If you are a foodie looking for a hidden gem on the Cape to try some delicious eats this summer this is the list for you! A few are open year-round, but many of these restaurants are seasonal and just gearing up for the spring/summer season. They are all special in their own way with the freshest New England seafood, specialty items, homemade baked goods and local ingredients.
We chose these restaurants based on reviews, our own experiences and their overall unique charm and fresh menus. They are all a must-try on your next trip to the Cape!
Hidden Gem Restaurants on the Cape – 10 Winners!
Pain D’Avignon Restaurant Boulangerie (Hyannis)
This bakery makes everything delicious, including their perfect homemade breads and pastries. They use only the highest quality ingredients and bake fresh daily. They have a cafe that becomes a fine dining bistro at night. Beyond this they also offer their delicious baked goods at various Farmers Markets throughout the Cape. They have been recognized by The Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Magazine, Wine Spectator, Cape Cod Life, Saveur Magazine, Edible Cape Cod and Cape Cod Times.
This special restaurant has been around since 1957. They offer the freshest seafood in a casual waterfront setting. The restaurant actually sits over the water (so cool!) and has a dock attached that boats can pull up to grab a bite. They also have indoor seating and some of the best Bloody Mary’s around!
Wicked Oyster (Wellfleet)
The Wicked Oyster has a little bit of everything from the freshest seafood, to burgers and everything in between. They serve up simple tasty dishes in a laid back true to the Cape setting. They have indoor seating with cool local artwork to check out or outdoor seating on their back lawn.
The Naked Oyster (Hyannis)
The Naked Oyster is a French bistro on the Cape. They only use the freshest local ingredients possible. Fresh seafood, organic meats and local cheeses make this place undeniably unique and spectacular. They work with seasonal ingredients to tailor the menu. This is one not to miss!
Kream N’ Kone (Chatham)
Kream N’ Kone has some of the best fried seafood around. They have mastered it and are sticking to what they know. It is definitely worth it to visit this local establishment. The atmosphere is a quaint clam shack feel and everything they serve is fresh, local and delicious.
The Sailing Cow (Dennisport)
Sailing Cow offers homemade comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fresh seafood like stuffed quahogs, steamers, fresh baked biscuits and burgers. They have a mix of everything and it is all yummy. Their clam chowder has won awards and as a bonus they are located right on the beach!
Sundancer’s Cape Cod (West Dennis)
This restaurant has been around for over 30 years and is a great spot to enjoy some terrific food and casual waterfront dining. They boast the Cape’s “largest lobster roll” and also offer Chatham steamers and local seafood. In the summer they have live music on Friday and Saturday nights to enjoy a fun night out.
Trader Ed’s (Hyannis)
Trader Ed’s has great local seafood and fun frozen tropical cocktails. They offer live music and dancing during the summer. You can also book a Clambake here! The outdoor seating overlooks the Hyannis Harbor and is a great place to enjoy a beautiful Cape sunset.
The Dockside (Hyannis)
The Cape Cod Times has awarded The Dockside with winning best “Fish Sandwiches.” They have amazingly fresh seafood along with beautiful waterfront views. What more could you want? Everything is locally sourced from fish shops in the area. If seafood isn’t your thing, they also boast some of the best BBQ ribs in town!
Brewster Fish House (Brewster)
This restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining in the summer months. They only offer the freshest seafood and produce that is locally sourced whenever possible. The food is simple, but inventive and the atmosphere is quintessentially laid back New England. They do not take reservations, so it is recommended to arrive early.