Welcome to Woods Hole, our picturesque seaside village known for stunning coastal views and marine research institutions is also a haven for food enthusiasts. From fresh seafood to delectable desserts, this Woods Hole Foodie Guide will take you on a delightful culinary journey, exploring some of the best places to eat and drink in our coastal town.
The Leeside Pub: Quahog Republic
Kickstart your food adventure at Quahog Republic’s Leeside Pub, a popular eatery with a relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking harbor views. Known for its seafood specialties, try the classic New England clam chowder here. With a diverse menu and a great selection of craft beers, this spot is a must-visit for any foodie looking to meet the locals. Quahog Republic even offers its own line of drink mixes, chowders, and bisques – be sure to grab one to go! Open year-round.
Water Street Kitchen
For a farm-to-table experience with a creative twist, head to Water Street Kitchen. This charming restaurant focuses on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, resulting in a menu that changes with the freshest produce. Indulge in their artisanal cheese platter or savor their innovative seafood dishes, all while enjoying the warm and inviting ambiance overlooking Woods Hole harbor. Winter brings their weekly fried chicken nights that are the talk of the town! Open for dinner from February through December.
The Captain Kidd
Situated right on the water’s edge, The Captain Kidd offers a delightful combination of scrumptious seafood and stunning views. Enjoy their elevated seafood-centric pub fare from their outdoor pier that extends over Eel Pond. As the weather cools, a seat by their stone fireplace is the perfect place for a relaxing meal. Open for lunch and dinner through late December.
Pie in the Sky Bakery & Cafe
A visit to Woods Hole wouldn’t be complete without stopping at Pie in the Sky Bakery & Cafe. Treat yourself to a mouthwatering selection of freshly baked pastries, pies, quiches, and sandwiches. Grab one of their famous popovers, a cup of coffee roasted on location, and enjoy unmatched people-watching from their beautiful courtyard garden. Open late, 7 days a week, year-round.
Constructed of wood taken from old shipwrecks, Landfall Restaurant is a family-owned favorite that has been serving delicious food since 1946. Enjoy a spectacular ocean-front dining experience from their quintessential Cape Cod dining room adorned with lobster traps and buoys donated by friends and locals. Landfall is best known for its fresh-squeezed cocktails and locally caught lobster, swordfish, and scallops. Open for lunch and dinner from April through November.
For coffee connoisseurs, Coffee Obsession is the go-to spot for artisanal coffee creations. From expertly brewed espressos to refreshing iced coffee concoctions, this cozy cafe has it all. forget to pair your drink with their extraordinary breakfast salad or a delectable pastry; they also serve lunch! Open year-round.
Quicks Hole Taqueria
If you’re craving a taste of Mexican-inspired fare by the sea, Quicks Hole Taqueria is the place to be. Indulge in their mouth-watering fish tacos, bursting with flavor and topped with fresh ingredients. The Taqueria is known for fusing innovative New England fare with Baja, California surf shop vibes! Not to mention, Quicks Hole Taqueria is home to the Original Lobster Taco on Cape Cod! Open for lunch and dinner from April to October.
For the best outdoor dining experience, try Shuckers World Famous Raw Bar. Choose a seat at their open-air bar, shaded dock or out on their vessel the “Song of Eel Pond,” and enjoy their fresh squeezed cocktails and local seafood. Shuckers’ raw bar features the freshest native Boutique Oysters, Littlenecks, Cherrystones, and Shrimp cocktail. Bring the little ones, kids’ plates are always available. Open for lunch and dinner from May to October.
Woods Hole Market & General Store
Just a short walk from the ferry, Woods Hole Market & General Store is a quaint New England eatery offering breakfast, sandwiches, burritos, baked goods, gourmet pizza, fresh lobster rolls, ice cream, deli, and full grocery. Walk around back to enjoy your meal on their waterfront patio or gorgeous 2nd story deck overlooking the boats in Eel Pond. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner year-round.
Woods Hole Wharf
The Woods Hole Wharf offers delicious seafood and mouth-watering pizza, served from their custom brick oven aptly named “The Hole”. Try one of their seafood pizzas like Scallop and Bacon or Shrimp Scampi, or keep it simple with a classic Margarita. Their wrap-around deck provides panoramic views of Eel Pond and the Woods Hole Drawbridge. Don’t leave without trying one of their dessert pizzas! Open for lunch and dinner from May to October.
Candy Go Nuts
When it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth in Woods Hole, Candy Go Nuts is the place to go! They proudly serve Richardson’s ice cream and a diverse and nostalgic sampling of beloved candy including salt water taffy, gummy bears, Nonpareils, and more. When summer calls for special treats, Candy Go Nuts answers! Typically open June through Labor Day weekend.
As you explore the beauty of Woods Hole, remember to savor its culinary delights. From fresh seafood to delightful desserts, this charming Cape Cod town has something to satisfy every foodie’s palate. Enjoy your food adventure in this beloved waterfront dining destination!
*Please note that many of our restaurants are seasonal or close for a period of the year. Check the particular restaurant’s website or social media for exact hours and dates of operation.