After a long day roasting on a Cape Cod beach and a rigorous round of mini golf, your family is going to be famished. There’s no better crowd-pleasing fare like fresh Cape cod seafood. Whether you’re craving fish ‘n’ chips, or just a big piece of grilled swordfish, there is a seafood restaurant here to suit your needs.
We want to help hungry travelers by sharing our favorite seafood restaurants on Cape to visit this upcoming season. The service, the menu, and the reviews from previous customers put these restaurants over-the-top and onto our list.
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Originally Published: April 1, 2021
Cape Cod’s Best Seafood Restaurants: 2024 Winners
Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar (Eastham)
Arnold’s is an award-winning clam shack and popular tourist destination at the Cape. They have some of the best fried clams around!
Mac’s Seafood (Multiple)
Mac’s has unbeatable local seafood. They have multiple locations throughout the Cape and each location offers something special. The Chatham and Wellfleet locations have sushi as well as the usual menu and take out seafood.
The Lobster Trap (Bourne)
The Lobster Trap is a low key spot to get super fresh seafood right over the bridge. The live lobsters are always a winner. You can take them home cooked and cracked or live to boil up yourself.
The Naked Oyster (Hyannis)
The Naked Oyster has a traditional New England menu with lots of yummy fresh seafood. Something that makes them unique is that the oysters are harvested in the local Barnstable Harbor waters. You can’t get fresher than that!
Bookstore & Restaurant (Wellfleet)
Bookstore & Restaurant is a staple on the Cape. They have a laid-back vibe with a comfortable downstairs dining room, as well as, a great view of the Wellfleet Harbor from some outdoor tables on the second floor. Expect fantastic seafood and some of the freshest oysters around.
Fin Cape Cod (Dennis)
This cool restaurant is located in a two story antique home. They pride themselves on using local ingredients from fish to farm and only the freshest seafood. They have indoor and outdoor dining in season.
Fishermen’s View (Sandwich)
This fantastic seafood restaurant checks all the boxes. They offer great outdoor waterfront seating and perfect indoor seating with large windows overlooking the water, so anywhere you sit you can have a view. They also have live music and some of the best local seafood around. The dishes and drinks are creative and strong.
Fresh Ketch (Hyannis)
Fresh Ketch is located in the vibrant downtown area of Hyannis. It has a fun nautical atmosphere to go along with the high quality dining experience. The American cuisine menu features many local and housemade ingredients. It is a great spot for any seafood lover with lots of fresh and local selections.
Friendly Fisherman (Eastham)
Friendly Fisherman is a premier seafood restaurant on the outer Cape. They have all the local favorites including fried seafood platters, fish tacos, award-winning lobster rolls and so much more!
Impudent Oyster (Chatham)
This iconic spot in Chatham has been serving some of the best local seafood for over 50 years! You will be impressed with the raw bar menu and the fantastic dinner and lunch options. Everything here is fresh and delicious!