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“Good, reliable favorite”
Review of Moby Dick's

Moby Dick's
Ranked #1 of 2 Quick Bites in Wellfleet
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 0 - US$ 20
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Takeout
Description: Closed for the winter. See you May 2017 When we first opened Moby Dick’s in ‘83, we had no idea we’d become an establishment on Cape Cod. We simply wanted to start a BYOB restaurant that had fresh seafood, a relaxed environment, and a friendly staff that would make people feel at home. Well, three decades later, we’re still doing exactly that, opening every season in May to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Some people stop in for our lobster rolls while others come for an old-fashioned bucket of steamers. But everyone knows they can come to us for fresh family fun and a dining experience in Wellfleet they'll never forget.
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

We visit Moby’s as it is affectionately known once nearly every time we visit the Cape. They make good versions of all the usual Cape favorites such as fried clams, calamari (squid) and fish ‘n chips plus soups such as clam chowder and lobster bisque as well as sandwiches such as lobster rolls and grilled tuna.

A personal favorite is the onion “flower” (deep fried whole onion) appetizer; it’s pretty and big and good for a group to share while they wait for the rest of the food to arrive.

The service is friendly and personal and you can often see the wife of the owner walking through the dining room greeting the regular guests by name. The dining area itself is a large, breezy, screened porch with mix of picnic tables suitable for large groups and some smaller tables.

Moby’s doesn’t take reservations. Since it has a bit of a cult following on the Cape, the line to get in can be quite long during peak summer lunch and dinner hours. To avoid long waits, go during the “off” hours between lunch and dinner which is roughly 2:30-4:30 PM.

An additional attraction is that you can bring your favorite wine to consume along with your meal.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Ann T
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Todd B, Owner at Moby Dick's, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

Thanks for your wonderful review, Ann. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and the onion flower. Can't wait to have you back again soon.

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Todd B, Owner

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Reviewed 15 August 2018

Tonight we ordered two platters to go; fried clams and fried scallops. We got them home and I said to my husband "this is a French fry platter with a side of clams" so disappointed in the food, or lack of. Tough to spend hard-earned money and feel taken advantage of. Plus, I had to cook those French fries as they were undercooked. Never will return....

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank suziebnh
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Todd B, Owner at Moby Dick's, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

I'm sorry to hear your food wasn't as anticipated. If you ever have any concerns about your order, please don't hesitate to let us know immediately and we'll do our best to make it right.

All the best,
Todd B, Owner

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Reviewed 14 August 2018

Last night dinner was so disappointing. Overpriced, food was extremely disappointing. Lobster in lobster roll was not fresh, seafood platter was smallest I have seen anywhere. Live in NE and know what a ripoff this place is. So sorry for tourists that go there. The whole scene is ridiculous, customers treated like a cattle call. If you go, it’s your loss.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Donna C
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Todd B, Owner at Moby Dick's, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

Seriously?

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Todd B, Owner

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Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

We’re from Ohio and decided to give this a try based on recommendations and good reviews. We waited in a long line for 40 minutes, then ordered food. Food is FAIR!!! I paid $150 for family of 5 and expected BETTER!!!!

Too expensive for fair, average, flavorless food.

We will NOT return.

What’s the big deal with this place??? Why the long wait for average, high priced food????

I got crabcakes because of great reviews, and boy, did they suck! $27 for two tiny tasteless crab cakes. And the menu says they’re huge!!! NOT!!!

Please do not waste your time And stop here!!!! Try somewhere else, we will.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Chrissy R
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Todd B, Owner at Moby Dick's, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2018

Chrissy, August is peak season on Cape Cod. This time of year you will have to wait no matter where you go. And, to respond to your other comments:
1. 150 for 5 people = 30 per person. This is not unreasonable for top quality New England seafood
2. Two crab cakes are 22. If you would like two sides with them - a crab cake platter (usually ff & cole slaw) the price is 27.
3. The menu does not say they are huge. It says we use Jumbo Lump crabmeat which we do.
4. Finally, the adjective you use to describe our crab cakes tells me a lot about your character. Usually, when we make a mistake or a customer is unhappy we will invite them back. On this occasion I think I'll take a pass. I choose to focus on nice people who know and appreciate great seafood.

Sincerely,
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Reviewed 13 August 2018

Love the BYOB aspect, when you wait on line for your table (and in our experiences, the lines haven't been all that long) they bring you an ice bucket, cups, whatever you need to enjoy your beer or wine. I also love that they hire people from all around the world, the service is great and friendly. Oh and the food is fantastic. Fried calamari is such a refreshing change from the typical frozen stuff. Oysters fresh, lobster delicious. Key lime pie worth stuffing in.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Thank Shari S
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Todd B, Owner at Moby Dick's, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

There's nothing better than going out for a delicious meal and being able to bring your favorite beverages with you, Shari! You'll have to come back again soon to taste more from our menu -- we'll have a slice of key lime pie ready to finish off your meal again too!

See you next time,
Todd B, Owner

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