Falmouth and Sandwich restaurants go beyond traditional waterfront eateries that visitors might expect. While seafood plays a major role on every menu, creative local chefs are taking Cape Cod cuisine to new heights at these recommended Massachusetts restaurants.
Whether you're catching a ferry in Falmouth to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket, strolling through Sandwich, or vacationing on Cape Cod, these restaurants provide memorable fare.
Falmouths most spectacular restaurant features cuisine thats as tasty as it is innovative. The menu describes the food as atypical dishes using traditional regional ingredients and includes lobster springrolls, polenta fries, and Kona coffee crusted pork tenderloin. Save room for to-die-for desserts including ginger crème brulee and butterscotch pot de crème and drinks such as the Almond Joy Martini. Even Roobars décor is hip: orange sponge-painted walls dotted with whimsical artwork.
This unique restaurant in Sandwich occupies a renovated church with the original stained glass windows and dark wood paneling. Its contemporary international cuisine features appetizers like Thai peanut dusted shrimp with basil noodle salad and entrees like Madras curry rubbed duck breast over basmati rice. The Belfry Bistro also serves tea with maple sweet potato scones, lemon curd tartlets, and delectable tea sandwiches like pecan butter with roasted pecans and mandarin oranges.
Fourth-generation restauranteur Jay Bartolomei combines the freshest ingredients available with a lot of imagination to bring a new twist to Italian classics. Amidst muted earth tones and floor-to-ceiling windows, diners enjoy entrees like chicken parmigiana with five cheeses or salmon florentine topped with chopped tomatoes and crumbled gorgonzola. Drinks include cantaloupe, chocolate, and espresso martinis. The luscious signature dessert, bananas foster, comes with chocolate gelato.
The Flying Bridge features serious seafood in an informal harborside setting with outdoor dining on the deck. The raw bar includes oysters and clams on the half shell. Popular entrees are the lobster roll, baked stuffed shrimp, Chatham scrod, and of course lobster, either boiled or baked and stuffed. Yacht-sized martinis include the O Cape Codder, made with Bacardi O, cranberry juice, and lime. Desserts such as key lime pie, strawberry shortcake, and Boston cream pie are a must.
Next door to the Belfry Bistro, the Painted Lady restaurant offers casual dining in a charming 1882 Victorian house decorated with cartoon-style artwork. Chicken pot pie is its most popular dish. Other favorites include lobster and goat cheese grilled pizza, creamy lobster chowder, and crispy bacon wrapped sea scallops. Sunday brunch features bacon and lobster quiche. The house dessert, the Painted Lady Pillow, consists of flaky pastry in Bavarian cream floating in mixed berry sauce.
This casual eatery on Falmouths Main Street is decorated with bright splashy paintings and features grilled specialties for lunch and dinner. In addition to pizzas, wood-grilled entrees include swordfish, chicken, or even sirloin burgers. Stuffed shrimp, scrod, and Atlantic salmon are baked in a stone oven. Firefly features wild mushroom torte or curried vegetable croquettes for vegetarians. Irresistible desserts include grilled peach melba cheesecake, served with raspberry coulis.