Food + Drink

Best Oyster Bars on Cape Cod

With over 40 oyster farms in the waters surrounding Cape Cod, the area has become known as one of the premier oyster producing destinations in the country. Grown in the salty waters of the Cape Cod Bay, these oysters are known for high salinity with a sweet finish. Wellfleets are the most popular variety, but other Cape-grown oysters rival the famous brand in quality and taste. With the most varieties of any state on the East Coast, you're sure to find a Massachusetts oyster you love. Next time you're on a lark to one of our two Cape Cod boutique hotels, visit one of the best oyster bars on Cape Cod with our recommendations:

Impudent Oyster | 5 Chatham Bars Ave, Chatham | (508) 945-3545

This Chatham seafood restaurant has become a Cape Cod institution, originally a fisherman's bar that served popcorn and hotdogs. The menu has come a long way, with a raw bar and creative dishes like queso fundido made with burrata and sun-dried tomatoes. Be sure to start your meal off with a plate of expertly shucked local oysters. If you like your oysters cooked, the Impudent Oyster is known for its Oysters Rockefeller, oysters on the half shell topped with spinach, butter, garlic, and breadcrumbs and broiled.

The Wicked Oyster | 50 Main St, Wellfleet | (508) 349-3455

Of course, Wellfleet, with its eponymous oysters, has one of the best oyster bars on Cape Cod. Try your oysters with the restaurant's signature spicy mignonette (after you slurp a few undressed, of course). The rest of The Wicked Oyster's menu is seafood focused, with a variety of pan-fried and fried fish entrees. With an atmosphere a little more upscale than many of the Cape's seafood shacks, The Wicked Oyster is a great spot for a date night out on the Cape.

The Naked Oyster Bistro & Raw Bar | 410 Main St, Hyannis | (508) 778-6500

The Naked Oyster has one of the best and most creative oyster selections on the Cape, with 13 different ways to enjoy Cape Cod oysters. Our favorite might be the "Russian Roulette" oysters, 6 oysters served on the half shell, with one spiked with hot pepper sauce and served with a shot of Russian vodka. Try your oysters as a shooter, topped with caviar, or baked with bacon, bleu cheese, and sweet onions.