Barnstable (/ˈbɑːrnstəbəl/ BARN-stə-bəl) is a city, referred to as the Town of Barnstable, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts and the county seat of Barnstable County. Barnstable is the largest community, both in land area and population, on Cape Cod. At the 2010 census it had a population of 45,193. The town contains several villages (one of which is also named Barnstable) within its boundaries. Its largest village, Hyannis, is the central business district of the county and home to Barnstable Municipal Airport, the airline hub of Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Additionally, Barnstable is a 2007 winner of the All-America City Award.
Things to do in Barnstable
4.5 based on 778 reviews
The Old Yarmouth Inn offers classic cuisine for the next generation; the best in fresh local fish, shellfish, steaks and pasta. Whether you are looking for a casual meal in our cozy wood paneled tavern or a view of our gardens from the dining room, once you have experiencedThe Old Yarmouth Inn's delightful menu, warm, friendly staff and awesome wine selection you will know why we have become one of the most popular dining destinations on the Cape
Had a GREAT dinner at the Old Yarmouth Inn in Yarmouth Port on Cape Cod after work on the middle Tuesday in January 2018 with best friends and family. I wandered in by myself near the appointed hour and was immediately made to feel welcome by the hostess who knew just where to vector me to join the others. Thank you, young lady.
We barely made the six o'clock cut off for the Three Couse Prix Fixe Menu for January 2018 only to be told by great waitress Dani that it was good all night that evening. She went on to provide sterling service to our small affinity group throughout our stay, greatly enhancing the experience. She is a true professional. Thank you, Dani.
Three of us ordered chowder to start and then the baked seafood trio: two really jumbo shrimps, three luscious sea scallops and four forkfuls of fine white fish, Coastal Haddock the menu says. One of us had it the way it is offered, the other subbing extra veggies for the rice and I had mine with without the tasty crumbs and subbing double veggies (delish Brussel sprouts) for the rice. All three plates came the way we asked for them and went back to the kitchen bereft of even a crumb. Thank you, Chef.
For dessert, included, of course, I had a very generous serving of orange sorbet, which went down slow and cold, a taste extravaganza for my ancient taste buds.
It was very hard to leave this happy place, warmed by live fireplaces, and go out into the night and dark and January cold. I look very much forward to returning. It would be nice to see you here then. Ask for one of Dani's tables. She is that good!
Thank you, Apard P. Voros and Sheila M. Fitzgerald for maintaining the great traditions of a country inn, this one established in 1696, a mere 76 years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock just up the coast a bit.
4 based on 285 reviews
The Dolphin has been a regular stop for us whenever company visits or friends join us for dinner. The food, service, ambiance and mood-setting "flavor" of its Barnstable Village location have always been excellent over the thirty years we've eaten here. The Dolphin has always top-notch.
5 based on 189 reviews
Artisan gelato (Italian style ice cream) made on premises. Full espresso bar. NOTE: SEASONAL BUSINESS open May - October).
Once again, the husband and wife proprietors have hit a home run. Their gelato is all homemade and is so silky smooth. All their flavors are gluten free. Espresso; salted caramel; blueberry; lemon cream. You name it, they have it, will have, or will make it. We love all the ice cream choices on the cape, but this place is special.
4.5 based on 290 reviews
Welcome to Katie's Ice Cream! Our ice cream is handmade in small batches using only all-natural dairy, fresh local & imported flavors, and real, natural ingredients. Enjoy!
Our main reason for visiting Hyannis was to stop at Katie's and try their homemade ice cream and we weren't disappointed. There are so many choices of ice cream from the regular choices to the unique and the portions were very good. You order based on the number of scoops even for the sundaes. I had a 2 scoop vanilla in a newly made waffle cone that was still warm and it was delicious and my husband ordered his usual a hot fudge sundae with coffee ice cream, whipped cream and nuts and he said it's tied for his #1 ice cream spot. The girl who waited on us attentive and patient as we looked over the entire menu of ice creams. We will definitely return to Katie's!
4.5 based on 119 reviews
Great little coffee shop, we came here to Barnstable whilst waiting for the Hyannis Whale Watching cruise just up the road.
Awesome coffee, massive Muffins & all at a great price! What more could you ask for?!
Comfy chairs, great atmosphere & plenty of seats in a relatively cosy space. Well done guys, keep up the good work!
4.5 based on 486 reviews
No ordinary restaurant, Sea Street Café serves breakfast all day and an assortment of lunch items that will be tough to find anywhere else. Whether you are in the mood for eggs, French omelets, sandwiches, griddled specialties (French toast, pancakes), soups, appetizers, Entrée salads, burgers or seafood entrees, this place has you covered. Stop on by for a quick bite or a relaxing meal - either way, one bite will have you hooked
The waitress was friendly and helpful....could not have had better service. I had the Lobster Cake (delicious) and the BEST clam chowder that I have had in years. I definitely recommend the restaurant and will be sure to stop in when in the area.
4.5 based on 51 reviews
Coconut chip with 2 teeny-tiny pieces chocolate in whole cone. No coconut flakes either just a tad of coconut flavor. Unless you are desperate for ice cream and don't care about quality, I wouldn't bother. Go elsewhere.
4 based on 321 reviews
The Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern Chef/Owner Bob Calderone brings "Great Food and Friendly Service" to Historic Rte. 6A. Open every day for lunch and dinner, we always serve fresh and if possible local food! We feature creative Cape Cod cuisine with a full menu of exciting appetizers, refreshing salads, and fabulous seafood, meat, and Italian specialty dishes. Try our popular thin crust pizzas or our award-winning grilled Tavern Burger! People also enjoy our fried seafood platters, Fruit of the Sea mixture served over a bed of tasty pasta, and our fresh homemade New England clam chowder. Our friendly servers can guide you through our menu if you need recommendations. We also a full selection of beer, wine, and other spirits to drink with your meal. Sit inside our rustic English-style pub tavern our outside on our spacious patio. We offer many daily meal specials. Stop by today for a memorable meal in a relaxing setting!
Located in charming Barnstable village on Cape Cod this historic restaurant and tavern has history that goes back nearly 380 years. The tavern has booths for dining and a small bar. Service was good and prices reasonable. We sampled the egg roll appetizers and had a couple of drinks. The food was very good. My only complaint was the noise level. The crowd was not all that big and the voices not that loud but something about the acoustics in the room seemed to amplify everything. Perhaps the dining room would be quieter
4.5 based on 147 reviews
My husband and I decided to try breakfast here on the recommendation of a co-worker. From the moment we entered the establishment, the staff greeted us with friendly smiles and salutations. The atmosphere is very cozy, and has a rustic, almost "western" feel.
Our server, Neyely, was such a sweetheart and very attentive! The food was also spectacular! My husband ordered the breakfast sandwich, while I ordered the traditional Eggs Benedict...both were delicious! We also each ordered a Vermont Cheddar biscuit as a side, which was also very tasty.
Great overall experience! We definitely plan on returning here when family and friends come to visit.
4.5 based on 240 reviews
Although we had booked there was a mix-up in the time and we had to return later to get our table. Even then there was a queue at the the door! Food was excellent and service was good. There is a good range of options, so no need to be concerned about having to take traditional Japanese fare if that's not your thing! Not exactly the quietest restaurant we've eaten in, but well worth the visit.
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