The formula for a perfect New England summer is iron-clad, really: (sea)food + booze + water views = success. Which is why we clog the Sagamore Bridge year after year in Terminator-like pursuit of shorefront repasts. The challenge becomes, however, how to eat and imbibe your way down the Cape without ever losing sight of sea. And to help you do that, we’ve compiled the 15 best waterfront restaurants, one per town, to make your coastal crawl as easy as a trip down Quincy Shore Drive.
The Beachhouse at the Chatham Bars Inn (address and info)
You don’t need to travel like a Swell to dine like one. Sitting on a gorgeous private beach, the well-appointed Beach House is what Travie McCoy’s dreams are made of. Drink deep the cove views while savoring tomato and watermelon gazpacho, pan-roasted scallops, and a truly terrific lobster roll, all complemented by raw bar goodies and house cocktails. Even the restaurant’s Sunday night backyard cookout elevates the genre, with grilled Berkshire pork medallions and line-caught swordfish.