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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Cape Cod and the Islands

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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!

A photo of Ships Inn restaurant
4.9 (448)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
The Ships Inn Restaurant offers one of Nantucket's finest dining experiences. Located in an historic whaling captain\'s mansion built in 1831, the dining room and lounge are below street level and have an updated colonial atmosphere. Tall windows along two walls let in the summer breezes and let escape the sounds of happy conversation. This restaurant is a very good choice for an evening out with friends, and there are cozy, intimate alcoves for more romantic encounters. American/French cuisine is featured, with everything freshly prepared on the premises. Chef Mark Gottwald's food is bold and flavorful, and presented with understated elegance. Dinner menu selections include lobster, calamari, crab cakes, salmon, prawns, chicken, duck, beef, and lamb. Only the freshest ingredients are used. Members of our restaurant staff have been part of the Ships Inn family for an average of seven years or more. Friendliness, attentiveness, and food knowledge are the cornerstones of our operation.
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Best restaurant in Nantucket! Not for those who value noise.
A photo of LUNE restaurant
4.9 (109)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
LUNE is a one-of-a-kind dining experience on Cape Cod.

LUNE is located at 587 Main Street Dennis Port, MA 02639. We offer a wine bar menu served a la carte on Wednesday and Sundays and our beloved tasting menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
* Please let us know if there is anyone in your party with dietary restrictions or allergies. These will be accommodated with notice.
*An automatic 20% Gratuity is added to all checks so we can distribute the share fairly.
*We honor a 15 minute grace period, if you are going to be more than 15 minutes late, please call the restaurant as soon as you know.
*Cancellations and modifications to the party size will accepted until 24 hours prior. If there are modifications to the party size within the 24 hour window, you will be charged 20$ per person changed.

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Bravo! We enjoyed a magnificent meal at Lune, we loved every bite. The progression of the meal was perfect. I cannot understate how well prepared every dish was. We ate at their pop up last year, it was exceptional, and it’s even better now in their new permanent space. The vibe is so cool, great music. The wine pairings are unique and beautifually done. I did a full tasting and my wife had a half tasting (1/2 glasses) which was wonderful. Lune is special and should not be missed!
A photo of The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn restaurant
4.8 (431)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
The Terrace’s dedication to fine cuisine, impeccable service, & a warm, sophisticated ambiance offers the perfect complement to The Charlotte Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property. Delicious food accompanies a fine wine, an elegant conservatory dining room, & each detail needed to create true luxury. When dining at The Terrace, we ask that guests please respect our dress code. While jackets are preferred, they are not required. We do have a nice selection of jackets to loan, please dress for a fine dining atmosphere. No Beachwear will be allowed, please contact us with any questions regarding our dress code. The restaurant is not appropriate for children under 12. Parties of more than four people must call us directly for reservations.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
During our vacation, my husband and I enjoyed many outstanding dinners at The Terrace. Chef Zach is consistently excellent. The presentation, quality, and taste of each meal are not found in many other places on the Island. Having tried many menu items, among our favorites are the Peekytoe crab, gnocchi, vichyssoise, Dover Sole, turbot, tenderloin, Statler chicken, and the Maine lobster tail. The entire team of chef, kitchen, and dining room staff works their magic each time you dine. Thank you to all of you for helping us create so many treasured memories of summer 2024.
A photo of The Chatham Cut restaurant
4.8 (489)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
THE CHATHAM CUT offers an especially unique, intimate dining experience.

We specialize in freshly-cut meats. Our steaks are freshly-cut every day.

The Chatham Cut does NOT use pre-packaged previously cut pre-weighed plastic-wrapped meat, or cook our steaks using the "Sous Vide," method as many other non-specialist restaurants do. Every "Cut," is fresh, which offers the special flavor profile our guests have searched for.

Our offerings are prepared in the true steakhouse old-world tradition. Side options are also steakhouse traditional, with fresh vegetables as well as loaded baked potatoes.

For those who love seafood, we offer our oysters, sourced from within walking distance and many exciting spins on traditional offerings. The Cut's Yellowfin Tuna is popular as a Tartar as well as our Sushi-Grade Entree.

Plan ahead for your visit!

The Chatham Cut is an intimate dining experience.

We do not offer a wait-list. We do not have a waiting lounge.

We are a destination.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Food was amazing, service was excellent. We were asked many times if we needed refills on our drinks. After our meals were served we were asked if everything was to our liking. Great special occasion restaurant!
A photo of The Pointe Restaurant restaurant
4.7 (1185)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Offering modern-coastal fare with a distinctly local undercurrent, The Pointe is an innovative restaurant and wine bar that channels the creativity of Provincetown. Its inspired spirit, buzzing atmosphere, and focus on bringing guests and neighborhood locals an unprecedented food and beverage experience. Rated excellent by Zagat's Restaurant Guide. Free Parking
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Delicious food, lovely service and very dog friendly.
A photo of Alberto's Ristorante restaurant
4.7 (2714)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Alberto's Ristorante was established in 1984 at which time, Northern Italian cuisine and fresh homemade pasta were introduced to Cape Cod for the first time. Since then, we have continued this tradition of all fresh ingredients and in-house preparation of every course from the soups to the desserts.

Our reputation for casual elegance arises from our emphasis on decor, service, the pride we take in food preparation, and our affordability. Over the years, we have received rave reviews from food critics from the Cape Cod Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Cape Cod Life Magazine, Fodor's, AAA, and New York Times critic James Beard for "...exquisite Northern Italian cuisine". Our lounge is the perfect setting for a before dinner cocktail, an after dinner espresso, or an even more casual meal. Call for lounge or bar seating (high tops only)

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great food great service!! Would definitely recommend!!
A photo of The West End restaurant
4.6 (1406)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Join us for a curated dining experience in the heart of Hyannis’ West End where we celebrate the beauty of the past and embrace the relevance of the present with sustainably sourced food and carefully crafted cocktails.

The West End is a place for all of your celebrations, big and small. From a much-needed date night to the wedding of your dreams - we are ready to host you!

The West End. Two parts local. One part social. Dash of vintage.

Top review
Dined on Jun 20, 2024
Josh was amazing!!!!! Can’t wait to come back again
A photo of Crane Brook Restaurant restaurant
4.3 (54)
$31 to $50
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
Dined 6 days ago
I wish more people knew about this restaurant!! Delicious food, beautiful surroundings all and lovely owner/hostess/waitstaff. A hidden gem that shouldn’t be!!
A photo of Villaggio Prime Bar and Grille restaurant
4.1 (859)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Delicious, authentic Italian food, prepared by a chef whose family's culinary history goes back four generations, and served in a charming 18th century Federal style building that is on the National Register of Historic Places: this is one restaurant that Cape Codders and vacationers alike should not miss!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Our server last night was fabulous. We was new in that position but has been with Villagio. Her name was Allesia and she was from Italy. She was unfamiliar with some of the drink orders but has such a GREAT sense of humor. She was a delight despite some issues in the kitchen. Also the bartender was amazing.
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