What makes a great restaurant?
Well, that’s in the eye of the beholder.
Here’s our list of 41 that made the grade, chefs making waves, and new eateries to watch.
What to Expect: Seafood dishes and an extensive raw bar What is New This Year: Pintxos (tapas) on Wednesdays and Thursdays What You Might Not Know: There is a 20-person capacity wine cellar for private parties.
400 Main St., Hyannis, 508-778-6500
What to Expect: Great steak and continental cuisine in one of the most beautifully situated dining rooms anywhere What is New This Year: The hot rock, salt block concept, where diners can prepare their own meal at their table, will extend to more entrées beyond the tuna. They will prepare sauce of Chateau Briand tableside
What You Might Not Know: Rolls out first full season of produce from its newly purchased farm in Brewster.
297 Shore Rd., Chatham, 508-945-0096
What to Expect: Fine Northern Italian cuisine and wine list What is New This Year: Chef Darek Hawtt brings a fresh new perspective What You Might Not Know: The building had been a goose hummock hunting shack years ago and before that, served
as the Orleans police commissioner’s cottage.
22 Main St., East Orleans, 508-255-8547
What to Expect: Continental cuisine in a beautiful town square setting What is New This Year: “We don’t do changes that are obvious,” says owner Josh Christian What You Might Not Know: Name is derived from the Beatles white album song of the same name.
37 N. Main St., Falmouth, 508-540-3730
What to Expect: Some of the best seafood around What is New This Year: They started their own charcuterie, making their own bacon, guanciale, and coppa. What You Might Not Know: It was a fish market when owner Vernon Smith opened it nearly 30 years ago.
2208 Main St., Brewster, 508-896-7867
(formerly Cranberry’s Restaurant)
What to Expect: Unique European pub fare
What is New This Year: New name. New chef Ashley Sadler What You Might Not Know: It has a spacious outdoor deck with a bar area, and weekly live entertainment.
618 MacArthur Blvd., Pocasset, 508-392-9620
What to Expect: An eclectic fusion and a great wine list in a quaint setting
What is New This Year: Organic chicken and grass-fed beef in the menu What You Might Not Know: No one but Donna has ever made the homemade marinara sauce.
230 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-9715
What to Expect: A heralded downtown Hyannis destination with consistently quality cuisine
What is New This Year: Chef Ken Van Buren debuts a new, lighter fare menu What You Might Not Know: In the 1950s, the building was the office for the Kennedy family doctor.
488 South St., Hyannis, 508-775-2386
What to Expect: Great views, impeccable service, innovative cuisine What is New This Year: Chef James Hackney is offering a new tasting menu this year that will enable diners to experience the selections as a group What You Might Not Know: The Jazz Festival, held Tuesdays and Wednesday nights in the garden terrace abutting the restaurant, is celebrating its tenth year. Route 28 on Pleasant Bay,
What to Expect: Consistently good food made from scratch in one of the most opulent inns on the Cape.
149 Main St., Sandwich, 508-888-3622
What to Expect: This tiny restaurant has big
ambitions for its Italian menu What You Might Not Know: Named after the owner’s daughter.
702 Main St., West Dennis, 508-398-6672
What to Expect: Traditional Tuscan cuisine with a modern flair in a casual atmosphere
What is New This Year: Their annual trip to Tuscany, this year to the heart of the Chianti Classico region, has yielded some new unique dishes on the menu What You Might Not Know: The stand in their parking lot, Depot Dogs, serves up hot dogs made especially for them by third generation sausage makers in Lynn.
4 Depot Rd., Harwich, 508-432-6900
What to Expect: Fine continental cuisine with a comprehensive wine and cocktail list.
429 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508- 487-1500
What to Expect: Cozy downtown locale featuring Caribbean influenced cuisine
What is New This Year: A major “reboot” with new décor (Jamaican Rasta colors of yellow, red and green), a significantly new dinner menu, and new cocktails like scorpion bowls What You Might Not Know: The roots of the Island Merchant go back to its first two years at its Ocean Street location.
302 Main St., Hyannis, 508-771-1337
What to Expect: New American in a contemporary atmosphere
What is New This Year: Interior has been remodeled with new paint, new flooring, and new art on the walls What You Might Not Know: The restaurant is named after the Five Bays of Osterville: North, East, West, Cotuit and the little known Phinney’s Bay.
825 Main St., Osterville, 508-420-5559
What to Expect: Fantastic American cuisine in a cozy rustic inn overlooking Provincetown Harbor
What is New This Year: A live jazz brunch What You Might Not Know: It has been the Red Inn since 1915.
15 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-7334
What to Expect: Upscale Mexican street food in a cozy metropolitan setting.
What is New This Year: Taco Tuesdays What You Might Not Know: They squeeze more than 6,000 limes per week for their house Margarita mix.
188 Main St., Falmouth, 508-388-7631
What to Expect: Some of the best seafood around
What is New This Year: They have raised the second-floor ceiling and refurbished the floors.
What You Might Not Know: Chef Martha Kane went to Mass Art in Boston and has a BFA in photography. But her first job was making salads in the kitchen at Oliver’s.
800 Main St., Dennis, 508-385-2096
What to Expect: Casual seafood and raw bar
What’s New This Year: New bands will be performing during happy hour Thurs.-Sun. from
3 to 5 p.m. What You May Not Know: The peaked roof over the kitchen is the original A frame from the Spit and Chatter Club which was located across the street until 1959.
250 Commercial St., Wellfleet, 508-349-2999
What to Expect: Inventive fusion cuisine in a
cozy but modern atmosphere.
