Innkeepers Steve and Dave’s 2022 Provincetown Dining Guide

Here at Aerie House we take our dining out seriously.  Please find below our alpha listing of Provincetown’s  dining establishments as well as our descriptions and commentary on each.  There are links for each restaurant to go to their web site where in most cases you can preview menus to help you plan your Ptown dining experience before you arrive as many of the most popular restaurants require advance reservations.  This year due to severe staffing shortages throughout the Cape we strongly recommend making reservations prior to your arrival.  Feel free to contact Steve and Dave at Aerie House for recommendations and suggestions.    Happy Dining!

Aqua Bar – A unique dining setting, this is actually an outside beachfront deck bar at the end of the Aquarium Marketplace.  The Marketplace houses seven takeout food venders ranging from raw bar to burritos to burgers toChinese and you can bring your food to the tables at Aqua Bar to enjoy with your favorite cocktail and stunning views.  Live free music every Tuesday night during the summer.

Bayside Betsy’s – One of the few establishments with a waterfront deck to dine on.  Casual fare with a great Friday night all-you-can-eat fish fry and popular and fun bar overlooking Commercial Street.

Blue Monkey Café – Light bistro fare and wonderful desserts with outdoor cafe dining.  Formerly Purple Feather.

1620 Brewhouse – Indoor and outdoor pub dining overlooking Commercial Street.

Bubala’s By The Bay – Fun dining on a huge patio overlooking Commercial Street with an emphasis on excellent seafood.  Last year they installed a large canopy over the patio for weather protection. No reservations for parties under 5.

Café Heaven – Breakfast, lunch and dinner in a lively spot favored by both locals and visitors alike for their take on “New American” fare.  Large  floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Commercial Street and candlelit dining in the evenings.

Canteen – A Ptown favorite.  Counter ordering from their eclectic, casual lunch or dinner menu  and enjoy your food on their backyard beach.  Great lobster rolls. Open all year with rotating theme nights during the winter.

Chach – Popular breakfast and brunch venue. Diner ambiance on Shank Painter Road.

Ciro & Sal’s – A Provincetown institution celebrating its 70th year this year.  Focusing on delicious homemade Italian specialties.  Dine in either their cave-like atmospheric dining room or their romantic backyard courtyard with views up to Aerie House.  Ciro & Sal’s has been re-born under it’s current owner and is one of Steve and Dave’s favorites.

The Club – Entertainer Lea Delaria’s establishment with indoor and outdoor patio dining overlooking the beach followed later in the evening by live entertainment and a lively bar.  New chef this year with new and improved menu.

Crown & Anchor Balena – Newly re-branded this year with a new upgraded menu.  Casual dining with a well crafted wine list.  A large covered patio overlooking Commercial Street is a perfect place to enjoy some raw bar delicacies while enjoying the people parade on Commercial Street.  A great pre-show choice for dinner if you are attending one of the live shows at the Crown.

Fanizzi’s – A local’s year-round favorite, Fanizzi’s offers a broad, eclectic menu with something for everyone.  The warm, comfortable dining room and lively bar abuts the crashing waves of the bay, creating a feeling of being on a ship.  The large portions ensures you will not leave hungry.

Freemans Tavern – The hot new spot for 2022 where Edwige was formerly located.  A beautiful renovation has created an intimate, upscale atmosphere offering some of the finest food in Ptown.  One of our favorites which we highly recommend. Fine dining by reservation only.  Reservations available two weeks ahead of dining date.

Front Street – Long time popular establishment featuring classic Italian dishes with ever-changing eclectic Continental specials.   Excellent food in a somewhat cramped facility without a lot of atmosphere.

George’s Pizza – Traditional pizza place fare with bar in front.  Offers delivery service.

Governor Bradford – Under new ownership and management this year.  Refurbished and upgraded with a small but very good menu and expanded outdoor beer garden.  Loved their ceviche.

Grand Central – Charming spot down a side street across from the A-House.

Helltown Kitchen –  Latin fusion cuisine.  A fairly small menu so check it out before you go but everything is really delicious and service is great but the  location does not offer much in the way of ambience.

J.D.’s – Located on a second floor deck next to Town Hall overlooking Commercial Street.  Lively spot with pub style menu and lots of TVs for watching sporting events.  Affiliated with Saki.

Jimmy’s Hideaway – Jimmy’s is a dark, intimate, cozy, warm restaurant with a Continental menu supplemented with comfort food specials and is extremely popular.  There is also new outdoor deck seating on the beach.  One of the favorites of Aerie House guests.  Reservations essential.

