The Best Food You’ll Ever Eat in Cape Cod

Cape Cod holds quite the culinary scene, well-known across the states for its fresh seafood offerings and unique twists on classic New England dishes.

Don't get overwhelmed with all the fantastic options when you visit, use this blog as your guide to the best foods!

Here are our top choices for the Best Food You'll Ever Eat in Cape Cod.

  • Local Classics-

    • Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory
      You've probably had them before, and you're probably already a big fan, but if not now is the perfect time to try the iconic Cape Cod Potato Chips. Head to the factory with your group and take a tour to see how these tasty little chips are made, kettle cooked from just potatoes, oil, and salt, and of course, sample various flavors all along the way. This is one of Cape Cod's top tourist destinations, with over 250,000 visitors annually since opening in 1980. Hit the gift shop after your tour to find the biggest and best selection of flavors to pair with your lobster roll lunch!


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    • Mac's Shack
      Enjoy the 'pure goodness of the season's local harvest' here at Mac's Shack, arguably the most popular local seafood eatery on the Cape. Here you can enjoy updated seafood classics, raw bar specialties, and creative cocktails. Try the green curry sea scallops, lobster saffron broth halibut, or head to Macs on the Pier and try a scallop burrito or lobster roll. There is also the Fish House Provincetown and Chatham Fish and Lobster Market, all owned and operated by the same source.


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    • Bistro on Main
      Bistro on Main, or Chatham Raw Bar, is one of the most visited local eateries, a seasonal restaurant mainstay that offers up modern new American cuisine and cocktails.  Some call this the 'best raw bar on the cape', the Bistro offering up a full-service oyster bar stocked with Chatham oysters, Ham Hama Oysters, Permaquid, tuna tartar, and so much more. You can also find stables like lobster rolls, Bistro Cod N Chips, and crispy duck spring rolls.


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  • Seafood-

    • The Lobster Pot
      The Lobster Pot is a local 'laid back landmark' feeding hungry guests classic seafood dishes with unbeatable bay views to boot. The neon lobster sign will beckon you in to this Provincetown Tradition, while it's the food that will keep you coming back again and again. Try the lobster avocado cocktail, Provincetown Paella, Tim's Clam Chowder, lobster eggroll, or lobster mac and cheese. There are lobster tanks on site so just choose your lobster and decide if you want it pan roasted, baked, stuffed, or boiled!


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    • Moby Dick's Restaurant
      Enjoy hearty plates of New England seafood classics here at Moby Dick's Restaurant, a local seafood staple since 1983. This 'clam shack' turned popular eatery provides the freshest seafood, best lobsters, Wellfleet oysters, Atlantic Cod, fried clams, and clam chowder' in the area, not to mention a really killer Key Lime Pie for dessert! Oh, and Moby's is a BYOB friendly eatery, so be sure to pack some wine or beer for your meal!


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    • Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar
      Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar is a 'homey icon' serving up classic lobster rolls, fried clams, onion rings, baked cod, steamed lobster...well, we could go on. Not only is the food award-winning, but it also has an 18 hole mini golf course outside! It's the ultimate family fun center, the perfect spot to enjoy the 'best lobster roll', a round of golf, and some local Richardson's Dairy Farm ice cream for dessert!


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    • Brewster Fish House
      Get ready for 'refined spins on seafood classics' here at Brewster Fish House, the eatery voted the Best Seafood Restaurant on the Cape by Cape Cod Life Magazine in 2018. Brewster provides excellent seafood within a charming cottage setting, some favorite dishes being the chunky lobster bisque, clam chowder, monkfish, and Bouillabaisse. Of course, this seafood is the freshest of the fresh, Brewster actually getting its start as a retail fish market!


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  • International Cuisine-

    • Keltic Kitchen
      For excellent Irish cuisine, you must visit the Keltic Kitchen on the Cape, this acclaimed Irish eatery providing locals and guests alike with the best breakfast and corned beef hash around the state! Massachusetts is actually the most Irish state in the United States, which makes the cuisine a highly popular choice for all. This popular spot is open 7 days a week from 7 am to 2 pm.


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    • Mary Ellen's Portuguese Bakery
      For the absolute best Portuguese bread selection head to Mary Ellen's, a highly popular local breakfast hot spot that many people consider to be a hidden gem of the Cape. Enjoy excellent breakfast choices such as the Portuguese Omelet, Hash Benedict, Linguica, or unforgettable Portuguese French Toast. The fried bread, sweet bread, and rolls are all homemade and out of this world!


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    • Buca's Tuscan Roadhouse
      If you want really great Italian food while visiting the Cape you must visit Buca's Tuscan Roadhouse, the cozy Tuscan themed eatery that provides 'sophisticated twists on Italian staples'. Every night at 5 pm Buca's doors open for dinner to transport you to the Italian town of Greve, where the owner drew the inspiration for the food and atmosphere. Try the old world eggplant parmigiana, Merluzzodi Prada, salmone, or Gamberetti, and pair your dish with any of the many excellent wines offered here such as Sar Ugo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sanct Valentin.


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  • Desserts-

    • Ben & Bills Chocolate Emporium
      Ben & Bills Chocolate Emporium is a local sweet treat stop that specializes in homemade candies and ice cream, perhaps its most famous ice cream flavor being the lobster. That's right, lobster ice cream! Chunks of lobster meat swirled in sweetly with vanilla ice cream, it's certainly worth a try while you are there. Not your style? Stick with the classic flavors or head to the candies side and try brittles, fudge, buttercrunch, or other fine chocolates.


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    • Pie in the Sky
      For the best homemade pies, cookies, and baked goods visit Pie in the Sky, a Cape Cod classic breakfast bakery that specializes in, you guessed it, pies! Enjoy bread and pastry classics like Baguettes, French Rolls, Bagels, Pecan Rolls, and Bread Pudding, as well as regular breakfast plates and light lunch options. Pie-wise, try the apple, blueberry, chocolate mousse, key lime, or any of the seasonal/daily flavors.


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    • Somerset Creamery
      Another fantastic ice cream option in Cape Cod awaits at Somerset Creamery, a family owned and operated creamery that first opened in 1937. Serving up the freshest high-quality flavors, Somerset provides guests with not only classic cones and pints, but also sundaes, splits, malts, froyo, sherberts, and Black Cows (plus more). Try flavors such as caramel cashew, coconut almond chip, coffee oreo, orange pineapple, or rum raisin, or stick to the classics like chocolate and vanilla!


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