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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Cape Cod and the Islands

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Cape Cod and the Islands? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.9
4.9 (2208)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Provincetown
About the restaurant
Ross’ Grill is Provincetown’s most talked about dining experience. Located on the second floor of Whalers Wharf, just steps from Commercial Street, Ross’ Grill offers breathtaking harbor views with a European bistro atmosphere. Our guests enjoy an fun, inviting, and first-class dining experience. It’s no surprise that Ross’ Grill was rated “excellent” by Zagat’s Dining Guide. With over 65 different wines served by the glass, guests can enjoy a wine that suits their palate as well as compliments their menu selection. Ross’ Grill also has a full liquor license with a variety of signature cocktails. Elevator access to second floor. PLEASE NOTE, make sure to select the correct table category when booking.
Top review
LynneP
Dined 2 days ago
Server/bartender was very attentive. Food was amazing. And the views were magnificent. Overall a wonderful night out with a friend.
A photo of Van Rensselaer's RESTAURANT & RAW BAR restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1208)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Wellfleet
About the restaurant
If you are having difficulty reserving a table on this site please call us directly at 508.349.2127.
Peter and Diane Hall & Chef Derek of Van Rensselaer's proudly continue to serve the freshest locally caught seafood, superbly prepared meats wonderful poultry, and a wide variety of salads, in addition to great homemade sauces, and desserts
Desserts are homemade and Chef Derek was written up for being a top Hawaiian Baking Chef in Hawaii for his Bread Pudding.
We have two small patios, open air with heaters and umbrellas as needed, An eight table screened in awning covered porch as our outside areas.
Our inside tables are well spaced, with black linen table clothes. Staff is noted for its professionalism and friendliness. We welcome you to Van Rensselaer's.

We are proud to say we are Level 1 Green certified! Check out our newly renovated bar for dinner or just a drink.
Top review
CindyLvip
Dined 4 days ago
This is our favorite local restaurant. We are always greeted warmly. The food and service are outstanding. Pete & Diane should be proud!
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4.8
4.8 (2489)
$30 and under
American
Provincetown
About the restaurant
Pepe's Wharf is an iconic seaside restaurant known for its beautiful waterfront views overlooking Provincetown Harbor. We have 2 fantastic decks, with one incredible view of Cape Cod Bay due to our unique location directly on the beach in Provincetown. Pepe's is the place where you can enjoy delicious New England inspired cuisine, or one of our many cocktail creations on our new Upper Deck Bar! Pepes offers a chic and festive P'town experience! Hope to see you soon!
Top review
MattB
Dined 1 day ago
Everything about PePe's is outstanding. The freshness and quality of ingredients is unmatched. Outdoor dining is a must because the ocean view is exquisite. You get what you pay for and PePe's is definitely worth every penny.
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4.8
4.8 (479)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Nantucket
About the restaurant
Casual indoor/outdoor dining, open year-round. Located mid-island, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week.

Seasonally, we have a beautiful outdoor bar, serving up drinks and food for before or after a trip to the beach, as well as a full outdoor patio and indoor dining room! We also serve 30 different homemade flavors of ice cream at our ice cream counter from May through Columbus Day.

Follow us on Instagram @iknantucket @ikpalmbeachcatering
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Great find for a quality, comfortable casual group dinner. Our waiter, Sebastian, was absolutely fantastic and we really liked nearly every drink and dish selected. Great to be able to walk next door for ice cream afterwards too.
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4.6
4.6 (1030)
$30 and under
American
Provincetown
About the restaurant
Patio American Grill and Cocktail Bar offers a true Cape Cod experience in the center of Provincetown. This is the place to come and enjoy inspired New England cuisine and great cocktails in a casual, elegant and chic atmosphere.

Patio's eclectic menu features a new spin on fresh local seafood and a variety of lobster preparations alongside steaks, entree salads, Panini sandwiches, burgers, pastas, vegetarian dishes and homemade desserts. Guests can also find sanctuary at the raw bar, known for its delectable freshly shucked local oysters.