Johnny Thai Bistro – Fully remodeled for this year.  Featuring extensive Thai menu in a very lively, high energy setting.  Serve till late.  Adjacent Monkey Bar is a great place to enjoy a martini or two or three.

Joon Bar & Kitchen – A fun, cozy spot with great food and extensive wine bar. Now only offering a prix-fix tasting menu.

The Landing Bistro @ Pilgrim House – Tasty Continental dishes in a contemporary setting with seating also available in their outside courtyard.  Their Sunday Drag Brunch is not to be missed!

Liz’s Café – Extremely popular with the locals, Liz’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner year round.  Reasonable prices, delicious food and a warm, homey setting keep drawing them in.

Lobster Pot – A Provincetown seafood institution.  Offering a huge seafood menu from fried to gourmet in a traditional fish house atmosphere.  No reservations and you might have to wait in line to get a table.  We prefer and recommend eating in the second floor bar area either at the high top tables or at the bar.  In 2020 Lobster Pot Express opened nearby for casual counter and take out.  A new main floor beachfront deck was added for 2021.

Local 186 – THE place for gourmet burgers of all kinds.  Large deck overlooking Commercial Street as well as a popular and fun bar.

Mac’s Fish House – Another of our favorites.  Trendy and popular seafood restaurant with a wonderful sushi counter and raw bar happy hour.  Fun and friendly bar where we love to sit, dine and chat,  They also have a fantastic adjacent seafood market which is worth checking out.

Mayflower Café – Old-world Cape tradition.  The type of place with paper placemats featuring a map of Cape Cod and lots of wood paneling.  Traditional fried seafood and Portuguese specialties.  Very reasonable prices.  Often a line to get a table.

Mews – There are two levels, each with a different atmosphere.  The upper, Bistro level, is our favorite.  This has a more lively energy and is where the bar is located.  There is bar seating as well as table seating with windows overlooking the beach and bay.  The lower level is more sedate and features glass doors looking right out at the beach.  Both levels feature the same great menu featuring Continental and some ethnic specialties.   The Mews is probably our favorite restaurant in Ptown for delicious food, flawless service and warm atmosphere.  Reservations are essential.

Mezze – In the space that Yolqueria occupies for breakfast and brunch.  Dinner specializing in Mediterranean small plates and craft cocktails.  Charming spot with indoor and outdoor dining and delicious food.

Mistralino – Classic Italian fare served in a charming, lively, rustic atmosphere.  Offering a lovely garden patio for outdoor dining as well as an intimate bar up their steep, narrow staircase on the second floor.  Very warm and welcoming.

Napi’s – This longtime Ptown dining institution has a new chef this year with an entirely new menu featuring fresh seafood and traditional Portuguese favorites.  The food is much upgraded and improved but there is no longer a large selection for vegetarians. The décor is eclectic and features a large collection of local art in its large dining room which has a throwback feel to the 1970’s.

Nine Ryder Seaside Dining – Old school southern Italian dining in a charming building at the foot of Provincetown Marina.  Water views and warm hospitality.  UPDATE –  Has closed until further notice due to the passing of the chef/owner.

Nor’east Beer Garden – Small menu but really delicious food in this intimate outdoor setting on Commercial Street with specialty beers on draft and in bottles as well as a full bar.  No reservations

Patio – One of our favorites for eating outside, being seen and watching the Commercial Street parade.  Inspired New England cuisine and craft cocktails.

Pepe”s Wharf – Seaside indoor and outdoor dining in an elegantly restored wharf building featuring local seafood.  We love the second floor bar overlooking the harbor for drinks and conversation.

Perfect Picnic – Offering everything you need for a day at the beach or a lovely meal on our bay view deck including food, beverages, beer and wine and even picnic baskets.

The Pointe @ Crowne Pointe – Delicious American coastal cuisine.  Dine in either their more formal dining room, more casual front porch or their new outdoor patio overlooking the Pilgrim Monument.  Great craft drinks and impressive wine list.

Post Office Café –  Refreshed and still serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual atmosphere.  Inside and outside dining and a good spot for dinner if you are seeing one of the shows in their upstairs cabaret room.

Provincetown Brewing Company – With a taproom located in the center of town this is a great place to sample their awesome brews and enjoy some light dining.  Inside you will find a large bar, lounge and bar table games or relax on their spacious outdoor patio overlooking Bradford St.  Friendly and very reasonable.

Provincetown House of Pizza – Traditional pizza fare offering local delivery.

Red Inn – In our view, the most atmospheric restaurant in Ptown and the perfect place for that special celebration.  Sophisticated atmosphere overlooking Provincetown harbor in a historic inn dating back to 1805.  Great drinks and wine list and raw bar happy hour.  Reservations essential.  Our only gripe is they never change their menu.

