Lots of people live in Hyannis and many more people come here to vacation. It is the largest village in the town of Barnstable, making it unsurprising that it has some of the best restaurants the area has to offer.
Because Hyannis has such a big downtown, there are many yummy cuisine options.
Most of its restaurants sit on Main Street with outdoor seating along the sidewalk. Downtown is also close to the harbor, where many restaurants sit, giving off beach views, making it a beautiful area to enjoy a meal.
Check out the list below to find your next Hyannis dining experience!
Address: 410 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601
The Naked Oyster Bistro + Raw Bar is a beautiful romantic spot serving creative seafood dishes and a modern vibe. There is indoor seating in their vibrant and artsy dining room featuring exposed brick walls and low lighting. There is also outdoor seating along the street with views of Main Street.
As stated in the name, Naked Oyster Bistro has a raw bar and a huge one at that. The restaurant even has its own oyster farm along Barnstable Harbor, so you know the oysters are fresh and local!
If you decide to order something, I suggest trying the raw bar sampler to get a taste of everything. But, if you want a warm oyster dish, try the Bbq bleu oysters or the classic Oyster Rockefeller.
There is a big selection of regular menu appetizers as well, all of which are perfect for sharing. The grilled Thai shrimp is amazing and flavor-packed. I also urge you to try the smoked bluefish pate or classic Caesar salad with anchovies. The beef carpaccio is also quite tasty.
For main courses, the half-pound Kobe beef burger is absolutely mouth-watering and tender. The parmesan-crusted haddock is perfect for those wanting seafood as an entree. If you’re a vegetarian, the Thai bowl is a great alternative, packed with Lo mein noodles, veggies, and peanut sauce.
Overall, this restaurant is definitely more of an adult spot, perfect for a date night or an evening out with friends. The Naked Oyster does accept reservations, which I highly recommend for dinner, as it fills up quickly! And finally, there is a happy hour menu offered Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 to 6 pm.
Address: 360 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Alberto’s Ristorante has been serving Northern Italian classics and seafood fare since 1984. Located along Main Street in Hyannis, Alberto’s offers lunch and dinner in a large, inviting dining room filled with linen-clothed tables and a gorgeous fireplace.
The atmosphere is upscale yet relaxed, with a beautiful bar, lounge area, and additional seating along the adjacent covered patio. There is also sidewalk seating out front, much like many of Hyannis’s Main Street restaurants that will appear on this list!
The food at Alberto’s features freshly made pasta, various other flavorful, homemade dishes, and crafted cocktails. If you plan to enjoy a drink with your meal, I recommend the watermelon martini or one of the many wines featured on their list.
For appetizers, make sure to ask about the soup of the day or try their classic Zupa di Pesce. I also encourage you to start with the truffle gnocchi or fresh Caprese salad.
Looking at entrees–the menu is huge. With various styles of pasta, seafood, beef, chicken, and lamb–there are choices for any craving.
If you want pasta, try the chicken ala vodka or shrimp scampi. For seafood, the two-pound baked stuffed lobster is a delicious feat for anyone with a big appetite. Furthermore, if you’re looking for something extra hearty, try the beef short rib or lamb osso bucco.
However, diners can also decide to choose Alberto’s prix fix 3-course dinner, which comes with an appetizer, entree, and dessert!
While Alberto’s is a great place for a romantic date night, it is very family-friendly and has an extensive kid’s menu that has options ranging much further than the usual chicken nuggets.
If you still have room for dessert, the homemade carrot cake (my favorite!) is absolutely amazing, as is the Heath bar pie. There are also many after-dinner coffee options, dessert wines, and other libations.
Alberto’s Ristorante does accept reservations, which may be necessary on busy nights, so they’re definitely worth the effort. You can also order takeout online if you’d rather eat at home. Lastly, the restaurant has a talented Jazz pianist that plays on Fridays and Saturdays, adding to the warm, romantic ambiance!
Address: 599 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Anejo Mexican Bistro & Beechtree Taqueria is one of my favorite spots. From the fun, eclectic decor to the delicious, fresh cuisine, Anejo offers an amazing all-around dining experience.
