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Taking the family to the Cape for a two week stay after Labor Day. We will be staying in Dennis off 6A. Places that we have enjoyed....Red Pheasant Abbichi, Aredo, The Paddock, Marathon Seafood.

Places we eat when with friends. " Not places I would pick." Sam Diagos, Dipalma, Olive Garden.

We are looking for places that have honest to goodness good food. A place where you would go twice in one week because the food is that good.

Any ideas?

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Marathon Seafood Restaurant
231 Main St, West Dennis, MA 02670

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  1. Sesuit Cafe in good weather -Good seafood shack overlooking the Jetty at the harbor in East Dennis

    The Ocean House - Fine dining waterview restauant iin Dennisport.

    Gina's House-in Dennis on the way to Chapin Beach- worth a single visit for simple Italian food

    Alberto's in Hyannis- Terrific Italian with a huge menu. I could eat here 2x per week.

    Pain D'Avignon in Hyannis- French Bistro in a converted warehouse -great for lunch or dinner or just to pick up bread or pastry.

    Lyric in Yarmouthport- Fine Dining contemporary American- at the site of the former Abbicci.

    The Dolphin- Simple seafood and American fare well prepared in an antique tavern - Rte 6A Banstable Village.

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    1. re: CapeCodGuy

      May I add El Guapos on Underpass in Brewster for a fun night of casual delicious Mexican food? Their fish tacos are divine. The Mercantile is a must (Dennis Village) for great sandwiches and cookies. If you think the kids would like it, Borsari Tea Room and Gallery is a nice spot for high tea on a rainy day. Ice Cream Smuggler is perfect for dessert.

      Abbici is now Lyric.

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      Ice Cream Smuggler
      716 Main St, Dennis, MA 02638

      1. re: CapeCodGuy

        A few additions worth mentioning, The Brewster Fish House on 6A is outstanding. The former chef opened her own place called 'Fin" in the Theater Marketplace in Dennis Village. Mostly good reports. Summer Stock has opened on the grounds of the Playhouse. Reports are mixed and my personal experience was so-so at best, but it was very soon after they had opened so maybe they've worked things out.

        I'll add a +1 to phelena's recs. For clams, I'd personally stick to Marathon (my fave) or maybe Sesuit Cafe (although the lobster roll is the star here I think).

        1. re: CapeCodGuy

          Of the ones listed above, I would say you could easily bring kids to Sesuit (outdoor picnic table seating) and Alberto's (has a kids menu). I would also add The Oyster Company in Dennis as a great place; it may be my #1 rec for a restaurant that has food (and wine) for adults + a kids menu. If your kids are looking for Italian you can make a step up over OG and take them to Girardi's in Yarmouth.

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          Oyster Company
          202 Depot St, Dennis Port, MA 02639

        2. If you're looking for roadside fried seafood, Kate's on 6A is very good. Outside eating only. The clams are very tender and not greasy.

          1. Marshside in Dennis - beautiful dining room that lives up to its name with a view of the serene marsh. Quality American fare with good New England traditional dishes. The seafood stew is a must have!! Loaded with seafood and the best seafood stew I've ever had anywhere. http://www.themarshside.com/

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            Marshside Restaurant
            28 Bridge, East Dennis, MA 02641

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            1. re: rouxmaker

              Wow, Your experience with the Marshside is in polar opposite to mine, and many others on this board. The low-key, charming, homespun restaurant on the marsh was replaced by a behemoith, multi-million dollar tourist trap putting out sub-standard fare, worth no where near the prices charged. I have tried to like it as the room, although overdone to those fond of the old locale, is rather nice. Honestly, I've tried on 4 occasions to like the place, but each visit has been a disaster. I will admit that I'm sure I'm jaded as I have so many fond memories of simpler times.

