95 Shore Restaurant and Bar, is Cape Cod’s newest upscale yet casual restaurant, with a spectacular ocean view of Nantucket Sound and the golf course which can be viewed from every seat. It's located at the newly renovated Country Club and open to the public with seating for 156 guests.
I asked my friend Bob, the Publisher of Cape Cod Today, to join me the other night for dinner. The drive through the winding roads approaching the property was a lovey part of the Cape that we hadn't discovered before.
While waiting for the hostess to seat us we noticed the contemporary luxury expressed by oceanic tile and a mix of industrial and coastal elements, quartz, and waterfall edges complement exposed beams with a large redesigned wrap around bar and dining area.
Outside dining is available on a deck with a large gazebo, fireplace, and built in TV.
The large new wine wall, holds over 580 bottles of fine wine that would impress most wine connoisseurs anywhere. In addition to the wine menu there is a nice list of signature cocktails and local craft beers on tap. We were seated overlooking the beautiful view and began our evening with a glass of Jordan Chardonnay ($15 ) and a Cosmopolitan Martini with Tito vodka ($11 ) while reading the menu. I noticed a few different selections than what was listed on their website. Fresh local seafood, steaks, chops, duck, lamb, small plates, soup & salads.
Our server, Alexandra, brought a selection of hot crispy roll and helped us navigate the menu.
A bowl of New England Clam Chowder ($9) was a lovely start to the meal. Bob commented that the steaming hot bowl of home made clam chowder was rich, creamy and briny. The potatoes were cut very small and did not over power the sweet clams.
I ordered the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup ($8) The hot colorful bowl of creamy orange squash soup was topped with an orange cranberry apple compote. This thick, rich soup with tons of flavor is not to be missed.
I love crab cakes so for an appetizer I had the Jumbo Lump Maryland Style Crab Cakes ($18). It came with a side of summer corn salad that contrasted nicely with the steaming hot, milky white morsels of jumbo lump meat inside. It was topped with a red pepper remoulade. These very traditional southern cakes were loaded with crab without too many ingredients which could have overpower the flavor of the crab. A nice change from the regular overly fried crab cake found in most Cape restaurants. Delicious.
Bob chose the Roasted Pumpkin & Burrata Salad ($14) for his appetizer. The pieces of pumpkin were roasted and served on a long griddled baguette topped with burrata (which is a fresh Italian cow milk cheese made from mozzarella and cream), a colorful salad, candied apples, pecans and a drizzle of vinaigrette. A piece of art with a wonderful taste.
The chef gave us a sample of the "special appetizer of the night". Coquilles Saint-Jaques ($14) The tender, plump baked sea scallops were served with sauteed shiitake mushrooms and a rich topping of bubbly fontina cheese sauce. I would love to have had this as an entree.
For an entree Bob chose the Braised Lamb Shank ($35). Braised meats are especially great to eat when it's chilly outside. Pairing these tender shanks with creamy boursin cheese polenta made this dish even more comforting. It was served in a bowl sitting on the polenta and lamb jus surrounded by seasonal root vegetables. Between the fall-off-the-bone meat and the rich sauce scented with herbs and layered with flavor, this was surely a hit.
My entree choice was the Filet Mignon 8 oz filet ($38) In short, fruits and vegetables make me a happy person. But when I do choose to splurge on meat, I choose to go big. I ordered the filet medium rare on-the-rare-side. It was grilled to perfection and the veal jus and roasted chanterelle mushrooms were a lovely accompaniment to the beef. Creamy whipped potatoes and grilled tender broccolini shared the dish making it a delightful meal.
Even though we were totally satisfied we decided not to skip dessert and enjoy ourselves. I decided on the Raspberry creme brulee ($8) You can’t go wrong ending with this properly crusty and beautifully presented dessert on a plate painted with raspberries, seasonal fruit and topped with whipped cream. Yum.
Bob ordered the Crazy Shakes ($8). It suggests to ask your server what this is. She described it as similar to an old fashioned milk shake. Flavors of the night were a choice of chocolate or vanilla ice cream. He chose the chocolate. It arrived in a 50's retro soda fountain mug with multiple colored jimmies on the sides, topped with whipped cream and two large colorful straws. A fun evening ending on a sweet note.
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Our server, Alexandra, and all the other staff members were very polite and knowledgeable. Meals came in a timely manner and plates were immediately removed.
When we were there it was mid month after the season and much to our surprise every seat in the dining room and bar were completely occupied.
Award-winning Chef Mark Porcaro creates great food served with a magnificent view.
95 Shore is a wonderful addition to Cape Cod!
If You Go
At New Seabury
95 Shore Drive West, Mashpee
Lunch: Sat, Sun 11 am–2 pm
Dinner: Wed–Sun 5 pm–9 pm