There are so many fantastic restaurants in Hyannis to visit, it’s hard to know where to begin. The freshest seafood, indoor and outdoor seating, and Main Street and waterfront dining combine to create a fun and enjoyable restaurant experience. The menu options range from fine dining, traditional fried fare, and internationally inspired restaurants to delectable sweet shops and artisan bakeries.
There is no reason to go hungry in Hyannis. The most difficult decision will be which restaurant to choose. Once seated, you will be faced with a glorious menu to peruse as you sip your favorite libation.
The establishments listed below are in no particular order.
1. Tumi Ceviche Bar & Restaurante
Peruvian cuisine has arrived in Hyannis and is making a big splash. At Tumi Ceviche Bar and Restaurante, they showcase authentic Peruvian dishes along with classic Italian fare. The patio is lovely and the eclectic indoor décor sets the stage for a fun, casual dining experience.
Begin with the Andean crab cakes, crusted with quinoa and served with crispy choclo (delicious giant corn kernels). The adventurous diner will enjoy the Pescado A Lo Macho, deep-fried whole Branzino, aji Amarillo, calamari, and mussels come together for an amazing seafood feast. Tumi also offers classic Italian options for the less adventurous diner.
Known for its ceviche, try the Fresh Fish of the Day option or the Mixto with shrimp, octopus, mussels, and the catch of the day. Be sure to order one of its signature cocktails, like the Pisco Sour to round out your meal.
Pro Tip: You will find the sign for Tumi’s painted high on a brick wall on Main Street with an arrow pointing you down the alley; a little hunting adventure before you dine.
Alberto’s offers guests casual fine dining in the heart of Hyannis. The extensive menu has its culinary roots in Italian cuisine with a distinct nod to fresh, local seafood.
For starters, you can’t go wrong with the Mussels Fra Diavolo or the Truffle Gnocchi. The list options for the pasta course is enticing with items like seafood manicotti or lobster ravioli. You can, of course, dine on fresh boiled or baked stuffed lobster; but Alberto’s offers other options including a variety of seafood, beef, chicken, veal, and duck-focused entrees. The veal saltimbocca or the pork Milanese will have you singing “O Sole Mio”.
After all that food, the best way to enjoy dessert is to take it to go — spumoni anyone?
Pro Tip: There is a large public parking lot behind Alberto’s. The parking is free and strategically located to stroll Main Street Hyannis before or after dining.
3. Anejo Mexican Bistro
With restaurant locations in Hyannis and Falmouth, you know Anejo Mexican Bistro has its menu and service perfected. The Main Street Corn will transport your taste buds to a street corn vendor on the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. From beginning to end, from flautas to tostada and tacos to enchiladas, you will love every spicy bite.
Let the cotija and Oaxaca cheeses flow as you happily munch your way through the menu.
Pro Tip: The patio fills up quickly on a beautiful summer night. You can use their call ahead seating or join the online waitlist to get a jump in the dining queue.
4. Baxter’s Cape Cod
A seemingly small, shingled shack on the water packs one of the biggest seafood punches in Hyannis. Baxter’s Cape Cod is the place to go for a classic lobster roll or seafood dinner when you are vacationing in Hyannis. Located on the harbor, the views are spectacular and the food is mouthwateringly delicious. If you have never tried a quahog, their stuffed version is off the chart. Any Cape Codder will tell you the quahog is the perfect cape delicacy.
Fried, grilled, or broiled the selection of classic dishes includes seafood bisque, fried whole belly clams, steamers, and lobster any way you love it. Plan to dine at Baxter’s for the best, laid back, fresh from the ocean extravaganza on Cape Cod.
Pro Tip: Baxter’s is a favorite with the Kennedy clan when they are in residence at their Hyannis compound. You could easily find yourself dining next to one of the famous family relations.
5. The Naked Oyster
The Naked Oyster is the perfect restaurant for a cozy dinner with friends or a wonderful date night spot. Whether your choice is the raw bar with lots of oyster options or its dressed and baked oyster offerings, you will find delicious oyster starters to begin your seafood dining experience.
