Four Standout Restaurants are Helping to Make Plymouth a Popular Dining Destination.By Maria Allen | Photography by Derrick Zellmann
When it comes to eating well, savvy restaurant-goers are increasingly tossing aside conventions and leaning toward menus that contain aspects of cutting-edge cuisine. For some, this means seeking out a restaurant that uses locally sourced ingredients, while others crave adventurous flavor combinations and globally inspired fare. Here’s a look at the delicious things you can expect to find served up at four of our favorite Plymouth eateries.
The Lap of Luxury
With its enchanting French-inspired décor and menu and a casually sophisticated atmosphere, The Bistro & Wine Bar delivers an unforgettable dining experience. Situated at the heart of Mirbeau Inn and Spa at The Pinehills, the restaurant welcomes hotel guests as well as members of the general public with gracious hospitality.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Bistro offers an assortment of exquisitely prepared and plated dishes that give a nod to French cuisine, such as a rabbit trio and a pheasant tasting. There is also a delightful spa-oriented menu that showcases European-style breakfast dishes, inventive salads, soups and delicious comfort food—perfect for capping off a relaxing day at the spa. Don’t be surprised if you spot a few patrons dining while wearing their cozy white spa robes.
Executive chef Stephen Coe makes a point to incorporate fresh, seasonal ingredients into his dishes, such as organic micro greens and vegetables that are grown in garden plots at Greenway Farm in Kingston and maintained by members of the restaurant team. Pair your meal with a handcrafted cocktail from the bistro’s chic bar or something off the restaurant’s extensive wine list. And since Mirbeau has its own resident chocolatier on staff, you can’t leave without sampling one of the over-the-top desserts on the menu. As the weather warms up, guests have the opportunity to dine outside on the bistro porch, where you can savor delicate French macarons while gazing at a Monet-inspired pond and gardens.
The Bistro & Wine Bar
35 Landmark Drive
The Farmhouse Feast
Nobody does rustic romance better than the Rye Tavern. Located at the end of a long, narrow dirt road, in a clearing that is surrounded by tall pine trees, the restaurant feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. With its original exposed beams and brick fireplaces, the tavern has a homey, historic feel, as well as a fascinating backstory. Built in 1792 by a man named Josiah Cornish, it was once known as The Cornish Tavern and operated as an inn and popular meeting place for many years. These days, guests enjoy a unique farm-to-table dining experience.
Executive chef Andrew Swain heads up the kitchen team and changes the menu every eight weeks to reflect the most seasonal ingredients available. Daily specials incorporate produce from the restaurant’s onsite gardens along with fresh local seafood and perfectly aged beef. The bar begins serving guests at 4 p.m. and the kitchen opens at 5 p.m., serving up dishes like beef carpaccio, pan-seared scallops, and a local cheese board that features cheeses from Massachusetts and Vermont along with traditional accompaniments.
The restaurant has an expansive patio and a large heated outdoor bar that is always stocked with an array of local spirits, craft beers and a variety of wines.
Adirondack chairs beckon guests to relax with a cocktail on a sunny afternoon while a cozy fire pit area with cushioned seating is the perfect place to stargaze. Regardless of the time of year, Rye Tavern offers a picture-perfect setting for a weekend brunch with friends, a romantic dinner with a special someone or a sunlit cocktail.
517 Old Sandwich Road
Creative Comfort Food
By putting a spin on traditional American cuisine, executive chef Michael Morway is constantly finding new ways to keep the menu interesting at Nosh Tavern. The restaurant has a relaxed, casual decor and funky details like a clawfoot tub filled with ice and beer inside the bar that shows off the tavern’s fun-loving personality.
The food is topnotch and everything is scratch-made, from the freshly baked rolls and handmade pastas to the dipping sauces and ketchup for your French fries. The menu features a tasty selection of hearty bar bites. One favorite is the Verde shrimp, prepared with Spanish chorizo and tomatillo salsa sugo that delivers an addictively sweet, yet spicy, punch. Another crowd pleaser is the meatloaf bites, made with house-ground beef and spices, wrapped in bacon and topped with a finger-lickin’-good grape-chili glaze. Morway’s team also amplifies the flavor of traditional soups and salads. The caprese salad, for example, contains fresh burrata cheese, tomatoes, balsamic-honey, crispy prosciutto, baby watercress and pickled red onion. There are plenty of delectable main courses on the menu as well, like homemade potato gnocchi served with pan-seared scallops and flavored with bacon, shitake mushroom, arugula-sunflower seed pesto and a bourbon glaze. Morway even finds exciting ways to make the all-American burger taste special, by grinding the meat in house and offering plenty of flavorful (and sometimes unusual) toppings to choose from.
The restaurant hosts special beer pairing events that challenge the culinary team to come up with exciting dishes that taste good alongside craft brews. They also serve a dynamite all-day Sunday brunch. With Morway pushing the envelope, there’s always something interesting on the specials board to try—and every meal feels like a celebration.
15 Main Street Ext.
A Caribbean Escape
As soon as guests step through the door of this popular waterfront eatery they are swept up by the tropical-colored décor and the aroma of jerk chicken cooking on the rotisserie behind the bar. Owners Jim and Heather Casey designed the Blue-Eyed Crab to capture the essence of a Caribbean getaway, with a fun atmosphere and an emphasis on fresh seafood and creative cocktails.
Approximately 60 percent of the menu is dedicated to fresh seafood dishes, cooked the way you like it, with an assortment of toppers to choose from, such as mango salsa, pineapple-lime jelly, black bean cucumber salsa and Key lime aioli. Guests often choose to order an assortment of small plates to share, sampling items like lobster and lump crab Creole, banana garlic chicken wings with tropical crème dipping sauce and smoked buffalo cauliflower with orange hot sauce and blue cheese. It’s the only place on the South Shore (that we know of) where you can get a traditional Jibarito sandwich, made with crispy fried plantains in lieu of bread. Between the slices, jerk chicken is dressed with a habañero aioli and topped with pickled red onions, cheese, fresh avocado and greens to balance out the heat.
Wash it all down with a festive, fruity beverage from the restaurant’s extensive craft cocktail list, with delicious options like a pear cilantro margarita, the Polynesian Surf or a Caribbean rum punch. Guests can sip and savor inside the bright and colorful main dining room or claim a table on the outdoor patio and enjoy a seaside breeze. A local favorite that’s been endorsed by famous foodies like Guy Fieri, who stopped by to film an episode of the television show “Diners, Drive ins and Dives,” the Blue-Eyed Crab is a culinary destination where every visit feels like a vacation.
Blue-Eyed Crab Caribbean Grill & Rum Bar
170 Water St., Plymouth