Cape Cod Waterfront Dining on Wellfleet Harbor

The Restaurant:

Night or day, dinner or lunch, rain or  shine. Pearl has quickly become one of Cape Cod’s favorite dining destinations. Located in historic and picturesque Wellfleet Harbor, Pearl offers delicious, fresh, local seafood, an ample selection of beer, wine, and cocktails, and some of the greatest views that you will find anywhere.

So come on down to Pearl and check out Wellfleet Harbor. Or, come to Wellfleet Harbor and check out Pearl. Either way you will have a great time, eat a great meal, and enjoy one of the most beautiful areas on all of the Cape.

Pearl’s Shell

Pearl’s building is a unique combination of old historical Cape Cod meets modern restaurant design. The heart of the structure is the peaked roof, visible over the open air kitchen. This structure was the original A frame of the famous Spit & Chatter Club which initially sat across Commercial St. from the current location. It was moved to the current site and redesigned into the well known Captain Higgins restaurant. Pearl’s design enclosed the peak from the outside, while leaving it visible when viewing up from around or in our new open kitchen. What’s new is old again.

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Fresh Food Specialties

Any good Pearl starts with an oyster. Pearl’s raw bar is already legendary. Located on our enclosed rear deck and situated on the serene marshland, the raw bar is constructed from the re-purposed transom of an old wooden fishing boat. Behind the boat you will find the freshest oysters anywhere! When we say they are farmed right across the street we do not exaggerate. You can almost throw the oysters from the farm to our restaurant, but we use a clean white pick up truck instead.


All of the food at Pearl follows the same simple plan as our oysters. We use local fisherman and growers whenever possible to not only provide the best possible dining experience, but also to support our fellow Cape Cod businesses. Some of our popular fan favorites include sesame and wasabi encrusted tuna (app), crabcake (app), homemade clam chowder, cobb and summer salads, clam and scallop rolls, grilled tuna and swordfish. For the landlubbers, Pearl also serves up a great burger, delicious steaks, and a mean rack o’ ribs.

Go Green in Wellfleet


Even prior to construction, one of the primary goals of the designers and owners of Pearl was to make sure the restaurant blended into picturesque Wellfleet Harbor, not only in the design itself, but more importantly in the designs relationship with the environment. The roof channels rain water to minimize run off. The ice machines have a custom built system that re-uses condensation water. The septic system is the most eco-friendly available. And, we use Green practices during operation whenever possible, all to minimize and hopefully eliminate any negative effects on our surroundings.

Fresh Music – Live Seafood

At the beginning of the 2011 season, Pearl introduced our series of live musical performances by local Cape Cod musicians, combined with great deals on select items from our raw bar. Fresh Music and Live Seafood has no other possible outcome besides fun. We hosted some of the Cape’s best live acts at the beautiful stage area on our rear deck over the last three seasons, and we plan to continue this ever-popular happy hour in 2014. Check out our News Page to see info on some of the performers from last year which included Sara Swain, Bruce Maclean, the Grab Brothers, Jody Birchall, and much more. The music schedule and information on each of the acts as well as song snippets is posted on our events calendar, so go check it out!