The best restaurants in Provincetown right now


The seaside haven at the end of the world beckons with its raw bars, perfect pizzas and all the curly you can handle.

Canteen photo by Brian Samuels

Let’s be clear on one thing queer, uh, clear: among the (many) attractions of Provincetown – the “everyone is welcome” atmosphere, the natural beauty, the nightlife that attracts queer people from all over the world – you can also add stellar cuisine to the list. Here are some good places to visit during your next visit to Cape Town.

paradise cafe

Arrive early before the night owls wake up and dive into this new American eatery, which offers some of the best brunches in town. “Heaven” is right there in the name, but the delights are downright devilish – from tall stacks of raspberry-pecan pancakes slathered in butter, real maple syrup, and powdered sugar, to cornbread French toast. . Go all out or pair half orders with savory brunch dishes like lobster cake benedict. Plus, with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Commercial Street, you can sip mimosas and savor some of the best shows in town.

199 Commercial St. #10, Provincetown, 508-487-1991,

The cafeteria

This former Cape Cod-like municipal institution distorts reality. Otherwise, how to explain the strange magnetic attraction of the frieze machine which spins happily behind the counter where you order food? You were (innocently!) on your way to grab an iced Kohi coffee, next thing you know you’re perched on the expansive back patio of the canteen lounge overlooking the water and asking people if you can pet their dogs. Follow up the frosé with dishes from the New-England-with-a-spin menu, such as crab and rangoon grilled cheese, clam chowder and freshly shucked oysters. Plus, you won’t leave without an order of the legendary crispy Brussels sprouts tossed in fish sauce. The hours pass and suddenly it’s sunset. Might as well stop texting all your friends how much you love them and order some homemade whoopie pies and fluffernutter cookies. Don’t blame the frosé. All she wants is for you to have a good time.

225 Commercial Street, Provincetown, 508-487-3800,

At Ciro and Sal’s

Sick of the seaside? Go to Ciro and Sal, for a first class ticket to northern Italy. In the chic dining room of the wine cellar with its beautiful brick walls and exposed beams, or in the gazebo in the garden, dive into gigantic plates of pasta. Highlights include the chicken piccata – the fresh garlic is so worth the extra stick of gum you’ll have to pop before hitting the dance floor later – and the silky carbonara. And the traditional homemade marinara? So perfect it will bring tears to your eyes as you remember the hills of Piedmont, even if the closest you’ve ever been to Italy is watching a 2003 heist movie Italian work (again) on some Domino’s during the pandemic.

4 Kiley Court, Provincetown, 508-487-6444,

crown and anchor

When news broke a few years ago that this downtown restaurant, hotel and entertainment complex was up for sale, the city held its breath. Like a million other queer spaces across the country, this place was sure to be shut down and reborn as, say, “Boutique Sub-Brand by Hospitality Giant Presents the Crown & Anchor.” Luckily, locals Jonathan Hawkins and Paolo Martini arrived and bought the space in late 2021, hoisted the sails and set sail for stranger waters. Between the restaurant, newly refurbished hostel and social spaces (including six bars) and a solid entertainment program, you can practically spend an entire weekend anchored at the Crown. Come for lunch and dinner at Balena, the on-site restaurant run by Executive Chef Raina Stefani, and choose perfect calamari with pea puree, roast duck breast and pancetta toast. Also be ashore for a swim to the weekend’s “Divas by the Sea” drag brunch, where you can dive into an all-you-can-eat buffet as power drag performers Roxy Pops, Lakia Mondale and Mackenzie make waves.

247 Commercial Street, Provincetown, 508-487-1430,

The Mews Restaurant and Cafe

As Sarah Paulson chewed up scenery here during last year’s Provincetown season american horror story— co-creator Ryan Murphy has a home in town — you can drop by to chew on some stellar new American cuisine. Close your eyes and point to anything on the menu and you’ll probably like your fate-designated fare. But standouts include heavenly lobster meatballs in ginger-lemongrass broth and rosemary-marinated Colorado lamb chops. Not to mention the garlic and herb breadsticks with clover honey and homemade citrus and truffle butter that are just… *chef’s kiss. vindaloo, served with rice, chutney and crispy naan with those perfect grill marks. Also save room for the lime pie with mango coulis.

429 Commercial Street, Provincetown, 508-487-1500,

provincetown brewing co

Provided Provincetown Brewing Co. photo

Provincetown Brewing Co.

