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Restaurant Files: Skipper Restaurant and Chowder House, Cape Cod

Sipper RestaurantAnd we are back again to the wonderful and relaxing Cape Cod. No, I’m not lucky enough to visit Cape Cod again, but I get to re-live some happy and tasty moments while writing this post.

Skipper Restaurant (full and official name: The Skipper Restaurant and Chowder House) first opened in 1936 in South Yarmouth, and it had been around ever since, opened from April to October. I’m not sure how we found The Skipper Restaurant last year – I guess by reading some of the online reviews, but I can tell you – when we were planning this year’s trip, visiting Skipper Restaurant was unquestionable, mandatory part of the Cape Cod vacation.

Skipper Restaurant serves quintessential New England food. I’m using the word “quintessential”, which sounds big and imposing, but to me, there are few dishes which say, or better yet, scream “New England” – New England Clam Chowder, Baked Seafood, Fish and Chips and Lobster Roll would be my perfect list. You can find all these dishes at the Skipper Restaurant, and boy, are they tasty!

When it comes to the New England Clam Chowder, I don’t know what places have better bragging rights than the Skipper Restaurant, which is a triple crown holder, as the winner of Cape Cod, Boston and Newport Chowder festivals. If you like New England Clam Chowder than Skipper Restaurant is a must stop for you, as the Clam Chowder doesn’t get any better than the one which is served here. It doesn’t have anything extra, like bacon – just cream, clams and potatoes, honest, dense and delicious. I know this picture will not do justice to the dish, but then taking pictures of the soup is not that easy in any case:

Clam ChowderIt is not only seafood which is tasty at the Skipper Restaurant – they are also famous for the overabundant appetizer of onion rings – a very dangerous dish, as once you start eating those, you can’t stop! And the bread basket which shows up on the table first, belongs to the same “dangerous” category – I think we went through three of them before the main dishes arrived (and it was not because we had to wait for the long time 🙂 ).

And our main course included all the best dishes New England cuisine can offer – Baked Seafood Sampler, Fried Calamari, Fish and Chips and of course, the Lobster Roll:

Each and every dish was excellent in its own right – fresh, succulent, flavorful and delicious – let’s leave it like that to avoid excessive drooling on your part. And of course, I have to mention the service, which was friendly, attentive and helpful –  exactly what you need to make it for the great restaurant experience.

If you plan to visit Skipper Restaurant (and if you are on the Cape Cod, I would say this is simply a must), just a bit of advice. The restaurant doesn’t accept the reservations, therefore you need to prepare to wait – but the experience worth the wait. If you are okay with an early dinner ( and considering the amount of food you will be offered, early dinner is a great idea), come to the restaurant at around 4:30 or 5 – your wait will be quite reasonable. Another “duh” advice – if you can, avoid Friday and Saturday nights – those are the busiest and your wait will be the longest.

We are done here, my friends. If you would like to experience quintessential New England cuisine, you don’t need to look further than Skipper Restaurant – I’m sure you will not be disappointed. Cheers!

The Skipper Restaurants and Chowder House
152 South Shore Drive
South Yarmouth, MA 02664
Phone: 508-394-7406


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  1. August 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    The food at this restaurant looks amazingly delicious. I love fried calamari/seafood. Now I’m hungry 🙂


    • talkavino
      August 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Yeah, I was afraid this might happen 🙂

  2. August 16, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you for your kind words from all the crew at the Skipper

    • talkavino
      August 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      My pleasure Alan! Thank you for checking in and for the delicious food!

  3. August 17, 2015 at 3:06 am

    It all looks pretty wonderful to me, Anatoli… would especially love to try their Clam Chowder – wow, triple crown champs!

    • talkavino
      August 17, 2015 at 6:16 am

      This was an excellent chowder for sure, Margot. May be someone would think to offer chowder for one of the TDPC rounds? 🙂

      • August 17, 2015 at 6:40 am

        Great idea Anatoli, I’m all for it featuring on TDPC! Yum!

  4. August 21, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Looks good. No wine?

    • talkavino
      August 21, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Well, most of the places like that don’t have a good wine selection – this will not work for their clientele. I had some local beer, which was fine, but I don’t even remember the name and it was not something I felt I have to write about.

      • August 21, 2015 at 5:08 pm

        There are also a couple of places in Amsterdam where the food is simple but delicious, and the wine abysmal. Unfortunately beer is not a solution for me.

  5. Matt
    December 25, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    We go to this restaurant at least 5x the week w spend in cape cod every summer. Awesome food, service, and view. Can’t wait to go back

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