Dining Out

Best restaurants in Truro and Wellfleet

Ralph Alswang

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At Blackfish, downtown’s lone restaurant, locals, longtime summer residents, and vacationers find camaraderie in the bar, where you can also grab dinner if you didn’t reserve a table in the cozy, rustic dining room. A solid menu, supplemented by inventive daily specials, features roasted baby beets with tarragon whipped yogurt, house jerked pork belly with Grafton cheddar grits and gravy, tuna Bolognese over fresh pappardelle, and ranch burgers served with homemade potato chips. 17 Truro Center Road, Truro, 508-349-3399. /162976730426191

Box Lunch

The Box Lunch provides tasty and easy to eat (read: kid-friendly) alternatives to basic sandwiches for takeout beach lunches. It’s especially known for its rollwiches; fillings such as lobster, turkey, egg salad, and hummus are rolled in pita bread along with cheese, avocado, hot peppers, and other fixings, providing plenty of meat-eater and vegetarian options. (Try the Roy Rogers: turkey, melted Swiss and provolone, barbecue sauce, and onions). There are even mini wraps for the little ones. 300 Route 6, Truro, 508-487-4545,

Chequessett Chocolate

Chequessett Chocolate, maker of artisanal confections like chocolate bars dotted with wild blueberries and crystalized ginger, has opened a cafe with a San Francisco aesthetic. In addition to sweets, there’s perfect coffee, fresh veggie-juice mixtures, and ultra healthy smoothies, whipped up by co-owner Katherine Reed, who is also a raw and vegan chef. Free wifi and a patio that looks ripped from the pages of Dwell magazine may keep you here all day. 8 Highland Road, North Truro, 774-538-6249,

Crush Pad


Food truck Crush Pad, by Blackfish chef Eric Jansen, is parked at Truro Vineyards, alongside the vines. In addition to scrumptious fare like pork-belly tacos, tuna sliders, Kobe beef hot dogs, and lightly fried cauliflower with capers, lemon, and Parmesan, there’s wine by the bottle or glass (and you get to keep the glass). The front lawn of the farmhouse is dotted with picnic tables and Adirondack chairs, and shaded by big, old trees. Truro Vineyards, 3 South Hollow Road, North Truro.

Jams Gourmet Grocery

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Jams Gourmet Grocery is notorious for many things in Truro. The employees who can’t seem to smile and the eye-popping prices, for starters. And yet it’s always crowded. That has something to do with the lack of markets in Truro, but there’s no denying its baked goods, fresh-made sandwiches, and tasty selection of coffees and teas (hot and iced) play a role too. 12 Truro Center Road, Truro, 508-349-1616

Salty Market

Claire Adams and Ellery Althaus, who met (and fell in love) while working at a nearby restaurant, recently opened Salty Market in what for many years was occupied by the run-down Dutra’s Market. Salty will be a year-round market with a spiffy, country vibe. In addition to groceries, breakfast sandwiches, and whole rotisserie chickens, they offer homemade soups, fresh cold salads, and made-to-order sandwiches, from grilled vegetables with hummus on a baguette to shredded jerk chicken to shaved steak with caramelized onions and peppers. 2 Highland Road, North Truro, 508-487-0711,

Terra Luna

A tad off the beaten path, Terra Luna is a romantic spot for what some might call “neo-pagan” cuisine. Foods have a rustic bent. You’ll find include artichoke heart paté and grilled duck atop smoked pork and sausage cassoulet. The low-lit dining room is clad in horizontal slats of rough wood hung with tasteful local art, and spare white dishes contrast nicely with both the décor and the meals.104 Shore Road/Route 6A, North Truro, 508-487-1019,



Chef Michael Ceraldi offers two seatings each evening for a seven-course, prix-fixe dinner at Ceraldi, his new restaurant on the pier. The open kitchen crafts meals that change daily, determined by the local harvest. The beautifully plated dishes have included spring pea ravioli, chilled melon soup with a prosciutto crisp, and seared halibut loin. The decor is industrial chic (designed by Ceraldi himself), complete with drinks served in mason jars and striped paper straws. 15 Kendrick Ave., Wellfleet, 508-237-9811,

The Fleetian

Justin Lynch


Having changed hands over winter, the small eatery with the orange door across from Uncle Tim’s Bridge is now The Fleetian. Open for dinner, it still serves thin-crust pizzas and features live music. There are oysters aplenty and specialty cocktails, including pink sangria with elderflower. Glazed pork belly served over crushed peas and macerated cherries was a recent special, while regular entrees include Parmesan-crusted flounder and a falafel burger with cumin mayo. 6 Commercial St., Wellfleet, 508-214-0578,