Through their draft-ivism program — where 15% of all proceeds benefit nonprofit partners like the Center for Coastal Studies and the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod — hitting the town’s only on-site brewery essentially counts like philanthropy. In other words, go ahead and order several more rounds, toasting with a juicy Double Rainbow IPA and the refreshingly overpowering Golden Hook Ale. The menu leans into the intimate pub grub that everyone loves, like the jerk chicken sandwich with homemade coleslaw, a few lighter salads, and the new PBCo burger, which sees an 8-ounce patty of ground sirloin and filet mignon topped with Cobalt cheddar and chipotle aioli, served on a brioche bun. And since the brewery is one of the liveliest social spots in town, between quiz nights, movie nights and “hey, that’s where all the lesbians are in town!” Sunday Dyke Dock parties – bring your best friends and pour them on the sharing plates. Gigantic fried mozzarella sticks attract gooey delights, and artichoke cakes might make you ditch their crab cousins ​​for good.

141 Bradford Street, Provincetown, 508-413-9076,

Rosie’s canteen

With surprisingly robust breakfast offerings, larger entrees, and quick street food, you can browse Rosie’s menu for every meal and never run out. Start your day with scrambled egg dishes like huevos con chorizo, which combine eggs and smoked chorizo ​​with rice, refried beans and three corn tortillas. Other offerings hit all the basic food groups: cheese (the melty, beautiful quesadillas, waiting for a guac dunk); meat (enchiladas stuffed with shredded chicken and brushed with your choice of sauce); and rice (the burrito bowl with the Mexican rice so good you could skip the toppings). With any luck, their homemade mole enchilada will be the specialty of the day.

331 Commercial St., Provincetown, 713-440-9996.

The red inn

The hours are infinitely happier at this historic inn’s raw bar happy hour, held daily from 2-4 p.m. Pop in for stunning ocean views and often-rotating ceviche specialties, plus $1.50 a pop Wellfleet oysters and clams, best washed down with a gin-infused Earl-Grey tea-tini. Or, if you like your cooking kissed by a bit of heat, check out the chicken liver pate with all the trimmings and mix-and-match sliders, with Kobe beef, lobster and crab among the mini bites.

15 Commercial Street, Provincetown, 508-487-7334,

Pizza Spiritus

Please consider this my petition for Spiritus to win a James Beard Award in the category of “Outstanding restaurant that caters to late night hordes of drunken gays: North East”. When the bars close at 1am, the staff at Spiritus hunker down with incredible grace and serve perfectly thin and crispy pizzas to the masses. The cash-only slices right side up are cheap: $3 for cheese, $4 for pepperoni, and killer Greek with black olives, feta, onions, and spinach. But what they lack in the city’s absurd price inflation, they make up for in million-dollar flavor. And head to the quiet, laid-back back garden for a cheap dinner (a wallet-sniff after dropping $100 for two rounds of tea-dancing planter shots). Call up a pie – say, the Spiritus special with veggies, linguiça, sausage, garlic and (trust us) anchovies – and wash it down with a buzz-worthy espresso shake.

190 Commercial Street, Provincetown, 508-487-2808,


Since everything about Ptown is more than a little extra, here’s a quick list of other places to eat.

Provincetown Portuguese Bakery

On Sundays, order a malasada, or fried dough coated in sugar. Eat your malasada on the street. Dust the sugar off your hands. Turn around, immediately order three more malasadas.

299 Commercial Street, Provincetown, 508-487-1803,

Irie eats

While this Jamaican restaurant has temporarily shifted to food orders only (thanks, pandemic), we update Instagram regularly on when to swoop in for more exceptional goat curry.

70 Shank Painter Road, Provincetown, 508-863-3584.

Provincetown Inn

I don’t care how much of a foodie you are. Go to the hotel pool grill, order a plate of chicken fillets and a plate of fries and a jelly mud slide. Eat and drink by the pool with your feet in the water. Sigh of happiness.

One Commercial Street, Provincetown, 508-487-9500,

Provincetown Fudge Factory

“I’m just going to come by and get a cup of peanut butter,” you say, then grab some ice cream and walk away with $30 worth of truffles, caramel turtles, and chocolate sea salt caramel pretzel bark black.

210 Commercial Street B, Provincetown,

Pop + Dutch

Before taking that long hike to Herring Cove Beach, stop for some fancy sandwiches and salads, with the Agent Dale Cooper sandwich (turkey breast, cheddar, avocado, pickled shallots, etc.) providing flavor peaks .

147 Commercial Street, Provincetown, 774-538-6472,


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