Good Eats on Cape Cod: Bear in Boots GastroPub, Falmouth

Last week I had the chance to dine at a wonderful restaurant on Cape Cod. Located in the heart of downtown Falmouth, the Bear in Boots GastroPub was nothing short of delightful and I can’t wait to tell you how much I loved it.

If you’re wondering where the name Bear in Boots came from, there’s a really sweet story behind it. Wife and Husband duo, Kate and Gates Rickard, named the restaurant after their three children, who are affectionately known to their parents as Boots, Bear, and Squirrel. Although their youngest daughter’s nickname didn’t make it into the name of the restaurant, when you eat at Bear and Boots you will surely notice the strategically placed squirrel decorations.


I dined with three other local bloggers the night we went and the four of us were treated to a nice variety of menu items that were all prepared by Chef Joseph Ellia. Joseph spent some time with us talking about the practices at the restaurant and how many of the dishes were prepared.

**Disclosure: Although all the food I ate that day was complimentary, as always, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Each night Bear in Boots offers specials in addition to their regular menu. One of the things off of the specials menu that we tried were these wonderful potato pierogies with house-made dry aged saucisson sec. Oh, they were so good.


The food on our table was plentiful that night, but the highlight of my night was this Table Pretzel, which was served with stone ground mustard that they made themselves at the Bear in Boots. It came out warm and was just to die for.


Another thing that the four of us gobbled up was the gnocchi, which was served in a brown butter sauce with pistachios and some roasted squash.


The Poutine (fries with duck confit, cheddar cheese curd and gravy) was also a huge hit among the ladies at our table.


Other things we all devoured really enjoyed were:

The Long Island Meatballs, which are made with ground beef, pork and veal. Yum.


Grilled Caesar Salad, yes it was grilled – and absolutely phenomenal.


Oh this this Brisket, which was served over a a jalapeno biscuit and came with truffle fries was just amazing. The biscuit complimented the meat perfectly.


The four of us adored this Cassoulet, which is a French stew made with lamb, duck, cured bacon. Nom Nom.


What impressed me the most about the Bear in Boots GastroPub was their scratch kitchen. Everything on their menu is made right in house. They do all their own butchering, make their own sausages, pastas, breads, ice creams, cakes, drink mixers, ketchup and mayonnaise.

I also loved that they have an open kitchen at the Bear in Boots. I always appreciate being able to see the food being prepared.


Chef sent out a selection of desserts for the four of us to share. We shared some Creme Bruleee, Cheesecake and Cranberry donuts (yum).


Bear in Boots has a full bar and offer a really nice menu of Craft cocktails, which are made using house infused alcohols. I truly enjoyed eating there and am looking forward to getting back again soon.

Bear in Boots GastroPub is located at 285 Main St in Falmouth. There is plenty of free parking along Main Street.

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  1. Elizabeth O.

    You always pick out awesome places to dine in. I would like to try the poutine, the long island meatballs and the brisket! So heavenly!

  2. Mykidsguide

    The poutine looks mouth watering. That would be the first one I would try if I ever go there.

  3. Pam Wattenbarger

    I know, right? I love good gnocchi so I am jealous!

  4. kraushousemom

    I would go just for the pretzel bread, they’d have to keep bringing me some. The Caesar salad and brisket also look to die for.

  5. Crystal

    Why is pretzel bread so hard to find? I want to eat it every day. Guess I need to get over to this gastropub asap.

  6. Saidah

    I could eat everything. Now I’m craving pasta.

  7. 1endlessdreams

    The food looks sooo delicious. I think I just decided on cheese fries for lunch =)

  8. Catherine S

    I agree, the food looks amazing. I would want to try all of it.

  9. Deanna

    It looks so yummy and I love the history behind the name, so sweet!

  10. Mykidsguide

    I find the name of the restaurant really cute. I never would have thought those were the pet names of their kids.

  11. DC (@GameOnMom)

    Wow. I can’t get over that table pretzel. I’d have a hard time sharing that one!

  12. Jennifer Mercurio (@DoubleDutyMommy)

    I really have no idea what I want to comment on. It all sounds and looks so delicious. I have a soft spot for pretzels though so their house pretzels…. keep ’em coming!

  13. susan

    Gastro pubs always have the most cool food, so unique and delicious. I would love to try that pretzel, I am sure it is awesome!

  14. Liz Mays

    I’m totally drooling over that pretzel. Would it be wrong if I ate it all by myself?

  15. Lois Alter Mark

    Only if they bring another one! I want a whole one too!

  16. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide

    I would totally eat that whole thing myself!

  17. Shop with Me Mama

    What a fun and yummy place to visit! I love reading about your adventures with your family and finding out good places to go and eat!!

