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About Belfry Inn and Bistro
Set like a jewel in the heart of historic Sandwich Village, Cape Cod, the Belfry Inn and Bistro beams its warm welcome. The Belfry Bistro is set in a former church; an architectural masterpiece. Soaring ceilings,sumptuous decor, glorious stain-glass, and imaginative interior. Offering fine New American cuisine set in a one of a kind setting. The menu changes frequently and represents New England local seasonal offerings. Cape Cod casual attire is welcomed.
Sandwich, MA 02563
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Wed–Sun 4:30 am–9:00 pm
6A and Main St
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Piano on Friday and Saturday
Sunday Live Entertainment Brunch
Friday Seasonal Patio Jazz
Private Party Facilities:
We accommodate private dining up to 30 in the Sanctuary Room. The Tower room holds up to four (4). We hold private events up to 110 inside and 150 outside under a tent.
Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (855) 498-2289
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Belfry Inn and Bistro Ratings and Reviews
I had been wanting to go here for a while. I have heard great things. I reserved a table with Open Table and told them it was to celebrate a 60th birthday. When we were seated, the Host wished my friend a happy birthday, but that was the last of it. My friends are foodies and I was excited to treat them to a good experience. Her husband loved the clam chowder, she and I shared the Foie gras, which was almost burt to a crisp. I had the short ribs for the main course that was recommended and was good. Her husband had a cod dish which he like. She didn't say much about her pasta dish, which means it was just OK. For dessert, we ordered a eggnog Crème Brûlée that was hard, like it was old and unflavorful. We ordered the brownie sundae that was a square piece of brownie, a smear of hot fudge that was dried out and a dollop of whip cream. Very uninspired. Something was burt, not sure if was the brownie or the hot fudge. We mentioned to our waiter, and also that my friends birthday wasn't even acknowledged, even with a candle on the brownie. He ran away, but did remove the desserts from the check. I am guessing the regular chef was not working that Thursday night.
While the ambience is good but the food was less than to be expected. I have dined here before in the past and the food was exquisite but this occasion not one person in our party of 8 had a good meal. The cod was very dry and pasty, the meat was overdone, the duck was gamey, and our waitstaff took a long time to take our order for both drinks and the meal. This was on a day when the restaurant was half empty as well. While the location is one of a kind, in a renovated church, the food and waitstaff left much to be desired. I would have hoped for almost $500 to give my out of town guests more of an experience.
Always a pleasure! Truly grateful to Chris and his staff for offering this beautiful gift of a place to our community: perfect ambience, decor, outstanding food and service...whenever we just need a reminder of how wonderful the world still can be, we take ourselves to the Belfry.
We went there for our Anniversary Saturday. We ordered the 3 course dinner and the waitresse told us it was small portions. We said how small and she said very tiny . Well we figured it was on the menu it couldn’t be that small . She didn’t look happy. She made us feel so uncomfortable after that . She brought us our 3 courses out so quickly. She barely made eye contact with us or spoke to us . We couldn’t wait to leave. We would of been better off eating at the brown jug and having pizza. Most likely will not be back . So much for celebrating 35 years of marriage at Belfry’s .
Huge disappointment. We booked this well in advance for a special occasion and had informed the restaurant that we had read about the beautiful ambiance and were excited to experience it. Well...when we arrived they led us through the main dining room with high ceilings, lovely stained glass windows and piano player, past several tables that would have fit our party of eight, and into a small, ugly side room with low ceilings, where we were seated in the furthest corner. I attempted to find the host to ask about switching tables, but he had disappeared and no one knew where he was. It was fully 10 minutes before the server even approached our table to greet us (she apologized). Another long wait before she came back to take our drink order (more about that in a minute) and between each course. The table was not cleared between courses. Dirty dishes from the appetizers were still on the table when the main course arrived. We had to collect them ourselves to make room for the main course. The server could not answer my questions about the extensive wine list. She did not offer to bring a sommelier who could have answered the questions. When they then could not find two bottles of the Russian River Pinot Noir I had ordered, the manager acted as if that was, somehow, my fault. Why not come to the table and explain and offer a substitution? Was it too far a walk from the lovely main dining room? In fact, no one ever came by our table to ask if we were enjoying the meal. The staff (with the exception of our overworked server) acted as though they were annoyed to be working and were doing us a huge favor letting us dine there. The food was fine...nothing special and certainly not worth the prices (and I say that as a New Yorker who has eaten in many an expensive restaurant worth the price). I had been looking forward to celebrating a very special milestone in what would have seemed to be a special restaurant. It was not. We will never return.
