20 New Restaurants to Check Out Now

1. Bucatino Restaurant and Wine Bar

North Falmouth

Between the friendly staff and the warm glow of Edison bulbs over the bar, diners, especially Italian-food lovers, will feel right at home here. Standout appetizers include the prosciutto-wrapped melon with goat cheese and the grande meatball with a three-cheese filling. For a main course, try the grilled center-cut beef tenderloin topped with a pancetta-sweet onion jam and Barolo wine sauce. Our prediction? Bucatino has long-lasting success in its future.­ —Lannan O’Brien

7 Nathan Ellis Highway, North Falmouth, 508-566-8960, bucawinebar.com

2. Chatham Filling Station


This pristine, retro diner serves fresh breakfast and lunch items in a lively, family-friendly setting. At tables or at the counter, order items such as old-fashioned corned beef hash, breakfast sandwiches or huevos rancheros—two eggs with ranchero sauce, avocado and feta. The renovated space, owned by Ric and Caren Morse, is decorated with gas station memorabilia and a giant mural with local references to the town—Chatham clocks, sharks, fishermen, and the Coast Guard rescue boat CG36500. —Lisa Leigh Connors

75 Old Harbor Road, Chatham, 508-945-4380, chathamfillingstation.com

3. Clean Slate Eatery

West Dennis

Michael and Suz Karchmer

Inside the casual and modern space, diners sit at a counter and watch chef/owner Jason Montigel and his staff prepare delicious works of art. Two menus, traditional and vegetarian, are inspired by the freshest ingredients. Wine and beer pairings are optional. This year, Montigel plans to switch up his menu monthly, rather than weekly, to allow more meal-planning time. Expect surprises and an unforgettable experience at this 15-seat restaurant. Reservations required. —Lisa Leigh Connors

702 Route 28, West Dennis, 508-292-8817, cleanslateatery.com

4. Mom & Pops Burgers


Michael and Suz Karchmer

This fun, vibrant restaurant offers fresh, delicious and high-quality food. Standout items include pressed and steamed burgers, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, chocolate, vanilla, swirl and coffee frappes, hand-cut fries and Mom’s homemade Lumpia—hand-rolled Filipino pork eggrolls served with sweet chili sauce—their best-selling specialty item. The restaurant butchers, grinds and patties its own special blend of meat in-house daily. Enjoy frozen sangrias, craft beer offerings and outside seating this summer. —Lisa Leigh Connors

1603 Main St., Chatham, 774-840-4144, momandpopschatham.com

5. 10 Yen

Harwich Port

Marina Davalos

Customers can sit at the exclusive six-seat sushi bar and watch chef/owner Michael Jacek as he carves and serves up his favorite: fresh nigiri. Chef Benjamin Swift and sous chef Chris Rugg are the powerhouses in the kitchen, cooking up delectables such as ginger soy pork belly Ramen noodles and vegetable gyoza: Japanese-style dumplings, pan-fried and steamed, filled with roasted cabbage, mushrooms and carrots. Bartender Felipe Muñoz serves up craft cocktails featuring unexpected ingredients like cucumber and matcha honey. —Marina Davalos

554 Route 28, Harwich Port, 774-209-3160, 10yenharwichport.com

6. The West End


Jen Villa

The former Paddock in Hyannis has been reinvented by owners Jen Villa and David Noble into a jazzy new restaurant with a speakeasy vibe, purple walls in the parlor and zinc table tops in the dining room. Swing and big band music set the tone. Executive chef Ken Van Buren and chef Drew Egy use local ingredients and work with the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, bringing only local seafood to the table. Fun cocktails and mocktails. A weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch offers a buffet. —Marina Davalos

20 Scudder Ave., Hyannis, 508-775-7677, westendhyannis.com

7. Fishermen’s View


Owned by local fishermen Bob and Denny Colbert and entering its third year, this very special spot right on the canal serves the freshest seafood available. Kick back and gaze out at the lively parade of boats while enjoying local oysters or tuna sashimi from the raw bar. Move on to grilled shark tacos as an appetizer, followed by a generous grilled swordfish steak or subtly spiced fried seafood and excellent fries. On a stool at the extra-long bar, you’re sure to be mesmerized by the view and spoiled by the bar crew. —Janice Randall Rohlf

