The name “Scargo” is from an old Cape Cod Indian Legend. There are even a few children’s story books written about it. But the basis of the “Legend of Scargo” originates from a young Indian girl named Princess Scargo. Her father was said to be the chief of the local Nobscusset Native American tribe residing in this area at the time. The story explains the origin of Scargo Hill and lake and can be found here on our web site.
Can you tell me about your menu?
Although our menu is ever changing, just like any good Cape restaurant, you can always expect a wide variety of fresh local seafood. We also have many non-seafood selections to choose from. Assorted cuts of beef, fresh pasta, chicken dishes, risotto, bone-in pork chop, sauteed specialty items, and a tender rack of lamb to name but a few. Our chefs tend to be a bit creative so we usually offer additional featured selections each day. We serve our Main Menu all day with additional sandwiches, salads and lunch style items offered during the afternoon. Many sandwiches, appetizers, gourmet burgers and large dinner salads are available during the evening dinner hour too.
Do you have any outdoor dining in the summer?
Yes, we serve lunch alfresco (weather permitting) but during the evening our outdoor deck is used as an area for sunset cocktails and those in our wait list queue for a table.
What specialties or menu offerings should I be sure to have?
Although we’ve had many familiar favorites over the years, some of our most popular current selections are our Rack of Lamb and Seafood Strudel. Of course, Bon Appetit Magazine wrote and asked us for the recipe to our famous Grapenut Custard, so be sure not to miss that… and our delicious Sweet Potato Fries are imitated but never duplicated.
Do you have a children’s menu?
Although we are not considered a “family restaurant” we are always happy to cater to younger diners. Children of any age are warmly welcomed and we have high chairs and booster seats available on request. Our current children’s menu consists of selections from our regular menu as well as a couple of “kids only” selections. We do ask that overtired, cranky or unruly children (ages 1 to 101) be removed from the dining area to avoid disturbing other guests.
Do you accept reservations?
For many years we did not accept reservations at all, but recently we have begun accepting a limited number of advance reservations. Only about 50% of our seating is set aside on a reservation basis so be sure to plan ahead if you would like to reserve a table for lunch or dinner. During the peak summer months it is advisable to call a day or two in advance since most reservations slots are filled 24-48 hours ahead of time. Sorry… due to time constraints we do not accept reservations by email. Give us a call at 508-385-8200
Can I get in without making a reservation?
Of course!… we still primarily remain a casual dining destination and most of our guests dine without a reservation. We maintain a wait list during peak dining hours and we are committed to making your wait for a table as smooth and pleasant as possible.
Can I reserve a table in front of the fireplace?
Although we will do our best to accommodate any specific table request, since most of our guests do steadily arrive without reservations we cannot actually hold specific tables from other guests or promise you a particular table location.
Do you have any private dining areas or romantic spots?
We have quite a few tables that remain popular places for proposals, anniversaries, or a romantic dinner for two. Let us know what sort of table you’d like when you arrive or call and we’ll do our best to seat you at a table that will fit your mood.
Every time I drive by Scargo it looks so busy. What’s the deal?
Although we are one of the most popular restaurants in the area, our parking lot is not a good barometer of how busy we are. Often times a small party of a dozen guests might arrive in separate cars and cause us to look much busier than we actually are. We do have additional parking next door at the art studio to our left accessible from our main lot. Feel free to call anytime to inquire as to how busy we are or if there is a wait.
Can you accommodate large groups or functions?
We’d love to help you plan a special event, Holiday Party or meeting. Sample menus can be found here on our website. We have private dining rooms available to accommodate groups of up to about 40 persons. Unfortunately, due to our popularity as a pre-theatre dining spot, we are unable to offer large groups evening availability during the summer theatre season until after 8:30PM.
How can I get a Gift Card?
You can order Scargo Café Gift Cards here on our website or simply call us anytime from 10AM to 10PM and we’ll be happy to send a Gift Card to you… or we can send it directly to the recipient with a personal message from you.
Casual Fine Dining Restaurant serving Traditional and New American cuisine along with standard New England fare. Award winning wine list and unique 22 oz. craft beer selections. Gluten friendly. Open year round serving lunch and dinner. Limited reservations accepted. Walk-ins welcome.
Did you know we are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Many restaurants on the Cape close down in the "off season." Here's an article listing some of the best year round establishments, including us!
Morning commutes can be hell. Between traffic, construction, and weather delays there’s no shortage of obstacles keeping you from making it to work on time. But know what causes longer delays than a fender bender? A thousand pounds of food covering the roadway.