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Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving & Takeout

Our Thanksgiving Feature is on Cape Cod Star, your site for lifestyle features on Cape Cod

Our Cape Cod Thanksgiving story has moved and it is updated all the time, while this one is three years old. For those of you looking for a last-minute restaurant for dinner, we can only advise you to call every restaurant on the list to see if they can find an early or late table or get you on a waiting list. If that doesn’t work, you might want to check out your local supermarket to see if they have take-out dinners available for Thursday.

Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated family events of the year and sometimes the most stressful. To make your holiday celebrations a little easier, these Cape Cod restaurants are open to serve you and your family delicious holiday dinners without all the work.

Our guide covers the full range of offerings, from the simple to the extravagant, from P-town to Sandwich. We organize our listings by region like this: Outer Cape – Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham; Lower Cape – Orleans, Chatham, Brewster, Harwich; Mid Cape – Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable; Upper Cape: Mashpee, Sandwich Falmouth, Bourne.

We’ll be updating this story with reservation information, photos, and a few recommendations from our in-house chef that cooked Thanksgiving for hundreds of happy families for over 30 years. If you know of an outstanding place for Thanksgiving (besides Grandma’s house), please let us know. Just leave a comment below or drop us a line.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Outer Cape

The Pointe Restaurant in Provincetown

The Pointe is celebrating Thanksgiving with a four-course dinner that includes soup, salad, entree and dessert for $54.95 per person. You’ll get your choice of Turkey, Grilled Salmon or Seared Tofu for your entree. They will be serving from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. The dinner comes with all the fixings like Chestnut & Date Stuffing, and Green Beans Almondine. There might not be tables available, but you can find out on their site. See More.

Red Inn in Provincetown:

The Red Inn in Provincetown has been welcoming guest to the Cape since 1915. For Thanksgiving, they are offering a fabulous 4-course prix fixe dinner for $90.00 per person. The dinner features soup, salad, entree, and dessert. Highlights include Lobster Corn Chowder, Pan Roasted Local Cod, Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding, Roasted Turkey with French Bread Stuffing and Ginger-Cranberry Relish, Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding, Smoked Long Island Duck, Lamb Chops, Local Codd, and Pepper Crusted Filet. See More.

The Whitman House Restaurant & Bass Tavern in Truro

The Whitman House is not serving Thanksgiving Dinner this year. They will be back in 2018. See More.

P. B. Boulangerie in Wellfleet

P. B. is offering a slightly different menu for Thanksgiving. The Wellfleet restaurant-bistro has a Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Dinner with three courses for $75.00. The menu features items like a Fall Artisanal Salad, a Homemade Pate, Foie Gras and Black Truffle Ravioli, Escargots De Bourgogne, Wasabi Pea Encrusted Yellowfin Tuna, Wellfleet Coconut Curry Clams, Monsieur Marin 12 oz Black Angus Ribeye with Steak Frites and of course a Turkey Dinner with Sweet Potato Gratin, Apricot and Sausage Stuffing and Braised Greens. For the dessert course, they are serving an apple pie with homemade Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream. The dinner is also available for takeout. You can order a dinner for 7-9 people for $240.00 that includes a whole roasted organic turkey, four side dishes, fresh baked bread and dessert. See more.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Lower Cape

Chillingsworth in Brewster:

Chillingsworth is offering a wide range of items for Thanksgiving. You’ll find a traditional turkey dinner, tenderloin, fish, lobster and vegetarian dinners with complimentary pates, charcuterie, and cheeses. There are two seatings for the dinner; one at 2:00 pm and another at 6:00 pm. There is a children’s menu available also. Regular pricing is in effect for this dinner. See more.

L’Alouette in Harwich Port

L’Alouette is the spot to find Thanksgiving dinner with a French flair on Cape Cod. The restaurant is fully booked for this year. See more.

Bramble Inn Now the Spinnaker in Brewster:

The Bramble Inn has been sold. It is now the Spinnaker. The restaurant is closed until the day after Thanksgiving.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Mid Cape

Old Yarmouth Inn in Yarmouth Port

The Old Yarmouth Inn offers a wide range of delightful choices for Thanksgiving from a traditional turkey feast to Filet Mignon with Bacon. Prices range from $39.00 to $49.00 per person. Unfortunately, the restaurant is fully booked for the holiday and is not accepting any more reservations. You can get on their waiting list if you would like. See more.