This was our 3rd visit to the Restaurant. The first two were quite satisfying. However, the last visit (on Sat\ night 10/28) was very disappointing. We invited two friends to join us for dinner. Two orders were of the monkfish. At a price of $28, the portion was very small and the quality was average. The fish was dry. There were hardly any other sides included with this dish. The other two meals were the salmon. It was served in some kind of watery broth that had no real taste. There was also very little added on the plate. The menu said rice noodles, which was a dried array of noodles that had very little taste. All in all, it was a very disappointing meal. We walked out hungry and felt that we clearly overpaid for a meal that was not worth the price.
It had been a number of years since we had enjoyed the Belfry, but like a fine wine, it grew better with age. We've always loved our dining experience, but this was exceptional. We celebrated a friend's 75th and not only was the food delicious, but the staff took wonderful care of us and the birthday boy. We won't wait years to return!
The ambiance is superb - a beautiful towering former church complete with many stained glass windows. Great outdoor eating area to match the indoor charming rustic and cozy environment. Finally, a restaurant with plenty of on-premises parking (accommodations for previous church attendees). The wine list and sommelier are the best the Cape has to offer. Can find no fault with the service. Menu, a pleasant and satisfying variant from most resataurants' standard fare. A real fireplace blazing away with an inviting and welcoming glow.
The price of a meal -- quite reasonable; unless you insist on a boutique rare wine priced as it should be.
What is not to like?
We had10 in our party and everyone was on time. Waitress was very friendly but very slow with our drink menu. We all thought she left. Our service was slow. Way too much noise to have a conversation across the table and as the place filled so did the noise compound that with a piano player. I think the menu could be broadened. Only fish was Monk and Salmon. We were there to catch up with old friends so some wait was okay. To be honest our waitress may have had too many tables.
Wonderful dinner. The server, Lynn, was excellent. She was honest about our dining choices, and quite a character. The autumn salad was wonderful, the dressing was right on! I had the best duck I've ever had. If I closed my eyes, I'd think I was eating filet mignonette. Tender and flavorful. My husband had the fondue. Don't order it. It is very difficult to eat. The cheese container is too small and it was very stringy. Too difficult to dip the food into. He ended up with a ton of left over vegetables and no cheese to dip them in. He loved the mussels, however. Dessert was milk donuts with cardamom sauce. Outstanding. Great cocktails also.
anniversary. hate to write a bad review but the dinner was so-so. apps..hers was duck tartin. dry on a piece of nearly-burnt toast. mine: foie-gras that was to die for...excellent. mains: hers was monkfish. small piece that was overcooked. i got the short ribs..no 'ribs', which was okay, piece of meat about as big as the back of your hand, slightly dry and very run-of-the-mill. veggies with it were very good. definitely NOT worth the price. drinks were, again, nothing special. desserts, i had 'hot fudge' (molten choc.cake, whipped cream) hers: 'milk donuts'..which were donut balls with supposedly caramel gellato, which turned out to be pistachio ice cream. the donut balls were very tasty. our server was attentive and polite, and very busy as it seemed there was only one other waitress and he was somewhat overburdened. so all in all we were expecting an outstanding meal and the two stars were my app and her dessert. i dont mind paying a rather hefty bill for an excellent dinner, but this was not it.
my first thought is that this is one of those restaurants that punishes couples by seating them at very small tables about 10" from another couple. If you are a party of 4 or more you get to sit at a table that is not right on top of your neighbor. I resent restaurants that do that to just 2 people. All conversation comes to a screeching halt as soon as the table next to us is seated. the food was mediocre. the clam chowder was good but the Bolognese was ok. My wife's chicken was so dry she really didn't eat it. I mean come on, when you cook for a living you can produce juicy chicken. the best thing was dessert, it was delicious, kudos to the pastry chef. We will not be rushing back there and to be honest if anyone asks us to recommend it , I do it with hesitancy.
Usually love this place. But wife said scallops were only so-so. My pasta bolognese was great! Friend ordered mussels--oops none delivered! Our friends had trouble with the menu. Chef should have been able to make Russian dressing for me. Would like to see shrimp cocktail, steamers, stuffed mushrooms on the menu. Just a bit pricey.
This was our first time at the Belfry and the experiance here is excellent from the Maitre D to the Bartender to the waitress to the piano player. I have yet to come across a staff this good. We decided to have appetizers for dinner and this was a great decision. We had the scallops, mussels, The Saint Andre, the tartin and the summer green salad. For dessert we had the banana split, peach crisp and gooey choc. cake.
Everything was excellent. We would definately go back!
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