Ross’s Grill – A very popular waterfront establishment featuring European style bistro fare and an extensive wine list.  Great energy, excellent food and service packs them in.  Reservations essential.

Saki – Specializes in sushi and Thai dishes in a beautiful, dramatic setting.

Spindlers – Under new corporate ownership and now only offering a gourmet Mexican menu.  Recently tried it and while food is delicious it is brought out too quickly in an effort to turn over tables as quickly as possible.  We finished our appetizers and entrees in less than one hour and as we were finishing our second round of drinks, only 60 minutes after we were seated, were asked to vacate the table for the empty bar.  What was once one of our favorites is now off our list.

Spiritus – Walk-in pizza place very popular late at night.  Cash only and no delivery service.

Squealing Pig – Elevated pub style food including fresh oysters and curry dishes in a fun, lively setting.  Great beer selection and new second floor deck for outside dining.  Great value.

Strangers & Saints – A really fun tavern specializing in coastal Mediterranean cuisine and craft cocktails.  Both indoor and outdoor dining including a new covered patio section in the rear, all with great energy.  Fantastic wood stove specialty pizzas.

Surf Club – Newly reopened after a fire five years ago.  Great location right on the beach at the foot of McMillan Pier.  A place for fried seafood with outdoor and indoor dining.  Sit outdoors and look over the beach and pier as the inside has absolutely no atmosphere.

Tin Pan Alley – Directly across from Town Hall, featuring seasonal new American cuisine.  Very popular bar in front with nightly entertainment.  Inside dining in the rear as well as lovely outdoor dining on their patio on the beach.

Twisted Pizza – Traditional pizza fare offering local delivery.  Great pizza but if you are like us and love your pizza with anchovies you will have to look elsewhere as they do not offer them.

Victor’s – Located in the west end with indoor and outdoor dining.  Specializing in new American small plates meant to be shared .  Great cocktails and a very popular raw bar happy hour perfectly times as you head back from the beach.

Vorelli’s – Casual dining specializing in steaks.

Waydowntown – Centrally located across from Town Hall with beachfront indoor and outdoor dining.  Bar in front with live music.

Yolqueria – The place for breakfast and brunch.  Charming spot with indoor and outdoor seating.  Very popular.

Current Restaurant News

2022 Restaurant News

This winter has seen a number of iconic Ptown facilities change ownership.  Bayside Betsy’s, the Crown & Anchor, the Pointe at Crowne Pointe and Governor Bradford, Spindler’s are all under new ownership.

Governor Bradford – The new owners have leased the bar/restaurant to new operators with extensive food and beverage backgrounds.  The operation will retain the name Governor Bradford but the food operation and the facility will be upgraded with further upgrades planned for next winter.

Napi’s has a new chef, new upgraded menu and a new focus on fresh seafood.

The Club has upgraded their menu and food.  Early reviews from guests are very positive. We ate there recently and it was excellent.  Highly recommend their fried oyster appetizer.

Freeman’s Tavern is a new spot where the former Edwige was located.  It is under the same ownership as The Patio and Pepe’s Wharf. A beautiful renovation has created an intimate, upscale atmosphere with some of the best food in town.  Highly recommend.

1620 Brewhouse has reopened under new ownership.

Johnny Thais/The Monkey Bar is reopening after a two year closing and renovation.

Mean Burger has opened in the Aquarium Mall.  Take out gourmet burgers.

Spindler’s is now only offering gourmet Mexican cuisine and is under new ownership.

Grilled Cheese Gallery has opened next to Kung Foo Dumplings and behind Twisted Pizza.

Both the Surf Club and Grand Central have reopened.  The Surf Club for the first time in about five years after a devastating fire destroyed it and Grand Central after closing for the past two years during COVID.

9 Ryder St. has closed until further notice due to the passing of its chef/owner.

Pooch Friendly Dining

Massachusetts and Provincetown law only allows outside dining with your dog.  Most venues in town with outside dining allow you to bring your dog along. Here are some of the venues that welcome our four footed guests on their outdoor patios:

  • Aqua Bar
  • Blue Monkey Cafe
  • Bubalas
  • Canteen
  • Ciro & Sal’s
  • Crown & Anchor
  • Governor Bradford
  • The Landing at Pilgrim House
  • Mac’s Seafood
  • Mezzeterranean
  • Mistralino
  • Nor’East Beer Garden
  • Patio
  • Post Office Café
  • Provincetown Brewing Company
  • Spindlers
  • Tin Pan Alley
  • Way Downtown
  • Yolqueria