Another spot along Main Street, this restaurant has plenty of indoor seating in their bright, colorful dining room and at the gorgeous bar where you can savor brunch, lunch, or dinner.
Additionally, the restaurant has a stunning outdoor patio area with more tables and another bar–all of which is centered around a massive, beautiful Beechtree, that gives this patio an extraordinary feel. There are also TVs at the bars–both in and outdoors!
If you plan to imbibe while enjoying your meal at Anejo, I suggest trying one of their renowned margaritas. The unique choices like guava jalapeno, frozen raspberry, and traditional, are all fresh and delicious, with perfectly salted rims.
There are also many skinny margarita choices if you’re looking for something lighter–like the skinny spicy pineapple margarita and the skinny blood orange margarita. I have tried the traditional and skinny spicy pineapple–both were amazing.
However, if you don’t want a margarita but still want an adult beverage, the drink menu features other fun options, like mojitos, la Paloma, and plenty of tequilas.
For food, I urge you to start with an order of their housemade guacamole or with the flautas de pollo (one of my personal go-to dishes).
For entrees, if you’re craving seafood with Mexican flare, try the blackened mahi mahi tacos or the tuna tostadas. The restaurant also has all the classics, like burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas. If you want dessert, try the homemade churros!
While the restaurant does not take reservations, you can join the waitlist through their website if you want to cut down on your wait for a table. Personally, I recommend sitting outside if it’s nice out–sitting under the Beechtree makes the experience almost magical!
Address: 50 Sea St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Sea Street Cafe Hyannis is a lowkey spot serving breakfast and lunch ALL day long–well, until 9 pm. They also recently added a dinner menu that sometimes changes nightly–but, if you’re craving breakfast for dinner, this is the spot.
The cafe is clean with a spacious, cute layout that gives a modern twist to the normal, diner-style restaurant. And, the staff is incredibly friendly and upbeat, adding to the overall experience!
If you decide you want breakfast, the menu features many classic choices: omelets, egg Benedicts, pancakes, french toast, and breakfast sandwiches. The cafe also makes fresh smoothies and acai bowls if you want a healthy start to your day.
Additionally, Sea Street Cafe has amazing coffee–whether you want a regular cup or a specialty drink like an americano or cappuccino.
If you order lunch, start with the buffalo wings (bone-in or boneless) or the fried cheese bites with spicy guava sauce. For sandwiches, the California Turkey Club is fresh and generous in size, and the New York Reuben is absolutely fantastic.
You can also try one of their many “roll-ups,” like the chicken Caesar or cheeseburger roll-up. The lunch menu also offers many seafood items, like clam chowder, fish tacos, tons of fried platters, and a lobster roll. Furthermore, the cafe has choices, like steak tips and gourmet flatbreads.
I also recommend trying one of the entree-sized salads that are bright and tasty. If you have room for dessert, the strawberry cheesecake is very yummy. If you end up trying dinner at the cafe, the restaurant now offers cocktails too!
Lastly, make sure to check out the specials board, which constantly changes and has fun offerings!
Address: 15 Hinckley Rd, Hyannis, MA 02601
Pain D’Avignon Restaurant Boulangerie is a beautiful European-style bakery and a French bistro restaurant.
The interior features modern but minimal decor, all of which leads your eyes to the center of the room–the Red Bar, a sleek, beautifully designed bar that emphasizes the restaurant’s French bistro vibe. The bar has a wide selection of French wines and expertly crafted cocktails.
If you don’t want French wine–not to worry, there is a gorgeous 1,000-bottle wine cellar glassed in from floor to ceiling, featuring wines from all over the world.
If you go to Pain D’Avignon for breakfast or brunch, you’re truly in for a treat. Whether you decide to grab a pastry (please try the almond croissant) and a cup of coffee to go or want to sit down for a full meal, this restaurant has you covered.
If you sit down for a full meal, the menu has tons of choices, including one of my favorite food items ever– the Croque Monsieur, with gooey melty cheese and fresh ham. Moreover, there are options like both dessert and savory crepes, fried eggplant with poached eggs, and omelets.
