Sacred Cod - Chatham Bars Inn
Sacred Cod - Chatham Bars Inn

Sacred Cod - Chatham Bars Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chathambarsinn.com/
  • Phone: 5089456872
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm and 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Cole
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For more information about conferences and catering go to www.chathambarsinn.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Seaview Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Sacred Cod - Chatham Bars Inn
Cozy dining. Perfect for a casual meal. What could be more inviting than an authentic New England-style tavern? Sacred Cod at the Chatham Bars Inn is cozy and comfortable, warm and welcoming with its rustic vaulted ceiling, brass chandelier and timeworn wood-paneled walls. Enjoy a cocktail and appetizers at the massive old-style bar, or pull up a table and enjoy hale and hearty New England favorites such as lobster pie or fresh fish from the Chatham Pier.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Sacred Cod - Chatham Bars Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (17)fit for foodies (12)special occasion (11)great for lunch (9)good for groups (8)neighborhood gem (6)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (5)notable wine list (5)romantic (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Scallops gone bad? No problem...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Ordered local oysters and scallops. The oysters were very good but the scallops tasted ammonia. The waiter apologized a couple of times but also took it very casually. It happened again two weeks ago, he explained. Another customer complained about the same thing. I simply looked at him... I'd expect the manager to pay a visit to the table and explain what happened. Very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sacred Cod...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great food... very noisy kids restaurant. the Cod dish too heavily beer battered, but others super - was funny to look at as giant ball.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience
    lisam
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    we chose this restaurant while vacationing on the Cape-- great location, in the Chatham Bars Inn. Food was excellent, great wine list. Service wasn't great- our waiter was very courteous but a bit overwhelmed. We enjoyed our dinner anyway!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • would go back, but just ok
    ellebee
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The space is beautiful, but the crowd was a bit older than expected. It has a lot of potential and would be a great place to meet friends by the bar area or have a dinner. Our waitress was overly energetic, but service was prompt. We really wanted mudslides, which I believe you can get at the restaurant by the pool, but not at this one, so that was disappointing. It was hard to get a reservation, but it was not crowded so I am not sure why. I had the clam chowder and tuna crude and both were just ok. I had oysters as well and my friend had a lobster pasta dish that she really liked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Niecy
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Enjoyed the atmosphere. All enjoyed their meals, including teens. Great for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    hippieVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    we had to send 2 meals back. the bus staff were quite inexperienced (and it was august,should be okay by then), only positive was our waiter who was terrific.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service friendly but slow
    Foodies
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food took a while and was very loud. We had kids and so did the people next to us. Not necessary to seat all families with kids in same section. Makes it louder.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hummmm.......
    PinkyVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    While CBI is a great place to stay, the food is lacking on every aspect. Stick to drink and appetizers on the hill and porch. All the other restaurants have minimal atmosphere and blah food. We are Chatham summer residents and enjoy CBI for drinks and the outside view. Other than that, dine elsewhere!!!!(Wait staff is always great!)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luvmypit
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Sacred Cod - very expensive - older ambiance - needs updating. One dinner was great, the other terrible. Berkshire Pork dry and tasteless. Considering the exorbitant prices (even at this dining room), it's outrageously expensive and I would only give it a mediocre review. So many other restaurants that are less expensive with great views and reasonable prices on the Cape!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ho, hum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Nothing special here. Food over priced for quality. Wine way over priced. Noisy. Service attention great, but bordering on hovering.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good casual meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I hadn't been to Chatham Bars Inn in quite a while. I had fond memories of a dark cozy bar with a fireplace but I believe the room has been remodeled. About half of the space is now a large bar area and the rest is brighter with colonial tavern-type tables. Despite a reservation made a week ahead and several empty tables, we were seated in the middle of the busy entrance area and our immediate request for one of the other empty tables was declined. The waitstaff was pleasant and attentive, and the food was good though not rave-worthy. Fish and chips portion was rather small. This is a fine place to stop in for a quick meal, and worth the cost if you take the opportunity to experience the lovely inn and grounds.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • At least the food was great
    goodfood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a reservation and when we arrived the hostess tried to seat us at a small table/booth in a dark corner next to the bar, nearly touching a family with two small children sharing the same booth seat. There was virtually no one in the main dining room which was well lit and much more spacious. When we asked to sit in the other area she said something about a party of 12 coming in - but there were literally 15 open tables. It was very awkward because the hostess (and then the manager) kept asking why we didn't want to sit in this small dark corner of an empty restaurant, which seemed obvious. Fortunately the food was fabulous, with fresh ingredients, especially vegetables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hampton diner
    Hamptondiner2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very disappointed in food, fried calamari nearly edible, the 58 dollar two pound on the menu was lacking the two pounds. Overall I would never go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Five Stars
    EMBurke
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    My husband and I recently celebrated our 2nd anniversary at The Sacred Cod on a Sunday evening. The meal was exquisite, as was the service. We had eaten there one other time, and it was equally enjoyable. Can't say enough about how wonderful the place is. We'll definitely be coming back, and will recommend to others!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very flavorful.