And if it's just a drink you're after, you can nestle into our cozy bar with one of our famous mojitos, martinis, frozen drinks or a glass of wine selected from a list that features good values from around the world.
Come join us at Patio, and begin your new Provincetown tradition.
Top review
RobertSvip
Dined 2 days ago
Yummy and great service. Reliable menu and Amazing service. Thanks to the entire Team from the moment you walk in until you leave the staff takes care of you. Will be back several more times this summer. Thanks
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4.6
4.6 (534)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Nantucket
About the restaurant
With a prime location in a storied Main Street building, or, The Whale, bistro, bar & patio will be serving dinner nightly and weekend brunch in summer season. The spacious outdoor patio is the perfect spot to enjoy Chef Manny's inspired menu. Indoor and outdoor dining reservations are accepted 2 weeks in advance - bar seating is first come first serve.

Top review
DouglasGvip
Dined 2 days ago
The overall experience was fantastic. The wine complemented the food fabulously. Prices were reasonable. Overall, a great experience.
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4.5
4.5 (1171)
$50 and over
Seafood
Plymouth
About the restaurant
The East Bay Grille is located on Plymouth's historic waterfront. It features the freshest ingredients available and specializes in seafood offerings, steaks, pasta, entree salads, appetizers, raw bar and a bar menu. Open daily from 11:00AM with live entertainment Thurs, Fri and Sat evenings and in season Sunday afternoons as well. You can dine in our spacious and comfortable dining room or outside on the newly renovated patio which affords scenic views. The full menu is available at both the indoor or outdoor heated bar. East Bay Grille is dedicated to providing exceptional service along with superior quality in a warm inviting environment to make your dining experience a memorable one.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 28, 2024
Food was excellent. Lunch menu is very diverse. Service was great very enjoyable afternoon.
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4.3
4.3 (915)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Nantucket
About the restaurant
American Seasons is situated in the heart of the downtown historic district of Nantucket. It is a well loved neighborhood favorite, amongst locals and visitors alike, well known for its creative and tasty take on contemporary cooking, using island grown produce where possible and coupled with friendly, attentive service from the welcoming dining room team.

The small, intimate bar serves delicious hand crafted cocktails, beers and an impressive by the glass selection of wines, alongside a small list of tasty bar snacks....a hidden gem on the island.

The award winning wine list provides a choice of really approachable, carefully selected wines, pre dominantly domestic, with some stand out selections from Europe and beyond, catering to all tastes and budgets.

Chef-Owner Neil Ferguson looks forward to welcoming you through the door at American Seasons... to relax, unwind and allow his team to take care of you for the evening.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
I’ve never had anything others than a great experience in the 25 years I’ve gone to American Seasons
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4.2
4.2 (1497)
$30 and under
American
Plymouth
About the restaurant
Tavern on the Wharf has become Plymouths hottest location for locals and tourists heading to Historic Plymouths waterfront. Right on Plymouth Harbor with a view of the harbor from every seat in the dining room and offering 2 outdoor patio with water views the Tavern offer affordable food and entertainment for Plymouth’s rapidly growing community and tourism business. This traditional tavern caters to a diverse crowd with a scratch kitchen from off-the-boat seafood, pastas, home made pizzas, juicy burgers and appetizers paired with a full line of award-winning drafts, wine, and a craft cocktail bar with fresh fruits, infusions, and more. Tavern offers Brunch every Saturday and Sunday featuring your favorite brunch items and full regular menu with an array of specialty cocktails and towers with your favorite beer or cocktails for your entire table to enjoy! Also, join us for Happy Hour Monday through Friday 2-5 and music bingo Wednesday!
Top review
Christinevip
Dined on May 30, 2024
Very friendly staff, accommodating. We were late for our rez due to traffic and I called approximately 30 minutes prior and they moved us around. The cocktails were well made; the food was fresh and delicious. We enjoyed the shrimp scampi, tacos and salmon. Oh and let's not forget dessert of chocolate brownie sundae and cappuccino. Will def visit again when in the area.
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4.2
4.2 (48)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Carver
About the restaurant
Outdoor dining- Garden and covered deck surrounded by nature and pond. Water fountains and breathless sunset views.
Indoor dining rooms with unique decor and original Architectual structure that dates back to the 1760's. Piano onsite.
Full bar with large selection of Bourbon & Scotch.
Dishes are made fresh from locally sourced vendors. Farm to table Beef & Pork
Signature dishes include Crispy Duck, American Wagyu Filet Mignon & Ribeye.

For reservations of parties larger than 7 guests please contact: (508) 465-4959
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We had a wonderful experience. The food was awesome.
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