I will be staying in Wellfleet in mid May. We will have a car and don't mind driving. Would love the following recs. Happy to do the same for anyone visiting Southern California
Breakifast in Wellfleet - local, good American breakfast -
Casual, local, fresh seafood - both close to Wellfleet and worth the drive -
Romantic, special restaurant with great food -
Favorite Provincetown Restaurants
Lunch spot with great soups, salads, burgers etc. both in Wellfleet and worth the drive
Favorite Nantucket Restaurant (there for a day)
Hopefully everything will be open the week of May 21st Thank you!
I have to say that I am really surprised that no one mentions Finely JP's in Wellfleet on this board. They serve great, local food. I will grant that the quality was a bit better before they expanded, but it is still great. Try the Wellfleet Paealla, or their grilled scallops over linguine. It is what I would call casual elegant--I have seen people in shorts and flip-flops, and people in khakis and ties....They are open year round.
For breakfast, try the Lighthouse ( http://www.mainstreetlighthouse.com/ ) in the center of Wellfleet. Also open year-round.
The Bookstore in Wellfleet is often under-rated. They have their own shellfish beds, and their raw bar can't be beat. They also serve a great breakfast, and have stunning views of the Wellfleet Harbor. They are open year round ( http://wellfleetoyster.com/ ) --service can be a bit spotty, but is probably better off-season than on (In my experience).
Wellfleet is a special place, and one of my favorite spots on earth, especially in the off-season. I hope you enjoy yourself!
I used to like both the Lighthouse and the Bookstore, but not anymore, as I haven't had a good meal at either in a long time. Much better food, for about the same prices, can be had a Wicked Oyster in Wellfleet. Great for breakfast or dinner.
Also, check out Black Fish in Truro, a great spot, you'll need a reservation.
I agree with winedude: I love The Wicked Oyster (Wellfleet) and Black Fish (Truro). The Red Inn in P-town is great for a sunset drink...fab and romantic. Dinner is good too, but $$$. I like Ross' Grill in P-town, too.
Re: Nantucket...not too sure what will be open here at that time. Nantucket Wine Festival is mid-May, so most will be open by then. Lots of rumors flying around here as to what will not be reopening this year. Since you'll be here "for the day", does that mean you'll only be here for lunch and not dinner? If only lunch, I would skip the Brotherhood unless it is your only option. Fog Island is great for lunch downtown. Not sure if the Galley at Cliffside Beach will be open yet (very $$$$$$ but if you're only going to be here once, go for it). We have surprisingly few restaurants on the beach/water, and that's one of them. There's a new restaurant opening on Broad St, "Dune" (across fr Brotherhood in the former Cioppino's spot) but don't know if they'll be open by then, or even doing lunch. Ditto for a new place slated to open in the old Water Street location, yet to be named, and owned by the couple who owns the Boarding House and The Pearl. It's going to be latin themed with a ceviche bar.
Nantucket-check out American Seasons,,,Boarding House,, BlackEyed Susans,,Stop at the Chicken Box just for a taste of local hangs...Back on cape watch for when the Beachcomber will open,,May31st? Enjoy
gotta second Moby Dick's.....really just the best of everything there! Chowders are amazing, fish perfectly cooked, sides wonderful. Don't be put off if you show up and there is a seemingly long line outside. They have an "order at the register and we bring it to you" system, and they only allow a certain number of folks inside at the registers at a time. Its all very organized and runs like a clock. Moves quite fast.
We've stayed in Wellfleet for a week each summer for the last 10 years. Although we find lots of places to eat well between there and P-Town, we always take the 30-40 min. drive to the Wequassett Inn in Harwhich to eat at 28 Atlantic for 1 special meal: great food, service, ambience, and view!
I think Mac's Seafood down at the commercial harbor ibn Wellfleet is absolutely great seafood....yeah it's a stand up chaotic experience like most Cape Cod seafood places, but the food is a cut above...seems pricey at first, but hold judgement till your done eating. I love their rare Tuna steak sandwich.
I cast an added vote for Wicked Oyster....
I also like Cooke's in Orleans.....not a universal opinion by any means but I go there many times a year, like Mac's.
Moby Dick's is great, too, but it always seems like such a mobscene that I don;t have the patience....like Arnold's in Eastham. The key is to phone order and doing your waiting at home before you show up....especially true at Arnold's...just add a half hour to any time they tell you when u call. Moby's timing ispretty accurate.
Blue Moon in Dennis is a nice Bistro.
I agree with comments about Finely JP's...a quirkily run restaurant with good food if you have a little patience....kind of a diamond in the rough.
Highly variable results from Academy Ocean Grille....everything from total deilight to leaving without paying the check over a number of years. THey can;t seem to get the reservation loading for the place right....also horrible acoustics inside.
Van Rensaleers in Wellfleet is good for steaks and seafood, with an expansive salad bar; they also do breakfast. I have been disappointed with the Bookstore over the last year or so, and had a very unsatisfactory meal at Finely JPs but maybe it was an aberration...went to Wicked Oyster and the parking situation was miserable...we drove around for 15 minutes or so waiting for a space to open up and then the meal was so-so (and this was during off-season, the parking lot is simply unacceptably small and there is no street parking allowed in this area) Outside of Wellfleet, I love the pizza at the Fairway, just down the road in Eastham. Other people rave about their ribs but I haven't tried them. For a more romantic dinner, I like the Beacon in Orleans. When in Ptown, I usually end up at the Lobster Pot. They have a house salad dressing that I am completely addicted to..some sort of garlicky concoction. The outer Cape is beautiful any time of year...enjoy!!
I highly recommend Front Street in Provincetown, The Mews is also good.
I have not experienced the problems others noted at The Bookstore in Wellfleet, it's a favorite stop, with great oysters. Arnolds in Eastham is a great clam shack experience, they probably will be open over the weekend.
Special restaurants worth the drive include Abba in Orleans, and especially Brewster Fish House in Brewster, consistently excellent in my experience, and the best fish kitchen on the Cape. The Fish House is small and does not take reservations, so plan on a wait, or dine early.
Enjoy your visit.
re: Dan D
We used to recommend both front st and the mews but lately we have been struggling with the mews. They will not take a reservation for more than 7 until after 9. Might not be an issue for others but we have struggled with it twice. Definitely, front street for the food and atmosphere.....