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Central House at the Crown
247 Commercial St.

The Central House restaurant at the Crown & Anchor offers simple and refined delicious food featuring local, seasonal ingredients in a casual atmosphere. Have dinner before any of The Crown & Anchor shows and receive preferred seating.

Bubala’s by the Bay

183-85 Commercial St.

With its large outside deck, this hip West End bistro is one of the best places to people watch. Brashly colorful murals fill the inside spaces, along with views of the harbor. Seafood specialties from the extensive and reasonably priced menu include grilled tuna wasabi and baked Cuban cod. 

Karoo Kafe

338 Commercial St.

A South African restaurant in New England? Definitely yes: This eclectic café, great for lunch or dinner, offers signature dishes like bobotie (South African meatloaf) and Cape Malay stew with peri peri (Portuguese-inspired BBQ sauce). This is about as far from a clam shack as you can get — but just as casual.

Edwige at Night

333 Commercial St.


Amidst the bustle of Commercial Street, this second-floor, intimate, serene, loft-style eatery’s varied menu features American cuisine with influences from the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Asia. Don’t miss the best brunch in town — or one of the accompanying signature cocktails.

The Red Inn

15 Commercial St.


This old-fashioned restaurant deep in the West End offers spectacular views of the harbor. One of author Norman Mailer’s favorite haunts, the 200-year-old house doubles as a bed-and-breakfast. Floor-to-ceiling windows, fireplaces, a garden and deck make it Ptown’s most romantic spot.

Front Street

230 Commercial St.


Reasonably priced, centrally located and charmingly appointed, this downtown staple offers antique booths, low lighting and Mediterranean cuisine.

The Mews 

429 Commercial St



Ptown doesn’t get much more authentic than this old-fashioned mainstay that boasts the best soup in a region famous for its chowder (or, if you want to sound native, “chow-dah”). An upstairs cafe has a 19th century mahogany bar; the downstairs dining room sits virtually on the harbor beach. This and its eclectic menu, with an emphasis on seafood specialties, make this one of the town’s most special dining experiences.


5 Ryder St. Extension


Ask a local for the best place to get fried seafood, and he’ll name this unpretentious clam shack near Fisherman’s Wharf. You order at the counter and eat at a picnic table, but it’s worth it for great seafood, burgers and hot dogs. This is as authentic a Cape Cod experience as you’ll get in Ptown.