Dockside Dining at the Summer Shanty, West Dennis, MA


In June, the New England Boating TV crew enjoyed a couple of delightful meals at the Summer Shanty, located at the Bass River Marina in West Dennis on Cape Cod.

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 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 lawn.

Chart: Summer Shanty
Chart: Summer Shanty

The food is excellent, too. We ordered lobster rolls, fish and chips, burgers, tuna salad sandwiches, stuffies—all were outstanding. 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’. Of course, you can also arrive by land and park in the marina lot.

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