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Chef-owned-and-operated gourmet breakfast restaurant in a neighborhood diner atmosphere.
30th year in business and awarded as one of the top establishments by Fodor's Travel Guide as well as many Cape Cod publications. A fun, friendly local favorite.

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Reader: "Cinnamon French toast....Red Cottage Fries! Potatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and hollandaise sauce. MMM!"

 

Reader: "Even their low-fat menu is better than the greasy stuff at every other place breakfast joint in town! The egg-white mushroom, spinach and low-fat cheese omelet is to die for"

 

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Up Old Bass River Road ½ mi north of the town hall, the Red Cottage is indeed a red cottage and serves breakfast and lunch year-round. Locals pack this place even in the off-season, and you can expect a wait in the summer.

The cottage is a no-frills, friendly place with food that runs the gamut from decadent stuffed French toast specials to a list of health-conscious offerings with egg whites, "lite" cheese, and turkey bacon. The grill is in plain view; if you want to watch your meal being cooked, the swivel stools at the counter have the best angle.

Bottomless cups of coffee are served in an interesting collection of mismatched mugs. The breakfasts are better than the lunches, but both are no-nonsense and just plain reliably good.


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“Yummy breakfast”

Found this the last week of our vacation and ate here twice. Different choices, like almond crepes, and the best bacon and home fries around. Friendly service. Told my dad about it, and he also ate here more than once on his trip. He also enjoyed lunch.

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skteach From Lynchburg, Virginia


"Vacation Hot Spot"

Go early or late for breakfast or lunch and never on Sunday. The special home fries are great as is the Crabby Benny and other seafood breakfasts. They also have the usual 2 eggs and toast! Small parking lot and waiting line stretches out into it. most of the time. People friendly some locals and tourists.

-plattsburgh, ny - carmelarose


 

“My Favorite Breakfast on The Cape”

I went to the Red Cottage thinking it would be a regular breakfast place but what I got was My Favorite Breakfast on my whole trip. The Pumpkin Pancake was great so was the Waffle with Cinnamon Sugar Glaze. This Breakfast is one you can't miss!!!

-RidgefieldCTVacay4me - Ridgefield CT


 
“Great Breakfast @ The Red Cottage”

I had seen reviews for this place on the site, and went this past Saturday while in the Cape for the weekend. It is every bit as wonderful as everyone said it was! Thanks! The Red Cottage home fries were excellent! Can't wait to have them again. We did have to wait about 15 minutes-small place-but so worth it!

-neeta76 from Hartford, Connecticut

 
“Best Breakfast Place on the Cape”

This place is fantastic and worth trip to find it. The food is excellent with a very diverse menu including healthy choices. You have to try the Red Cottage Home Fries. They include everything but the kitchen sink but taste great.
The staff is friendly & very accommodating. My party was late for a tee time the and the place was full. The waitress took our orders while waiting in line and offered us coffee. By the time our table was ready our food was served and we were on time for golf. You can't beat that.
We have eaten at many of the local spots and many are very good.
The Red Cottage is the Best!

-JimboCo from Cape Cod
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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"One of the best breakfast places on the Cape!"

Chevre & Chive egg scramble is one of my favorites. And their bacon. Oh, and their  are AMAZING! They told us of the arduous process that takes a long time to make these potato bites of gold, and the result is definitely worth it. Perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked. They also make their own hash from scratch. The Hubby loves their Crabby Benny, which he highly recommends (crab cakes in an Eggs Benedict). And the coffee and fresh squeezed OJ are just the thing to get you going. There are weekly/daily specials as well, such as Pumpkin Pancakes (yum!) or Blueberry Coffeecake.

Plus, with a place that can get hopping but still has great service and friendly staff easily makes this one of my favorite spots.  Regulars have their names on coffee mugs...and all the mugs are mismatched, giving it a feel of grabbing a cup from a house, not a restaurant. The interior is cozy and features antique food-related pieces as well as historic pictures of the Dennis area.

Breakfast is served up until 2pm and there are lunch options as well, which I have yet to try. Their breakfast is just too good. Just remember to bring cash...they don't take credit cards.
-Jane B. - Stoneham, MA

"YUM!"

Had the chevre and chive scramble. light fluffy eggs, delicious creamy goat cheese, fresh chives. perfect. the caramelized onion omelet that Chris had was amazing! apple maple sausage, caramelized onions, vermont cheddar - sweet and savory. home fries really good too. didn't upgrade to he red cottage home fries, so not sure what those are like, but the regular ones were great. it's hard to find the perfect home fries, not too mushy, but crispy, but not too crispy. these were right one. great brown parts, onions, etc. coffee was decent. service was nice.  packed even on a Wed late morning in the off season. will definitely be back, adding to my routine cape breakfast choices!

-Liza M. from Reading, MA

After a disappointing week of seeking great breakfast food on the Cape, Red Cottage finally hit the spot.  My wife ordered the carmelized onion omelet which was delicious.  I had what I think was called the 'cottage breakfast' which was 2 eggs, 2 pieces of applewood smoked bacon, 2 pieces of apple maple sausage, home fries, and toast.  Everything was excellent.  The coffee was great and the waitress (whose face beared a strong resemblance to Hayden Panettiere) was friendly and never allowed my coffee cup to get below half full.  There were specials of the day and great sounding other items on the menu and if I am ever back that way I'll be sure to return.  My one bit of feedback from them- update the interior a bit- with a bit of updating the interior could look as great as the outside and the food!

-Jason B. - Bayside, NY


My husband's family has a summer home in Dennis.  Our annual trek to the Cape includes at least one breakfast at this place.  My kids can't get enough Cinnamon Bun French Toast and the Maple Sausage, Carmelized Onion, Vermont Cheddar omlette is to die for.  They have healthy options, too, but why not take a vacation from calorie counting while you're on vacation!

-Linda S. - Lexington, MA


"What a great place in the winter!"

I'm not sure what it's like in the summer, but when it's just the locals, it's a great, American place to have breakfast or lunch.  At diners, there's often not as much gradation of quality.  But Red Cottage clearly uses superior ingredients to good effect.  The meat sides are all strong, but stick with their recommendation and get country ham on the bone.  And if $1.95 extra for special home fries seems excessive, consider that they'll be transformed from a dry side to the centerpiece of the meal.

Very friendly staff, though I'd suspect that it's not quite as efficient in the summer.

-John B. from Newark, DE














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