20 Freezer Road, Sandwich, 508-591-0088, fishermensview.com

8. Garde East

Vineyard Haven

Overlooking the harbor from Vineyard Haven Marina, Garde East, the Vineyard’s newest waterfront restaurant, features French-inspired seafood dishes and more, including Crescent Farm duck breast and rib-eye steak. Chef Carlos Montoya sources the freshest catch and local ingredients for his ever-changing menu. —Marina Davalos

52 Beach Road at Vineyard Haven Marina, 508-687-9926, gardeeast.com

9. Next Door Burger Bar


Lannan O’Brien

There’s a hip, urban vibe in this pink Victorian in Sandwich Village. The patties here are thick and juicy, made with a blend of fresh ground chuck and short rib. The Boardwalk is a simple eight-ouncer without any fixings, while The Butchers Burger comes with blue cheese, shaved Prosciutto, tomato and arugula, bacon and a sunny-side-up egg; a bunless option, The Healthy One, is served with goat cheese, arugula and marinated tomato. Truffle and parmesan fries make the perfect add-on. —Lannan O’Brien

8 Jarves St., Sandwich, 508-888-3746, nextdoorburgerbar.com

10. Vers


Michael and Suz Karchmer

The sleek, modern restaurant, with gray hues and pops of orange is much larger than its previous location at the Chatham Orpheum Theater—57 seats vs. 19. Diners will still find signature dishes like the vegetable garden salad, tuna tartare, rib-eye steak, homemade ricotta gnocchi, and of course, the popular dessert Truth or Dare—a surprise special for two. This summer, Vers introduces a new bar menu with smaller, more casual bites like the Vers vegetable burger, a favorite from its Chatham location.

15 Cove Road, Orleans, 774-561-2185, verscapecod.com

11. Strangers & Saints


Owners Fred and Steven Latasa-Nicks created an experience where people can lounge on leather couches, amidst décor reminiscent of old captains’ ships, and share meals. The “something to share” part of the menu at the hip restaurant offers crafted dishes like the saffron-poached lobster, served in a stew of grano, linguica and smoked tomatoes; and seared scallops over Moroccan-spiced chickpeas with a smoked tomato broth. Chef Bethany Gregory is known for her ham and cheese croquettes, and she also serves up vegan options. Bartender Billy Weston created an entire craft cocktail menu, serving drinks with names such as Billy Bradford, Wampanoag Gimlet and Matriarch Billington. —Marina Davalos

404 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-1449, strangersandsaints.com

12. Downtown Bistro


The inviting, fully renovated 60-seat dining area and 14-seat bar bustle with devoted regulars and first-timers who appreciate the custom leather seating and warm wood tabletops. Head chef and Cape Cod native Tommy Fuller creates a sushi of the day, as well as other Asian-inspired dishes like crab-lobster sliders and seared tuna tataki. For patrons preferring continental items, there are many delicious options, including penne à la vodka, grilled filet mignon and New York steak au poivre. —Marjorie Naylor Pitts

372 Main St., Hyannis, 508-827-7760, downtown-bistro.com

13. Viv’s Kitchen


Lisa Cavanaugh

An instant success, Mike and Vivian Dufresne’s year-old eatery serves American fare made from scratch for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Mike cooks a top round daily for steak and cheese subs as well as for Brazilian specialties that Vivian grew up eating. Viv’s mother and a friend come in each morning to make items like Marmitas, a plate of shrimp, pork, chicken or steak with rice and beans, or a fish stew known as Moqueca. “We want our customers to taste something new,” says Viv. —Lisa Cavanaugh