              1. re: CapeCodGuy

                I miss the old Marshside, too. I had been going there since it opened ( I was a teenager!) and I was still the youngest person in the place up until Jack Connors built that new place. It's the same story with the old Westender on Nantucket. It was a really funky, small restaurant that had a huge following, then they tore it down and put up a soulless monstrosity (20 years ago now??) that now had to meet all code (huge wheelchair lift going up the middle of a staircase), no decor to speak of, bright lighting. In short, the place is a dog. A white elephant. It has changed hands many times over the years and no one goes there. It looks like a nursing home inside and out. Why can't people leave well enough alone?

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                Marshside Restaurant
                28 Bridge, East Dennis, MA 02641

            2. I posted about this yesterday, but under an unintentionally cleverly disguised subject line. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/794538

              Count me among those who consider the new Marshside a culinary disaster. Nice room, if you like loud and to be seen.

              Not a fan of Kate's, either. The mosquito's there are ferocious (but probably pretty tasty after a dunk in the fryolater).

              And not wanting to be all bad news, but Brewster Fish House has expanded the room but dropped in quality. Great for so many years...

              Love Sesuit Cafe and The Ocean House!

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              Ocean House Restaurant
              425 Old Wharf Rd, Dennis Port, MA 02639

              Brewster Fish House
              2208 Main, Brewster, MA 02631

              Marshside Restaurant
              28 Bridge, East Dennis, MA 02641

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              1. re: musicman

                I too have to caution against Marshside..the locals I know don't go there...I have not loved Brewster Fish House in a few years...Kates, eh....dying to try the outdoor dining area at Wequasett..may head there today..or up to W'Fleet or P Town..

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                Brewster Fish House
                2208 Main, Brewster, MA 02631

                1. re: phelana

                  Wonderful spot on the deck at Wequassett. Recommend it for that alone. The food won't blow you away but it's far from poor. worth the visit IMO.

                  1. re: CapeCodGuy

                    CCG- when you say "the deck" of Wequassett, are you referring to what they calll The Pleasant Bay Terrace, off the pool or the Outer Bar and Grille? Which should I try? I have eaten at Thoreau's in the bar area, and am not looking for a 28 Atlantic "experience" at the moment, but I'd like to go there one night for a lite bite and the view. I worked at Wequassett 2 summers: '79 and '80. It's always been a favorite spot.

                    1. re: ciclista

                      ciclista,
                      I was speaking of the Outer Bar and Grill. I may be mistaken, but I have a vague sense that the Pleasant Bay Terrace may be for resort guests only. You may want to call. Either way, they are close to each other and would have similar views I would think. Never been for dinner, only lunch. Food was neither cheap nor great, but oh, what a spot.

              2. Thank you all for the help. I have a good list for places to try. Also, does anyone know if Wolfie's Bakery is still in business.

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                1. re: josephlapusata

                  Wolfies has been closed for a couple of years now. Instead, try the VERY excellent Buckie's Biscotti in Dennisport Village on 28. Great pastry, biscotti of course, and in my opinion, better cannoli than you will find in Boston's North End.

                  1. re: CapeCodGuy

                    It seems to me there is usually at least one thing at any restaurant I can recommend. At Marshside it's the view. Another place I love for one thing is Chapins, 99 cent shucked in front of you oysters, yum.

                    1. re: kiki47

                      Hi CapeCodGuy. Not to dispute your knowledge of the area but, Wolfie's was open last year. Went there five times between July and August. After talking to the owner and her brother, they were not sure if they would reopen. Have you been by there this year? That is why I asked.

                      1. re: josephlapusata

                        My bad. I knew they closed in 2009 and thought it for good. Didn't even attempt a visit last year to be honest. Nor have I tried this year so my info may indeed be faulty.

                        Sorry.

                  2. re: josephlapusata

                    Drove by Wolfie's yesterday. Alive and kickin'! Sorry about my earlier mistake.

                    1. re: CapeCodGuy

                      How is Wolfies? I have never been...is Terry the owner still?

                      1. re: phelana

                        Have not been there yet but, spoke with the new owner on the phone. Terry is working there this year to get them started. I hope they keep the high quality standards that they have had since day one.