We went to the Impudent Oyster to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday while on vacation in the Cape. It was our first time both in Chatham and at the Impudent Oyster. All the food we had was amazing, huge portions (consider splitting, especially if ordering appetizers as well), perfectly cooked. It was the best meal we had while in Cape Cod. Fresh, hot bread came with our appetizers and was delicious.
The interior of the restaurant has not been updated in a very long time, but I think that's part of the appeal. Has kind of a vintage seafood joint type feel. I found the seating to be rather uncomfortable. They could stand to improve that. My sister and I were on this slanted bench the entire meal and were very ready to leave.
You don't need to dress up, it is definitely casual. We were there on a Saturday night and it was loud, but we were still able to have a conversation. It is not a quiet, intimate restaurant by any means. If you are early, you will have a hard time finding a seat at the bar - it is small and was very crowded. There was not even room to stand so we left and went across the street to the pub.
While I informed the restaurant that we were celebrating a milestone birthday and the host wished my mother a happy birthday when he was seating us, that was all that was done for her birthday. I think for the money we spent on that meal, a little something could have been done with the dessert we ordered. A candle perhaps? A happy birthday from the waitress? I found that to be disappointing.
I would also suggest skipping dessert - it was the low point of the meal. After delicious seafood we wanted just a little something sweet so ordered this brownie cake with ice cream. I thought it was terrible. Not fresh. This is not the place to go for the baked goods.
Lastly, the wine list is extremely limited. I wish there had been more options as I would have loved to order a special bottle for my mom's special dinner. We chose the nicer of the two chardonnays, which was a grocery store brand, very easy to get, inexpensive. My mistake, I should have asked about bringing our own and paid corkage. I thought given the price of the food, there would be nice wine to go with it. There is not. Your entree and a bottle of wine will be roughly the same price.
Overall the food makes up for a lot of these negative things, which were annoying more than anything else. Given the chance to do over, I would probably go elsewhere for a special dinner, but still be sure to visit the Oyster while in town. Make your reservations far in advance - I think I made ours 6 weeks ahead.
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