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"Chillingsworth Restaurant (2449 Main St., 508-896-3640) is an institution for haute French dining, but you can also relax with casual bistro fare in the greenhouse area called Chill’s Bistro and Bar. Lighter fare includes panko-crusted fried oysters, lobster bisque, or the warm crab crepe with a garlicky tomato sauce.'

GAYOT

2013 Chillingsworth Fine Dining Restaurant Review by the American counterpart of one of the most esteemed French restaurant guides, Gault et Millau

Visitors flock to Cape Cod every year for the sun, the sand and the restaurants. Every town on the Cape boasts at least one fine dining destination, but among the myriad of choices, Chillingsworth is the king. Set in a sprawling 300-year-old estate, Chillingsworth attracts food lovers from across New England. The dining room offers a seven-course set menu of French-inspired cuisine blended with New England, Californian and Asian influences. Think seafood sausage with local sea beans, marinated quail with truffle risotto, tenderloin of beef with foie gras butter, and raspberry soufflé to finish. It is actually a maze of intimate, adjoining rooms, appointed with New England antiques and an atmosphere of luxury. The wine list is one of the Cape’s finest. The restaurant also offers a comfortable bar and lounge for those who wish to relax with a drink before or after dinner as well as a pastry shop filled with take-home treats.

GAYOT

2013 Chill's Bistro Restaurant Review by the American counterpart of one of the most esteemed French restaurant guides, Gault et Millau

Chills Bistro, situated in Chillingsworth’s airy greenhouse, is a sunny space off the formal dining rooms offering contemporary ambience with an à la carte menu. Service is high caliber for the casual setting, as is the cuisine. Dishes feature modern Mediterranean flavors prepared with traditional French technique and include such specialties as native swordfish with bacon jus, truffle mac ‘n’ cheese and angel hairpasta with lobster and Cognac cream. The wine list offered in the main dining room is available in Chills, and a spacious bar area is handy for meeting up with friends.

BOSTON MAGAZINE

Chillingsworth has been selected as one of the Top 40 Restaurants in America by Gayot.com

"Chillingsworth is home to one of the most enchanting dining experiences in all of New England…in a dining room teeming with antiques, fresh flowers and ultra smooth service. Chillingsworth charms with the luscious richness of French cuisine mixed with a soupcon of brighter, lighter flavors."

GAYOT

Chillingsworth has been selected as one of the Top 40 Restaurants in America by Gayot.com

"Eating out on Cape Cod has largely been a matter of which dockside seafood house you prefer, with legions of lobster shacks and places claiming to have the best clam chowder in New England. But there has been a marked change for better and better food over the years, led by Chillingsworth. Set in a sprawling 300-year-old structure spread over six acres, this is a major gourmet destination, maintained by owners Pat and Nitzi Rabin, who close the place from December 1 to Mother's Day and move to Mexico, where they run a vacation home named Casa Blanca. The place has a fine antique charm in the main dining room that is counterpointed by a modern, bright bistro on the premises. Nitzi is the chef here and he offers sumptuous French and American cuisine in seven-course dinners or in the lighter à la carte menu. Seared line-caught cod comes with jicama, apple, sea beans, bacon, and cream with chervil--the very essence of sublimated New England fare, while jumbo squash and mascarpone are the filling for ravioli with pork loin in a Beaujolais-and-rosemary pork reduction. The precision of French pastry is demonstrated in a textbook example of a chocolate pyramide with fruit and in three impeccably creamy crèmes brûlées."

TripAdvisor

'Birthday Dinner'

June, 2018

*****

"Having already been once before and having a fantastic experience we decided to give the dining room at Chillingworth another go as they were having specials on Tuesdays on their degustation menu. The food here is Devine- everything on our 7 course menu was perfection. You can get matching wine selections if you wish so be aware of this before you go - so u can get home safely. My husband got lucky this time as did my friends partner as we were the delegated drivers. The ambience of this place alone is stand out. We've decided well be going back again (probably when next special is on or a special occasion. The only comment I would have as a negative was the last time we came our waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and the wine and our waitress this time not so - didn't detract from the taste however."

TripAdvisor

'Fantastic Dinning Experience'

May, 2018

*****

"My wife and I went for the five course degustation option with wine match and were delighted. Fantastic food, lovely service, wonderful atmosphere; highly recommend."

TripAdvisor

'Stunning Food'

April, 2018

*****

"Took my partner here for birthday dinner.
As a treat we decided on the 9 course degustation dinner.
Wow everything was delicious and the service was incredible.
Can’t wait for the next special occasion to visit again.
Thank you everyone involved in making a wonderful evening."

TripAdvisor

'Lovely Food and Atmosphere'

February, 2018

*****

"We ate here recently to celebrate our anniversary.

Many people have said how great it is and I can’t believe it has taken so long for us to try it out."

TripAdvisor

'A HOMERUN'

June 11, 2015

*****

This is my second year at the Cape and I wanted to make sure I made it over to Chillingsworth! Everything from the ambiance, the meals, the kitchen and the service was a homerun! They accommodated my boyfriend who is 'vegan' and make sure all 3 courses were suitable for him- now that's service! Kevin was our host and he was the meaning of hospitality! The prices were perfect! I would highly recommend this place to anyone coming to the cape! I'll be back next year!!

