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“overrated "hot spot" in residential / beach area Dennis”

Chapin's Restaurant
Ranked #10 of 25 Restaurants in Dennis
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New York City
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“overrated "hot spot" in residential / beach area Dennis”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

We have been here many times over the past few years, for dinner with family.

-this is a very nice, friendly local bar and restaurant, nestled in a residential (non-commercial) section of Dennis - right off the bay side beaches..... However, WHY it is so popular is not clear. The food is very average - seafood like everywhere else, nothing special at all, and the prices are equal to most other Cape Cod places (too high for what you get), but OK
WHY it is so crowded, except for the location (nothing else around for miles) is unclear?
The bar / raw seafood area seems always packed with action, and perhaps this "scene" is popular.
BUT -the limited parking is a HUGE problem, since they ask you to "please circle the area"???? endlessly because they have no spots? Also, the dining area is small, so there's always a wait for a table.
They don't take reservations?, so there's always a long wait.....

SO, in summary, a very average place: POOR for the food and the lack of parking, and the crowds/wait for a table + GOOD for the location, and the bar scene, and .....??

  • Visited May 2014
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Carver, Massachusetts
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“Good Lunch”
Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

We eat at Chapins a few times a year. In the warm weather you can eat outside on the deck. Food is good and they have a large bar. This visit was for lunch on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. There was a 45 minute wait to sit out on the deck so we ate lunch inside. We ordered the Lobster rolls. Very good came with coke slaw and a choice of a side dish. Just wish there was more lobster in the roll...

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barnstable
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Don't go”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

Very disappointed - dined first day of season 2014 -
1. Shrimp cocktail @ $ 2.50 each - small and soggy ( pre frozen and thawed out - awful)
2. Scallop casserole - fishy tasting and jelly-like
3. Very loud , lots of people in bar ( suspect that's where they make there money)

Will not return/ was much better last year/ food should have been fresh since it was the first day they opened for the season , need to buy dry-packed scallops and cook fresh shrimp , large shrimp at that price -

  • Visited March 2014
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Cape Cod, MA
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Favorite Restaurant in Dennis”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

By far, my favorite place to eat dinner! Fun and relaxing, great food, decent prices. Friday night Raw Bars and entertainment always good. Owners are always courteous and available! Great for family dinners, out with friends, even functions or just grabbing lunch coming off the beach!

  • Visited November 2013
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Dennis, Massachusetts
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“Haven't been in a while, but a very popular place”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Lots of fried seafood on the menu. Generally good food, lively, loud atmosphere. Bar area is always crowded. Good place to bring kids. Outdoor raw bar. Usually valet parking when crowded. OK, but not the place for a romantic quiet table for two.

  • Visited July 2013
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