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Any suggestions for Provincetown, MA

I am just planning my summer vaca to P-town.
Have had mixed dining experiences there. Love Edwige, Chesters, Napi's. Have not had a change to check out Patio. Any feedback or other suggestions?

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  1. I think Clem and Ursie's is the quintessential Provincetown experience:


    1. Everyone raves about the Red Inn, but I have only had drinks there. Patio is supposed to be better than it was, and certainly has great outdoor people watching potential. The Muse comes recommended as well.

      1. We have had a house in Ptown for many years so have dined there often. Unfortunately my opinion is that many of the places feel they have a captured market and offer mediocre food and tentative service. A not so fond farewell to Chester's which was way on the bottom of my list ... totally over-rated with unfortunately dispicable service. Almost equal sitting for last is Sal's, who thinks that he's so eccentric that it is OK to treat customers like crap.

        So, as for the the good ... we love the Red Inn and have had many great meals there. My partner and I are divided on the Martin House. I say fair, he says great. Our three year old votes for Bayside Betsy ... Betsy made some special homemade macaroni and cheese just for him. We recently had a a very fabulous anniversary meal at the Crowne Pointe. Our one and only time there, but it was truly a great experience.

        And for lunch, you got to go to Fanizzi's, way on the west end of town. But great service, the best dining room in all of P-town ... sitting right on the water, and wonderful people. We are regulars there.

        We are also regualrs on Bubala's patio, where their seared tuna sandwich makes a great lunch. Plus, you get to watch to world go by down on commercial street.

        And finally we love Ross' Grill, although have found it tought to get into because it's so small. In fact I don't think we got in there all of last season.

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        1. re: al4134

          Provincetown is our annual beach vacation spot and we love Ross's Grill so I will second that one.

          We have also had excellent breakfast and lovely dinners at Devon's on the East End.

          Since we spend most of our two weeks down there on the deck, we do a lot of take-out from Angel Foods.

          1. re: al4134

            Dear al4134 -

            Fun and informative to read your reviews...and to hear different opinions.

            Fanizzi's is one of our favorites also... a must for us on the way into P-Town, even before we check in to where we stay... (Snug Cottage up on Bradford = Excellent). There is parking, a beautiful view, a great bar, the freshest food and terrific people.

            Ross' Grill is up there also for us - it has just about everything a discriminating diner would want. Always on the list for one of our stops.

            Have always wondered about the Red Inn.. haven't been there in years. Have been hearing good things about it. Martin House/Chester ... have always avoided them due to bad reports.
            We have friends who always go to Sal's.... and tell us how wonderful it is. Interesting to hear someone elses' take on it.

            Don't really care for the Mews for food.. but Pingle makes terrific martini's.

            Thanks again!

            1. re: Lilibet

              Yes, Fanizzi's is one of those unfound great places. We just love it there.

              Guess Martin House changes hands a couple of years ago. What I've heard is that it's not been the same since that happenned.

              A dozen years ago I remember having one of Sal's specials ... chicken livers over pasta ... which he only serves on I think Sunday nights. We went back for that and were totally disappointed. Beyond that, the whole service thing was amiss. Granted, it was late in the season ... but frankly if your season is only a ocuple months long, I would think you would want to treat all of your cusotmers decently. Oddly enough, the most rude service was from Sal himself.

              You know, I was going to mention the Mews. We had our commitment ceremony there in 2001 and could not have been more pleased. The food was great, the staff was great and their dining room is very, very nice, particularly during the day when you can look over the beach into the harbor. Can't say we've been there since though. Maybe thats because we've moved from the east end to the west end.

              1. re: al4134

                Hmmm - I have read the post about Sal not owning the restaurant anymore. That is so unfortunate, to have someone ride on a reputation and someone elses' coattails. Thank you for clarification. Our friends who always go there always say how wonderful it is at Sals. They do know someone who works there that is a descendant of a prominent P-Town artist. They collect art, so there you go, it might not have anything to do with the food or the attitude! ;-)

                Yes, we love the Mews, especially in the winter. We schlepped down to P-Town for my birthday in January 2005, right after that huge snow storm. Even Commercial Street was closed in some spots for snow removal. We slogged throught the snow down the hill to the Mews and had a wonderful evening. We spent the whole night there, eating, drinking and talking to the staff. They even offered us a ride back to SCottage at the end of the night. What a kind and thoughtful gesture.
                Now, that's what I call service!

