On your Dennis Port vacation, dine like the locals at some of the mid-Cape’s best restaurants. Favorites include clam chowder or chowdah (as the locals pronounce it), seafood stew, clam cakes or strips, stuffed quahogs, fish and chips and let’s not forget about lobster.
Vacationing in the area does not usually include eating at stuffy, high-class dining establishments. It more so focuses on “wicked” good food, with low key, beach hut or clam shack type environments. After a long day at the beach, nothing beats a fried seafood platter, followed by ice cream for dessert, at one of the options noted below. For a great meal and a great time in Cape Cod, check out these four seafood joints:
Top Seafood Restaurants in Cape Cod
Barbyann’s Restaurant, Hyannis, MA
Barbyann’s is a hidden gem that has been around for more than 30 years. The menu offers a variety of options including the fresh seafood dishes visitors to the area long for. Start with some lobster bisque, seafood stew, or clam chowder. Then enjoy oysters, shrimp cocktail, New England Steamers or the local favorite Wood’s Stuffed Quahogs. Not to forget, the restaurant boasts great coconut shrimp, clams casino, scallops wrapped in bacon and shrimp cocktail, amongst their many choices. You will find many other appetizers as well, along with salads and sandwiches. And locals especially love the half pound sirloin burgers served with steak fries.
Steak, ribs, chicken, pasta and even Mexican meals like burritos or quesadillas are on the menu, but the local fresh seafood entrees are a perfect way to have a taste of the Cape at Barbyann’s. Fresh Atlantic salmon, fresh native cod served fried, stuffed, or baked, sea scallops from Chatham, swordfish tips, and even fried shrimp, scallops or clams are all available. New Englanders really love their lobster and here you can get a lobster roll or a fresh, native 1 ¼ lb lobster.
Captain Frosty’s, Dennis, MA
For fresh local seafood and soft serve ice cream, Captain Frosty’s is the place to be. This cozy clam shack, with both indoor and outdoor seating, has served up local seafood favorites for 35 years and ice cream for 50 years. The menu items mid-Cape locals most rave about include fish and chips (made with Chatham Cod), fried clams, fried shrimp, fried oysters, fish sandwiches lobster rolls and clam cakes.
It is a place where you will consistently get good food, at reasonable prices, in a casual Cape Cod environment. If you can’t make up your mind about what seafood to go for, get a combo plate with cod, scallops, clams, and shrimp. The menu also includes clam chowder, salads, burgers and other sandwiches. And of course you can’t go here without ice cream for dessert. They are located right on Route 6 in Dennis Port.
Kream ‘n Kone, West Dennis, MA
Kream ‘N Kone started in 1953 with just burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream and then later added fried seafood. And it is a good thing it did, as it is now known as one of the best places for it, especially their fried whole clams or fried clam strips, which were featured on Phantom Gourmet. The spot overlooks Swan River and offers comfortable, casual dining areas.
The menu includes area favorites like clam chowder, seafood plates, broiled dinners, and seafood rolls, along with sandwiches, salads, and for dessert, 27 flavors of ice cream. Besides all the fried seafood dishes, regulars also love the burgers and onion rings.
Spanky’s Clam Shack, Hyannis
Spanky’s is located right on the water on Hyannis Harbor, so it boasts great views from the patio or restaurant and is surrounded by all the excitement Main Street Hyannis has to offer. The restaurant offers everything a seafood lover would enjoy, from raw bar favorites like oysters and shrimp cocktail to seafood starters like mussels, steamers, clams casino, and stuffed quahog. Of course, clam chowder is on the menu, and seafood stew, plus heartier options like fried oysters, fried clams, fish and chips, broiled or baked cod, and fried scallops can be found there as well.
Spanky’s does have pasta, steak, chicken, sandwiches and salads, but everyone comes back time and time again for their lobster, cooked in a variety of ways. Try the stuffed lobster, lobster roll, lobster salad or lobster macaroni and cheese. Or go all out with the Spanky’s Clambake dinner featuring a steamed whole lobster, served over hot steamers, with corn, potatoes and butter. It is located just 10 miles and around 20 minutes from Dennis Port.