Outdoor Dining on Cape Cod

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As of this writing, we are awaiting guidelines for the phased reopening of businesses in Massachusetts, with June 8th currently the target date for opening for many businesses including hotels and restaurants. It is quite possible that the permitted capacity will be reduced, at least initially. While we begin to explore the much-discussed “new normal,” you may feel more comfortable dining outdoors. There is talk of some towns permitting restaurants to add outdoor dining. Luckily, there are many restaurants that already offer outdoor dining, some of which are quite close to Seadar Inn by the Sea.

Ember

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Ember, at the corner Bank Street and Main Street, nearly doubles their typical seating capacity with a roomy terrace complete with a fire pit and its own bar. The afternoon après-beach and post-dinner hours draw a young singles crowd on the terrace, but dinnertime is more family oriented. Ember is best known for wings and their coal-fired gourmet pizzas. Creative appetizers, epic burgers, and unexpected entrées round out the offerings.

Mad Minnow

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Another option right in the center of Harwich Port is the Mad Minnow. Like Ember, the Mad Minnow already has a spacious outdoor dining area. The menu here is eclectic. The usual suspects – fish and chips, lobster rolls, fried calamari – are well represented, but it’s the “unusual suspects,” such as crab cake tater tots, duck poutine, and nikiri-glazed tuna, that keep us going back. An extensive kids’ menu make this the perfect spot for families.

The Port

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Afternoons are all about buck-a-shuck oysters and an outdoor “adult play area” with a petite bar and corn hole at The Port. Evenings offer an upscale elegant vibe with seating at tall tables on the deck, and a creative menu that runs the gamut, from fish tacos and an excellent wagyu burger to a Portuguese stew filled with local seafood, and filet mignon that redefines “meat and potatoes” in the very best way.  You had us at hand-cut truffle fries.

The Beach House at Chatham Bars Inn

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For the ultimate sand-in-the-toes outdoor dining experience, nothing tops the Beach House at Chatham Bars Inn. With the deck set directly on the beach, the views of the water are unsurpassed. And with what is typically a well-heeled crowd, the people-watching is nearly as beguiling as the location. While the menu isn’t especially long, or very daring, everything is artfully prepared, and the service is absolutely topnotch. You had us at lobster nachos.

All photos via respective websites.