  18. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide

    RIGHT?! She goes to all the good places. I LOVE learning about the local ones because we live close by, too!

  19. Shasta

    This looks like a great place to eat. The food looks so good.

  20. Amber N

    I love the idea that it is pretzel bread. Sounds so amazing!

  21. Lori Felix

    If I ever make it back to Cape Cod I’ll be sure to check out Bear in Boots. That table pretzel looks absolutely delicious and I’d love to try the grilled Caesar salad.

  22. Brenda Brown

    Oh my this food looks so delicious!! I want to eat there.

  23. toughcookiemommy

    These dishes all look so delicious. I love restaurants that serve generous portions that are full of flavor.

  24. lisamc7

    That Table Pretzel does look to die for! I have a newfound love for all pretzel breads, but not sure I want to share! lol!

  25. Chastity Beene

    You are making me want to go back to cape cod! This restaurant looks amazing – I could eat all of that!

  26. stefany

    I’ve never been to Cape Cod before. It looks like I am missing out on some good food though!

  27. Danielle H

    Your blog has been making me very hungry lately! I totally need that Table Pretzel in my life.

  28. C

    Damn girl! You have been eating well! I love the Cape (and a specific coffeehouse in Falmouth)- Dave and I will have to check out your fave bites!

  29. Liz Mays

    This array of delights is unbelievable! I can’t decide what I’d order first, but oh my gosh, I’d have to get at least two things every time I went.

  30. Theresa

    I love how they make all their own ingredients! That’s damn near farm to table right in the restaurant! Everything looks scrumptious too!

  31. Crystal

    That all looks and sounds insanely delicious. I think the donuts are calling to me, but it may be my new addition to sugar thanks to the Halloween candy I’ve been devouring.

  32. Alicia

    Everything here looks amazing! I wish we had good places to eat like this where I live. I will have to mark this post in case we ever visit there.

  33. Mykidsguide

    Oh my, everything looks delicious. The desserts are to die for!

  34. Elizabeth O.

    They sure are! I would love to dine there!

  35. becca112971

    Wow everything looks so good. That bread looks amazing I could live on just that and be happy.

  36. candice

    well well well, i will be pinning this to my travel board. we go to the cape every summer. my husband is gonna need to wear some comfortable pants! LOL

  37. Tammy

    Oh my!!! That looks like a place I would want to frequent. OFTEN!!

  38. Ourfamilyworld

    Me too. How I wish we live closer, so we can also try those yummy looking foods.

  39. Theresa

    I agree! It looks like a restaurant that would be a favorite with me and my hubby!

  40. Ashley Gill

    I want to eat all of that food! The salad would be my number 1! Everything looks delicious though. If I’m ever up that way, I’ll have stop in. I love the name and the story behind it!

  41. Jeanine

    Oh man. I shouldn’t have read this before eating. This all looks INCREDIBLE. You seriously go to the best places, and do the best things and EAT the best food! Yum

  42. Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow)

    Good Lord. You eat at the best restaurants. I’ve never been to a gastropub.

  43. Brenda

    The food looks absolutely delicious! I love the story behind the name.

  44. Ai Sakura

    oh my oh my EVERYTHING you got looks amazing!!

  45. NPC

    OMG, I could totally see myself enjoying ALL of these things. YUM.

  46. KatyRose

    Adding this to a list of must-try places. I make it to the Cape usually once a year, or once every other year, so it is great to have new places to try! – Katy

  47. Mom Does It All (@misteedawnw)

    What a cute pub! And all of that food looks so good! Especially those fries! Makes me so hungry!

  48. Catherine S

    All the food looks amazing. I will have to try them out if I am ever in the area.

  49. tara pittman

    I love the size of that pretzel. Big enough to share.

  50. tamaralikecamera

    Gorgeous! The potato pierogies look so divine.
    We have a house in Truro and every now and then we go in November and I love the Cape in November.

  51. Heather

    Everything looks really great. Love that pretzel bread.

  52. Jennifer

    Bear in Boots looks amazing! This is exactly the kind of place I love to eat. It’s got such a cool vibe to it.

  53. Jenn

    Wow, their food looks amazing! What a fun place to visit.

  54. Rorybore

    Looks so yummy!! that pretzel – wow. I think I would have been full right there.

  55. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Bear in Boots looks like my and my husband’s kind of place. I’d love to spend an evening there on date night.

  56. Tina @ My Highest Self

    Oh my gosh every restaurant needs to have a table pretzel!! All the food looks delicious.

  57. Savannah Miller

    The poutine looks so good!! Actually everything looks pretty yummy if I am ever around this area I am so going to try this place!

