In June, the New England Boating TV crew visited the Summer Shanty, at the Bass River Marina in West Dennis on Cape Cod. We were not disappointed. The restaurant offers free dockage, space permitting (call the restaurant or hail them on VHF 71 if the slips immediately in front are taken), and both indoor and outdoor seating on the patio and the covered porch overlooking the marina docks on the Bass River. You can also relax with a cocktail or appetizer in the Adirondack chairs arranged on the front lawn—a popular sunset hangout.
The atmosphere is mellow and casual, with soft reggae music playing in the background. Live entertainment is the norm on weekend nights.
The food is excellent, too. We ordered lobster rolls, fish and chips, burgers, tuna salad sandwiches, stuffies—all were outstanding. And the salads were large and fresh. Entree prices range from $12 to $20. Sandwiches are in the $10 range.
Boaters should note that the restaurant is located north of the Rte. 28 fixed bridge, which has a clearance of 15’ at MHW. Of course, you can also arrive by land and park in the marina lot. However you get there, you’ll be sure to have a great time—and a great meal.
- Summer Shanty, West Dennis, MA
- Call: (508) 394-0400
- For the website CLICK HERE.
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