Cape Cod Eatery & Taphouse

Shell Beach has a brand-new restaurant you won’t want to miss — Cape Cod Eatery, located at 1127 Shell Beach Road, recently opened it’s doors and has instantly become a new hot spot! 

The Cape Cod Eatery & Taphouse gets its name from the building where it makes its home — previously “The Cape Cod Motel” which was built back in 1953.  The owners of the restaurant did an amazing job of maintaining and highlighting the historic features of the building during the renovation.  They even collected pilings from the old Pismo Pier and fashioned them into a grand entrance — adding to the overall casual beach ambiance.

It was suggested as a spot for a relaxed business meeting last week and I jumped at the chance to check it out!  While a few tables exist for indoor seating, the majority of the seating is outdoors.  Several vignettes are arranged to serve every taste — low and relaxing Adirondack chairs arranged around firepits; pub-height tables and stools; or regular tables situated beneath umbrellas. 

The menu highlights a variety of east coast faire ranging from Manhattan clam chowder and lobster rolls to grilled oysters and even Southern po-boys. And if seafood isn’t your favorite, they feature gourmet hot dogs, fried chicken sandwiches, and several salads including a scrumptious grilled chicken on a bed of field greens with a yum vinaigrette. If you bring the kids, you’re in luck — they have plenty of options for the younger set.

I enjoyed a shrimp and clam po-boy on my visit with a side of fries and coleslaw — fresh and delish!  The bread was fresh and locally sourced — with the shrimp and clams fried to perfection. On the side, my coleslaw was flavorful, and the fries were sprinkled with the perfect amount of seasoning.

They don’t call it a taphouse for no reason! The Cape Cod Eatery and Taphouse has a large selection of beers on tap to choose from.  The beer menu boasts over 30 beers to suit every preference.  Enjoy a cold beer with their wonderful seaside menu.  For more information call Cape Cod Eatery & Taphouse at (805) 295-6919 or check out their Facebook page at

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