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“A sure bet in Wellfleet”

Van Rensselaer's Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 46 Restaurants in Wellfleet
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
new york city
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A sure bet in Wellfleet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2014

Van Rensselaer's is on Rt. 6, just north of North Eastham, and we had passed by many times during our annual vacations in Eastham. We never tried it because we usually cook at home, and when we do eat out, it is usually lunch at one of the great clam shacks (Friendly Fisherman, PJs, Arnolds, Cooke's, Mac's on the Pier. We had more family than usual this year at our rental, and most of them wanted to eat at a restaurant on Saturday night. We search Tripadvisor and chose Van Renssalaer. We were not disappointed. Our reservation was acknowledged immediately and we were seated in just a few minutes. We had a great waiter, personable and attentive, and he gave us ample time to chose drinks and explore the very good menu. The food choices were terrific, and the specials were generous and delicious (I thought the baked oysters were exceptional). After a week of steady seafood, I chose the prime rib which was excellent, cooked to order and served hot with generous sides. Everyone else stayed with the seafood items which were prepared with style and delicious too (great scallops, excellent pasta, perfectly cooked whole fish), . We all shared a great desert which looked like an enormous ice cream sandwich with whipped cream and fruit. The wine and beer selections were very good in quality and value.

If you don't care about a restaurant with a water view, this is a great place to go for a great meal at a reasonable price. We would certainly return on our next trip.

  • Visited August 2014
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Brewster, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Over-rated food and service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is the most over-rated restaurant in Wellfleet. The food is mediocre, at best, and the service is rushed, frenetic, and unfriendly. The owner is only interested in quick turnover and money, money, money.

The owner recently complained and lambasted the police for closing Route 6 following an accident. He complained about losing most of his reservations and profit for that night. His sympathy for the accident victims was non- existent. His every word in the paper was about losing money.

Now one of the accident victims has died, making his complaints more ludicrous and insensitive.

My name will never appear on his reservation list, and, hopefully, no one else's will either.

  • Visited August 2014
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CT
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17 reviews
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“Family owned and family friendly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2014

We went to eat here with 6 of us including a 2 year old, the service was prompt and friendly, the food was delicious, we just made it in time for the early bird dinner, great value, the salad bar was superb!

  • Visited August 2014
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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“Great food and service in upper Cape”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014

Found this very nice resraurant hidden among the numerous clam shacks on Route 6 on the outer Cape. Excellent (and varied) menu, great servine, good ambiance, nice and reasonable wine list and mostly excellent food. Needless to say superior oysters. A great fresh salad bar was a special treat.

  • Visited August 2014
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“Our 'Must Eat At' every year.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

One of the best around. Salad bar is top notch. Seafood is even better. Been there many times over the years and I don't think I have had the same thing twice. Peter (owner) treats everyone well when he greets you personally upon entering. Even remembers us by name. A must 'Go To' for all ages.

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