Provincetown is nestled at the edge of a vast ocean, making it a natural pairing for fresh-caught seafood—any way you like it. Here, crustaceans can go from ocean to dinner plate within a single day.
Provincetown’s restaurants take full advantage of their location, and the options seem limitless. Visitors can sink their feet into the sand while they munch on fried oysters or New England clam chowder with a perfectly seasoned lobster roll. They can embrace a distinctly Cape Cod experience and park themselves at a clam shack for lunch on a sunny afternoon. For dinner, they could find themselves in a polished restaurant eating locally sourced lobster by a fire. Because really, it comes down to this: seafood—local seafood—is a unifying theme of Provincetown’s eateries.
But vacationers don’t have to rely on seasoned chefs to turn crustaceans into something delicious. They can get fresh live or steamed lobsters or Wellfleet oysters from a local market and eat them on the beach—or, better yet, their balcony overlooking the beach. And for those who really want to have a full line-to-table experience, fishing boats will take you out into open waters to catch your own fish—and ever so kindly fillet it for you. If you want to know what’s fresh when you visit, check out the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance’s chart of the fish in season around Cape Cod throughout the year.