Provincetown’s Best Off Season Eats


Yup, it’s getting pretty quiet around these parts.  Will be even quieter after New Year’s, when Ptown goes deep into hibernation. There is at least one perk to this seasonal slumber: it is an ideal time to get out and enjoy the year-round restaurants that remain open.  No crowds, no waiting, impeccable service.  Most locals don’t even bother eating out from July to September.  So we get excited for this time of year so we can venture forth and treat ourselves to an excellent meal (and no dirty dishes to clean up afterwards!).   The Provincetown Chamber of Commerce has a nice list of Ptown’s year round restaurants here.  Here are three worth a visit:


Squealing Pig, Commercial Street

I love their burgers.  I love their fried chicken.  I love their curry (thanks to the Nepali cooks in the kitchen).  I love their shellfish.  This casual, Irish bar does comfort food so well and is a great place to catch a game and a beer.  The menu has just enough variety and I’ve never had a bad meal.


The Pointe Restaurant, Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa, Bradford Street

Going a little more upscale, The Pointe specializes in serving fresh, local fare (great seafood, meat, and vegetarian options here).  They are known for their fabulous wine list.  Best-loved dishes are the Lobster Ravioli and the Lobster & Chive Gnocchi.


Sage Lounge, Sage Provincetown Inn & Lounge, Commercial Street

This is the ideal place to unwind in the off-season.  And the small plate style menu is made for sharing and sampling.  While we are obviously partial to our own cocktail offerings at the Shipwreck Lounge, we also appreciate the cocktails and craft beers that Sage is offering.  The lamb sliders (actually, all the sliders) are a highlight, as are the assorted fry options.

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