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“Good Food When They Get it Right”

Bookstore & Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 48 Restaurants in Wellfleet
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $35
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Seafood dining on Cape Cod, paired with an exquisite bookstore - enjoy the waterfront views at the Bookstore & Restaurant in Wellfleet. Since 1964, three generations of our family have come together to create the recipes that showcase seafood dining and family comfort. Many of our dishes have become classics on the Outer Cape. Combining our love for seafood and simplicity, we offer our customers unique waterfront dining on what we consider the most beautiful harbor in the world.
Guilford, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Good Food When They Get it Right”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

Part One:Eat here fairly often, usually for lunch as I enjoy the mussels on the daily special luncheon menu which are different from the regular menu and change each day of the week. Went for dinner with two friends. Two of us ordered mussels. They were cold when they arrived so we sent them back. Waited an appropriate time and requested our waitress to check on them. They were not ready. Waited another 15 minutes and asked for the Manager. He apologized and in about another ten minutes piping hot and very good mussels were served. By then our friend had eaten most of his meal, surf and turf, which he said was good.
When the check arrived I was surprised there was no deduction for our inconvenience and said so to the Manager when leaving. He said the waitress didn't bring him the check but agreed that he would comp us the next time.
Part Two: Went back today for lunch. Ordered one Belgian mussel order for my partner and a luncheon order of mussels for myself. Two orders of Belgian mussels arrived and the waiter said that's what I ordered and he never heard of anyone ordering the luncheon mussel special.
Fortunately the Manager came in while we were there. I reminded him of my experience from the previous dinner and explained the incorrect ordering by my waiter today.
He comped both our lunches which correctly resolved the issue.

  • Visited August 2014
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Massachusetts, United States
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Good food and service, with a view!”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

There's not much than can top a great meal with a backdrop of Wellfleet harbor. We dined on a Saturday night and were seated quickly. We dined outside, since it was a perfectly gorgeous evening. The oysters were top notch- the "two of each" just weren't enough, so we ordered another set! The clam chowder was rather thick, but very flavorful. The baked stuffed lobster was one of the best lobsters I have ever eaten. Perfectly cooked-- even the tail meat was melt-in-your-mouth velvety! The crabmeat stuffing was also delicious.
Service was prompt and friendly.
We will definitely be back to the Bookstore on our next trip to the Cape!

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Supermal
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Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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“Good food, great view, good times”
Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

18th year visiting and having lunch at the Bookstore. Kale soup was amazing as always. Best Oysters on the Cape. Service was great. A regular stop on our annual trip to Cape Cod.

Visited August 2014
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Stone Ridge, New York
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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“Oysters!”
Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

We shocked the oyster dude by asking him for 5 doz to start! Briny and sweet - we waited a year for them. Mussels delicious, great w a glass of rose. We also had fried oysters and some more typical lunch fare. As always a great time.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great Lunch”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Just a fun, fast place to eat lunch when you are at the harbor. Good drinks and good food. It's always fun to sit on the top deck and watch the water.

Visited August 2014
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