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“Going downhill...”

Wellfleet Beachcomber
Ranked #11 of 48 Restaurants in Wellfleet
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Reviewed 6 September 2013 via mobile

We have been going to this place for years each labor day weekend. It's a cape institution, we get to the parking lot line by 9:30... no problems getting in. The beach below is fantastic and the schlep up and down the hill is just part of the experience. Unfortunately this time the kitchen was overwhelmed. They opened a larger side patio and didn't expand the kitchen capacity and I think they may have gone beyond their ability to keep up the pace. Our food took over an hour to come out... and the manager treats everyone like a college brat... he seemed overwhelmed. He also wasn't in any type of uniform and his huge beard made him look like a drifter with his old worn T-shirt. Just overall a disappointing experience.

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2  Thank workhplayh
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Sure, it is crowded, but it is a lively, party-atmosphere place overlooking a beautiful beach. This is a really fun place to hang out on a nice afternoon, have a few beers and eat some oysters. It is not fancy, it can be hard to get a table, but for a pre-dinner (or pre-nap before dinner) stop, I give it very high marks.

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Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Beachcomber is still a place to visit, no doubt- but be aware that you will need to add 20 dollars to your bill. No big deal if you are spending the day at the beach as well. But a complete scam nad rip off if you just want to get something to eat or drink.

The parking around the restaurant at my last visit was resident only.

The dunes, the location and the atmosphere has been and is the same. The food is good and the views are awesome. The history of the location is great as well.

Don't let the 20 dollars stop you. But don't believe them when they say the parking lot is full. It is not. It is now resident only. You have to park a mile or two down the road, the only parking and it is a 20 dollar parking lot. A van then takes you but not all the way to the beachcomber.


Unfortunately, they've also got quiet the scam going and until it changes I wont be going back. I've been and I used to take friends. We will got to the squire in Chatham from now on.

I'd recommend challenging them on the "full parking lot" scam and then knocking down your tip until they find a better solution and the staff forces it.

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Thank Nadnerb5
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

The one thing this restaurant does offer is a good raw bar.
That being said, the day of our visit we the place was filled with people that were too drunk to walk, they were allowed to stumble down to the beach with drinks, and continued to be served.
We had 3 older children with us and after waiting for an hour we were offered a picnic table outside beside the bar with drunk people sitting on it (I won't share the disgusting PDA info). After declining the table, we were offered a seat inside (better).
Pass on the clam chowder (cream and potatoes). The crab cake sandwiches had a chance if they hadn't been completely burnt on the bottom. We were served a raw hamburger (ordered medium), that had blood dripping out of it and a huge thumbhole through the bottom. The waitress was rude and uninvested. She brought the burger back to the kitchen and returned it completely burnt. The only time we saw her after that is when she dropped the check off.
The staff does not smile, they don't care if you're comfortable, and they do not care if you stay or go.
This restaurant has a great location that they do not respect. They allow drunk people to go down to the beach, fall all over the place, get sick and leave their garbage (empty drink cups) to pollute our national sea shore.
I would never suggest this place to any friend of mine.

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3  Thank BuccoBucco
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Reviewed 29 August 2013 via mobile

This is the quintessential casual beach place. Great for families or for couples. Very good burgers, teriyaki chicken sandwiches and more. Feels more like a local place than a tourist trap. Worth the 5 min extra drive off Rt. 6.

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Thank Javier A
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