130 Route 6A, Orleans, 508-255-3354, vivskitchencc.com

14. Ceraldi


Although not new in the traditional sense, this farm-to-table restaurant is still new to a lot of people. As an art student, Michael Ceraldi lived in Florence, Italy, where farm-to-table was normal, not a fad, says Ceraldi, who curates only locally grown, fished or foraged food for the twice-nightly seatings in his 40-seat Wellfleet restaurant. The seven-course, prix-fixe menu changes nightly, highlighting ingredients sourced that day and always starting off with oysters—usually Lucky Lips Loagy Bay. A “typical” entrée could be striped bass with Nestwood Farm chard, Longnook Meadows Farm tomato and eggplant, and garden fennel and basil. Wine and beer pairings are also available. —Marina Davalos

15 Kendrick Ave., Wellfleet, 508-237-9811, ceraldicapecod.com


15. The Pheasant


The restaurant formerly known as The Red Pheasant is under new ownership, and officially reopened this month as The Pheasant. Erica and Adam Dunn have reinvented the menu featuring dishes made with high-quality ingredients from local farms and purveyors with a unique Cape Cod twist. The couple is excited to build upon the legacy of longtime owners Bill and Denise Atwood and are looking forward to creating new memories for customers for another 40 years. —Lisa Leigh Connors

905 Main St., Dennis, 508-385-2133, pheasantcapecod.com

16. Crisp Too


Osterville’s CRISP Flatbread has a second location in the same town, featuring counter service, 15 seats for in-house dining and the same flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, salads and appetizers that the original CRISP is known for. It also has the same rustic décor and an identical pizza oven. All ingredients are made in-house, from cheeses to salad dressings, and chef Jimmy Supka only uses nitrate-free meats. Enjoy a beer or a glass of wine. Added bonus: CRISP Too also offers slices. —Marina Davalos

770 Main St., Osterville, 508-681-0922, crispflatbread.com

17. Spinnaker


The restaurant at Spinnaker B&B (formerly the Bramble Inn) is open to the public for dinner. In the refreshed 18th-century sea captain’s house, new owners Chef Rob and Andrea DeSimone offer a Mediterranean-influenced menu that includes housemade pasta, riffs on local seafood like Chatham clams with fennel sausage, and heartier dishes like roasted duck ragu. Start with Spinnaker’s signature Pamplemousse Spritz—gin, grapefruit juice and rosemary simple syrup—perfect to sip on the patio, and end with the heavenly brioche bread pudding. —Janice Randall Rohlf

Spinnaker, 2019 Main St., Brewster, 508-896-7644, spincape.com

18. Liz’s Café


Owner Liz Lovati, who also owns Angel Foods market, has discovered the recipe for success: Serve affordable comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a warm and sunny atmosphere, with a dash of good cheer. Designer and Provincetown resident Ken Fulk inspired the historic maritime theme that includes a big ship’s wheel behind the Dory Bar and 1940s chairs. Try the fried chicken and waffles, hash and eggs with home fries or lobster benedict for breakfast and you won’t be disappointed. —Lisa Leigh Connors

31 Bradford St., Provincetown, 508-413-9131, lizscafeptown.com

19. Afterhouse Seafood Bistro & Wine Bar


David Silva, third-generation owner of Galley Beach, along with executive chef W. Scott Osif and director of operations Kevin Anderson, opened Afterhouse in 2017. Sample local oysters at the raw bar; try squid, mackerel or sardines from around the world served right in the tin; or dig into a lobster roll. Set in a historic 1840s building on Broad Street, one of Nantucket’s newest hot spots takes its name from a structure on whaling ships where weary fishermen would come in from the elements and eat, drink and tell stories. —Marina Davalos

18 Broad St., 508-825-5450, afterhouse.net

20. Mac’s Market & Kitchen


Ayear ago, Mac Hay opened this casual market and seafood café serving Mac’s clam chowder (pork and gluten-free), Portuguese kale soup, ceviche, steamed shellfish, raw bar items and lobster rolls. Prepared deli salads and sides to go include kale Caesar salad with curried chick peas, fish and crab cakes, and smoked salmon and bluefish—all the makings for a delicious beach picnic or dinner. “It’s very casual, fun and evolving,” says Hay. Catering is available.
—Marjorie Naylor Pitts

4680 State Highway, Route 6, Eastham, 508-255-6900, macsseafood.com

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