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Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna - Van Rensselaer's RESTAURANT & RAW BAR, South Wellfleet, MA

Van Rensselaer's RESTAURANT & RAW BAR

4.7
4.7
1175 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
If you are having difficulty reserving a table on this site please call us directly at 508.349.2127.
Peter and Diane Hall & Chef Derek of Van Rensselaer's proudly continue to serve the freshest locally caught seafood, superbly prepared meats wonderful poultry, and a wide variety of salads, in addition to great homemade sauces, and desserts
Desserts are homemade and Chef Derek was written up for being a top Hawaiian Baking Chef in Hawaii for his Bread Pudding.
We have two small patios, open air with heaters and umbrellas as needed, An eight table screened in awning covered porch as our outside areas.
Our inside tables are well spaced, with black linen table clothes. Staff is noted for its professionalism and friendliness. We welcome you to Van Rensselaer's.

We are proud to say we are Level 1 Green certified! Check out our newly renovated bar for dinner or just a drink.

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2 people

10:30 pm


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Vegetarian / Vegan, Shellfish
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (508) 349-2127
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Derek Langlois
  • Area
    Wellfleet
  • Cross Street
    At the Marconi Station Light
  • Parking Details
    Private Parking
  • Public Transit
    Busses stop in front of Van Rensselaer's.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,175 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

1,175 Reviews
  1. MarkinBoston

    Belgium

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We just had appetizers and drinks but it hit the spot. Thank you very much!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    VR’s food quality was as always excellent. Service was excellent as well. I have been flinging to VR’s for 20 years and have never had a bad meal at VR’s. Consistency is always the tops. Peter and Dianne run an excellent restaurant. You won’t be disappointed.

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  3. Stacey

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Sue was great. The meal was very tasty, despite it being a little cold. I ordered the prime rib, it was cooked perfectly, but at $40 a serving I expected it to be a little thicker with slightly more serving of the sides. It came with a very small serving of mashed potatoes and 3 asparagus spears. It was a very busy night and they recently reopened for the season. The drinks were good, I loved my skinny spicy margarita. And the dessert was delicious - chocolate toffee Kahlua mousse cake! Overall it was a nice evening out and again Sue, our server was great! Will definitely be back before the season heats up!

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  4. PatriciaB

    Greater Boston

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dishes, yummy clams casino, tasty and perfectly cooked fish and a sweet crème brûlée for a showstopper ending! Opening night and joint was jumping. Everyone was very pleasant and friendly. Nice selection of cocktails and other beverages! Looking forward to next visit.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always delicious! Never ever had a bad meal or drink. Staff is so friendly you would think they were you friends for life and the owners always come by to see how everything.

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  6. EileenC

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Van Rensselaer’s has been our favorite restaurant for many years. The food is fresh, varied, healthful and delicious. Diane & Peter always welcome their guests personally and with heartfelt warmth. The newsletters that they send out via email keep us all informed and are much appreciated. VR is also a good neighbor to Wellfleet and CapeCod by supporting many worthy causes in the area. This was another great summer at VR and we are already looking forward to their opening again next spring. Diane and Peter, we hope you enjoy a well deserved rest during the winter. Best, Eileen Casey & Tom Leek

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  7. Cookie

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our families favorite go to restaurant! We love Peter & Diane, great food & attentive staff! See ya next April!

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  8. Clammer

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappointed! Love VR's! Everything was perfect.

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  9. ShaneK

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very delicious meal. Our server was great and very knowledgeable on the offerings.

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  10. SandyW

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistent quality of food Servers attentive Owners always make time to visit every table

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is fantastic! Everything is provided to perfection, including food, service and ambiance.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were treated to both breakfast and dinner at Van Rensselaers. Breakfast was phenomenal! An omelet that was fluffy and greens on the side was delicious and my husbands eggs Benedict looked and tasted perfect! Our dinner did not disappoint as we were warmly greeted by the owners and checked on several times. The server’s attention was welcome. Scallops with New England lobster stuffing hit the right note! Best meal we have shared in a long time! We will be returning!

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  13. LindaG

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night !! Looking forward to a return visit!

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  14. PeterT

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal here. Seafood is perfectly cooked. Great recommendations from staff. Love eating on the covered porch!

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  15. tomw

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated quickly. Our server was right at the table and filled our water glasses and got our drinks order in quickly. Loved the calamari starter. The breaded cod was great and so was the lobster. Very busy place - lots of large parties it seemed. Got out of the for around $70 per person - would have been more if there had been alcohol involved. Very nice place. Busy but nice. Server was awesome.