    Pickypeeps
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Be willing to have an open mind. Every dish we had was delicious. Waiter gave us good feedback when asked about dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new chef needed
    Ptownbilly
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This Tavern at the gorgeous Chatham Bars Inn is unremarkable in appearance and ambiance: simply a large space with a vaulted ceiling and no focal point. The flounder tasted of oil and no discernible spices or flavoring. The peas and mushrooms also tasted of oil and were rubbery, as if they had been reheated. The service, on the other hand, was exemplary, the waitress gracious and attentive. Although I continue to be seduced by the overall campus, and in particular this inn, I will avoid future meals in the Tavern. Perhaps a drink in the lively bar?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    Karen
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Lovely dinner at Chatham bars inn. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location
    NewburyportNosher
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We went to Sacred Cod to celebrate my birthday. The staff was very attentive to the fact that I was vegan and took the time to point out options that I could have on the menu.The service itself was a bit slow. My husband's clam chowder was lukewarm by the time it arrived and our drinks sat empty for quite awhile. The ambiance was nice and the location on the water was lovely. The food quality was good overall. The scallops were pan seared and cooked perfectly. My quinoa and veggies en papillote was nicely seasoned with mustard greens. I would go back again to give the a second try. It was Memorial Day weekend, so as my husband pointed out, perhaps they were working the kinks out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good tavern dining
    Love2eat
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We enjoyed the food & casual tavern atmosphere. Good service & beautiful decor but what could be bad at the Chatham Bars Inn ?!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie heaven!
    Macats
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had a wonderful meal here on a Friday night. The service was impeccable. However, it was very noisy due to the people in the bar. Also, we expected to have an ocean view but this is an interior restaurant, so, alas, there was none! We thoroughly enjoyed our entrees, and the dessert was not only delicious, but also a work of art!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nom Nom Nom!
    nomnomwinter
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took my mother and father there for Mothers Day and the food was Delicious! Get the salmon, best I've had! After I made reservations CBI called me to verify the res. and asked if I wanted anything special. If you want a great meal go to any of the restaurants at CBI!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 150 reviews are from the Sacred Cod - Chatham Bars Inn reviews archive.
  • Easter lunch
    davescatVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had an Easter lunch with grandchildren on a beautiful sunny day, though the pub itself has no view, we enjoyed the atmosphere, and wait staff was attentive and kind. Terrific view from outside the inn. Food was wonderful and satisfied all. The shrimp and asparagus appetizer shared by all, and the clam chowder got rave reviews.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food; impolite diners
    LHTVVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My husband and I had dinner here with my mother-in-law and found the food to be EXCELLENT. Perfectly cooked fish, great chowder, beautiful desserts. The only sour note, was the couple with 3 children who repeatedly allowed their 2 or 3 year old son to be really loud (Crying, whining, screeching; clearly, the kid was tired and just needed to go to bed.) Rather than have one of the parents take the kid up to their room, they hung around for a second round of drinks.... The hotel staff didn't/wouldn't do anything about it. I get that it's a delicate situation, but do you sacrifice the experience of your entire dining room for one set of inconsiderate parents? I wish they'd had the backbone to do right by the rest of us.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a casual date night.
