The Lobster Pot: A P-Town Tradition
The Lobster Pot's exterior has become an iconic image of P-Town. On Commerical Street, smack dab in the center of Provincetown, The Lobster Pot has been owned by the same family for more than 35 years now, and over those years they've perfected their seafood menu. Just inside the front door you'll see huge tanks of live lobsters. For more casual dining, sit downstairs; upstairs you'll find the bar area and dining room overlooking the water. The Lobster Pot doesn't take reservations, but order a bottle of wine (prices are jaw-droppingly reasonable!) and wait ... it's so well worth it.
A great place for a family dinner or to celebrate a special occasion.
Favorite Dish: Their boiled lobsters are awesome; roll up your sleeves and dig in! But if you're tired from a long day on the beach, don't give up on the lobster altogether. Instead of boiled, just try their "Pan Roasted Lobster" or their "Baked Stuffed Lobster." So flavorful, these are prepared with the main body already cut open for you, but you'll still have to crack the tail, claws and legs yourself.
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Bubala's by the Bay: Score a table on the front patio!
Bubala's is one of those restaurants where you linger for hours, chatting and eating with friends. Their outdoor patio is streetside, which is great for people watching (and in P-Town, people watching is a pasttime!). Their indoor dining room and bar are great too, with views of the harbor. You'll often find groups of hungry folks waiting out front for a table, but Bubala's is worth the wait, especially for one of the coveted patio tables. Put your name in and take a stroll through the nearby shops while you wait!
Check out Bubala's live music schedule, too. The restaurant is known for its live jazz.
Exceptional seafood restaurants are the norm in P-Town, and Bubala's is certinaly among the best. But if you're seafood-ed out--perhaps you're craving waffles or omelettes?--try something from Bubala's brunch menu which is available til 5pm daily. So good!
And for a lighter dinner, an appetizer and a salad are big enough for two to share.
Favorite Dish: The wine list at Bubala's is varied, and very inexpensive. Clam chowder (New England, of course!) is highly recommended: thick, creamy and chock-full of all the good stuff.
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The Post Office: Signed Sealed and Delivered
Nice place to stop and take a load off. Lots of interesting and original hot and cold drinks.
Fresh seafood, menu heavy on scallops.
Engaging and fun staff.
Favorite Dish: Sampler. Every fish in the sea fried and piled high. Enough for 2 or more.
Karoo Kafe: Anyone for snails!!
Inspired by South Africa, this little joint has some exotic dishes on offer. There isnt too much place to sit but the staff are friendly and the food is nice enough!
Favorite Dish: The deep fried snails were great. As a food lover, it was nice to have something different.
Clem's: Don't Miss The Fresh Lobster
Seafood restaurant is a Seafood Paradise/ Morii chomped on a 3 1/2 lb.
Portuguese Bakery: Portuguese delights
This place has been here for more than 100 years and is the cheapest place in town for breakfast and lunch. Standard breakfasts, interesting sandwiches for lunch. Great takeaways - pasteis de natas (custard cakes) included. Only problem here is that the smell of deep-frying dough can be very overpowering.
The Lobster Pot: Aaaaah - those scallops
Renowned sea food restaurant right in the heart of 'downtown' Provincetown. Nothing fancy - the emphasis is on the food rather than the decor. Homely and welcoming (and big - there are two floors). Lobster is the speciality (no surpise there) but the whole gamut of seafood and fish is on offer.
Favorite Dish: Lobster does nothing for me, but having discovered the delights in Boston of New England scallops....
The Martin House: History
A serious dining experience is to be had in this converted 19th century Captains house.
As soon as you enter, you know you're in for something very special. An open hallway/ foyer greets you with a big open fireplace to your left, a few seats and magazines scattered around for your comfort while you wait for your table.
To the right is what is known as the tavern - a small room with the bar and three tables. Heavy, old, dark wood dominates this room with a cushioned bench running along one wall for diners. Again a fireplace is located in one wall (not used) and with leaded windows, there is a feeling of time having stopped still (except for the creature comforts we would expect!). Two other small dining rooms are located downstairs (4 or 5 tables in each) and there are two larger rooms (less intimate) to be found upstairs. Most have big open fires should there be a need for them.
The menu is perfectly balanced in terms of choice and limited to approx 6 or 7 items per course and they pride themselves in an extensive wine list. Service is the right balance between friendliness and distance.
It always features in the 'Best 5 Cape Cod restaurants' list by New York food journalists.
Favorite Dish: It was difficult to chose - generally they have 2 red meats, 1 or 2 white meats, fish and/or seafood plus a veggie option. There are also 2 or 3 specials.
Warning - the cheese plate at the end is enormous and would have fed 3 people!
Surf Club Restaurant and Bar at Lopes Square: When one is hungry, price is not important?
Located just off the wharf, it seemed a good place for a lunch. The food was good, but for 2 adults and 2 children, $49.00 does seem a bit high, even in Ptown for sandwiches. I would recommend a less expensive place for a quick lunch.
Oh, there are so many. And...
Oh, there are so many. And they're good for different things. I LOVE Cafe Edwige. Stylish, wonderful food a bit on the pricey side. But everything is in PTown. Lobster Pot has the best clam chowder I've ever had. Governor Bradford seems to treat the lobsters most tenderly.
Cafe Edwige or Martin House is where you take someone you're looking to impress, who is used to the finer things in commestibles. Did I spell that correctly?
The Lobster Pot is on the water, and you have a water view from almost every seat. Just don't go right at lunch or dinner. Long lines, my friend.
Favorite Dish: That's too hard. Probably some daily special at Cafe Edwige. I have different things I get everywhere.
Usually a lobster at Governor Bradford. Cafe Blase is tops for people watching, has a mean lobster roll and the best mint iced tea on the Cape.
Moby Dick's Resturant: Moby Dick's Resturant
A very casual seafood restaurant. It was a unique dining experience. A typical New England style clam bake atmosphere. Has fresh local lobster, oysters, and clams.
The price was very reasonable
Favorite Dish: 1 1/2 lb. Lobster
The Mayflower Café Restaurant: A family restaurant not to miss!
The Mayflower Café Restaurant is billed as a family restaurant offering Appetizers, Entrees, Italian, Portuguese, Lobsters, Daily Specials, Fresh Native Seafood Combinations, Meat and Poultry, Salads and Plates, Pizzas, Sandwiches, Burgers, Submarines, Side Dishes, Kids Soft Drinks, Juices. If you go the their website you will find more information and a full menu.
open 7 days a week
11:30 AM to Close
(Noon on Sunday)
Provincetown Portuguese Bakery and Coffee Shop: A delight for those who love baked goods.
"Bet ya can't go in without buying something. " is their motto and by what I saw through the window I think the are correct. I would have loved to go in and sample the "treats" they were selling. Maybe on my next trip!!
Karoo Kafe: South African Fare
A special ethnic restaurant on Commercial Street -- the food was great, the ambience was cozy and very African !
Favorite Dish: Chicken Coconut Soup.
George's Pizza: Unexpensive restaurant
The cheapest of Provincetown (which is an expensive town). The tables outside are directly on the beach (but not really a beautiful viewpoint)
Favorite Dish: Pizza
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