Outdoor seating at Millie’s Nantucket.


The Resy Guide to Outdoor Dining on Cape Cod and the Islands


Cape Cod   Martha's Vineyard   Nantucket  

You might imagine that the restaurants of Cape Cod and the Islands — always so attuned to the seasons — would be a natural match for outdoor dining. And you’d imagine right. From postcard-worthy patios that have seen many summers, to new-for-2020 al fresco setups, there are no shortage of options to eat in the open air (and sometimes, by the water) in Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, as well as Provincetown and elsewhere on the Cape.

Just remember: Be sure to stick to some basic rules: Wear a mask as often as possible (especially when interfacing with servers), stay informed of specific restaurant protocols, and tip well! And if you don’t see your favorite restaurant open yet, you can always use My Hit List to stay notified about when it plans to reopen.