If you want to be adventurous, try the duck confit hash which is delectable and packed with flavor. Brunch also offers things like fish and chips, the truffle mushroom burger, and crispy goat cheese.
For lunch, make sure to ask about the soup of the day. The burrata salad is another great starter for your meal. As a main course, try the quiche Lorraine or open-faced steak sandwich topped with blue cheese fondue and served with house-made potato chips.
If you make it to Pain D’Avignon for dinner, be prepared for a delicious, unique French meal. For appetizers, I suggest French onion soup, beef tartare, or heirloom tomato salad.
For a main course, the marinated lamp chops with spiced yogurt are tender and zesty. The lobster puttanesca and seared diver scallops are also great choices for those craving seafood. For dessert, you must try the classic opera cake or whichever seasonal dessert is available.
Lastly, I would say this place is more kid-friendly for food when it comes to breakfast and lunch rather than dinner. The dinner menu is definitely more sophisticated, upscale French cuisine, which may make it difficult to find choices for picky eaters–but is perfect for anyone wanting an amazing, flavorful meal.
It’s truly clear the care and effort that goes into every element of this restaurant, from the food to the decor, to the staff, so don’t miss out–try this spot ASAP!
Pain D’Avignon does accept reservations for dinner, which I recommend if you want to be sure to get a table!
Address: 592 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Tumi Ceviche Bar + Kitchen is a delicious restaurant offering Peruvian & Italian-style cuisine in a colorful, warm atmosphere. Tumi operates with an “open kitchen” concept, so diners can have a view of the chefs cooking their meals.
This spot also has a beautiful bar with seating in case you can’t manage to get a table, or just want the bar experience. Additionally, there is an outdoor patio that offers a relaxing and enjoyable vibe.
For drinks, there are plenty of wines by the glass, specialty cocktails, and beers. If you have a larger group, share a pitcher of one of their refreshing sangrias or margaritas. And, if you truly want the Peruvian experience, enjoy a Pisco Sour, using the Peruvian liquor Pisco!
Because it’s in the name, and because they’re so delicious, I advise anyone eating at Tumi to try one of their seven types of ceviche. Personally, I’d go for the tuna or shrimp ceviche, but there is a vegetarian alternative too! For other starters, the lamb lollipops or homemade Peruvian empanadas are yummy choices.
For your main course, choose between a variety of pasta, risottos, wood-burning-grill steaks, and Italian classics like chicken parmesan or saltimbocca. There are other notable menu options like the Paella, a dish that is hard to perfect but done very well at Tumi and is rich with spices and flavor. Or, you can try the classic Peruvian Aji De Gallina–shredded chicken in Amarillo sauce served with rice and boiled egg. Moreover, If you want a healthier option, order the quinoa-risotto!
If you have room for dessert, the homemade tres leches cake and chocolate lava cake are both incredible.
Tumi has various special offerings that are worth taking advantage of. They have $1 oysters every Wednesday from 4 pm to closing as well as complementary bruschetta during lunch hours. They also have a 4-course prix-fixe menu that includes one of their housemade ceviches (remember, seven choices), an antipasti dish, an entree, and a dessert–as well as a glass of wine, a beer, or a house margarita. Moreover, the restaurant has daily specials, which can be found on its website. They also offer take-out and delivery to select areas.
Tumi Ceviche Bar + Kitchen is considered kid’s friendly–they even have a children’s menu and are incredibly accommodating to every type of dining party. Lastly, the restaurant does accept reservations, so make sure to call ahead or go online if you want to guarantee a table!
7. The West End
Address: 20 Scudder Ave, Hyannis, MA 02601
The West End is a beautiful high-end spot serving dinner Wednesday through Sunday and a wonderfully unique Jazz Brunch every Sunday.
West End exhibits a sort of old-fashioned, library vibe. It almost feels like a 1920s-esque spot, with gorgeous artwork, a lounge with couch-style booths, and a lovely full bar accentuated with modern lighting. The woodwork throughout the restaurant is also beautifully crafted and adds to the overall ambiance.
