. Located on Cahoon Hallow Beach, this is where you can enjoy a fine meal and drink with the view of the horizon. Find a table amidst the sandy shore, or head indoors for a quieter, more intimate experience. Take your pick from its seemingly limitless options of spirits and beers, or opt for one of the signature cocktails to get things started. The food menu comprises a choice of contemporary favorites, of which the Beachcomber Burger, Eastham Mussels and Swordfish Steak are not-to-be-missed. To top it all, live bands and DJs raise the energy levels, with a selection of classic and modern hits.
This restaurant and lounge offers Italian fare and fresh local seafood. Choices range from prime rib to lobster, Chicken Parmigiana to asparagus ravioli. They offer a full range of liquor, wine and beer. The staff is personable and attentive. The diverse clientele can enjoy a weekend lounge act that combines singing with a very sharp comedic tongue. Though the wait for a table can be up to an hour during summer, it is generally worthwhile. Try the fried calamari.
Perfect for a family outing, Top Mast Cafe is a small restaurant that serves American breakfasts and hearty meals. Operating only during the summer season, this place is thronged by locals as well as tourists. Try the Lobster Benedict, Banana Pecan Pancakes or the Cinnamon Buns for breakfast. There is a small patio outside where you can enjoy the fine weather.