Discovering a New (to us) Cape Cod Restaurant

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As always during the slow season, Rich and I are on the lookout for new spots to share with our guests. It may be a new drive we discover, or a new shop, or just a new vista we uncover on our frequent roadtrips around the Cape. I also scan the local newspaper for ideas, peruse the facebook postings of fellow business owners and friends here on the Cape, and listen to the musings of our guests around the breakfast table to get the skinny on what’s new, what’s hot, or what’s worth checking out.

So when several guests mentioned they had tried the Oyster Company in Dennisport the same week that our gardener was telling us about the place, it didn’t take us long to put it on our “hit list” to scope out. The real clincher, however, was when I spotted a coupon in the local newspaper offering “½ dozen oysters on the half shell with a minimum purchase” at the restaurant. “Start the car” I screamed to my husband, perhaps the Cape’s number one oyster fan. I am not a enthusiast of the raw version of the bivalve, but I was definitely along for the ride when someone mentioned “the best burger on Cape Cod”.

We opted for lunch the week before Christmas, as it was time for a celebration and a great excuse to indulge in some holiday spirit. From the outside, the building is rather nondescript, though the promise of casual outdoor dining in the warmer months was evident on the patio. Inside the dining room and adjacent bar area are tastefully done in shades of blue and white, with buffalo check tablecloths and an attractive array of nautical, not kitchy, décor.

Our waitress was a breath of fresh air: warm and friendly and very patient in helping us to select an adult beverage to start the meal. Spotting the coupon on the table she immediately suggested she bring the oysters with our drinks, allowing us to peruse the extensive menu. Claiming to be a “raw bar and grille” naturally there was an impressive selection of fresh local shellfish prepared both hot or cold according to your preference. And the humble oyster was the star of the show. But, lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp and calamari also had a decent presence, along with a nice selection of fried seafood, soups and chowders, salads, sandwiches and burgers.

It was the burger we had come to try, touted as perfectly cooked and accompanied by seasoned fries or housemade sweet potato fries, my particular favorite. Ordered medium rare, they did not disappoint. Also on the menu were some tantalizing entrees including sashimi-grade yellow fin tuna, pan-seared dayboat scallops, native cod, swordfish, and the requisite beef and chicken offerings for the landlubbers.

Our waitress continued to be an intricate part of what turned out to be a delightful lunch date, informing us of the restaurant’s prix fixe menu during the week, and the standing offer of 99 cent oysters available everyday until 6:30 PM. We asked for a dinner menu to take home with us, which looks equally tempting and imaginative, and certainly deserves a return visit soon, and perhaps often. Their martini menu isn’t too shabby either.

The Oyster Company is open for dinner Monday through Thursday at 4:00 PM and on Friday and Saturday at noon, serving both lunch and dinner. The restaurant is closed on Sundays until the spring, when presumably the patio dining with be open, weather permitting.