Steve and Lynda Vining opened ‘The Bistro’ in 1991 in the tiny upstairs spot at 593 Main street in Chatham with the idea of establishing a friendly neighborhood bistro where locals and visitors alike could come together each season and celebrate all the great food, drink and camaraderie that our quaint little fishing town has to offer.
After twenty-three years and several expansions, we finally moved downstairs to an all-new location with roomy patio and the Cape’s only full service raw bar, specialty cocktail, Martinis and craft beer lounge.
Steve had to say good bye to Lynda in 2013 and continues to carry on the tradition of the Bistro with Lynda’s presence always felt and reflected in the signature portrait the hangs over our dining room.
“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from quality ingredients”
- Julia Childs
"As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans" - Earnest Hemingway
A loaf of bread, the Walrus said, Is what we chiefly need: Pepper and vinegar besides--Are very good indeed--Now if you're ready, Oysters, dear, We can begin to feed!
- Lewis Carol
We Offer a large selection of Cape Cods finest shellfish in its purest form
Our Dynamic menu changes with seasonal availability and includes wild and farmed oysters from the Cape's many outstanding fisherman as well as Chatham Little Neck and Cherry Stone Clams on the half shell with our house made cocktail sauce, pickled onion mignonette, lemon and fresh horseradish (on request)
We offer a wide range of seasonal crudos including rotating ceviche selection, tartare, house smoked Salmon, house made smoked fish dip, Tuna carpaccio, Tuna Poke, pepper seared Tuna tower, Sashimi and much more
We pride ourselves on using locally sourced ingredients to create delicious meals from coastal cuisines to Mediterranean dishes, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.
We are proud to be Chatham’s go-to neighborhood Bistro where you’ll always feel amongst friends.
The Bistro on Main and Chatham Raw Bar is the latest incarnation of local restaurateur, Steve Vining, located in the heart of Chatham’s Main Street. Since 1991, we continue to bring together fresh food, fine wine, and good friends. We pride ourselves on using locally sourced ingredients to create delicious meals from coastal cuisines to Mediterranean dishes, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.