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Chatham/Orleans recs for 8 people?

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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  1. Opulant Oyster pretty good, Road house Hyannis better

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: ethereal

            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.

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

            1. 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.

                1. 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)

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

                    1. 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.

                      1. 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.