Try the native scallops and fig mascarpone ravioli for a unique twist on a classic dish or the surf and turf-style sirloin and poached shrimp. The Naked Oyster offers a nice selection of wines by the glass and by the bottle to pair with your delicious feast.
The folks at The Naked Oyster raise their oysters in nearby Barnstable Harbor. Tended by dedicated farmers who grow and harvest the delicate creatures, you can be sure these farm-fresh delights are perfect and you are dining on the freshest oysters on the cape.
Pro Tip: It is open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner only. Service starts at 4:30 p.m.
6. The Black Cat Tavern
Perched above the busy Hyannis harbor is the Black Cat Tavern. If you love a busy waterfront entertainment show while you dine, consider the Black Cat for a fun getaway patio lunch or dinner. It offers a wide selection of starters that are perfect for sharing. Try going local with the baked Barnstable oysters or the scallops and native steamers. The giant black cat lobster roll is a classic for a Cape Cod lunch or dinner treat. Baked, fried, grilled, or blackened, the kitchen offers diners lots of great dining options.
Pro Tip: The harbor area is a popular spot in Hyannis and public parking is at a premium. If you are dining during prime time, consider walking or a taxi/rideshare service.
If you want to be in the hub of downtown Hyannis for a drink or dinner, Torino is the spot. The patio offers diners a lively setting where you can enjoy a wonderful meal, hang out with great friends, and relax while people watching from your Main Street table. After a long day at the beach, Torino is the fun, casual dining spot with great food that your vacation vibe craves.
Torino has classic pizzas, a lengthy choice of healthy salads, and a wide selection of Italian-American entrees. The Torino prime burger is the best in downtown. If you are looking for a great lobster, order their lobster mac and cheese, not your kiddo’s mac and cheese plate!
Pro Tip: The patio is high profile on Main Street and the restaurant is almost always busy, so expect to wait for a seat.
8. Pain D’Avignon Restaurant And Boulangerie
Everything you would want from an excellent French patisserie you will find at Pain D’Avignon Restaurant and Boulangerie. Dedicated patrons crowd the small shop for its daily selections of expertly crafted breads and sweet pastries. In the adjacent restaurant, you will find classic pastas, hearty risottos, beautiful salads, and small plates that are perfect for sharing.
Pain D’Avignon Located outside of the downtown area near the Hyannis airport, is worth the trip. This is the place to procure the baked supplies for your gorgeous alfresco, at the beach lunch. Selections for your picnic basket like its spinach and feta Chausson or the ham and Swiss croissant will pair perfectly with a great bottle of wine and a waterfront picnic view.
Pro Tip: The parking lot is small and finding a spot can be a challenge when the restaurant is busy. However, many guests are picking up bread or takeout. Circling the block will usually be just enough time for a space to open up.
9. Kandy Korner
When you step into the Kandy Korner on Main Street in Hyannis, you are instantly transported back to a time when you shopped for penny candy and were in awe of the amazing selection sitting in glass fishbowl jars. Good N Plenty, Red Laces, Red Hots, Malted Milk Balls, Juju Fruits, and many other old-time classics will have you reminiscing about your childhood candy store memories.
Homemade saltwater taffy, a classic seaside staple, comes in a wide selection of flavors. Select a box of pre-mixed assorted flavors or mix up your own favorites to take home a salty shore treat.
Pro Tip: Not only a candy store, but the Kandy Korner is also the spot to find just the right gift or vacation memento.
Kilwins Hyannis is known for its gorgeous, hand-dipped caramel apples, premium ice cream, and amazing chocolates. Its chocolate-covered marshmallows come highly recommended. The fudge is sugary perfection and the selection of dipped chocolates sing sweetly on your tongue.
Pro Tip: Order one of its famous ice cream cakes for your next barbeque. It will be the dessert hit of the party.
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