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Discover the Best Restaurants in Chatham (MA)

Table of Contents

  1. The Impudent Oyster: A Seafood Lover’s Dream
  2. Bluefins Sushi & Sake Bar: Asian Flavors in Cape Cod
  3. Chatham Bars Inn: Dining with Elegance
  4. Del Mar Bistro: A Blend of Local and Global
  5. Cuvée: An Enchanting Evening
  6. Hangar B Eatery: Unique Breakfast and Brunch
  7. Mom & Pops Burgers: Casual Fare with Flair
  8. Conclusion


Cape Cod whispers of quaint harbors, lighthouses reaching for the sky, and charming villages frozen in time. Nestled amongst these postcard-perfect scenes is Chatham, a town that not only boasts breathtaking landscapes and historic architecture, but also a vibrant culinary scene. 

Chatham's soul is undeniably tied to the sea. Here, weathered docks overflow with the day's bounty, feeding generations-old clam shacks that churn out platters of fried clams and steaming bowls of chowder. But venture beyond the waterfront and you'll discover a sophisticated side to Chatham's dining. Elegant restaurants tucked behind unassuming facades showcase innovative takes on local ingredients, while cozy bistros offer globally-inspired menus.  

Today's post will serve as your guide to navigating the best of Chatham's culinary offerings. Whether you crave a quintessential New England seafood experience or a more refined evening of fine dining, Chatham has something to tantalize all taste buds. Prepare to embark on a gastronomic journey through this coastal gem, where the salty air mingles with the aroma of culinary delights, promising an unforgettable experience.



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The Impudent Oyster: A Seafood Lover’s Dream

The Impudent Oyster is a must-visit spot for seafood aficionados! Cozy and bustling – even in the shoulder season, dinner reservations are a must – this is one of the spots to dine out in Cape Cod.

This restaurant is located in a converted church and for almost half a century has boasted a menu that is a true paean to the sea's bounty. 

Today, the menu is both extensive and diverse, with standout dishes including a baked cod main course served with lobster, bacon, sweet corn, and a lima bean succotash. Indeed, from classic clam chowder and raw bar selections to more elaborate entrees, seafood lovers will be well satisfied with their visit.

The menu also incorporates flavors from around the world, including dishes like Ray Ray's Rice Bowl (Korean BBQ glazed salmon) and Taquitos Rivera (lightly fried three cheese taquitos with chili verde pork carnitas).

The Impudent Oyster is open year-round for lunch and dinner services – reservations are strongly recommended for dinner, although lunch is served on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Impudent Oyster website


Bluefins Sushi & Sake Bar: Asian Flavors in Cape Cod

For those seeking a more contemporary take on Cape Cod's bounty, look no further than Bluefins Sushi & Sake Bar. Here, traditional Asian flavors meet the freshest catches of the region, resulting in a vibrant culinary experience. 

With an ambiance that manages to be both chic and inviting, Bluefins boasts an impressive selection of sushi and sashimi, showcasing the quality and diversity of local seafood. Tuna, yellowtail, and glistening scallops are just a few of the options one might find here. But Bluefins goes beyond the classics, offering a menu brimming with creative rolls. Think spicy scallop tempura accented with mango, or a cooked roll starring shrimp tempura and fried potatoes. 

Whether you're a purist or a sushi adventurer, Bluefins has something to tantalize your taste buds, with focused attention on absolutely gorgeous presentation -- and an extensive sake selection. 

Bluefins is open year-round, Tuesday-Sunday from 5 PM.

Bluefins website


Chatham Bars Inn: Dining with Elegance

Chatham Bars Inn offers a delightful array of dining options, catering to a variety of tastes and occasions. Whether you're a guest at the Inn or just passing through, all five restaurants on its premises are open to the public. 

For a fine-dining experience, consider STARS. Here, breathtaking ocean views and a menu inspired by the bounty of the region's farms come together to create a truly special occasion. Start your day with breakfast or brunch, or linger for an elegant dinner featuring standout dishes like scallops with fava risotto and wagyu striploin with truffled farm spinach. Be sure to make reservations in advance, and come prepared to be impressed by the award-winning wine list and impeccable service.