Yarmouth House in Yarmouth

Yarmouth House has been serving the families of Cape Cod since 1978 and for Thanksgiving, they are offering five different holiday dinners that come complete with soup or salad, smashed potatoes, butternut squash, creamed peas with onions and dessert. You can choose from a Roast Tom Turkey with Apple Sage Dressing, a Baked Virginia Ham, Roast Leg of Lamb, a Holiday Sampler Dinner with turkey, ham, and lamb or a Haddock Picatta. All the dinners are priced at $23.00 to $29.00 each. See more.

Hearth & Kettle in Yarmouth & Hyannis:

Hearth and Kettle restaurants are known for their All-American holiday dinners. For Thanksgiving, they are offering one of the best bargains on the Cape. Their Roast Turkey Dinner that comes in at $25.99, includes turkey, cranberry sage dressing, cranberry sauce, corn chowder or salad, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, peas with onions, bread, and dessert. You can also choose Prime Rib, Ham or Broiled Scrod for a slightly higher price, up to $29.99. See more.

Villaggio Ristorante in Cotuit:

Villaggio serves holiday dinners throughout the year and for Thanksgiving, they are offering three seatings: one at noon, another at 2:00, and a final seating at 4:00 pm. For Thanksgiving, you can choose from turkey, prime rib or their regular menu. Owner and Chef Jay Bartolomei’s regular menu features items like Asparagus Wraps, Crispy Pork Belly Bites, a classic Rustic Bruschetta, Roasted Beet Salad, Chicken Francese, Saltimbocca, Pancetta Scallops, Lobster Ravioli, Rib Eyes, and Filet Mignons. Reservations are taken by phone only. Call 508-548-5000. See More.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Upper Cape

Sea Crest in Falmouth:

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth has the most extravagant buffet on Cape Cod for Thanksgiving. The hotel lays out a huge buffet for the holiday that features hot and cold stations, carving stations and a dessert station. Highlights from the buffet include Cider Glazed Turkey and Virginia Ham that is carved to order, Cornbread Dressing, Petite Sirloins, Salmon, Butternut Squash, Shrimp Cocktail, Fall Greens, Salads, Cheeses, Clam Chowder, Pecan Pie and Cranberry Apple Cobbler with Cinnamon Chantilly. The price is $49.00 per person and $23.00 each for children 12 years of age and under. See more.

Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth

The Coonamessett has been welcoming guests on the Cape since 1926. For Thanksgiving, they offer a wide selection of traditional dishes from Turkey to Prime Rib to Pan Roasted Cod or a Roasted Vegetable Lasagna. They also offer a prix fixe Turkey Dinner for $44.00 that comes with Turkey, Giblet Gravy, Herb Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Soup, Salad and Dessert. See More.

Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich:

The Dan’l Webster has been hosting celebrations on Cape Cod for centuries. For Thanksgiving, they are offering a traditional Turkey Dinner with all the fixings for $41.95. The holiday feast includes soup, salad, bread, turkey with all the fixings, Mashed Potatoes, Maple Glazed Butternut Squash, Peas & Mushrooms, and desserts like Maple Pecan Pie and Warm Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream. Salmon can be ordered instead of turkey and a filet is available for $12.00 more. See More.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Pick Up & Take Out Thanksgiving Dinners

Nauset Farms in Orleans

Nauset Farms is a bakery, a butcher, a market, a deli, a wine shop, and more. For Thanksgiving, you can have them bake your turkey or pick up a fully prepared dinner with all the trimmings. You can get a deconstructed turkey for $20.00, a Plainville Fresh Turkey for $3.69 per pound, Farm Cranberry Sauce for $7.99 per pint, or try some Eastham Turnip Mash at market price. They also offer dinner packages for 4-8 people for $129.99 or one for 10-14 for $199.99. See More.

Hearth & Kettle @ the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis

H & K is offering dinners from $23.99 to $29.99 each. Call the restaurant for information on takeout. See our description above or see more here.

