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Captain Linnell House


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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Linnell Chowder "the Best"
Bourbon Lobster Bisque
Maine Crab Cake
With a lemon chive beurre blanc
Portobello Mushroom
Grilled, with a sun-dried tomato-basil reduction
Wellfleet Oysters - Iced
With a cocktail or mignonette sauce
With mushrooms, rich stock and a touch of cream
Pope's Mussels
With linguica and plum tomato in a garlic broth
Linnell Oysters
Wellfleet oysters sauteed with julienne vegetables and champagne ginger sauce
House Salad
Mixed miniature greens with a champagne roquefort vinaigrette or our creamy ginger dressing
Baby Spinach Salad
With a shiitake vinaigrette and maytag blue cheese
Summer Salad
Baby‎ romaine, beefstake tomatoes, fresh riccotta, sweet corn and basil
Caesar Salad
Made with imported locatelli cheese and asiago "crisps"
Atlantic Cod
Pan roasted...with beefsteak tomatoes, littleneck clams and linguica
Cod, shrimp, mussels, littlenecks, scallops with tomato, leek and a saffron scented broth
Panko crusted with lump blue crab with a chardonnay reduction
Yellowfin Tuna
Peppered and pan seared...with wasabi and a ginger teriyaki sauce
In parchment...with maine crab, shrimp and a lemon-lime vermouth sauce
Scallops and Shrimp
Sauteed...with tarragon lobster sauce
Roasted... 1/2 semi-boneless with raspberry, clove, honey demi-glace
Chicken and Lobster
Sauteed...with‎ jasmine rice and a thai green curry
Veal Sirloin
Pan‎ seared.... with oven roasted tomatoes, fresh basil and fine white polenta
Veal Milanese
Sauteed...lightly breaded cutlet with capers and rich veal demi-glace
Veal bolognese with san marzano tomatoes, fresh basil and a touch of cream
Lobster, shrimp and mussels, fresh oregano, plum tomato and a whisper of cream
Tofu Steak
With‎ soba noodles on baby spinach and a light ponzu sauce
Grilled vegetables, a touch of olive oil and romano cheese with a pinch of pesto
Double Expresso
Double Cappuccino
The Linnell Martini
The captain's version of a dirty martini. Tangueray dry gin with a hint of tribuno extra dry vermouth and a touch of olive juice. Served with laregina sicilian style jumbo olives
The Captain's Cosmo
A perfect combination of absolut citron, cointreau, fresh-squeezed limejuice, a dash of roses, and a splash of cranberry juice. Shaken vigorously and served straight up with a lemon twist
Limoncello Fresco
Pallini limoncello served on the rocks with a splash of club soda and a lemon garnish
Shelly's Teeny Bellini
Champagne with a splash of white peach nectar
Skaket Beach Sunrise
Jose cuervo gold tequila, fresh orange juice, a touch of grenadine, topped with a splash of cranberry
Rock Harbor Summer Martini
Absolut mandarin vodka and malibu coconut rum shaken with a splash of pineapple juice. Served straight up with a twist of orange
The Eagle Wing
In rememberance of the captain's famous voyage between london and china in 1855. bombay sapphire london dry gin, a splash of dry vermouth, and finished with absolut mandarin vodka. Served straight up, garnished with a lemon twist
Apple Martini
Pucker sour apple schnapps and smirnoff green apple vodka shaken and served straight up
Bacardi white rum, fresh mint, lime juice and cane sugar. Served tall on the rocks and finished with a splash of soda
The Rose
Our pomegranate martini absolut peach vodka, pomegranate juice and lemon juice, shaken and served up in a sugar rimmed glass
Celebrating our 30th anniversary, the historic 1840 Captain Linnell House is home to Cape Cod's most distinguished fine dining restaurant as well as an award winning Cape Cod wedding, rehearsal dinner, and corporate venue site. We are located in Orleans, MA around the corner from Skaket Beach, a picturesque setting for a Cape Cod beach wedding ceremony. The Captain Linnell House is chef owned and offers expertly prepared classic fare - from iced Wellfleet oysters, escargot and baby kale salad, to entrees of rack of lamb, Black Angus prime rib, roast duckling with fresh raspberries, scrod n' parchment, and much more. We go as local and organic as possible. A three course $35.00 Prix Fixe Menu
US$ 23 - US$ 32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
American, Seafood, Soups
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great quiet atmosphere. Food is really good in old Captains house overlooking gardens . Also has a really large room for weddings or other events. Was here last year for a benefit and auction for Habitat for Humanity and really enjoyed the food and drinks....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Lolta
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

An amazing meal in a beautiful setting! Had been wanting to check out this restaurant and we were very pleased with our first time here. Exceptional food and service!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Ekk228
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I’ve been meaning to write this review for three months and I’m finally getting around to it. We went for Christmas Eve dinner at the Linnell House. A long-standing tradition. There are just some restaurants that capture every little detail so perfectly that you know...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Capehomesurfer
Reviewed 10 February 2019

We have been enjoying Cape Cod for over forty years and just discovered a gem in fine dining at the Captain Linnell House. The food is exceptional with a very attentive and professional staff.The Historic Sea Captain's House just adds to the evening's memorable experience.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank florencerx41
Reviewed 9 February 2019

they have an amazing 3 course fixed price menu for the winter..They had Cod Cheeks on the menu .They were delicious & sweet..Then came desert Will their pastry chef has outdone himself..A 5-6 layer Carrot Cake..It was excellent

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Maryann C
Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

My Shirley Temple was amazing! I got 2 cherries instead of just 1. It never stopped fizzing! I love how this place has adopted the paper straws. It was sweet on the bottom by the deep red, and watery on top. You can choose your...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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shellyh430, Owner at Captain Linnell House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2019

Thank you for sending the most wonderful and unique review we have ever received in 30 years. We smile every time we think about your wonderful words!!! It brought Chef Bill and I great joy! Thank you.

Reviewed 7 January 2019 via mobile

We’ve been coming to Cape Cod for decades, and can’t believe we waited this long to dine at Captain Linnell House. Big mistake! Last night we finally went, and it was fantastic. The atmosphere is stunning and romantic. Roses topped every table, along with lit...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank drmallard
Reviewed 7 January 2019

Went to Captain Linnell for New Year’s Eve dinner with friends. The service was friendly and impeccable. Everyone raved about their food choice. I had the lamb chops which were grilled perfectly and totally delicious. We also had a table with beautiful views of the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Lovetotravel5678
Reviewed 1 January 2019

This was our first visit to the Capt Linnell House restaurant and I have to say it is one of the finest restaurants I have been to. Don't know why it took so long for us to find it but I am sure glad we...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jbroph1
Reviewed 29 December 2018

Our visit to the Captain Linnell House was even better than anticipated. It would have received five stars except that we were seated in a noisy, drafty, chilly, added on porch type room of some sort. And, the house is really not wheelchair accessible. It...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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16 December 2018|
Response from shellyh430 | Property representative |
Yes. We do close for repairs and painting for the month of March. Weather will dictate our winter hours!
Pat D
14 August 2018|
Response from shellyh430 | Property representative |
For the past 30 years all of our guests look great when they come through our doors. We do not have a dress code - but if we did - it would be "Cape Cod Nice". No suits, ties, or tiaras required!
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