All of the food at The West End is locally sourced and fresh, as expressed through the creativity in the menu. If you go for dinner, make sure to try the steak tartare or truffle polenta fries for an appetizer. Or, order some fresh seafood from the raw bar, like one of their seafood towers to share between your table.
For main dishes, the Miso-soy-glazed salmon is melt-in-your-mouth delicious, as is the eggplant Milanese. There are also classics like lobster rolls and cheeseburgers. If you want a drink with your meal, the wine, beer, and cocktail menu is massive and features great choices like the West End martini.
If you decide to enjoy The West End’s Jazz Brunch on Sunday, make sure to check out their website to see which jazz musician is playing that week, in case you’re hoping to see a specific artist!
During brunch, the raw bar is also open, if you’re craving fresh seafood to start your day. However, if you want a more classic breakfast starter, I recommend trying one of the sourdough toasts–like the almond butter, bacon, and apple toast or smoked salmon toast.
For your main dish, the lobster and avocado Benedict is flavorful and ideal for customers wanting a savory breakfast. If you want something sweet, the lemon ricotta pancakes are fluffy and delectable.
Furthermore, if you’re wanting a more lunch-based meal, the breakfast smashed burger (topped with an egg!) is heavenly. Lastly, if you want a cocktail with your brunch, the bloody marys and mimosas are both great!
I do consider The West End to feel more like an adult place, however with choices like chicken fingers and burgers, children can certainly be accommodated and are of course warmly welcomed by the very friendly staff.
The West End does take reservations, which are recommended. It is also located very close to the Cape Cod Melody Tent, making it the perfect place to stop for a meal on your way to or from a show!
Ultimately, The West End is amazing for anyone looking for a unique, modernized speakeasy vibe filled with music and delicious cuisine.
Address: 390 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Pizza Barbone, another Main Street spot, serves up amazing artisanal pizzas Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 am to 9 pm.
The restaurant certainly has a more upscale, modern vibe than most typical pizza places, and has seating inside as well as on their patio outdoors. Furthermore, there is a beautiful v-shaped bar that overlooks the massive pizza oven.
The entire restaurant is very open and airy, with stylish light fixtures and antique-looking pizza peels decorating the walls.
Everything at Pizza Barbone is homemade, from the pizza sauce to the salad dressing, to the gelato for dessert. But, the pizza–let’s get into it. The pies at Pizza Barbone are quite unique, with choices like pistachio pesto and pepperoni with hot honey.
I also find the crust to be the perfect thickness, not too thin, but not overly thick, while still having that wood-oven pizza taste. Moreover, one of my closest friends is actually gluten-free and she says that Pizza Barbone has her favorite gluten-free crust on the Cape by far.
If you want something to go with your pizza there are plenty of choices. For appetizers, I recommend the spicy pork arancini or fried brussel sprouts. I also suggest ordering one of their fresh salads to go with your pizza, like the organic mesclun or roasted beet.
Pizza Barbone does accept reservations and can be quite busy during the Summer, so book a table if you want to be sure you’ll be able to enjoy a slice!
Address: 680 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Brazilian Grill is another spot located on Main Street Hyannis that is perfect for anyone craving a hefty serving of traditional Brazillian BBQ. If you’ve ever tried the classic “Churrasco a Rodizio,” then you know that it’s essentially a meal filled with slowly cooked meats, served table-side and hand-carved right onto your plate!
Brazilian Grill serves lunch and dinner in a busy, exciting environment. The restaurant itself is a large space with many different seating areas, including its glassed-in porch area with views of the street and huge windows. There is also bar seating and the decor is classy but very inviting.
When you eat at Brazilian Grill, the main meal is fixed-price and all-you-can-eat, so you certainly get your money’s worth.
When it comes to the choices for meat, it’s quite the list: many different cuts of steak, short rib, lamb, pork, housemade Brazilian sausage (my personal favorite), chicken wrapped in bacon, steak stuffed with cheese, and chicken hearts.
Furthermore, they offer grilled pineapple with cinnamon and sugar for a sweet treat–it’s amazing. However, don’t forget to check out their homemade desserts too!
