The Landfall is one of our favorite Woods Hole restaurants. The food and service is always outstanding and the staff is friendly. The dress code is Cape Cod casual.

The Landfall is owned by two local brothers who are the sons of the man who built the restaurant in 1946. The wood in the building has been taken from old ship wrecks and boards from old buildings in the area. One can enjoy reading about the various artifacts that hang around the building that have been collected over the years. In addition, photographs on the walls show the Landfall’s many encounters with Mother Nature, such as hurricanes Carol, Donna, Edna, Gloria and Bob not to mention Daisy, Esther and Gerda and numerous unnamed winter storms.

The kitchen specializes in seafood, however, they do have excellent steaks, chops and chicken dishes in addition to a variety of meatless offerings. They serve everything from a classic club sandwich to a full lobster dinner.


My favorite meal is the ” Local Steamers”. Steamers are steamed clams that are served with clam broth and drawn butter. I enjoy ordering it with garlic bread and a Ceasar salad. When the server places the dish before me I am in “New Englander’s Heaven”.

My husband Bill enjoys the “Seafood Newburg”. It consists of tender morsels of lobster, shrimp, scallops and swordfish, cooked in a creamy sherry sauce. Usually it is served in a bread bowl but Bill enjoys it over linguini.

Landfall is open from May through October. It is a wonderful place to watch the sunset over the waters of Woods Hole Passage or observe the Steamship Authority ferries dock and disembark for Martha’s Vineyard. They are also one of the few restaurants in Falmouth that take reservations and an additional plus is that on busy evenings, they have valet parking.

For the quintessential New England dinning experience, Landfall is the place to go.

Pat O’Connell