The gay and lesbian paradise of Provincetown on the very tip of Cape Cod is a perennial favorite of the LGBT community, and is one of the most welcoming destinations in the world. It opens its arms to thousands of visitors each year, so it is little wonder that the town offers a myriad of eating options, ranging from cafes and sandwich shops to restaurants providing world class cuisine.
Pink Choice has the town’s accommodation options well covered on its Provincetown destination page, and has now put together its list of favorite Provincetown eateries based on personal experience and guest surveys:
The Red Inn offers one of the best dining experiences in Provincetown. Situated on the bay in the west end of town, the restaurant boasts amazing views of Provincetown Harbor, Long Point Lighthouse and Cape Cod Bay. Executive chef, Philip Mossy has created a menu that does justice to the Red Inn’s location. Our personal favorites are the fried bacon wrapped oysters, the pan roasted local cod and the rack of lamb with the chef’s secret spice rub.
Victor’s is now into its 3rd season, and has established itself as a firm favorite with Provincetown locals and visitors alike. Also situated in the west end of town it offers a unique upscale dining experience, serving small plates specially prepared for sharing with friends at the table. Chef Michael Mishkin serves some of the most innovative food in town, along with the best French fries we have ever tasted!
Ross’ Grill is located on the second floor of Whaler’s Wharf, just steps from Commercial Street in the center of town. With its European Bistro style atmosphere it serves dishes freshly prepared from local produce, complimented with over 75 different wines served by the glass. Our favorite is to eat at the bar with the attentive service of Cesar, the bartender, and chat with fellow diners.
The Mews Restaurant and Cafe is loved by Provincetown residents and visitor alike, especially as it is one of the few restaurants in town that remains open year round. Offering casual dining upstairs, and a more formal atmosphere in the lower beach level restaurant, both spaces offer exceptional cuisine with a subtle but unobtrusive Asian influence. The Mews is also known for its mind-boggling choice of different vodkas.
Fanizzi’s is another of Provincetown’s year round favorite restaurants, located in the East End of town overlooking the bay. Owner, Paul Fanizzi and chef, Michael Dean offer an eclectic menu, ranging from Cape seafood classics and burgers, to fresh salads, to elegant international entrées.
Saki is one of Provincetown’s newer restaurants serving the freshest sushi in a restored Methodist church in the center of town. This might sound odd, but the space is open, vibrant and bustling
Front Street has long been one of the restaurants where one must eat on a trip to Provincetown. Chef owners, Donna and Kathy offer two extensive menus which they refer to as “Mediterranean-American Fusion”. The restaurant is tucked away downstairs in a centrally located Victorian building. With low ceilings, carved wooden tables and exposed brick walls, the atmosphere is both romantic and intimate, despite the bustling energy that is part of this very successful restaurant.
Relish has been providing locals and visitors with mouthwatering sandwiches and baked goods since 2001. Located on Commercial Street in the west end of town it’s conveniently placed to pick up a delectable lunch to eat on the beach. Owner, Frank Vasello bakes amazing cup cakes, and is in high demand for his innovative wedding cakes.
Joe Coffee & Cafe moved to new tailor-made premises in May 2010, and is now located on the corner of Winthrop and Commercial Street. With plenty of outdoor seating, this is the place to relax and read the paper, or just people-watch.
Perry’s Wine & Liquors on the corner of Tremont and Franklin Street in the West End of town, has been the neighborhood’s liquor store for many years, but the current owners, Tom and Scott have taken it to a new level of excellence. In addition to being two of the friendliest guys in town, their knowledge of wine is unsurpassed. To compliment their extensive inventory they also offer delicious artisanal cheese, breads and cocktail provisions.