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Oct 7, 2012 05:50 AM

planning South Yarmouth for 2013

Have been staying farther out the last several years, and have gotten to know Harwich/Chatam and Wellfleet dining spots quite well (thanks to all you fine folks!) the last several years...

This past summer's highlight was Blackfish in Truro followed by Mac's Seafood in Wellfleet, and happy hour raw bar at Pearl.

Sol was ok, but overpriced and WAAAY over attitude'd (if that's a word), the way the bartender rolled his eyes at his customers in a dismissive sort of way was uncomfortably observed even by our 4 top off to the side of the bar, then we were ignored for 20min or more after finishing, waiting for the check then another 20min for them to pick up my cash...Cash only, not sure why, we were prepared for that, but if that's part of the pretension, it just doesn't work!

So this year we are changing venues and looking to stay more up/mid cape Yarmouth area, and want to be sure we'll have some great dining options....

So I turn again to the great cape folks here (CCG et al) for some top spot recs...from casual/to breakfast/to sandwiches/to upscale/gastrobub/burgers etc, we'll hear it all and filter out our choices...

direct me to some already existing threads, as i have been lost looking for the good ones, i keep coming across some seemingly outdated ones.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Buca's Tuscan Roadhouse- Harwich amazing
    Del Mar- Chatham great
    Hangar B- Chatham breakfast/brunch
    Harvest Wine Bar- Dennis
    Mac's Shack- Wellfleet
    Sesuit Cafe- BYOB on the water clam shack - Dennis
    28 Atlantic - Harwich fine dining
    Ocean House - on the water- Dennisport
    3 Seasons - on the water for lunch - Dennisport

    These are as good as it gets IMHO

    5 Replies
    1. re: phelana

      Had a very below average meal at Buca this summer, so I wouldn't head back there.
      The rest of the list is spot on. Only additions I would make are Beaches Cafe (the breakfast spot run by Ocean House) and Norabella for best Italian on Cape.

      1. re: foleyd7

        I've heard similar comments about Buca's from others, yet phelena always declares it 'amazing'. Leads me to believe there may be a consistency issue there. I think when phelana mentions 3 Seasons she means Beaches Cafe, but good call by you both regardless. And you really need to try Osteria la Civetta in Falmouth before you declare anywhere the "best Italian" on the Cape. It will convert your thinking on the subject. I promise.

        1. re: CapeCodGuy

          Point taken on Falmouth. Haven't eaten in Falmouth in years and have never been to la Civetta. We are definitely intending to make a few Falmouth excursions next year, and that one is at the top of our list.

          1. re: foleyd7

            Yes Beaches AT 3 Seasons..thanks for the corrrection. Foley, I am pretty much a fan of Buca's. Have been 5 times in 2012 and love love LOVE it...sorry your experience was not wonderful. I will say, Friday night was packed but our waitress kept up efficiently. ...just those darn measured carafe's for anal...

      2. re: phelana

        I was at Mac's Shack this past summer. Very good food.

      3. LOl...I like your style...thinking ahead for good chow.

        I second Phelena's recs and would add:

        Fin- Dennis Village for dinner
        Lyric- Yarmouthport Dinner and Sun. brunch
        Inaho- Yarmouthport- great sushi and Japanese
        Alberto's - Hyannis- Al fresco dining available on Main St Hyannis- excellent Italian/American
        Colombo's Hyannis- Reasonably priced Italian and good pizza and deserts
        Embargo- Good Tapas and lively bar scene

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        1. re: CapeCodGuy

          thanks CCG!!

          phelana thanks for your rec's..most of those we know of from our trips to harwich and chatham the last few years, and have enjoyed many of them in fact! but we were looking for places in and close to yarmouth...anything to add to CCG's recs???

          lloking forward to trying some of these!

          who has the good ice cream in yarmouthport??? We have a saying on our trips, that Cape Cod ice cream has no calories and therefore can be consumed nightly!

          1. re: fenway68

            Ice Cream Smuggler in Dennis village is fairly close to Y'Port. That's the only homemade ice cream that comes to mind.

            1. re: phelana

              Smuggler is closest and best in the area. You could also drive across Cape to Sundae School in Dennisport. My favorite home made ice cream on the Cape. Good gelato can be had at Colombo's on Main St. in Hyannis. Exquisite (and very authentic) gelato can be found just off Main St. on PearI I believe at Caffè Gelato Bertini. Owned and operated by two women from Florence I think.

              1. re: CapeCodGuy

                I love the Gelato place on Pearl in Hyannis. It was owned by a couple. She is American and I thought he was too but perhaps not. There is no seating inside and not really outside (two benches) so take your lovely treat and walk around Main St. I love supporting this business.


                1. re: phelana

                  Thanks for the correction. I guess they apprenticed under sisters Alessandra and Susi Bertini of Florence. I misread that awhile back thinking it was those sisters who opened the shop. (especially considering the name of the shop)

                  Either way, wonderful Gelato.

                  1. re: CapeCodGuy

                    Is the chef/owner at Norabella previously at Il Maestro?

                    1. re: kiki47

                      Kiki, yes, he was previously the chef at Il Maestro.