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“Way past its prime” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Brewster Inn & Chowder House

Brewster Inn & Chowder House
1993 Main St., Rte. 6A, Brewster, MA 02631-1821
(508) 896-7771
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Ranked #13 of 33 Restaurants in Brewster
Price range: $0 - $11
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner
Westborough, Massachusetts
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“Way past its prime”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

The restaurant and inn sits on historic Route 6A in Brewster, MA. From the outside it looks lovely, a charming white New England Inn with a barn out back that houses a bar called the Woodshed. My family of 6 decided to give it a try on a Friday night over labor day weekend. It was a huge disappointment. The inside dining room is extremely small and the place smells extremely musty. The carpet is old and dirty and as anyone knows who owns a house near the beach or a lake a carpet will hold mildew like nothing else.

We made reservations for 6PM and we were seated in a timely manner. The waitstaff was dressed haphazardly nothing matching, our waitress didn't even wear an apron, so you couldn't even distinguish her from a guess. This is just one minor detail, but it was all the missing details that leave this restaurant well past its prime.

I ordered a Stoli Raz cosmo and I was happy that this spirit was available, but disappointed by the drink. It was served in a manhattan glass from circa 1930 and held a very small drink. It was served lukewarm and with way too much cointreau. This is not a family friendly restaurant there were no kids cups. My 3 year old was served his pineapple juice in a glass.

We ordered several appetizers including clam chowder and each was a disappointment. The chowder was good but not spectacular. The Ocean Terrace down the street or Laurinos down the street both serve substantially better versions. The shrimp cocktail appeared to be previously frozen already cooked shrimp not house made. The clams casino was also lacking.

The wait from apps to the main course was over 30+ minutes way too long especially for a non busy time of 6PM. I ordered a seafood saute special with lobster, shrimp and scallops. The menu described the dish as did the waitress as a seafood scampi type sauce with fresh herbs. What arrived was far from a scampi dish. It had stewed canned tomatoes in it, what a disappointment this is August on the cape the finest time for fresh tomatoes and they used canned. The skins were still on them and had peeled off. The dish was full of oil floating everywhere and the seafood was all overcooked.

The rest of the meals were average. We had a fish sandwich that was all right, nothing special. A swordfish special with a piece of swordfish that resembled a kiddie entree and a beef fajita special with didn't have any corn or flour tortillas with it.

We didn't stay for dessert and we won't be back to visit. The median age in the dining room was approximately 70 years old which supports the idea that at one time this restaurant was probably fantastic and it is just way past its prime.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Average at best”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012 via mobile

Had dinner there with our 4 kids. The appetizers (chowder, clams casino and shrimp cocktail ) were good. The dinners took forever and were average at best. The service was pleasant but unspectacular. Far better options in Brewster.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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West Haven, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Chowder”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Scallops and lazyman lobster were delicious as was the creamy chowder.Really pleasant service, good price.

Visited August 2012
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Dublin, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

After a long day of sight-seeing, this was a great place to unwind with a very nice dinner. The service was fantastic, and even though the dining room was small, it never felt crowded. The soups were especially good.

Visited August 2012
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Great Falls, Virginia
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“Great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Located in Brewster MA on Cape Cod, the Brewster Inn and Chowder House is a must stop for great food. The clam chowder is fantastic. Be prepared for a wait during the summer but if you sit at the bar, you can get the same food and probably avoid the wait.

Visited August 2012
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