The salad bar at Brazilian Grill is another important aspect of your dining experience. If I’m being completely honest, I tend to find salad bars a bit, well, unsanitary. However, I’ve found that the one at Brazilian Grill is clearly an exception to this opinion because everything is incredibly clean, fresh, and delicious. The salad bar offers many sides to accompany your meal, as well as bread, cheeses, fruits, soups, sushi, and of course salad.
While the Brazilian Grill can certainly be fun for a date night, it is very much a family-friendly spot. I actually think it’s a super fun spot for kids and provides them with a unique and memorable meal.
Brazilian Grill does accept reservations, so definitely make one if it’s a busy Summer weekend or you’ll likely have to wait! However, you can always check the bar for empty seats and you will likely be entertained by live music!
10. Black Cat Tavern
Address: 165 Ocean St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Black Cat Tavern is well-known to most who have spent time in Hyannis. Set overlooking Hyannis Harbor, this classic restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
Black Cat is a spot I’ve eaten at many times, both as a kid and an adult, and the food is fresh and consistent in its deliciousness. The tavern features nautical-styled decor, wood panels, and flags–almost making it feel as though you’re on a ship, especially with those harbor views.
The tavern has amazing clam chowder, served in iconic Black Cat mugs. Other great appetizers include crab cakes and crispy chicken wings. For entrees, Black Cat has great burgers, local seafood, tacos, lobster, steak tips, and much more.
There are nightly specials as well as a big wine and beer selection. In addition, there is a great kid’s menu and the staff is very attentive and accommodating. There is even live entertainment four nights a week in the lounge area of the tavern!
If you would rather eat outside, check out the Black Cat Harbor Shack or the Shack Out Back. The Harbor Shack is located right next to the tavern and features outdoor seating on the front porch, offering relaxing views of the harbor.
The Harbor Shack offers a slightly more casual fair, with extra emphasis on fresh seafood. The Shack Out Back is another section of the restaurant on the patio, with a gorgeous raw bar and outdoor bar. The patio has tons of tables, heat lamps, and an overall island vibe that adds to the fun, lively environment.
The Shack Out Back is even pet friendly if you want to bring your dog to sit outside with you!
The Harbor Shack and Shack out back do not accept reservations, however, Black Cat Tavern does accept reservations for parties of 6 or more people, so plan accordingly!
Address: 334 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601
KKatie’s Burger Bar Hyannis serves up award-winning burgers and other fare for lunch and dinner. The atmosphere at KKatie’s is warm, casual, and inviting, with a full bar adorned with TVs, high-top tables, as well as outdoor seating along Main Street. Feel free to bring your furry friend if you plan to sit outside!
Looking at the massive burger menu, because after all, this is a burger joint–all KKatie’s burgers are house-made ½ lb patties that can be cooked to your liking.
There are tons of specialty burgers, like their smash burger, double-decker burger, or Hawaiian burger which is topped with pineapple, bacon, teriyaki, and pepperjack cheese. There are also special burgers depending on the season!
Or, try the KKatie Big KKmac burger featuring KKatie’s “special sauce” and all the fixings–it’s delicious and a great go-to if you want a classic burger. Burgers can also come on gluten-free buns or bread.
To go with your order, you can choose between various sides; curly fries, truffle fries, sweet potato fries, green fries, and onion rings.
If you want a healthier option, the restaurant also has a great turkey burger and tons of different chicken sandwiches. For vegetarian alternatives, there is a veggie burger and an Impossible burger. The menu also has fresh salads and plenty of appetizers.
I recommend trying their homemade chips and dips–freshly made chips with onion and garlic dip, or an order of their chicken wings. Lastly, there is a kid’s menu at KKaties, and I would definitely consider it a very family-friendly spot.
KKatie’s Burger Bar Hyannis offers takeout and delivery in certain areas. Be sure to check out their new Summer cocktail menu, featuring many tiki-styled drinks in addition to their classics, like the Cape Cod Mule and Raspberry Lime Ricky.
There are also tons of beers on tap, so if you’re craving a juicy burger and a cold drink, check out KKate’s Burger Bar!