TripAdvisor

'FANTASTIC FOOD AND SUPERB SERVICE'

June 1, 2015

*****

Our group of 15 recently dined at Chillingsworth in Brewster and it went far beyond our expectations. From planning the meal with Robert to cocktail hour with Anna and then our actual dinner service, it was an incredible experience! Everything was perfect! Just when you thought there was no way the food could get better, the next course came out and it was just as delicious as the previous! I definitely plan to go back here and check out their bistro side as we had our event on the fine dining side.

I highly recommend Chillingsworth if you're in the area or even if you're not, it's worth the ride!


Thanks for the awesome evening!

TripAdvisor

'YOU MUST GO HERE'

April 27, 2015

*****

My husband and I have been going to this restaurant for nearly 30 years and it never disappoints. The main dining room now offers a al carte dining and we are ecstatic about that because the prix fixe was getting to be too much food for us to really enjoy (although it's a great value for the amount of food you get). The staff in the main dining room is excellent. The soups are always a treat because they are delicious and few other restaurants offer fruit soups like Chillingsworth does. The truffle mac and cheese is to die for. Dessert is hard to pass up, if you still have room after the delicious entrees. We always sit in the Garden Room. Chills Bistro has a different chef, different menu, and different staff. Not as divine but usually solidly good. As long as the chef (in the main dining room) is there, we will never stop going back as often as our waistlines and our bank account allow.

TripAdvisor

'Everything is Perfection'

October 4, 2013

*****

"There is nothing to but positive words for this restaurant. The setting is beautiful and elegant. The food is delicious and the service beyond accommodating. The wine list is extensive and the staff is very knowledgable. The best dessert is the soufflé ~ you need to order it at the beginning of dinner. You will not be disappointed. If you go in the summer make sure you stop in the bar when Kathy is bar-tending! She is old school trained and makes an excellent cocktail. Nitzy and Pat have maintained a high standard of elegance that keep people returning year after year."

 Visited August 2013

DINING ON CAPE COD

by John Mariani

The great arm of Cape Cod both beckons to those out at sea and caresses those who sail in the calm of the Bay, so that its earliest history as a safe haven has endured through its whaling days and well into its days as a summer tourist destination, when its 400 square miles, from Buzzards Bay to Provincetown, bear the brunt of the summering crowd.



Eating out on the Cape has largely been a matter of which dockside seafood house you prefer, with legions of lobster shacks and places claiming to have the best clam chowder in New England. Not too long ago the higher end inns offered the kind of continental fare and Yankee suppers that you could just as easily defrost in your own refrigerator. But there has been a marked change for better and better food over the past few years, led by Chillingsworth in Brewster, set in a sprawling 300-year-old structure spread over six acres. There are a few pretty guest rooms here, but this is a major gourmet destination, having won just about every award possible for its cuisine and wine list, as maintained by owners Pat and Nitzi Rabin, who close the place from December 1 to Mother's Day and move to Mexico, where they run a vacation home named Casa Blanca.



The landscaping depends on ancient trees and new lawns, and the place has a fine antique charm in the main dining room, counterpointed by a modern, bright bistro on the premises where I had my most recent meal here.In the restaurant table settings are gorgeous, the appointments sheer luxury, the draperies and linens thick and the wineglasses exquisitely thin. Nitzi is the chef here, and he offers sumptuous French and American cuisine in 7-course dinners at table d'hote prices of $57.50-$68.50. The Bistro (right) is far more casual, with a lighter à la carte menu, whose main dishes run $15-$25.50. The skylighted premises, decorated in blond wood and terracotta tiles, are ideal for lunch or weekend brunch, and you have access to that exceptional wine list here too.



When I was there Nitzi slipped in a couple of dishes from the restaurant menu, but the distinctions are not all that radical, so that in the restaurant you might have a seared duck breast with spicy field greens and confit with a balsamic vinegar duck sauce, while in the Bistro the duck breast comes with lentils, beets, confit and parsley ragoût with micro greens and duck sauce. Still, the restaurant menu is far more lavish. My lunch was just about perfect, beginning with foie gras with risotto and a richly reduced meat glaze. Seared line-caught cod came with jicama, apple, seabeans, bacon, and cream with chervil--the very essence of sublimated New England fare, while jumbo squash and mascarpone were the filling for ravioli with pork loin in a Beaujolais-and-rosemary pork reduction. The precision of French pastry was demonstrated in a textbook example of a chocolate pyramide with fruit. and in three impeccably creamy crème brûlées.

This is an excerpt from John Mariani's "Dining on Cape Cod"

Email Review

September 26, 2014

Good Morning Nitzi & Pat,

Once again you created an incredibly delicious and beautiful dinner forour guests. I appreciate all of your help with planning this dinner. Yourstaff was very helpful and on top of their game last night.We look forward to seeing you next year and hope for some sunshine!

Best,

Stephanie

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“The Cape wouldn't be the Cape without” this “classic”, seasonal Brewster institution, which delivers “excellent” “old-world” “French fare with a formal flair and a bit of countryside elegance” courtesy of a “romantic” 300-some-year-old estate setting; it's “not inexpensive”, though the “less formal” bistro on the same property sports “bistro prices.”

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“The Cape wouldn't be the Cape without” this “classic”, seasonal Brewster institution, which delivers “excellent” “old-world” “French fare with a formal flair and a bit of countryside elegance” courtesy of a “romantic” 300-some-year-old estate setting; it's “not inexpensive”, though the “less formal” bistro on the same property sports “bistro prices.”

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