    Hesser428VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. The bar is off the dining room, so you don't feel like you are having a true fine dining experience. You could go to the other restaurant at Chatham Bars Inn for that. This was perfect for us - upscale food, fun coctails - and we could wear jeans.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at well maintained inn
    Flintstones
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Aside of a young Maitre d' mix up on our reservation while seating us, we enjoyed our evening. The food presentation was awesome and the Inn is well maintained
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chatham Bars Inn
    love2eatout
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The hostess was very friendly and our server was very attentive. We had flatbread pizzas which were very good. I started with clam chowder which I was surprised to learn was a very hearty bowl-ful. My husband had veggie fritters which at $10 a plate we felt was a little steep for what he got. The ambience was great though and overall we enjoyed our experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a wonderful meal. My
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had a wonderful meal. My concerns were that table was to close to large group at next table. Also there was two screaming small children two tables away. There were three or four waiters who served us and when the meal came the waitress had no clue as to who ordered which meal. The food I must say was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best service
    lovecbi
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had the most wonderful server. A young lady from Europe. The food was the best. A lovely valentine evening
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CHATHAM BARS INN GRILL ROOM DID OK
    Fx33
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The combination bar and casual dining restaurant is comfortable and unassuming. It is the little brother of STEAKS, CBI's premier restaurant. The two have separate kitchens. My wife and I had flounder and it was excellent prepared and served. in the past food quality has been uneven, but the chef delivered this time just fine.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Located inside a beautiful
    chathamgirl
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Located inside a beautiful seaside inn with impeccable view and grounds....it is hard to beat Chatham!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for holidays
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Went for Christmas dinner Not festive at all. Dull old furnishings and decor. Very little Christmas decoration or ambiance.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect and Comfortable
    Fancynanc
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We enjoyed Christmas dinner in the tavern. It was a somber occasion for us, and it provided excellent food, service, and a quiet, but beautiful ambiance. The decorations were beautiful, and the view is spectacular.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was all perfectly fine,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    It was all perfectly fine, if a little on the expensive side. I just had a bit of a hard time paying that price and not being wowed by the food. But it will meet expectations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed w/Sacred Cod
    falmouthfoodies11
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Any place at Chatham Bars Inn is special. You can't beat the ambiance but I found the food at the Sacred Cod to be not up to par and very pricey! Child's lunch was $14 The lobster roll was good but the salad of the day was skimpy and nothing specia and the cracker bread was extremely seasoned w/cumin and tons of black & white sesame seeds. Service was good and waitress and manager/host was very pleasant.
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  • Disappointing
    CCDinner
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Food was just ok. Service was just ok. Atmosphere was just ok. Not at all what was expected from Chatham Bars Inn. Greatly overpriced for a mediocre experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sacred Cod - Update their Info
    diningdivaVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Selected this restaurant based on the distance from where we were staying. Menu on Open Table had enough variety to meet diverse preferences but it wasn't anything special. The restaurant was very different from what we expected - in all of the best ways. It wasn't a dark little Cape tavern with a modest offering of chowdah and bar food. It was a beautiful, well appointed dining room, high ceilings with a fabulous chandelier. The menu featured locally sourced produce, seafood as well as chicken, beef or duck that enticed you to want to sample everything. Snacks, small plates, and sides were prepared to highlight novel seasonal pairings that would standout in any Manhattan chef's Bon Appetit spread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    BourneFoodie
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    The food was very good but robotic service and almost empty dining room
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overrated
    capecodgirl
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The bar was very crowded and noisy. We waited over 40 mins. for a table and then when we were seated, it was not in the small dining room (which I had requested) but in the still noisy but less crowded bar. While the food and service were OK, we were there for a birthday dinner and I was disappointed to be having a $100+ dinner sitting at a tiny table in a bar with a baseball game playing in the background. Definitely wouldn't go back to this venue.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very slow service
    Jogris
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    I was disappointed by the service, not because of our server as she was very good but because of the lack of server which made her job really difficult. The service was extremely slow.
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  • Excellent meal !!!
    bgoldyVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    Would go back. Nice to have a drink on the terrace and then dine at the Sacred Cod.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.