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Jun 24, 2012 04:57 PM

Special dinners in Provincetown - recs requested

After many years in Brewster/Dennis/Orleans area, this year we will be staying in Provincetown, where we haven't been to have dinner in the past seven years. Used to love Chester, sadly missed, and Front Street, but need to make reservations pretty soon for Friday and Saturday in mid July, hoping some Chowhounders can help us make a couple of great choices.

We eat seafood on Cape, and look for a Chowhound type experience. Great food is first priority, we are relaxed about service, ambiance, and wine/drinks. One of us has major allergy to mushrooms and intolerance to lobster, but those are the only food restrictions, though we are very seafood oriented.

If we were still on the Lower Cape, it would be a no-brainer: Abba and Nauset Beach Club in Orleans, or Fin in Dennis, we would be happy diners. Where in Provincetown should we be heading for a similar level of satisfaction?

Victor's, Devon's, Jimmy's Hideaway, Ross' Grill, and Dalla Cucina look interesting. Any others we should consider? Good or bad to report about any of these?

We had bad experiences in the past at The Mews and Edwige, so are unlikely to go back to either of those.

We will spend a few days in Wellfleet as well, so any Truro or Wellfleet suggestions will be visited then, for now we are looking for great dinners in Provincetown.

Any recommendations will be appreciated!

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  1. We had an outstanding meal in Jimmy's Hideaway last summer. Impeccable service, wine and food. I had a swordfish special and I think my husband had scallops. We ate at the bar but will go back and eat in the dining room this time. We found Front Street to be over rated as far as the food went and were really put off by the patronizing service and terribly crowded seating.

    1. We were in P'town about two weeks ago and had an excellent experience at The Red Inn. If you search here, you can find the mini review that I wrote about it.

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      1. re: jcanino

        I'll second the Red Inn for a special night out. Food, view, setting, and service all first rate.

        Bonus: they have a parking lot!!!

        1. re: CapeCodGuy

          Red Inn is a fabulous experience - service food and location - sit in an Adirondack chair on the deck and have a drink - I had rainbow trout with mascarpone grits. My hubby had a lighter dish : swordfish over greens.

      2. What went wrong at the Mews Dan?

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        1. re: thos

          The Mews once brought us an entree containing mushrooms, which triggered a severe allergic reaction and an Epi Pen treatment followed by a rush to medical help, this despite our insistence that the server check with the kitchen because of the allergy. Server and management were distinctly unhelpful and unapologetic. Other visits we were only moderately pleased with the food, so we no longer go there.

          1. re: Dan D

            We had several great meals at Jimmy's last year. We dined at Victor's for their Drag Brunch. The setting was congenial, lively and fun. The food was great. I have loved Ross's Grill for lunch many times. Everyone raves about Karoo Kafe, on my list. Harbour Lounge is our pick for next Sunday's pre dinner stop and then Tera Luna in N. Truro for dinner. I am dying to try the Red Inn someday soon.

        2. Thanks for the responses, has anyone tried Devon's? How about Dalla Cucina?

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          1. re: Dan D

            My husband and I adore Devon's both for breakfast and for a special dinner. I always seem to answer these requests for recommendations with my dependable list of Ross' Grill, Jimmy's and Devon's because that's where we eat the most when we're there.

            Here are a couple of photos from Devon's. I can still taste that fabulous pork chop when I see the picture. The wine list is small, like the place, but well matched to the food.


            If you love wine, you'll love Ross' Grill. They have great wines by the glass and we always check the blackboard specials for wine. We have a tradition of selecting our Thanksgiving wine from their list. If Cesar is on the bar, you'll have expert wine guidance and a lot of fun. He's one of our all time favorite bartenders.

            We do like Karoo Kafe but we tend to do take out and bring it home to eat on the deck. And, we stay in the East end so we have a lot of our meals from Angel Foods. Either grabbing a few ingredients or some of their prepared food. Great sandwiches if you want to pack a lunch for the beach or bike trail.


            1. re: BostonZest

              OK, you convinced us to try Jimmy's Hideaway and Devon's, though we will give Ross' a try on a slower night, we've only had lunch there some years back. I will report back and let you know our impressions.

              1. re: Dan D

                I'd love to know your experiences at these restaurants :)

          2. People still rave about Sal & Ciro's and Lorraine's is cute too, with 100's of tequilas though food is spotty, I m also dying to try Red Inn, if I were staying up there I would definitely go, looks amazing. Had a fun lunch at Pepe's Wharf, food average but fine, but the deck on the water was worth it.
            If in Wellfleet you must try Sol, amazing and different from anything else on the Cape, lots of Asian inspired dishes and they have a sense of humor which you don't often they now accept credit cards...Mac's Shack is also delicious (no reservations) and Blackfish in Truro.

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              1. re: alfresca

                I used to love Ciro & Sal's 30 some years ago, but haven't heard a good word in decades. I would love to think it was good again. Any personal experiences to share or any other hounds have a comment?

                And Sol now takes credit cards. I'm soooooo there!


                1. re: CapeCodGuy

                  We ate at Ciro & Sal's about ten years ago. The menu was right down our alley. The execution of the food was not up to par, and the service was disappointing. We have not been back since.

                  1. re: Dan D

                    That's very consistent with what I've heard from others. Anybody try Sal's Place recently in the west end of town?

                    1. re: CapeCodGuy

                      I admit I haven't been to Sal & Ciro's for many years, but I walked past it last Sunday and it still looks as wonderful as ever, though with so many other choices I probably would go somewhere else if having dinner In Ptown. Red-sauce Italian was SO Provincetown decades ago but I guess we've all moved on...and speaking of "old Provincetown" I used to love lunch at Fanizzi's after wandering through the art museum, the dining room on the bay with a breeze wafting through the open windows was a delight, seemed very 1940's tho I know it's not THAT old...

                      1. re: alfresca

                        I STILL enjoy Fanizzi's for nice lunch. Great setting. Nothing spectacular mind you, but good honest basic food.

                        1. re: CapeCodGuy

                          Agreed - get a table in the room on the water. I personally would stick with fish n chips or the fried fish platter--- a generous portion of crispy lightly fried cod, clams, scallops and shrimp over french fries - all reasonably priced.

                    2. re: Dan D

                      We went to Ciro and Sal's for several summers after a long hiatus from Ptown and were initially delighted to find it unchanged but noticed that the food went downhill every year to a final appalling meal with a polite teenaged waiter who was mortified to serve us our entrees. That was maybe 5 years ago. However my cousin who is a long time resident had a lovely meal of shared apps at the bar last summer after a gallery tour... so perhaps it's worth a drink in the bar.. Never been to Sal's. Now we get our memory lane meals at Fanizzi's and Napi's.

                      1. re: Berheenia

                        We had sworn off Ciro & Sal's, after a bad service experience. But last year we went back, and not only was the service very good, but we were blown away by the food quality. We both had fish or seafood (it's been a year, and I don't remember the full details). His was in a more lemon/butter/garlic sauce, and mine was more puttanesca - beautifully spiced, with nice textures. It was one of the best meals of the week.