Whole Foods in Hyannis

Whole Foods is one of our favorite foodie spots on the Cape and for Thanksgiving, they are offering a holiday turkey dinner for four people for the low price of $69.99. The meal includes a 10-pound Roasted Turkey, Herb Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Organic Turkey Gravy, Green Beans with Crispy Garlic and Parsley, and Organic Cranberry-Orange Relish. There are other items available like a 6 pound roasted turkey for $39.99, side dishes like herb stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, lentil-mushroom stuffing, cheesy rutabaga-potato vegan mash, roasted mustard-glazed whole cauliflower, maple roasted Brussels Sprouts, butterflake dinner rolls, organic vegan cranberry-orange suace, appetizers, and desserts. See More.

Thanksgiving Tips from a Retired Chef

My partner, Val Gerischer worked as a chef in restaurants in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for over thirty years. Most of those years, he was in the kitchen on Thanksgiving day and offers these quick tips for dining out on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Reserve your table for early in the day so that you get the freshest turkey and avoid the crowds that tend to pack in around mid to late afternoon.
  • If you are a real fan of turkey and dressing and hate crowds, just reserve your table for the day after Thanksgiving. You’ll pay a lot less for the same dinner, avoid the noise and fuss of a busy restaurant.
  • Save a little of your holiday dinner so that you can have one of those yummy day-after-Thanksgiving sandwiches with turkey, cranberry sauce, and mayonnaise.
  • Finally, if you are cooking Thanksgiving dinner at home, please don’t get too creative or too fussy with your menu. This is one of those holidays that people want classic American turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce like Grandma used to make. Stick with the basics on this day and go foodie-gourmand crazy next week.
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My Cape Cod Story

“If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air . . . ’’

By six years old I was a goner. I was head over heels in love with Cape Cod, and my love affair has never gone away. Back when I was a fresh-faced little kid, the trek to the Cape from New Jersey took a whole lot longer than it does today. In the wee hours of the morning, my father would stealthily carry me and my brother’s (nearly) sleeping forms into our spiffy green station wagon. As we edged into the early morning darkness, my dad naively hoped we’d sleep until the sun came up over the Sagamore Bridge. No such luck. Before we ever hit Boston, he’d hear a chorus of “are we there yet’s” and “I’m hungry’s.” My mother doled out the snacks to hold us over, but there was no way to hold back our excitement. My parents were doomed.

Utopia was a small group of weathered shingle cottages, complete with shuffleboard and concrete pool, nestled in a copse of towering pines. There was no air conditioning, but we slept like hibernating bear cubs in open window bedrooms, cooled by scented nights. I can still picture the Nancy Drew mysteries and games of Old Maid on the beach, and the iconic footprints carved in the Barefoot Trader’s cement walkway. My mouth still waters for the signature popovers served piping hot at the old Chase House. Friday nights, it was tradition to wander the main street of Hyannis past an endless booty of gift and candy shops. Not one to ever bask in the sun now, my lightly sunburned, sandy childhood skin is imprinted in my memory. Decked out in a gaudily printed swim tube and bathing cap (yes, I did), I paddled contently in the Cape’s salty Atlantic waters; the same waters that churned up reams of multi-hued taffy. To this day, I can still see my father’s surprised face as he tasted his first (and last) spoonful of Indian pudding. Far from the creamy concoction he envisioned, the sturdy cornmeal dessert was an epic fail. Luckily, my brother and I opted for ice cream.

My Cape Cod story only becomes richer and more colorful with time. There was and still is something immensely magical about the dollhouse-like homes draped with rambling roses, framed with picket fences. From luscious homemade ice cream to my first taste of lobster, the elegance of Chatham to the coastal magic of Provincetown, I couldn’t get enough. I still can’t.

Through the years, my tastes changed as my household did. From being one of four to having three of my own little Cape Cod visitors, the island has always meant ‘family’ to me. It just changed hands. From the kid who ran barefoot through pine needles with an ice pop, I was suddenly the grownup riding herd on beach passes, wet towels, and pails of hermit crabs. Yuck. I kept blankets stacked and ready for Wellfleet drive-in nights, shovels for sandcastles and change for games of mini-golf. But few things still can compare to the prehistoric awe of watching an enormous whale breech deep waters or seeing your kids scale the sand dunes of Provincetown like clones of Lawrence of Arabia.