                One thing about Fanizzi's -- we usually stay in P-Town two to three times a year for long weekends in the off season. Every time we go to Fanizzi's, they immediately recognize us.

                Where else in the world can you go where that happens?

                1. re: Lilibet

                  We always have a meal at the Bar at the Mews when we are in town. But, we haven't tried Fanizzi's and will add that to out list. Is that the one way out in the East End, on the water?

          2. We've enjoyed the Red Inn....though have not been since summer of 2005.

            1. I'm a bit hesitant to share this, but the best restaurant in P'town is actually in Truro, just up Route 6A. It's called Terra Luna, and it's the whole package - cozy, welcoming ambiance, local crowd, good wine list and consistently high quality food. They even use herbs and spices from their own garden. Go.

              1. If we decide to rent a car for our next trip to P-town we'll have to give this one a try. Thanks.

                1. Love Fanzinni's and they have parking, a big plus. Same for Clem and Ursie's although that's where the comparison ends. Fanzinni's is leisurely: Clem and Ursie's is frantic and overpriced for a fancy clam shack but it's fun. Nobody has mentioned the venerable Ciro and Sal's. We eat there every year and leave looking forward to the next time. Reservations are key. They have a website.
                  I like Pepi's Wharf for drinks on the deck overlooking the beach and meeting other people. Bring some binoculars to check out the boats.

                  1. I am an event planner and caterer from NYC and of course - I am spoiled by living and working in NYC - and its mecca of eateries! I spend every summer in P town and am sorry to say that most of the restaurants can be summed up by three O's - overrated, overpriced and over booked. I recommend only the following: Napis is by far has the most creative, innovative and delicious menu, presentation is A plus, the prices are not inexpensive but neither is the local diner. The Lobster Pot has the best lobster whether dining in or out (you can buy a lobster there and cook it off premise if you have the facilities) - it is fresh, priced fairly at Market value and the service is friendly and human. Edwige and Micheal Shays are the best places to enjoy breakfast and unless things change - I would skip the others!

                    1. And if you really are on a budget - try the town pier - the foot long hot dogs are awesome as well as the fried clams

                      1. I just had excellent sushi @ Saki Sushi, next to Town Hall on commercial Street. Limited choices and although not a traditional sushi restaurant, the quality was superb. Clem and Ursies is out of business.

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                        1. re: CapeCodFoodieGuy

                          I also went to Saki this summer, in June. It was great. I'm a bit picky about my sushi and it was excellent. I just got some simple choices (sashimi and sushi), and some edamame and seaweed salad, but everything was extremely fresh and tasty. It has a nice atmosphere and the service was superb.

                        2. Yearly, we visit P-Town and plan a number of meals out. Always love the great stand-bys...Lobster Pot, Front Street, and a few others...BUT on the ferry, Daniel, the cellist with Well-Strung String-Quartet...said people are talking about BACKSTREET. A quick call for a reservation on Tuesday and the night was one to SAVOR & REMEMBER! We started with heirloom tomatoes, served with a smoked pepper, béchamel cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. The marvelous server, Monica, described the menu beautifully. We all ordered different entrées so we could share and check out the place. And thank God we did! Each entree was fantastic. Chef Raul (a wonderful blend of Cuban & French flare,from NYC) masterfully handles fish, meats, and pastas with unique favors. Backstreet does not fall victim to everything with similar saucing and flavor. Rather each dish is perfectly accented never loosing the integrity of local clams, sea bass, or lamb. Wines were wonderfully varied, just enough prices and types to offer wonderful accompaniment. Desserts were amazing...we settled on the trio of homemade sherbets which topped off our culinary adventure perfectly. Amazingly the tab - 3 entrees, a bottle of Tuscan wine, salad shared and dessert very reasonably priced. Fantastic service. Chris, the owner, has a winner...YES...We will be back again to try more amazing food! DO NOT MISS THIS GEM!!!