What are the BEST restaurants in Yarmouth? What is a dish I can’t get anywhere else? I’m planning to bring the family to the Cape for Thanksgiving--who does a great holiday meal? Where can I find the best clam chowder?
These are questions I get asked on a regular basis, which is why I’m excited to share this Culinary Tour of Yarmouth.
As a Cape Codder and long time Real Estate Agent, I’ve been blessed with a lifetime of many meals in Yarmouth (some more delicious than others). What distinguishes Yarmouth from most Cape Cod towns is the diversity of excellent cuisine. This list by no means covers them all, but it’s just enough so that if you came to Yarmouth for a long weekend, you might be able to have meal at each one of them.
When my friends, family members and clients are looking for a unique dining experience in Yarmouth, THIS LIST is the list that I give them. Each of these restaurants is a tried and true establishment my friends, family and I have dined at numerous times, trying as many menu items as possible over the years. I hope you enjoy your culinary tour of Yarmouth.
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Culinary Tour of Yarmouth
Business Lunch or Refined Breakfast
The Optimist Café
Looking for a great spot for breakfast or a polished lunch? You definitely have to check out The Optimist Café, located right on Route 6A in Yarmouth! I loved that I could have ordered a breakfast item at lunchtime if that was my fancy. I ended up having the roast beef wrap with horseradish aioli and sauteed onions with sweet potato fries on the side -- yummo!
Where: 134 MA-6A, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675 Hours: Weds - Sunday, 8:00am - 3:00pm Phone Number: (508) 362-1024 Full Menu: Click here
Sushi and Fine Japanese Food
When it comes to Japanese Restaurants on Cape Cod, Inhao takes the cake! People come from all over the Cape just to eat at this restaurant. Located along Yarmouth’s historic Route 6A, Inaho excels in delicious authentic Japanese cuisine, and has arguably the best sushi in the Cape Cod area (the Inaho Bento Box is one of my personal favorites!). When you go, be sure to check out their beautiful Japanese garden right outside the restaurant!
Where: 157 MA-6A, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675 Hours: Tues - Sat, 5:00pm - 10:00pm Phone Number: (508) 362-5522 Full Menu: Click here
Authentic Jamaican Jerk (and a smile)
If we didn’t tell you about it (and you didn’t hear about it from the Phantom Gourmet or Cape Cod Life Magazine), you might just drive by this gem tucked in a strip mall. Along with the delicious food (Chef Shrimpy’s jerk pork sandwich is a MUST have), what will truly capture your heart is Chef Shrimpy (owner) and his backstory. And maybe his singing. He is a ray of Jamaican sunshine, and his spirit comes through in all of his dishes.
Where: 1319A MA-28, South Yarmouth, MA 02664 Hours: Mon - Sat, 11:00am - 9:00pm Phone Number: (508) 394-1944 Full Menu: Click here
‘Friendly’ Italian Food
The Four Seasons Trattoria
Housed in a building that was originally a Friendly’s Ice Cream franchise, The Four Seasons Trattoria is still friendly, but the cuisine has taken a quantum leap in sophistication. Their tagline, “We love to cook for you” stands true and is very apparent in their unparalleled service and their delicious food. If you go, you have to get the Linguine with Clam Sauce.
Where: 1077 MA-28, South Yarmouth, MA 02664 Hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Sun: 3:30pm - 9:00pm Phone Number: (508) 760-6600 Full Menu: Click here
Special Occasion Dining
Old Yarmouth Inn
Full of history, character and charm, the Old Yarmouth Inn ranks high on our list! The restaurant offers a unique and timeless setting for fine dining and special occasions, and are especially known for their brunch buffet (If you go, treat yourself to an Aperol Spritz with your meal.). Built in 1696, the Old Yarmouth Inn is the oldest Inn on Cape Cod, and is located along historic Route 6A. Fun fact: The Inn is home to a mischievous ghost (or two...) who apparently has a great sense of humor. To learn more about the Inn’s encounters and stories, check out their About page here.
Where: 1717, 223 MA-6A, Yarmouth, MA 02675 Hours: Tues - Sat: 11:30am - 9:00pm*, Sun: 10:00am - 9:00pm*, Mon: 4:30pm - 9:00pm (*NOTE: Restaurant closes from 2:30pm - 4:30pm, Tues - Sun) Phone Number: (508) 362-9962 Full Menu:Click here
Pub Grub and Prize-Winning Chowder
Captain Parker's Pub
Located along the scenic Parker's River, Captain Parker’s is a place that both locals and tourists flock to year round. Their renowned and award-winning New England clam chowder is to die for! It's even packaged and sold in local stores! If chowder isn’t your thing, fret not! This family friendly pub has a full menu of other yummy comfort food options.
Where: 668 MA-28, West Yarmouth, MA 02673 Hours: Sun - Thurs: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Fri + Sat: 11:00am - 10:00pm Phone Number: (508) 771-4266 Full Menu: Click here
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