Cape Sea Grille – Harwich Port


Another of our Cape Cod dining experiences, but first we need to set the scene. We had spent the day whale watching departing from the colourful ‘Provincetown’ and the weather at sea had not been kind with plenty of rain. We returned to the ‘Captains House Inn’ at Chatham (review later) at around 20.00 without any dinner plans and asked at reception for some recommendations. We  were amazed at the number of restaurants that closed their kitchens to new diners on or before 21.00. We were left with two recommendations and chose the Cape Sea Grill which assured us their was no problem with us arriving at 21.00. On the Cape dinner is definitely taken earlier rather than later.

Situated in a 19th century sea captain’s home just steps from the water’s edge, off Route 28 in Harwich Port the Cape Sea Grille restaurant has a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere. On arrival we were greeted warmly and shown to our table at this time the restaurant was quite busy with a nice buzz. As the night and the courses went by we were the last diners left in the restaurant when we were joined at our table by Doug Ramler the chef/proprietor.

Unfortunately I did not have my camera or phone available for pictures so apologies for the lack of our own photos and relying on the web site for visual details. Checkout the current menu’s and details of the Cape Sea Grille using this link.

Back to the meal, our appetiser was a Crispy Duck Confit with stuffed Swiss chard purse, roasted beets and a red wine glace which was presented and cooked beautifully. Neil and Jean both chose the Grilled Centre Cut Filet Mignon served with a toasted almond-blue cheese compound butter, seared potato cake, sautéed spinach and oven roasted tomato-caramelized onion pan sauce which was praised highly. Me and Linda both chose from the specials menu and opted for sea bass which again was presented and cooked to a high standard. When our shared deserts arrived Doug joined us from the kitchen and we enjoyed his company and stories for 20 to 30 minutes. Doug worked in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to combine his love of cooking and skiing and trained in Colorado.

We had a great night at the Cape Sea Grille and as mentioned in another post Doug also pointed us in the direction of the Straight Wharfe restaurant on Nantucket another Cape gem. The genuine interest Doug showed in our enjoyment of the evening and his cooking/travel stories added to the occasion and we would highly recommend the Cape Sea Grille and would love to return some day.


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