For a more casual atmosphere, head to the Sacred Cod. This lively tavern-style eatery blends local ingredients with global flavors, offering a menu of shared plates, bites, and larger entrees. Savor roasted cod, perfectly seared scallops, or a comforting lamb and gnocchi dish, all crafted with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Sacred Cod's welcoming ambiance and extensive beverage program, featuring local beers and spirits alongside the Inn's own line of liquors, make it a great spot to gather with friends or enjoy a solo meal.

During the summer months, the Beach House Grill offers a quintessential Cape Cod experience. Nestled on the sand dunes overlooking the harbor, this upbeat restaurant is the perfect place to indulge in classic seaside favorites like clambake dinners, creamy clam chowder, and stellar lobster rolls. Don't miss the chance to enjoy freshly harvested salads bursting with flavor thanks to the Inn's own farm. 

For a taste of the Mediterranean with a Cape Cod twist, The Veranda beckons. Open seasonally, this charming spot offers stunning harbor views and a menu showcasing familiar flavors from across the Mediterranean region. While reservations are not accepted, The Veranda's coveted seats are well worth the wait. 

Finally, for a relaxed evening under the stars, head to the Bayview Terrace (open seasonally). Here, you can enjoy live music, dazzling sunsets, and a light fare menu featuring lobster ceviche, tuna tostadas, and tempting seafood towers. Gather around the firepits with a handcrafted cocktail or explore the Inn's curated selection of tequilas and mezcals. 

Chatham Bars Inn restaurants


Del Mar Bistro: A Blend of Local and Global

Del Mar Bar & Bistro has been a Chatham mainstay for over a decade, offering a lively atmosphere and a menu that caters to a variety of tastes. Whether you're in the mood for a casual bite, a creative bistro entree, or a wood-fired pizza, Del Mar has you covered. 

The menu starts with a tempting selection of raw bar options and snacks, perfect for sharing with friends. The marinated olives with za'atar hummus and crispy pork belly with chili sesame honey glaze are particularly inspired. In the small plates section, you'll find classics like New England clam chowder and fried calamari alongside more far-flung options like shrimp tempura with peanut rice noodles and oysters Rockefeller with sambuca cream. 

For the main course, Del Mar offers a tempting selection of land and sea options. Seafood lovers will gravitate toward the Faroe Island salmon bowl and the wood-roasted codfish, while meat-eaters can indulge in the grilled filet mignon or the maple-glazed roasted duckling. Vegetarian options include a variety of pizzas and salads.

The atmosphere at Del Mar is warm and inviting, with a large bar area perfect for socializing. Live jazz adds to the ambiance on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings during the summer months. With its extensive menu, friendly vibe, and outdoor patio seating, Del Mar Bar & Bistro is a great spot to relax and enjoy a delicious meal.

Del Mar Bar & Bistro is open year-round for dinner (starting at 5 PM) from Tuesday through Saturday.

Del Mar Bar & Bistro website

Cuvée: An Enchanting Evening

Cuvée (formerly Chatham Wine Bar and Restaurant) at Chatham Inn isn't your average Cape Cod eatery. This Relais & Châteaux restaurant, recently lauded as the #1 on Cape Cod and a Top 10 in New England, transcends the typical beach shack fare. Here, Chef Isaac Olivo orchestrates a symphony of flavors, transforming local ingredients into globally-inspired masterpieces.

The ambiance matches the ambition. Imagine exquisitely set tables adorned with Villeroy & Boch china and Schott Zwiesel crystal, bathed in the warm glow of impeccable service. This is fine dining at its finest, with a touch of distinguished New England charm courtesy of Frette linens.

Cuvée's menu is a living document, changing daily to capture the essence of the season. While a la carte options are available, the true star is Chef Olivo's tasting menu, a seven-course exploration of his culinary artistry. Expect dishes that showcase both innovation and respect for tradition, like house-made squid ink pasta studded with seafood and caviar, or Creekstone Farm beef striploin presented with a classic sauce au poivre. And of course, dessert gets the gourmet treatment, with options like blood orange tart and a deconstructed apple crumble.

Cuvée takes its wine selection as seriously as its food. Their multiple Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence are a testament to their dedication, and the knowledgeable staff is happy to guide you through the pairings that will elevate your experience.