Mac’s Shack

A favorite for families, couples, and friends, the outdoor bar at Mac’s Shack is perennially packed, serving oysters with vodka and fruit-infused cocktails. The indoor dining room includes a sushi bar, with traditional rolls and inventive specialties. Entrees include pan-roasted halibut with lobster mashed potatoes and butter-poached lobster over black rice. This season, Mac has opened the doors for lunch, which locals hope will thin the dinner crowd, though that’s doubtful. 91 Commercial St., Wellfleet, 508-349-6333,

Moby Dick’s

BYOB and get ready to wait, because the line outside Moby Dick’s is always long. Once inside, things move quickly with cafeteria-style ordering and self-seating. It’s the spot for a quintessential clambake, or if you prefer, grilled fish and crisp salads topped with pretty much anything from the sea. The lobster roll is made exclusively with chunks of tail and claw meat and just a touch of mayo. Of course, the menu is replete with every fried seafood selection too. 3225 Route 6, Wellfleet, 508-349-9795,

PB Boulangerie
& Bistro

Devoted fans stand in lines spilling out the door of PB Boulangerie & Bistro, where chef/owner Philippe Rispoli and his French-speaking staff turn out delectable pastries and fresh-baked breads. Meals served in the small dining room and on the screened patio include paté en croute and wasabi pea crusted bluefin tuna; it’s delicious though pricier than most. Located at the end of the bike trail, stop for a takeout bakery lunch and a cookie. 15 Lecount Hollow Road, South Wellfleet, 508-349-1600,


The roof deck at Pearl, overlooking the couldn’t-be-more-picturesque Wellfleet Harbor, is small, sunny, and perfect for lunch. Inside, the open kitchen and large bar make for a lively atmosphere for couples and families for lunch and dinner, while happy hour with live music and raw bar make late afternoons extra fun. The screened porch on the marsh provides a more peaceful place for drinks and meals of reliably tasty seafood, salads, and sandwiches. 250 Commercial St., Wellfleet, 508-349-2999,

Rino’s Ristorante


Rino’s Ristorante is a good option when you don’t want to fight downtown crowds, or just can’t eat another fried clam. Chef Rino Faieta serves Northern Italian fare and thin-crust pizzas, accompanied by decent wine. The dining room has a fresh new look, sporting wood floors, wainscoting, and white tablecloths. The outdoor seating area is hemmed in by trees and shaded with orange umbrellas, and boasts a brand-new bocce court. 842 Route 6, South Wellfleet, 508-349-2688,

Russ & Marie’s Marconi Beach Restaurant

For the kitsch of a clam shack and the taste of Southern style barbeque, head to family-friendly Russ & Marie’s Marconi Beach Restaurant; you can’t miss it, the slow-smoker sits right out front. Pork ribs, pulled pork, pulled beef brisket, and pulled chicken are smoked with apple and hickory woods, and slathered in barbecue sauce. Sandwiches are served on buttery garlic rolls with sides of coleslaw, fries, or beans. There’s Southern-style fried chicken and seafood too. 545 Route 6, South Wellfleet, 508-349-6025,


Food truck Sunbird, the chickadee of longtime Cape couple J’aime and Christian Sparrow, enters its third season with fresh artisanal eats and picnic tables shaded by tiki hut umbrellas and occasional live music. Depending on the day, the menu may include a slow-roasted pork shoulder sandwich, local fish tacos (considered the best in town), gourmet hot dog with homemade ketchup, and grilled chocolate bacon toast with lavender sea salt.2520A Route 6, Wellfleet, 508-237-0354,

Wicked Oyster

The Wicked Oyster offers omelets and a full coffee bar from early morning until noon, then reopens in the evening with white tablecloths and dinner menu that includes buttermilk fried calamari with sweet chili dipping sauce, seared scallops over risotto, duck leg confit, and grilled lobster over corn pudding. The decor is simple and the atmosphere unpretentious, with an airy dining room, sunroom, and separate cozy bar.50 Main St., Wellfleet, 508-349-3455,

Winslow’s Tavern

Perched on a hill in the town center, the casually elegant Winslow’s Tavern was built in 1805 for a sea captain. There’s plenty of seating in the cream-colored dining room, decorated with potted herbs and local art, plus outdoor tables on the front and back brick patios. Dishes, made with organic and sustainable ingredients, include crisp lamb belly with lentils and rainbow chard fettuccine. On Sundays, try the slow-roast whole sucking pig. 316 Main St., Wellfleet, 508-349-6450,