That’s when it happened. My adult eyes had begun to appreciate the real beauty of the place, the reason it has always been an addiction for me. I saw beyond the trinkets to the periwinkle blue hydrangeas that somehow never grew in MY yard that way. I stood in awe at the stark calm of beaches that stretched wide with mudflats where the tides went out as far as the eye could see. The take-your-breath-away wonder of this seaside oasis had settled in for good, and the now matured-me felt like I was truly home. As years went by, the spirit of this graphic designer/writer became intoxicated by the creativity that drenched every part of the island. It seemed every pinecone, foaming wave, cranberry field and bobbing sailboat come vibrantly alive. My transformed self was slowly drawn to a different Cape, an authentic, priceless one. Away from the oceanside tee-shirt shops and clam shacks to the tree lined 6A, where Brewster and Barnstable live in quiet beauty. Who knew that sea captains’ houses, lolling fishing boats, and lush, charming roads would later be my jam?

I haven’t seen ‘my’ Cape in awhile now. My husband and ad agency partner died a year ago, and I haven’t yet scaled the emotional bridge to return where two made memories only one will now. But, make no mistake, this boomer beach girl will return very soon. No one loves a succulent lobster roll more than a Cape Cod-addicted wash ashore.

My story isn’t finished.

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Cape Cod Valentine’s Day

Our Cape Cod Valentine’s Day feature is here. We’re featuring restaurants celebrating Valentine’s Day with romantic menus, special dinners, and some incredible offers.

Our list is divided into regions of the Cape and we will be featuring some of our favorite romantic meals and some featured restaurants with profiles. Our guide covers the full range of offerings, from the simple to the extravagant, from P-town to Sandwich. We organize our listings by region like this: Outer Cape – Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham; Lower Cape – Orleans, Chatham, Brewster, Harwich; Mid Cape – Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Hyannis; Upper Cape: Mashpee, Sandwich, Falmouth, Bourne.

Upper Cape Cod Valentine’s Day

Sea Crest Hotel in North Falmouth:

The Sea Crest Hotel is celebrating Valentine’s Day with an incredible offer. They are offering a four-course dinner for $55.00 per person. Highlights of the dinner include Maine Lobster Bisque, Pepper Crusted New York Sirloin and Warm Chocolate … Find out more.

Belfry Inn & Bistro in Sandwich:

The Belfry Inn in Sandwich has a couple of specials for Valentine’s Day. There’s a four-course prix fixe dinner for $70.00 per person and a bed and breakfast special … Find out more.

Bleu Restaurant in Mashpee:

Bleu Restaurant in Mashpee is celebrating Valentine’s Day with live jazz music and Valentine’s Day dinner specials. Chef Frederic Feufeu will be serving his regular … Find out more.

Mid Cape Cod Valentine’s Day

Hearth & Kettle in South Yarmouth and at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis:

Hearth & Kettle has one of the best bargains to be found anywhere on Cape Cod planned for Valentine’s Day. For the incredibly low price of $39.99, you and your sweetie can get two drinks, two dinners, and two desserts. Dinner choices include Chicken Pot Pie, Buffalo Mac … Find out more.

The Roadhouse Cafe in Hyannis

The Roadhouse Cafe in Hyannis is featuring fireside dining with a roving violinist for Valentine’s Day. The restaurant will be serving their regular menu and some specials for the night. Highlights from the menu include pepper encrusted sushi grade … Find out more.

Lower Cape Cod Valentine’s Day

Bramble Inn in Brewster:

Owner Ruth Manchester’s Bramble Inn is featuring a three-course prix fixe dinner for $65.00 per person. The dinner features items like a Heart Beet … Find out more.

Outer Cape Cod Valentine’s Day

PB Boulangerie Bistro in Wellfleet

Chef Philippe Rispoli has scheduled an extravagant prix fixe dinner for Valentine’s Day. Tuesday, February 14, 2017, from 5:00 to 10:00 pm is the date Find out more.

We are still writing this feature and we would love your help. If you know of any local florists, bed and breakfast inns, hotels, boutiques or local chocolate shops that are doing special things for Valentine’s Day, drop us a line. You can also vote for your favorite in our Romantic Restaurants of Cape Cod Poll.

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