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  16. LindaW

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal😊planning on returning soon. Friendly staff.

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  17. RickOnTheCape

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Was a nice evening as always! Food choices are good and quality is high.

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  18. JohnR

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, as was the service and the atmosphere. Van Rensselaer's never fails to please us to no end! My North Atlantic Cod was outstanding as was my companion’s Salmon. The Blueberry/Cranberry Bread Pudding made an excellent dessert.

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  19. MarthaW

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dinner came in two sizes which is nice. We were served quickly and they were attentive to our every need. It was a lovely evening!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you’re looking for a peaceful ambiance and good food, definitely go here.

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  21. MarionP

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good as always was delicious. Server was personable and efficient. We always feel welcome by Peter and Diane.

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  22. Carolc

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I are repeat customers whenever we are visiting the Cape. We would highly recommend this establishment.

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  23. DorothyB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a consistently outstanding restaurant over many years. I would recommend it to anyone and have done so many times.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. TBAR

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everyone very helpful and friendly. Wife had seafood linguini. Very tasty and lots of seafood, clams, lobster chunks, shrimp, scallops all perfectly cooked, not overcooked! And a large portion. I had scallops and chips. Scallops cooked perfectly and very flavorful. Not greasy. We've been here before with similar experience. A go to place for dinners near Wellfleet!

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  25. truthteller

    Greater Boston

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on 29 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dine here with some frequency. Service is always first-rate. Food is solid and offered at reasonable prices. Offerings of fish with various preparation alternatives is a nice feature.

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  26. WilliamW

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My date and I have always been happy with the food and service, but better yet, the reservation system and varied seating arrangement always work with our odd work schedule.

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  27. BonnieR

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner at VR's is something we always look forward to. Everyone who works there is so friendly and many have worked there for quite a long time. The menu has something to please anyone. I have so many favorites! The lobster cakes are to die for and the cajon salmon is fabulous. We also appreciate that the seafood comes in two portions, small or regular. The dessert menu is also delicious. AND their drink selections are yummy with different specials regularly. Needless to say we really love going to VR's.

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  28. SteveR

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals I have had. The food was fresh and cooked perfectly. The service was amazing.

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  29. BeverlyT

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Prime rib was excellent. We also enjoyed the bread pudding.

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  30. LouiseW

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our four dinners were outstanding, delicious perfectly prepared. Waitress was charming!

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  31. BrendaR

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the Salmon special presentation. It was the most delicious Salmon I have had in years. Now if I could only replicate this at home. Well done Peter & Dianne

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  32. TMCHADWICK

    Greater Boston

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We sat on the porch and even on a rainy night it was comfortable with heaters

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  33. Jewels

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always excellent and service is friendly and accommodating. Overall great meal and great value.

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  34. MarionM

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal as always. We were a party of 8 and service was great. VR never disappoints.

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  35. HappydinerfromEastham

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and service. Highly recommend it to anyone.

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  36. CapeDinning

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great breakfast! And really good service..........

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  37. cruikne

    Greater Boston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place for a great dinner on the Outer Cape!

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  38. greek2me

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    always a pleasure to be at VR. Great food and great service.

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  39. AllanS

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had alovely dinner on the patio. They brought wayer for our dog, turned on the heater when it started to chill down. Our server was very attentive and our dinners were very tasty. All in all a wonderful time.

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  40. SharonE

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We chose this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. Our arrival was greeted both warmly and friendly. Both my husband and I chose the baked stuffed lobster. The stuffing was large sea scallops and large shrimp with a perfectly seasoned bread stuffing lightly dusted on top. The lobster, scallops and shrimp combination was simply perfection.!!

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You can order delivery directly from Van Rensselaer's RESTAURANT & RAW BAR using the Order Online button. Van Rensselaer's RESTAURANT & RAW BAR also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (508) 349-2127.

Van Rensselaer's RESTAURANT & RAW BAR is rated 4.7 stars by 1175 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

10:30 pm


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Van Rensselaer's RESTAURANT & RAW BAR

1019 State Highway Route 6, South Wellfleet, MA 02663

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    At the Marconi Station Light
  • Area
    Wellfleet
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Vegetarian / Vegan, Shellfish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Parking
  • Public Transit
    Busses stop in front of Van Rensselaer's.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Derek Langlois
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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