Address: 453 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601
emBargo is one of Hyannis’s more unique adventures when it comes to dining. The restaurant serves tapas, sushi, entrees, and dessert in a modern, lounge style that almost makes one feel as if they are in Miami instead of Cape Cod–something that is truly felt when you experience the nightly DJ playing music!
emBargo has a variety of seating, with a vast, colorfully lit bar, high-top tables, booths, and a string light-decorated patio.
emBargo is known for its martini bar, offering unique choices like the Oreo cookie martini or cucumbertini. The drink menu also has a selection of refreshing mocktails, like the watermelon lemonade mocktail.
The food menu at emBargo features various hot and cold tapas in addition to soups, salads, larger plates, a raw bar, and desserts. For hot tapas, I recommend the scallops wrapped in bacon or steak tips, however, there are also Impossible burger sliders if a vegetarian alternative is needed.
For cold tapas, the spicy peanut soba noodles and beef carpaccio are both filled with flavor and freshness. For larger plates, I suggest trying the blackened cajun swordfish or the duck confit flatbread. If you have room for dessert, make sure to try one of their gelatos or the chocolate tort!
emBargo also has lots of entertainment and happy hour deals that are worth exploring. If you check the restaurant’s website you can see exactly what day and time their events are occurring. For example, on Monday there are ½ priced tapas and oysters from 4:30 to 6 pm.
On Tuesdays, tapas are ½ priced all night. Moreover, if you want a truly unique experience, reserve the Whole Hog family Dinner, which requires seven days’ notice and comes with plenty of sides. If you’re looking for entertainment, there is karaoke on Tuesday night and numerous live musical performers.
The overall vibe at emBargo is classy and upscale, with a lively atmosphere and joyous, hardworking servers that are always on the move to bring out your next tapa or drink. I wouldn’t necessarily categorize this place as a “kid’s” restaurant due to its more adult, lively environment.
However, I do find it to be generally children-friendly, and there are choices on the menu that kids would enjoy, like the Kobe beef hot dog, or buttermilk fried chicken. I even remember coming here when I was about twelve or thirteen, (it opened in 2007), and really enjoying my meal!
emBargo does accept reservations, which I recommend for dinner. Moreover, if you just plan to come for a drink and a few tapas at the bar, don’t worry, the restaurant is open until 1 am!
Address: 415 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Torino serves Italian-Brazilian cuisine on Main Street. The restaurant has a gorgeous outdoor seating area with red umbrella-clad tables and an outdoor bar space. This place definitely has a very modern, lively vibe, but still remains accommodating to any and every group of diners.
For appetizers, try the shrimp crostini or Torino garlic bread to share between the table. You can also order from the raw bar if you’re craving fresh seafood to start your lunch or dinner.
For entrees, try one of their many choices of pasta, seafood, steak, or pizza. I personally recommend the chicken marsala or lobster mac and cheese. But, if you go with pizza, be sure to try the shrimp scampi or barbecue chicken pies.
If you still have room for dessert, the toasted almond cake is amazing, or try the gelato of the day!
The restaurant is also open late-night (21+) until 12:30 am, for those wanting a fun night out. There is usually live music or DJ outside too! Make sure to check their social media to see who is performing and when.
Torino does take reservations and has a great kid’s menu for anyone wanting to bring their whole family to lunch or dinner!
Address: 304 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Taste of Siam Cape Cod serves authentic Thai cuisine in downtown Hyannis. The restaurant has a newly renovated dining room, filled with cute decor and orange walls that add to the bright and casual environment. The staff at Taste of Siam is also super friendly and accommodating to its diners.
Looking at the restaurant’s food, there are tons of tasty choices. Whether you’re looking for vegan alternatives, any type of curry, or the Thai classics, Taste of Siam has everything.
The ingredients all taste incredibly fresh, which is clear in appetizers like the veggie rolls and tempura shrimp. The Tom Yum soup is also amazing and the broth is rich with flavor.
For entrees, I personally love the drunken noodles and I urge everyone to try the pineapple fried rice. I also suggest a glass of Thai iced tea to go with your meal.
Taste of Siam is close to the ferries and downtown, so it’s a super convenient spot for lunch or dinner! They do accept reservations if you want to guarantee a table!
