The new Cleat & Anchor in Dennis Port has been totally renovated with style, from the many skylights to the handsome bar.
Meals are served at a combination of tables, high-top tables and at the cozy bar - a far cry from the former Rum Runners restaurant at this location.
This American style restaurant and tavern features modern twists on classic Cape Cod and New England fare.
The cocktail menu serves unique drinks with creative names like Hook Lime & Sinker ($12) served in a martini glass made with Citadelle Gin, tarragon, cucumber, ginger and lime. A not too sweet but refreshing and herbaceous cooler topped with a slice of cucumber. For the beer drinkers there is a wide variety of eclectic craft beer featuring over 20 draft lines.
Many diners were having cocktails and dinner at the upscale bar where you can watch sports events with twelve big screen T.V.'s throughout the restaurant.
The menu offers everything from appetizers, salads, pizza's, sandwiches to over 10 entrees. All very affordable for families or date night.
Erica, our waitress was very friendly and helpful pointing out some of her favorite dishes.
For appetizers the crab bruschetta ($12) lots of Blue crab piled high on top of 3 pieces of toasted local ciabatta bread with fresh chopped tomato and mozzarella sitting on top with a lemon balsamic drizzle. A delight!
Next, the not- so-chicken wings ($12) pork shanks were steamed to perfection and flash fried. Tossed in your sauce of choice of: Spicy siracha, asian black pepper, buffalo spiced, or plain. We chose the spicy siracha which was spicy, not too hot, just full of flavor and melted in your mouth. A true winner.
For entrees I wanted something different other than what you see on most Cape menus. The Duck Bacon Scallops (Market Rate) fit the bill. Several tender sea scallops were wrapped in duck bacon with a nice touch of maple balsamic drizzle. This was served with saffron risotto which could have been heated a little more. The sauteed spinach was was a nice touch to this dish.
Last but certainly not least was the Seafood Paella (Market Price). This dish is for two people, however, three of four could easily make this a meal. It comes in a large decorative platter with 2 wooded paddles and was served by chef Eric Hammer. It is a meaty medley of lobster, chicken, chorizo, cherry stones, shrimp, peas, roasted red peppers tossed on top of Spanish bomba rice in a saffron fish sauce. This dish originated in Valencia Spain. It was delicious!
We barely had room for desert but split the red velvet cake ($7). This towering piece of triple layered cake with truffle filling and tangy crème icing was a great ending to a wonderful evening.
A schedue of live bands and entertainment weekly can be found on their website.
Cleat & Anchor
243 Lower County Road, Dennis Port
Open nightly 4 pm-10 pm for dinner,
10 pm to 1:30 am late night menu
For lunch noon to 4 pm Friday thru Sunday.
Open year round