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“What a Treat!”

Van Rensselaer's Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 47 Restaurants in Wellfleet
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Cape Cod Seafood & Wellfleet Shellfish, Angus Beef & Prime Rib, Vegan & Gluten-Free Selections, Deliciously Fresh Salad Bar, Nice Wines, Local Brews, Fun Martinis, and Casual & Comfortable! Thursdays - Saturdays we also offer Late Night at VR's to 11:00 pm at night!
East Haven
Level 6 Contributor
176 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“What a Treat!”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

We usually have dinner in Ptown, as that's where we stay. We're so glad we decided to give Van Rensselar's a try. Our app, a Margherita flatbread with mozz, fresh tomato, basil and a hint of garlic was crisp with the perfect amount of cheese. Not too heavy, so we still looked forward to having a full dinner. My husband had the garden shrimp scampi and I ordered the jumbo stuffed shrimp with lobster stuffing. Each dish was wonderful with the shrimp cooked exactly right, The scampi sauce had a great balance of tomato and garlic. The lobster stuffing was outstanding, rich with the taste of the lobster. Our server was attentive and each course was timed perfectly. The restaurant is upscale, but the prices were in line with the quality. We'll definately return on our next Cape vacation.

The restaurant is seasonal, about late April through October.

  • Visited April 2014
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great breakfast!”
Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

We've been here before for dinner, which was always good. Tried it for breakfast today as there aren't many places open this time of year for breakfast. Great french toast and cranberry walnut pancakes!!

Thank jg_59tls
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New York
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best NE clam chowder ever and I'm from New England!”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

While vacationing on Cape Cod in mid July, my husband & I ate at this restaurant twice, once for dinner and once for breakfast. Our dinner was by far the best of the two experiences.

We had a dinner reservation but there was no table when we arrived (on time). We waited for a table for two and were escorted to probably the worst table in the house (back room at end of bar by wall and service door). We declined the table and then waited a while for a second table that was by far the best (front room, by window). Much happier but had an unusually long wait for the server to get around to us. The server was a bit overwhelmed with her tables but we had a great meal otherwise. She later told us that all of her parties were seated at about the same time so it was understandable in the end although management should not let this happen!

The clam chowder was by far the best I have ever eaten and was the star of the meal. I also enjoyed local scallops and my husband had the "Bistro" Mediterranean style salmon dish, a small version of the regular meal. He is a smaller eater than I and still had plenty to eat. He liked the fact that they offer the smaller dishes since many restaurants serve huge portions and you can't take them home when you are on vacation.

The breakfast was a disappointment a few days later. Everything seemed so mundane compared to the dinner. For pancakes and such, they were offering "real" maple syrup for an additional $2 that was served in an "airplane size" liqueur bottle. I think they should just absorb the cost, buy it in bulk, serve it in a small pitcher and offer the cheap syrup as an option.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank joelledupont
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New Milford, Connecticut, USA
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Consistently good”
Reviewed 25 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

We eat at VR's at least once on our annual trip to the Cape. Service is always outstanding. Food is always good. The owners are always on hand and very welcoming. If you are in the Wellfleet area and don t know where to eat...VR's is a great choice - breakfast or dinner.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank RDW2008
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Horseheads, New York
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Excellent Meal”
Reviewed 15 October 2013

We had a 10% off coupon from our property manager, who also highly recommended this restaurant. The meal was excellent, our server was attentive and prompt. We were seated upon entry ( this was in mid-October). Agree with other reviews about the salad bar being fresh. We did stop one morning for breakfast (as advertised), but not open.

  • Visited October 2013
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