  58. alissa

    I love the atmosphere with all the wood. The food looks so good! I so need to make pretzles again. They are tasty and fun to make.

  59. kristimaloney

    Everything looks delicious! So gourmet and yet, my mouth is watering over that pretzel the most. Gimme those carbs! Yum!!

  60. michelle

    can you mail me the pretzel the next time you go there? it looks amazing!

  61. Jennifer S. Mitchell

    All of the food looks delicious! The highlight would have definitely ben the Table Pretzel for me, as well!

  62. Amber N

    You are making me hungry. Food looks great!

  63. Amy Desrosiers

    This place looks wonderful and exactly where I’d love to eat! I love cheesy goodness and meals like these.

  64. Pam Wattenbarger

    Sounds like a wonderful place to eat. They have such a variety of food I’m sure everyone could find something they liked!

  65. Sarah Bailey

    Oh wow that food it looks delicious and sound like such a fab place to stop for some food. x

  66. sicorra

    That place looks very nice. I bet all of your meals were delicious too.

  67. Marvelous Mommy

    Yum, what a spread! That pretzel looks awesome!

  68. Michelle Cantu

    Adding this one to my Cape Cod musts. I love a new eatery to add to the traveling list

  69. Digna

    All I can say is “WOW.” I just had dinner and this made me hungry all over again. Looks so yummy!!

  70. irishred13

    This post makes me hungry! I could use some gnocchi right now!

  71. Marcie W.

    Everything looks so insanely good. I have been wanting to try poutine for quite some time and that unique French stew sounds delicious as well.

  72. Jonathan Key

    This looks absolutely yummy! I’d love to try out that pretzel bread.

  73. rochkirstin

    Those are dear names to call children. I love the story behind the name and now it has a faster recall. What are some of their best craft cocktails?

  74. Chubskulit Rose

    Looks like a really delicious meal for the whole family. Now I want to eat dinner!

  75. Amber Edwards

    I think I seriously need to visit a PUB like this! Those Poutine look absolutely fantastic!

  76. socialite123l

    I am loving your trips Robin ..This one took the cake.I loved the Salad and Fries

  77. Mitch

    Poutine with duck confit? Any restaurant that smart is a must visit! Thanks for this info, now I am starving!

  78. Kelly (@KickingWKelly)

    I love the family seating style they use. I would love to munch on the Poutine.

  79. Lois Alter Mark

    The food looks amazing. You had me at that Table Pretzel!

  80. Tiffany Cruz

    Oh yes! I want all of this in my belly right now. Everything looks so delicious!

  81. Claudia krusch

    Everything looks soooo yummy! On my list to visit when I return to the Cape!

  82. Amanda

    Bear and Boots is so cute! I want to eat there!

  83. kristi

    This looks like a place I would love to try. Will add it to my bucket list for when we get out that way… hopefully this summer.

  84. Nicole Lutzy

    That is one HUGE pretzel! My kids would so love this!

  85. Heidi Spears-Gray

    Sounds like everything was delicious and I love how it all LOOKS really interesting as well!

  86. lifeofatravelingnavywife

    Everything looks so good. I just got back from Toronto yesterday and that poutine looks even better than what I had up there!

  87. Pam

    Good grief, that looks so awesome. How do you keep the weight off with all of this great food you eat.

  88. Valerie

    The food all looks fantastic. It looks like the kind of place we would really enjoy.

  89. thedealmatchmaker

    The foods look so delicious! Great ambiance and menu selection!

  90. Jody Smith

    This place looks really great. Especially the Gnocchi

  91. Dawn

    This food all looks so amazingly delicious. I also love how the table was presented to you.

  92. Becky Ryan-Willis

    Wow. All of those looked and sounded so amazing. I love the combinations of foods served together. I have never had a grilled salad, which looks so yummy. I could go on and on, but if I am ever in that area, I definitely want to eat there.

  93. lisa

    All of these dishes look amazing. If I am ever in the area, I must go here! My stomach is growling now.

  94. cher

    Oh that food looks amazing! Drooling over here!

  95. klg1982

    those french fries look so tasty! what a cute place!!!

  96. Jennifer Clay

    The food looks really good! I would love to eat here one day!

  97. Brianna George

    mmmmm. That pretzel bread!!! You always go such awesome places!

  98. Shann Eva

    Wow. That food looked amazing. You had me at Table Pretzel! I want one right now!

  99. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    You’re always trying new places to eat! It must be fun getting to try all that variety!

  100. Lexie Lane

    Such a great place to dine. The foods really looks yummy. How I wish I can go there.

  101. bowen1960

    The food looks wonderful. I simply can’t pick a favourite dish from all of those.