15. Portside Tavern
Address: 72 North St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Portside Tavern is another Cape Cod spot located in a renovated, historic, captain’s house. The restaurant serves up American-style food with Cape Cod seafood flare.
The fun, nautical decor adds to the casual, family-friendly environment. Portside Tavern features a plethora of seating, with many tables and cozy booths available. There is also a massive indoor bar with high ceilings and 33 TVs, including a large projector–you won’t miss a single game!
Additionally, there is seating outside on the patio and at the tavern’s new rooftop bar! Don’t forget to try one of their fresh, well-crafted cocktails.
The family-owned and operated spot has a huge menu with choices for any desire. For appetizers, the crab cakes with sriracha aioli are a hit. The chop salad is another yummy choice.
For entrees, I urge you to try the mac and cheese which can come with a variety of toppings, from buffalo chicken to short rib, to lobster. Furthermore, I recommend the steak tips or swordfish piccata.
Portside is also well-known for the South Shore style pizza, and they do not disappoint. The J Mac pizza, their take on a “Big Mac” pizza, is absolutely delicious, as is the housemade fennel sausage pie.
For dessert, the churros, seasonal cheesecake, and a variety of after-dinner adult drinks are all wonderful. Portside also has a kid’s menu with all of the regular choices!
The restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday from 3 pm to 1 am, offering a late-night menu from 10 pm to midnight! So, whether you want a casual family dinner or to enjoy a fun evening out with friends, check out Portside Tavern!
Address: 138 Ocean St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Spanky’s Clam Shack + Seaside Saloon is a well-known Hyannis spot for seafood fare and Hyannis Harbor views. The restaurant is a casual spot with fun, beachy decor and booths inside as well as tables along their outdoor deck that overlooks the harbor.
If you want to start with a cocktail, the drink menu is extensive. There are choices such as the frozen mango lemonade, Harborside rum punch, and a hefty list of margaritas. In addition, there is a huge wine list and tons of local craft beers.
For starters, try the award-winning clam chowder or jumbo coconut shrimp. You can also try a serving of their oysters or littlenecks from the raw bar. For your main course, choose between all the fried platter classics, like light and fresh fish and chips or clam strips.
Also, enjoy any type of seafood roll you desire. Spanky’s also offers a variety of generously portioned lobster dinners, whether you want surf and turf, baked stuffed lobster, or the classic lobster dinner–your craving will be met!
My personal go-to is the blackened swordfish, but truly, every seafood item here is fresh, flavor-packed, and extremely tasty.
If you don’t want seafood, the steak tips are delicious, as are the burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches. There is also a kid’s menu for the little ones!
While Spanky’s is a first-come-first-serve place, you can check the wait time online!
17. Baxter’s Wharf
Address: 177 Pleasant St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Family-owned for generations, Baxter’s Wharf has been serving up fresh seafood overlooking Hyannis Harbor for about 60 years.
The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and the scenic harbor views allow diners to watch boats come in and out of the marina. Baxter’s deck is also a beautiful place to watch a sunset over the water.
There is a bar with seating, all of which is surrounded by casual, beachy decor and rustic wood panels. And not to worry–there are plenty of beers on draft and a huge cocktail menu.
The restaurant serves classic seafood fare, such as lobsters, fish and chips, and clam chowder. They also have plenty of grilled fish choices, like their grilled swordfish which is juicy and delicious.
Additionally, you can get a combo plate if you want to try multiple types of fare, like the scallop and shrimp skewer plate.
If you aren’t craving seafood, the menu also has options like burgers, chicken sandwiches, and salads. Baxter’s also has a kid’s menu, featuring the classics, like burgers, fish and chips, grilled cheese, and chicken tenders.
I think this restaurant is great for families, and being able to look out over the harbor adds some level of entertainment for children too.
Because this restaurant is over the Hyannis Harbor, it’s very close to the ferries for Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, making it a beautiful place to grab dinner or lunch on your way back or to one of the islands!
Check out Baxter’s Wharf if you crave fresh seafood with water views all served up by a young, hardworking staff that doesn’t disappoint!
Don’t forget to try their famous bloody mary!