Restaurant Review: Stars Restaurant at Chatham Bars Inn

An elegant, ocean-side atmosphere...
A visit to the landmark Stars Restaurant at the Chatham Bars Inn (Pat Brooks photo)

Stars Restaurant at Chatham Bars Inn - Chatham's only 5 star restaurant  - An elegant, ocean-side atmosphere

Stars Restaurant at Chatham Bars Inn, has partnered with acclaimed Boston-based Chef Jody Adams offering an exciting seasonal culinary experience.
The James Beard Award-winning chef behind legendary restaurants Rialto, Trade, Porto and Saloniki is presiding over the summer pop-up’s menu bringing a refined take on classic Cape Cod summer fare, utilizing the Inn's proprietary Brewster farm, fresh local seafood from Chatham Harbor and her expertise in Mediterranean cuisine, blending those flavors and New England ingredients.

For a memorable fine dining experience on Cape Cod, locals and visitors head to Stars year round.

The chandelier-lit dining room is elegant and the views are breathtaking.  We were seated directly in front of a huge bay window overlooking the beautiful landscaping and Chatham Harbor facing east across the street.

Our server Sarah, from Montreal, was truly outstanding - friendly, courteous, gastric knowledgeable and very professional making you feel at ease but not overly intrusive.

While enjoying refreshing blueberry vodka cocktails ($11) and listening to the pianist it gave us time to study the menu.

To start I ordered the Tuna tartar ($15) from the raw bar selection with square pieces of sushi grade raw tuna, pickled green tomatoes, avocado pieces and lime. My husband ordered the grilled oysters ($18) sitting in nasturtium-garlic butter & horseradish deviled eggs. Both were outstanding.

Next our server mentioned the the tomato salad ($12) was newly added to the menu and just picked from their garden that day. They were tossed in feta, walnuts, pomegranate molasses & sumac.  The best tomatoes I ever had!

From the soups & pasta list the Zucchini & yellow tomato soup ($12) with honeydew, creme fraiche & tarragon was an interesting blend.  The Lobster pappardelle ($21) combined with charred red and green tomato sauce, saffron & basil was enjoyable enough to have for an entree. We discovered something different in every bite.and remarked on the freshness of the locally farm grown vegetables, greens and herbs which makes a huge difference in the quality of the food,

We finally were ready for the main entree.  I notice the Lobster poached in creme fraiche ($52) was removed from the shell and I didn't have to do the work  The warm potato salad, fennel and oil cured olives were a very creative addition to the lobster.

My husband ordered the roasted lamb rack ($38) medium rare. A braised shoulder with mint chutney & kohlrabi. It was beautifully prepared and presented and a fine cut of meat

To accompany this fine fare there's an interesting wine list including a selection of fine European labels,

Chef Jody Adams delivers delightfully balanced dishes to please every palate, whether it’s a custom-sized rib eye steak, an olive oil roasted local bass or a selection from the raw bar.

After dinner, we rewarded ourselves with a selection from Stars' creative dessert menu. From blueberry crostada, flourless chocolate cake to strawberries and cream. I ordered the semolina-yogurt cake ($11) with citrus yogurt mousse,
lemon balm and pieces of grapefruit recommended by our server. It did not disappoint.  My husband enjoyed the profiteroles ($11) with Tahitian vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate sauce, ginger caramel and topped with ripe strawberries
They provided the perfect ending to our seaside meal.

The food and the service was exquisite and nothing was overlooked except the view.

There are four distinctive options for meals. In addition to "Stars", "The Sacred Cod offers cocktails, appetizers and tavern meals. The Beach House is a beachfront dining spot that hosts clambakes and family themed dinners during the season.  We will have to return and try them all.

Open year round
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late night Full Bar
Outdoor Seating, Valet Parking

Stars Restaurant
Chatham Bars Inn
297 Shore Road, Chatham,
(508) 945-0096   www.chathambarsinn.com


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