Yet another Cape thread - somewhat upscale, yet kid-friendly?
Headed to the cape next week with a group of 7 adults and 1 toddler. I'd like to make a reservation for one "nicer" dinner out. We're staying in Orleans, so Orleans/Eastham/Welfleet would be preferred. Basically I'd like something with great food that isn't a totally casual clam shack, but is ok for a two year old and larger group overall. I'm flexible on the type of cuisine, but probably not overally ethnic (I don't know everyone in the group well, so keeping it more "general" would be good).
I've been to the Captain Linnell house in Orleans and think it might be too fancy for a two year old. What about the place where Aesops Table used to be? Abba? Wicked Oyster?
How about the Beacon Room in Orleans? We ate there for the first time a few weeks ago and enjoyed it very much. It is somewhat upscale- but relaxed in atmosphere. We were just the two of us, but there were several larger groups eating there. Service was very good- not too fast or long and drawn out. The strawberry shortcake special dessert was too die for. We had a wonderful steamed clam appetizer and my scallop entree was outstanding.
I haven't eaten dinner at the Wicked Oyster -only breakfast. Winslow's Tavern ( where Aesop's Tables was) is also a good bet. We ate outside on the lawn, but I think they only have smaller tables there. The food was very good, desserts so-so. I called for a reservation and was told that they only take them for parties of 6 or more. The Beacon Room had a call ahead list- call when you are on your way and they wil put your name on the list.
I enjoyed the Wicked Oyster last summer. We had my then 4-year old with us and it worked out fine. They certainly don't cater to children - no children's menu, etc. - but I didn't feel as though we weren't welcome. I had an excellent spinach salad with seared scallops that I still think about! It might fit the bill for a "nicer" place but still slightly relaxed and casual.
Probably too late, but the Binnacle Tavern might be a good choice with the little one.
Beacon Room is OK.
Not sure I've heard anything about The Arbor in its new incarnation this season.