New England Dining Review: Landfall

Landfall, the Quintessential New England Dining Experience

New England Dining at Landfall Restaurant, exterior view

Landfall Restaurant

The Landfall is one of our favorite Woods Hole restaurants. The food and service are always outstanding and the staff is friendly. The dress code is Cape Cod casual.

The Landfall is owned by two native brothers who are the sons of the man who built the restaurant in 1946. The wood in the building was taken from old ship wrecks and old buildings in the area. One can enjoy reading about the various artifacts that hang on the walls and from the ceiling,  that have been collected over the years. In addition, photographs on the walls show the Landfall’s many encounters with Mother Nature, such as hurricanes Carol, Donna, Edna, and Bob, not to mention Daisy, Esther, Gerda and numerous unnamed winter storms.

New England Dining, lunch and Landfall with tallship at the dock.

Lunch at Landfall Restaurant

The kitchen specializes in seafood, however, they do have excellent steaks, chops and poultry dishes in addition to a variety of vegetarian offerings to round out this New England dining experience. They serve everything from a classic club sandwich to a full lobster dinner. For those of you who, like me have a sweet tooth, Landfall has a desert menu that they call “smidgen deserts”. They are just enough to satisfy that craving for a little sweetness at the end of a fine meal, without the guilt.

My favorite meal is the “Local Steamers”. Steamers are steamed clams that are served with clam broth and drawn butter. I enjoy them with garlic bread and a Caesar Salad. When the server places the dishes before me I am in “New Englander’s Heaven”.

Bill enjoys the “Seafood Newburg”. It consists of tender morsels of lobster, shrimp, scallops and swordfish, cooked in a creamy sherry sauce. It is usually served in a bread bowl but Bill enjoys it over linguine and they are happy to accommodate his preference.

Landfall is open from May through October. It is a wonderful spot to dine while watching the sunset  over the waters of Woods hole Passage or to observe the Steamship Authority ferries dock and disembark for Martha’s Vineyard. The Landfall is also one of the few restaurants in Falmouth that takes reservations and an additional feature is, that on busy evenings they have valet parking.

For the quintessential New England dining experience, Landfall should definitely be on your list.

Landfall is located in Woods Hole, one of the small villages that makes up Falmouth, and a short drive from the Palmer House Inn. While visiting Woods Hole stop by Nobska Point Light or the Woods Hole Scientific Aquarium. Go here for a list of things to do in Woods Hole.

Landfall Restaurant
9 Luscombe Ave, Woods Hole, MA 02543
t.(508) 548-1758

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Room A

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Room A

While all of our rooms have their own individual charm, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room or the Emily Dickinson room. Both rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jetted tubs and a relaxing stay before and after the pub.