Getting to Know Provincetown, MA
- March 15, 2019
While Provincetown (or “P-Town”) isn’t the easiest New England destination to access, the remote location only serves to increase its appeal. Situated... Read More
Located at the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown was an old Portuguese fishing community in its early days. Its heritage began with the landing of the Pilgrims, and the historical Mayflower Compact was signed in its harbor. Standing 252 feet tall, the Pilgrim Monument commemorates their proud heritage. Today Ptown a buzzing community of artists, and the year-round population of under 3000 is home to many of the LGBT population. Commercial Street is a hub of excitement, and many of the restaurants listed below are clustered there. Here, the best places to go in Provincetown.
The new owners of Joe’s will celebrate its grand opening on May 3rd. They’re looking forward to a great season with a brand-new staff. Serving breakfast and lunch, they also feature fabulous coffee, tea, snacks and pastries. Seating outside on the patio under a large colorful umbrella adds to their charm.
170 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657
This landmark restaurant and inn has welcomed guests for over a century. President Theodore Roosevelt and his wife, among many other dignitaries, have stayed there since 1915. More recently, In 1987, Pulitzer Prize winning author Norman Mailer was in Ptown directing the film based on his book, Tough Guys Don’t Dance. Many of the scenes were filmed at The Red Inn. All accommodations have waterfront decks with views of the harbor and bay. Their season opens on the 18th of April. If you’re planning a visit, make sure to get your reservations in well ahead of time. They take dinner reservations up to six weeks in advance.
15 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657
For starters, take a look at these mini beef Wellingtons. If they don’t drench your palate because you’re a vegetarian, not to worry. Jimmys features a tofu appetizer as well as a main tofu course marinated and grilled with vegetables, cheese and topped with a delightful pesto sauce. For a more intimate dinner, Jimmys is a smaller, cozy restaurant, seating 50.
179 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657
The Mews is opened all year long. Salad lovers can’t do better than the Mews. Not only do they serve a popular variety of greens, each selection appointed with second to none toppings and dressings, but they offer an additional menu of fish and meat toppings to add if you choose to make their salads a complete meal. Their uniquely prepared appetizers and main courses are not what you can easily replicate at home so be prepared to go back several times to try all their exotic offerings.
429 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657
For the best in northern Italian cuisine, this is the place to go. They offer chicken, veal, fish and pasta cooked a variety of ways in the northern Italian tradition. Their rustic, old-world decor lends itself to the warm and cozy ambiance of the restaurant, and you can pretend you’re in Italy while you enjoy the Italian feast.
4 Kiley Ct, Provincetown, MA 02657
The name alone makes you want to go there, but the new name for this restaurant is Strangers and Saints which is about equally as provocative. The restaurant is the renovated home of an old whaling captain, John Cook. They feature the best in wine, beer, cocktails, gourmet food and conversation.
404 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657
The restaurant is a reminiscence of the antique business that once filled its space. Napi’s represents the town and the creative people who have settled here over the years as well as present day artists. If you’ve ever gone to an art museum and would have liked a place to sit, drink, dine and chat while you admired the work, Napi’s is that dream come to life.
7 Freeman St, Provincetown, MA 02657
Reasonably priced and delicious entrees are served in what looks like an old colonial home. There is an upstairs screened patio for additional dining space. Great signature martinis and other cocktails add to the enticement to give it a try. If you’re staying over, there’s an attached hotel for your convenience.
82 Bradford St, Provincetown, MA 02657
Fabulous veal dishes and Italian prepared seafood are some of the highlights here. Front Street is seasonal and won’t open its doors again until May 10th. Their melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon and succulent rack of lamb make it worth the wait.
230 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657
If you go here in the month of March the entrees are all half price. They’re known by locals and tourists alike as having very friendly owners, staff and great food. They serve a variety of over 75 wines by the glass so you can sample two or three (or four or five) with your dinner. All the tables have expansive views of the water so if you’re the type to get seasick, stick to two or three.
237 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657
They have a great raw bar here at this happy hour with clams and oysters $1 each. They also offer small plate servings on their menu to be shared by all at the open table. If you have a difficult time deciding what to order as most people do when confronted with too many choices they love, this is the way to go.
175 Bradford Street Ext, Provincetown, MA 02657
This converted church building is now home of a sushi and sashimi restaurant in Ptown. If others in your party are not sushi lovers, there are chicken and rib choices too. Saki also features a take-out menu so you can enjoy the same great food from your living accommodations less expensively by not ordering drinks and not having to leave a tip.
258 Commercial St #4, Provincetown, MA 02657
If you go on Thursdays you can have all-you-can-eat fish and chips at the amazing price of $16.99 per person. Mac was a seafood cook in Boston, Massachusetts and New York, New York for years prior to opening his restaurants and markets. This great seafood restaurant and the rest of his seafood empire commemorates the owner’s life as a fisherman since he was a child fishing with his grandfather.
85 Shank Painter Rd, Provincetown, MA 02657
Especially if you’re a lobster lover, you’re not going to want to miss this extraordinary dining experience in one of their two large dining rooms overlooking the harbor. This seasonal restaurant has a raw bar available all day. They’ll be celebrating their 40th anniversary when they reopen on Friday, April 12th. It’s definitely a Ptown favorite for the many patrons who frequent it throughout the spring and summer.
321 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657
Their Sunday brunch features a wide array of traditional breakfast items as well as their pasta of the day, chicken fingers and fresh Mussels steamed in white wine and garlic sauce. Their regular menu features Italian style seafood and many burger selections for the landlubbers of your party. It’s a great place to take the whole family. Their children’s menu is complete with all the foods kids love. And it’s open year-round!
539 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657
Restaurants are not the only fabulous attractions for tourists to this part of Cape Cod. There are art galleries, the theater, specialty shops and festivals of different sorts throughout the year. No matter what you’re looking for, you can find it in Provincetown. A leisurely jaunt by ferry can eliminate the heavy traffic on the way in during the height of the season.