Moby Dick’s In Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Offers Great Seafood For A Few Clams

What’s for dinner? Well, whenever my husband Bill and I are on the Lower Cape, the answer is easy: Moby Dick’s on Route 6 in Wellfleet. We’ve been dining regularly at Moby Dick’s for the past 20 years, and never tire of its excellent ambience and food. In our humble opinion, it is absolutely one of the best seafood restaurants on the Cape, or for that matter, anywhere. And the prices are always just right. Furthermore, owner Todd Barry and his wife, Mignon, are always there, making sure everything is perfect.

Now celebrating 39 years of being a family business, Moby Dick’s is the epitome of the Cape Cod clam shack that you’ve always wanted to eat at. “Yes, we’re a clam shack,” says Barry. “We haven’t reinvented the wheel, but we don’t cut corners and buy only the best.” Indeed, here’s where you’ll find world-famous Wellfleet oysters, of course, along with classic fried platters, lobster rolls, and signature seafood such as the broiled Cape sea scallops that come with sweet corn, and baked potato. We particularly love this dish ($27) because it features just-caught scallops broiled in a little butter, and they always hit the spot. (In fact, we order it every time we are there.)

Just the warm rolls served with your dinner are worth the price of admission; they are that good. We always get this dinner with a side order of steamed broccoli ($5), which is amazing, with just a little grated cheese on top. Moby Dick’s prices are value-packed, and their BYOB policy allows you to you bring in your own alcohol (which people love to do as there are no corkage fees) and there’s simply a tipping jar for gratuities at the front counter. You’ll find, fins down, the freshest seafood (deliveries are daily). The menu bestsellers include lobster rolls (market price), clam chowder ($6 a cup), and grilled swordfish (market price). Is it any wonder, then, that Cape Cod Life Magazine recently awarded Moby Dick’s “Best lunch on the Outer Cape?” Said Mr. Barry: “We buy the best and put it out at a reasonable price.”

Dogs are also welcome. Last year, due to COVID, the restaurant created 15 tables for outdoor seating, and “so many people came with dogs that created a dog station,” said Mr. Barry.

Kids are also very welcome here, and there is also a children’s menu featuring chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and grilled cheese sandwiches.

And if you must, there’s an Impossible Burger for $14.

Save room for dessert – Moby’s bakes its own brownies, get its ice cream from a local mom-and-pop purveyor, and imports its Key Lime Pie from the South, and “We make our own whipped cream for it,” Mr. Barry told me. You can order the Key Lime Pie for $7 a slice, or get a whole one to take home for $44.

Any way you slice it, Moby Dick’s is a terrific dining and social experience.

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