Cape Cod is the place to be throughout the summer and since the Fourth of July is right around the corner, visitors will be flooding the many amazing bars and restaurants that the Cape has to offer. After a year of being stuck inside, why not treat you and your loved ones to a delicious July Fourth meal to take in all of the summer beauty that the Cape has in store. We have gathered a list of the best of the best outdoor patios along the entire Cape Cod peninsula to help plan your patriotic festivities. If you are craving New England-style seafood or even just a quick bite to eat, we have got you covered.
Fisherman’s View, 20 Freezer Rd., Sandwich, MA
Fishman’s View is located right on the Sandwich Marina and is a perfect spot to enjoy a variety of food and watch the boats go by. This boat-to-table restaurant has a large raw bar of sushi, nigiri, and freshly shucked oysters, along with classic New England seafood with a modern twist, like a lobster knuckle BLT with guacamole on Texas toast. The menu frequently rotates and has options that everyone will enjoy: both meat and vegetarian options.
Flying Bridge, 220 Scranton Ave.,
Falmouth Flying Bridge restaurant has been open and serving hungry tourists since 1983, the stunning view from their multi-level patio dining-deck may be their secret to longevity. Due to the multi-level patio and its positioning right on the harbor, guests can enjoy their meal and also see everything nautical: from tiny dinghys to the Island Queen ferries to Martha’s Vineyard sail by. Even if it is a summer chilly night the Flying Bridge has you covered, all of their patios are fully heated and lit.
Sienna, 17 Steeple St., Mashpee
Sienna is a part of the Mashpee Commons, which is an open-air shopping and living area in Mashpee. This restaurant brings a taste of Tuscany to the Upper-Cape. Visitors dine on their street-facing, fan-shaped patios, which you may even mistake as an Italian pizza. Although their menu has the Italian classics, such as homemade pizzas, pastas, and eggplant Parmigiana, you definitely do not want to miss out on their cioppino, a spicy tomato stew stuffed with six different kinds of seafood. This is the Cape afterall!
Spanky’s Clam Shack and Seaside Saloon, 138 Ocean St., Hyannis
Are you looking for an old school, no frills Cape Cod seafood dining? Then Spanky’s is the place to be. Spanky’s waterfront patio is right on the Hyannis Harbor, making it the perfect spot to bask in the sun while devouring Cape Cod’s regional eats. Some of Spanky’s specialties are stuffed quahog, fried clams, and lobster rolls. Wash it down with an ice-cold beer, one of their margaritas, or a vodka-spiked Spanky’s Sweet Tea.
Anejo Mexican Bistro, 599 Main St., Hyannis
This Mexican restaurant’s original location is in Falmouth, however the second location is in Hyannis and is home to the infamous Beechtree Taqueria. Diners can eat beneath a lantern-strung weeping beech tree that’s as old as the United States, planted in 1776. However most guests do not come for the horniculure, but rather for all of thier Mexican food favorites with a New England twist. Their extensive menu includes: carnitas tacos, langosta enchilada with local lobster, and margarita, tequila, and mezcal lists.
Ocean Terrace, 2907 Main St., Brewster
One of the many dining areas at the luxurious Ocean Edge resort, Ocean Terrace is a stark standout because of its elevated New England fare and views of the town and Cape Cod Bay fare. Some of Ocean Terrace’s best dishes are Brewster oysters on the half-shell, grilled swordfish with potato puree, and maple-basted salmon, but it all tastes even better around the patio’s twinkling fire bowls.
Outer Bar and Grille, 2173 Route 2B, Harwich
We are all lucky that you do not have to be a member at Wequassett Resort and Golf Club to enjoy the breathtaking views and delicious eats the Outer Bar and Grille has to offer. The Outer Bar and Grille is so close to the ocean it feels as though you can touch it, in and out of the restaurant. The menu matches the views, with its lavish takes on New England fare like lobster bisque and wok-roasted native mussels.
Beachcomber, 1120 Cahoon Hollow Rd., Wellfleet
The Beachcomber has one of the best views of the Atlantic in all of the Cape. The bar overlooks Cahoon Hollow Beach and is encased by the preserved nature of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Not only that, Beachcomber has a path leading straight to the beach, making it the perfect spot to order some takeout and enjoy a beautiful Cape Cod sunset.
Patio, 328 Commercial St., Provincetown
Located right on the main street and heart of Provincetown, Patio’s spacious and vibrant outdoor dining area is the the perfect restaurant to sit back, relax, and dine on Cape Cod seafood classics with a twist. Enjoy Patio’s moules frites and linguine carbonara with lobster or relish a bottle of wine from their extensive wine list.
The Canteen, 225 Commercial St., Provincetown
This eatery has a lively bayside, backyard atmosphere, giving its guests a real taste of the summer P-Town scene. The Canteen’s menu takes classic New England summer dishes but they are made with a healthy approach, centered around lean, healthy, and locally sourced ingredients. Try out their two different takes on the classic lobster roll: served hot and buttered or filled with cold crustacean salad. If you have a sweet tooth, stop by on Saturdays to try out their famous sticky buns.