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Chatham/Orleans recs for 8 people?

ethereal Feb 12, 2007 03:36 PM

We have a group who will be spending a weekend out near Chatham and Orleans. I'm thinking ahead to making dinner reservations.

Any recommendations? Looking for both upscale and casual, lunch and dinner. The group is pretty laid back (wouldn't want to have to throw on the heels and sportsjackets), but enjoys good food. Seafood is a must, otherwise the group has ecclectic eating tastes and enjoys any cuisine.

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    rkstrat RE: ethereal Feb 12, 2007 06:02 PM

    Opulant Oyster pretty good, Road house Hyannis better

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      MyrnEats RE: ethereal Feb 13, 2007 08:53 AM

      I think rkstrat is referreing to the Impudent Oyster.

      There is always the Chatham Squire which lacks quality food and can be quite pricey in the restaurant side, but if you're looking for a good place for some chowder and a couple of drinks during the day I would recommend their bar.

      Pisces in Chatham gets rave reviews, but is very small and I'm not sure if they are open this time of year.

      The Ocean House in Dennis is a bit more upscale but has a casual dining room.

      Unfortunately this time of year the restaurant selection on the Cape is lacking.

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        debbar RE: ethereal Feb 13, 2007 08:56 AM

        Impudent Oyster is casual and good food. I had friends who ate there 2 weeks ago for the first time and loved it.

        There's a place in Harwich that's good too, but I can't remember the name of it.

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          ethereal RE: ethereal Feb 13, 2007 02:37 PM

          We won't be there until early June (I'm a planner), so winter closings should be much of an issue any more. Thank you for the recommendations thus far. Do I need to make reservations for the Impudent Oyster?

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            jojobeans RE: ethereal Feb 14, 2007 03:49 AM

            yes, you should make reservations for the impudent oyster (before you go to the cape). although we haven't been for a couple of years, every summer we would reserve a night here. there was a year here and there where the night was off, but it was one of our favorites. there are other restaurants in the area we liked. i'll post if i can recall them.

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            ethereal RE: ethereal Feb 15, 2007 03:48 PM

            Impudent Oyster can't be the only place good for a larger group...any additional recommendations?

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              strephking RE: ethereal Feb 15, 2007 03:53 PM

              ABBA in Orleans is great, and so is Joe's is also a more casual option in Orleans. in the heart of Orleans is McAllister's which i can also recommend. stay away from Land Ho, it's just a tourist trap as is Captain Cass.

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                ethereal RE: ethereal Feb 16, 2007 07:52 AM

                Perfect...thank you!

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                  nana RE: ethereal Feb 16, 2007 08:06 AM

                  I believe you mean Maloney's in Orleans there is no McAllister's (unless it happened this winter) there is the Academy Ocean Grill which is very good and good for a small group. Abba is great put very pricey$$$$$. I find the Ho just plain fun. I agree with
                  Captain Cass (just bad ) I would not go the Lobster Pot (tourist trap)

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                    strephking RE: ethereal Feb 16, 2007 10:22 AM

                    Maloney's is correct, not McAllister's. sorry, for the confusion.

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                      FionaJane RE: ethereal Feb 17, 2007 06:07 AM

                      The Impudent Oyster would be a great take for your party. Please try the mussels! If your group isn't too familiar with the Cape or that part of the Cape anyway, a drink or two on the porch at Chatham Bars Inn would really impress. I wouldn't plan to eat there, though. Too formal and expensive. The Beacon has good food in a casual atmosphere.

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                        markethej RE: ethereal Feb 17, 2007 02:16 PM

                        My parents live in Orleans so I have been there the last 4 summers. Land Ho is the best at what it is. Good New England Pub Food. Good chops and seafood, clam pie, chowder, etc. You have to go further up rt 6 towards Provinetown to Arnold's. It is nationally regarded as the best clamshack on the upper cape. I've seen it mentioned in the New York Times and Gourmet Magazine. They really know how to fry things right! Also they have baked items for dinner and a raw bar in the evening. It is definately on the more casual side.

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