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Luxury Blend

A restaurant and bar that's great for people-watching

impudentPhoto: Nicole Pasquale


t’s not much to look at, but what you quickly come to realize is that the decorations at the Impudent Oyster, a great find tucked behind the main street in Chatham, are the patrons. The eclectic crowd that walks reservedly around Chatham all day in madras and seersucker lets loose at night at the bar in this simple, high-ceilinged room, one of the most interesting places on Cape Cod for people-watching. The seafood-centric menu is a surprise, too, with everything from Asian-influenced dishes like the tuna Matsui—local tuna fillet marinated in sesame, soy, and ginger, pan-seared with a sesame crust served over Asian baby greens and jasmine rice with wasabi—to Italian-style fare such as the pesca fra diablo: local littlenecks, lobsters, and assorted seafood in a spicy Italian plum tomato sauce served over fettucini. But don’t bother getting a table. Sit at the bar and watch the show.


The Chatham Bars Inn, the grand hotel just down the street from the Impudent Oyster, was built in 1914 by a Boston stockbroker and bought in 2006 by another Boston mogul, Richard Cohen, the husband of CNN’s Paula Zahn, for $166 million. You can’t afford to stay there.