One of the most popular establishments featuring a cannonball hole from the War of 1812, The Nimrod Restaurant & Jazz Lounge serves upscale American cuisine within its historic walls hailing from the 17th and 18th century. Native pine, 16th-century brick fireplaces, and hand-hewn posts and beams surround guests as they feast on delicately prepared dishes, such as citrus shrimp, spinach salad, or stuffed sea scallops, by candlelight atop the elegant dining room’s white tablecloths. They can also take their meals on a screened-in patio adorned with decorative fishing nets. Most nights, as guests sip on a libation plucked from an extensive wine list, they can enjoy live music and tap toes in time to the sounds of a piano or a big band.
Within a vintage New England factory building, guests at RooBar drink and dine in a contemporary setting featuring exposed-steel beams, an open kitchen, and a custom-built wood-fired oven made of beach stone. The menu is made up of specialty burgers, pasta, and innovative dishes such as coffee- and wine-braised short ribs or scallop and bacon pizzas. And to complement these creative dishes, RooBar has cultivated a warm and inviting ambiance that Boston.com describes as “upscale, all right, but it feels more whimsical than snooty.”
Live music frequently fills the air at The Island Merchant, evoking the freewheeling vacation lifestyle that inspired the menu of Cape Cod Magazine’s Best Chef of 2011. On the menu, tangy fruits play foil to spicy meats: the jerk-chicken skewers laze aside a mango-pineapple coulis, and mango-papaya relish accents the potato-chip-crusted tuna steak. The seaside feel of the eats suits the space. Terra-cotta-colored tiles bedeck the backsplash behind the restaurant’s bar, where overhead woven fans mimic an island breeze or a giant with asthma. The restaurant’s tables surround the bamboo-fronted bar, which glows beneath low, golden lighting.
Whether guests are looking for a quick pint or a satisfying meal, at Tommy Doyle’s three locations, they always find both. Menus are packed with pub favorites such as wings, nachos, and burgers, plus Irish pub standards such as shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. Throughout the week, team trivia, karaoke, and live music entertain guests or send them into fits of despair when they forget the tune of their favorite ‘80s sitcom theme show.
Inside emBargo, a martini and tapas bar located in downtown Hyannis, servers arrive at lamplit tables with trays of hot and cold small plates, oysters on half shells, and seafood sliders. Each order of tapas resembles a work of art: applewood bacon and arugula add color to a plate of pan-seared scallops, and delicate drizzles of pomegranate molasses sauce spell out the word "Art!" on the grilled lamb so there's no mistaking what you're seeing. After dining on marinated artichokes wrapped in Serrano ham, diners can sip one of 20 signature martinis while listening to live entertainment, including jazz on Saturday nights and after-hours karaoke on Wednesdays.
For the last 30 years, Alberto's Ristorante has honed its Northern Italian specialities to produce a menu of classic pastas, seafood, and meats. Everything is made in-house, from the parpardelle pasta and new england clam chowder to the tiramisu. Inside, Alberto's brightly lit space features linen-clad tables, fireplaces, and a nice cozy lounge which rest all the fixings for classic and specialty cocktails. Outside, an awning covers patio seating, where patrons can dig into beef short ribs or lamb osso buco with a tasty accompaniment of fresh air.