Okay, let me offer a bias ... I like this place enough that I had my wedding reception there last year. And why? Because their food was just amazing, and their service top-notch. Plus, they had a lot of wonderful seafood on the menu, while other wedding venues did not (amazingly, even in Cape Cod). But we went back there last week, and just had an absolutely outstanding dinner, one of the best I've had on the Cape.
We got there early enough to qualify for their prix fix menu, which had an appetizer, and entree, and a dessert for $19.95. Though we did not take advantage of this, I did see other diners do so, and judging by the appearance of these dishes as they came out, I think that for the price, the value was unbelievable. These were not smaller quantities, or simpler dishes, but rather wonderful specials that allowed the chef to stretch their creativity and ingredients a bit more than the usual menu allows.
We started with clam chowder, and I have to say that theirs is the best I've had on the Cape. It's very creamy, very rich, and amazingly delicious. I've had a LOT of chowder on the Cape, and theirs remains my favorite (though I've heard Capt. Parker's Pub has good stuff, I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but it's better than the stuff at the Chatham Squire, which I previously thought was quite good). For dinner, I had the "Seafood Saute," which had lobster, shrimp, and scallops on a puff pastry and greens, covered in a very light Newburg sauce. I thought it was excellent. The sauce wasn't heavy in any way, and the seafood was cooked to perfection. My mother-in-law had the pan-seared calf's livers ... she normally is very careful about what she eats, but she admitted that she loved liver, and our waiter assured her that the Old Yarmouth Inn's was the best. He wasn't exaggerating. She was utterly delighted by them ... which isn't something I'm used to seeing! My wife had a broiled seafood platter special, (a variety of different fish and shellfish samples on a platter) which she enjoyed thoroughly, and was happy that the seafood was done just right, and not overcooked like in so many other restaurants. My father-in-law also had the "Coastal Haddock," baked with a crumb topping and a Champagne-lemon beurre blanc, which he also enjoyed. Service was extremely attentive without being unobtrusive.
In short, it was a perfect meal, but that's what we've come to expect from the Old Yarmouth Inn. They even closed the place this winter to expand it, and it was a bit bigger than it was last year for our reception, but the renovation work was seamless, allowing for expansion without detracting from the historical appeal of the building, which has been serving as an inn, restaurant, or tavern since the late 1600s.
While I love the clam shacks of Cape Cod, where I continue my search for the perfect lobster roll, the Old Yarmouth Inn is just a great place that I'm always going to go back to. And if anyone wants to consider it for a wedding reception (especially since it's adjacent to the Kelly Chapel, a great little spot for a wedding ceremony), I highly recommend it. Although I was a stressed-out groom, the owners of the Old Yarmouth, Arpad and Sheila were literally Rocks of Gibraltar for me ... and though I didn't believe that everything would go as well as they said it would, in the end I found it went even better. I'm actually ashamed I even doubted them, but the reception was outstanding, and our relatives still tell my wife and I how much they enjoyed the restaurant and the food.
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