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Best Outdoor Dining Spots on Cape Cod

Outdoor Dining on Cape CodWith the ever-present threat of the pandemic, outdoor seating is more desirable than ever. Thankfully, some of Cape Cod’s most famous restaurants are now reopening for outdoor dining. Before leaving the house or making a reservation, be sure to check the websites for the restaurant’s current dining and reservation policies as they may be different than normal.

Here are some of our favorite spots for socially distanced dining:


Baxter’s is an old favorite on Cape Cod. The family restaurant has been around for over six decades and still serves the freshest seafood around. Located in Hyannis, the restaurant sits entirely over the water and has views of the harbor and Lewis Bay, where the ferries run to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. The restaurant is famous for a reason - its reasonable prices and delicious food, coupled with a warm and friendly atmosphere make Baxter’s a hit. 

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham Bars Inn, one of Cape Cod’s most luxurious dining experiences, is offering both takeout and outdoor seating. They have a “Picnic Basket” takeout option that allows you to enjoy your meal anywhere, including right on the beach. If you prefer the whole dining experience, they can also seat you on their expansive lawn. The upscale restaurant serves seasonally inspired cocktails and meals, which includes produce from the Chatham Bars Inn farm and seafood from local fisheries. 

Beachcomber in Wellfleet

Being a hub for live music, the Beachcomber has had to “reimagine” its business model in 2020. They are currently open full-time and are offering outdoor seating. The Beachcomber is known for its specialty cocktails, including frozen drinks to help you cool off in the hot summer months, as well as an array of delicious seafood. The restaurant is located right on Cahoon Hollow Beach, making it a popular spot for surfers and families looking for some shade and a cold drink. 

Alberto’s Ristorante

If you’re craving something other than seafood, Alberto’s offers high-end Italian cuisine that is prepared completely in-house with all fresh ingredients. As of now, Alberto’s is open for takeout, indoor, and outdoor dining. While the outdoor dining area is small and lacks a view, the food will make the trip more than worth it. Alberto’s has beautifully melded Northern Italian cuisine with local favorites, creating unique recipes that include fresh seafood and local ingredients.

Crisp Flatbread

Crisp Flatbread is known for its wood-fired pizzas and handmade pasta cooked with fresh seasonal ingredients. Located in Osterville, Crisp offers customers a full dining experience on the outdoor patio, complete with a fire pit and a ping pong table. Crisp is passionate about supporting local farmers and buying organic produce and hormone-free meats whenever possible. Crisp is ideal for a chill night out, offering amazing cuisine and a sophisticated but comfortable atmosphere.

Kream ‘n Kone

It may not look like much at first glance, but Kream ‘n Kone has been serving up top notch seafood in Cape Cod since 1953. People dining on their outdoor patio can enjoy beautiful views of Swan River while indulging in some of Cape Cod’s best seafood. Kream ‘n Kone’s menu has all the basics - in the best way. Choose from an assortment of seafood plates, rolls, dinners, sides, and sandwiches, all made from high quality local fisheries. Their famous sign states what many customers can attest to - “The Best Fried Seafood Anywhere”.

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