  102. victoria

    The food was look delicious. i can eat all these


    The food all looks delicious there – especially the dessert !

  104. Stillblondeafterall (@stillblondeaaty)

    The grilled Ceasar salad and the dessert platter (salad so I can eat all the dessert!) look right up my ally.

  105. Rebecca Swenor

    All of these foods look so delicious for sure. I would love to try a couple of them but the Long Island Meatballs would be one of my first picks.

  106. Rosey

    I like that everything is made from scratch and in-house. The dishes you’ve shown here look great.

  107. Toni | Boulder Locavore

    I have always wanted to visit Cape Cod. I didn’t realize they had such tasty foods- the pretzel looks delicious.

  108. Rachelle

    You always go to such yummy restaurants! That food looks oh so yummy!

  109. Frugal and Fun mom

    The potato pierogies with house-made dry aged saucisson sec looks AMAZING! I am really craving that at the moment thanks to your delicious photo.

  110. Brandi Davis (@PenguinsinPink)

    Those Long Island Meatballs look amazing! Next time I visit MA, I will make a point to stop in to the Bear in Boots GastroPub in Cape Cod. We didn’t make it to Cape Cod during our visit a few months ago.

  111. Teresa Darlene

    Now that food looks amazing. We need this place here in Florida for sure!

  112. Jeni Hawkins

    OMG that stuff looks so good! I love the ambiance of that place, too!

  113. Ann Bacciaglia

    I love the style of this restaurant. The food looks amazing. I will have to try it the next time i am in the area.

  114. Yolanda @ Seeing It Their Way

    I would like to try it all! The portions looks pretty hefty.

  115. livingoffloveandcoffee

    That salad looks delicious! I would love to go and have a bite to eat there.

  116. Kiwi

    I love the variety of food! Never had a cassoluet but looks delish!

  117. Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas

    Oh my goodness, so much delicious looking food in one post! It definitely just made me hungry. Those potato pierogies and gnocchi … yum!!

  118. Nicole Haas Etolen

    Those foods looks delicious and tasty, I think it was fantastic and I’m sure you had fun.

  119. Cindy (Prime Beauty)

    What a cute and rustic place. The food looks amazing!

  120. CourtneyLynne

    Omg so much yummy food!!! Those meatballs look pretty amazing!!!

  121. Eileen

    We love to vacation in Cape Cod – what a great place and it sounds like amazing food – will be trying it out on my next trip – you made me hungry

  122. Erlene

    Everything looks amazing! The pretzel and the poutine would’ve been in my mouth in seconds.

  123. Lisa Rios

    Looks like a wonderful restaurant to dine & my goodness those are some yummy & delicious foods I wanted to try out during this awesome fall season. The potato pierogies is mouth watering stuff & I would want it right now.

  124. Katherine G

    Oh my goodness! This food sounds so delicious! It sounds like a place that I would enjoy eating at.

  125. Ana De Jesus

    Love the sound of the desert menu! I do love a cheesecake!

  126. yumeating

    You know how I feel about good eats! All of that looks amazing. I wouldn’t know where to start.

  127. mommyblogexpert

    I really enjoy Cape Cod, but haven’t been there recently. This place looks like it has delicious food and I just love those cute red checkered napkin place settings. So will put it on my list to check out the next time I visit.

  128. HilLesha

    Although I’m a vegetarian to the core, I must admit that everything looks good in every sense of the word! My husband would love this restaurant.

  129. April G

    Everything looks delicious. My sister frequents Cape Cod. I will tell her all about it.

  130. @SensiblySara

    Those pictures make me want to take a bite out of my screen!! If I’m ever in Cape Cod, I’ll have to remember this place!

  131. Chasing Joy

    Wow! that is a lot of food. It looked good too. I’d also be impressed by the kitchen. It is fun when you can see them cook.

  132. Stace Werner

    Oh my word! That table pretzel looks so good; I love pretzels.

  133. christina aliperti

    My mouth is watering right now! I have never been to a gastropub so this seems very exciting to me. I wouldn’t even know where to start!

  134. Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey

    That’s a plenty of good food right there! I love the sound of Bear in Boots, perfect name!

  135. Erin (@SugarCrumbs)

    Okay, I need a table pretzel. That looks absolutely incredible.

  136. Alison

    It all looks delicious but come on, the bread!!! I need to go there just for that!

  137. censie

    One day we will get to visit the cape! And I cannot wait!

  138. Shaylee Field

    Omg that pretzel bread! Are you kidding me?! I need that in my life!

  139. beautifullytravelled

    Oh snap this is making me hungry. This looks sooo tasty. Thank you for sharing x Kat I

  140. Shell Feis

    That table pretzel looks AMAZING! Every restaurant should have that!

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