It’s no surprise that Cape Cod is one of the most sought-after wedding destinations in the northeast. The scenic natural landscapes and charming towns and villages of the Cape create an idyllic location for a romantic evening. Whether you’re visiting on vacation or here year-round, there are many great date night restaurants on Cape Cod to explore.

Year-Round Restaurants

The Pheasant on Route 6A in Dennis offers an intimate and romantic dining experience with a delicious and ever-changing locally-sourced menu. This is a wonderful off-season spot,  especially if you’re lucky enough to get a table close to the cozy wood-burning stove. Throughout the year there are many offerings for classes and specialty dinners with wine pairings. This could be a perfect date night if you’re looking to get out of the box. You can make reservations online.

Buca’s Tuscan Roadhouse in Harwich is especially wonderful in the off-season given the warm and comfortable interior of the restaurant. Walking into Buca’s feels like walking into a small trattoria in Italy, and the food is just as wonderful. Whether you’re looking for traditional Italian pasta dishes or locally caught seafood, the menu has it all. You can make reservations through Open Table.

Anejo Mexican Bistro in Hyannis and Falmouth is a fun, casual restaurant that is perfect any time of the year. Mexican food may not be the first thing to come to mind when planning a romantic evening, however Anejo offers a modern and updated take on delicious traditional Mexican dishes. While this is a great year-round spot, it is especially beautiful in the spring and summer when you can enjoy dining outside under the enormous weeping beech tree at the Hyannis location.

Seasonal Spots

The Ocean House in Dennis is the ultimate romantic and scenic date night destination during the summer months. Located right on the water, it’s certainly more of a “splurge” spot, but it’s one that must be mentioned. The beach bar is a perfect place to enjoy either pre-dinner beverages or oceanfront dining. The dining room and indoor bar offer beautiful waterfront views with an equally impressive dinner menu. Reservations book out well in advance here, so be sure to plan ahead!

Gina’s By The Sea is a hidden gem, just steps away from Chapin Beach in Dennis. This is a quaint and casual restaurant that is budget friendly but also intimate and romantic. And the food is absolutely incredible: as soon as you walk in, you can just feel (and smell) how authentic it is. They do not take reservations, but rest assured it is worth the wait!


While Cape Cod resorts can be more of a splurge, they are also wonderful options because they offer so much variety. Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham is one of my personal favorite date night places and is open year-round. Enjoy an outdoor meal at The Veranda, a cozy evening at The Sacred Cod, or an upscale evening at Stars. Many of the menu items come from their own farm, Chatham Bars Inn Farm, which is another great date night location. Located in Brewster, it offers many beautiful outdoor dinners from spring to fall. There are also hands-on cooking classes offered throughout the year that make great date nights or gifts.

Pro tip: During the summer months, grab a before-dinner beverage on the patio and enjoy some live music. Try to get in for dinner around 7 pm at The Veranda for the ultimate golden hour meal with a view.
Chatham Bars Inn lawn
Chatham Bars Inn, personal photo provided by Katie Roberts

Wequassett in Harwich is another picture-perfect resort that offers multiple dining options based on your mood and preference. You can enjoy the vast view of Pleasant Bay while sitting by the outdoor fire as you wait to be seated for dinner. During the summer, The Outer Bar & Grille is a perfect spot to take in the views for a more relaxed and casual atmosphere. Twenty-Eight Atlantic is the ultimate special occasion destination. It’s an ideal place to celebrate an anniversary or a big birthday while enjoying a special oceanfront meal. The resort also has endless offerings of seasonal experiences that would make a great date night or weekend.

Cape Cod is truly one of the most romantic and beautiful places in the world. So find yourself a babysitter, make a reservation, and go soak up some of the romance that date night restaurants on Cape Cod have to offer!


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