A caveat: Cuvée is a special occasion restaurant. Cocktail attire is recommended, and reservations are a must. Prices skew high, reflecting the quality of the ingredients and the artistry on display.

But for those seeking an unforgettable culinary adventure in Cape Cod, Cuvée at Chatham Inn delivers. Here, in a luxurious setting with impeccable service, Chef Olivo's innovative take on locally sourced ingredients creates an evening worthy of its #1 ranking. 

Cuvée is open year-round, Tuesday to Sunday, from 5 PM to 9 PM. On Mondays, only the wine bar is open, from 5 PM to 9 PM.

Cuvée website

Hangar B Eatery: Unique Breakfast and Brunch

Tucked away at the Chatham Municipal Airport lies Hangar B Eatery, a breakfast and lunch spot that transcends the typical diner fare. With a focus on fresh, local ingredients and thoughtful preparation, Hangar B offers a delightful escape for those seeking a delicious start to their day, or a satisfying midday meal.

The menu goes beyond the usual bacon and eggs. Lemon ricotta pancakes with seasonal berries are a fluffy, tangy treat, while the artichoke, fingerling potato & cipollini onion hash with poached eggs offers a more savory option. Don't miss the house-made buttermilk potato doughnuts, a sweet indulgence that perfectly complements their house-made jams and lemon curd.

Owner Tracy Shields' commitment to sourcing high-quality ingredients and fair treatment of staff shines through in every bite. This dedication is reflected in the menu's pricing, which is fair considering the quality of the food. 

Hangar B feels more like a family gathering spot than a restaurant. The service is friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. The view of the planes taking off and landing adds a unique touch, making it a memorable dining experience.

Be prepared for a potential wait, especially on weekends, as this popular spot can get crowded. They are only open Wednesday through Sunday from 8 AM to 1 PM, so plan your visit accordingly.

Hangar B website

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Mom & Pops Burgers: Casual Fare with Flair

Mom & Pops Burgers isn't your average burger joint. It's a culinary love letter from a married couple, Mom and Pops, showcasing their passions and heritage on a plate.  

The menu is a delightful dance between American classics and Filipino specialties. Sink your teeth into a juicy, grass-fed beef patty or a vibrantly seasoned Pinoy Burger with adobo-marinated pork. Mom's lumpia, a Filipino spring roll, is a must-try, offering a delightful textural and flavor contrast to the burgers. 

Mom & Pops doesn't skimp on ingredients. They grind their Creekstone Farms beef in-house daily, ensuring exceptional freshness.  Everything is cooked to order, so be prepared for a wait – but hey, good things come to those who wait, especially when it comes to a burger this delicious. 

Wash it all down with a frosty beer from their world-class selection, or cool off with a house-made frappe. Vegetarians won't be left out – the house-made veggie burger is a crowd-pleaser, and there are gluten-free bun options available.

All told, Mom & Pops Burgers offers an unforgettable dining experience that goes way beyond the typical burger joint. With its focus on quality, globally-inspired flavors, and friendly service, Mom & Pops is a must-visit for anyone seeking a taste of culinary love on Cape Cod.  

Mom & Pops Burgers is open daily from 11:30 AM to 8 PM.

Mom & Pops Burgers website


From Mom & Pops Burgers' globally-inspired creations to the standout experience at Cuvee, Chatham is truly a Cape Cod culinary gem. Whether you crave a juicy, well-crafted burger or a delightful exploration of international flavors, Chatham's restaurants have something to tantalize all diners.

So, after strolling along Chatham's charming streets and soaking in the scenic views, cap off your experience with a truly memorable meal. Explore the unique offerings of each restaurant – you might just discover your new favorite dish. 



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About the Author


In 2015, driven by his own challenges as a homeowner dealing with a rental management company and a desire for a better solution, Luke Chapman founded Del Mar Vacations. His goal was to simplify the process of managing and caring for rental homes and their guests, offering a comprehensive, full-service solution. As a lifelong Cape Codder, Luke's deep-rooted love and knowledge of the area infuse every aspect of his business. Through this blog, he shares his insider tips and local insights, aiming to transform each visitor's trip into an unforgettable Cape Cod adventure.