89 Old Colony Way, Orleans, 508-255-8144
What to Expect: Contemporary dishes in a refurbished church
What is New This Year: A new bar and lounge area called C.W.’s on the premises.
What You Might Not Know: The chef’s stove, not the bar, is where the altar once was, and they do house the liquor in the confessional.
8 Jarves St., Sandwich, 508-888-8550
What to Expect: Traditional food from Emilia Romagna, a North Eastern Italian region
What is New This Year: Hopes to sell some of their own pasta What You Might Not Know: Owner Sara Toselli started the restaurant two years out of college.
133 Main St., Falmouth, 508-540-1616
What to Expect: Features both Italian- and French-influenced dishes in a rustic bistro setting
What is New This Year: Expanding their catering division, and starting a farm-to-table mobile kitchen, for lunch at Truro Vineyards
What You Might Not Know: The building used to be a blacksmith shop.
17 Truro Center Rd., Truro, 508-349-3399
What to Expect: Contemporary American
grille in a picturesque setting on Provincetown Harbor.
237 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-8878
What to Expect: Modern and traditional French cuisine in a modern casual setting
What is New This Year: The enclosed patio is finished, as is a new wine cellar
What You Might Not Know: They may be French, but they aren’t “scary or overly expensive,” according to chef Frederic Feufeu.
10 Market St., Mashpee, 508-539-7907
What to Expect: A destination for fusion and great seafood.
71 Water St., Woods Hole, 508-457-3100
What to Expect: Inventive cuisine featuring steak and seafood in a gorgeous location.
What is New This Year: Miss Scarlett’s Farm is going to be growing bok choi and Chinese water spinach exclusively for Ocean House and the white décor that was previously only in the porch is now throughout the entire restaurant
425 Old Wharf Rd., Dennisport, 508-394-0700
What to Expect: Creative cuisine in a lovely space on Route 6A
What is New This Year: Chef Toby Hill What You Might Not Know: The owner is an accomplished jazz singer.
43 Main St., Rte. 6A, Yarmouth Port, 774-330-0000
What to Expect: Fine dining cuisine in a hip setting.
554 Rte. 6, Wellfleet, 508-349-7500
What to Expect: Multi-course inclusive fine dining menu as well as an a la carte menu
What is New This Year: Nightly changing tasting dinner, with or without wine pairings, both in the dining rooms and the outside gazebo, which will feature more seating
What You Might Not Know: Chef/owner Nitzi Rabin studied The Cordon Bleu and La Varenne in Paris, which led to working in kitchens with Guy Savoy.
2449 Main St., Brewster, 508-896-3640
What to Expect: Excellent food in a historical building.
137 Skaket Beach Rd., Orleans,
What to Expect: New American and seafood dishes in a historic setting
What is New This Year: Will be using Hemeon’s Farm and Stand for apples, plums, peaches and grapes
What You Might Not Know: In an 1852 sea captain’s home.
31 Sea St., Harwich Port, 508-432-4745
What to Expect: Romantic upscale atmosphere with inventive food.
What is New This Year: Menu will feature more seafood, and will be conscious of and specify where appropriate where food is sourced
What You Might Not Know: Captain Joseph Taylor built the inn from the fortune he made selling the famous clipper ship he built, called the Red Jacket, in Liverpool, England.
5 Beach Rd., Orleans, 508-255-0212
What to Expect: Smaller plates (tapas) with an extensive wine list
What is New This Year: Hoping to expand to an upstairs area for additional seating What You Might Not Know: Chef Jamie Spencer was a sous chef at Grille 23 in Boston before taking over here.
25 Market St., Mashpee, 508-477-0055
What to Expect: Game, fowl and fish in a unique barn atmosphere
What is New This Year: Focusing more on sustainable fish and its produce from CapeAbilities
What You Might Not Know: The owners’ daughter Rebecca painted the murals throughout the restaurant when she was 22.
905 Rte. 6A, Dennis, 508-385-2133
What to Expect: Great seafood What is New This Year: Stephen Dill is the new head sushi chef, and Jared Chianciola is the new head chef in the kitchen. They have added a heated awning over the outdoor patio areas to extend their season through late November
What You Might Not Know: The building was built in 1857 and became the Wellfleet Market Co. around the turn of the century. In the 1960s it was called “Ye olde helpee, selfee laundry” complete with coin-operated laundry machines.
91 Commercial St., Wellfleet, 508-349-6333
What to Expect: Fabulous sushi and other Japanese cuisine.
157 Main St., Yarmouth Port, 508-362-5522
What to Expect: Great American cuisine with wood-fired pizza What is New This Year: Adobo spiced yellowfin tuna on the blackboard menu
What You Might Not Know: Maria Pollio works in the kitchen with her two brothers, who are twins.
907 Main St., Chatham, 508-945-9988
What to Expect Creative and traditional Italian food from an inventive up-and-coming chef What is New This Year: More varieties of homemade raviolis, including one with a poached egg inside
What You Might Not Know: Owners Sasha and Diego Gerardi were 20 and 22 years old when they started their business.
902 Rte. 28, South Yarmouth, 508-394-3111
What to Expect: Quaint dining in a French bistro heralded for its otherworldly pastries
What’s New This Year: Chef Simon Rouget, who has worked in both Las Vegas and Paris What You Might Not Know: Taking her cues from the streets of Lyon, France, Kate Dickerson has created a mural in the form of a classic French street scene. References to the chef’s family are hidden throughout.
15 Lecount Hollow Dr., Wellfleet, 508-349-1600