1606 Restaurant at the Beauport Hotel, Gloucester
Standout qualities: Sea views at every turn, with Ten Pound Island Lighthouse and the mansions glistening in postcard perfection.
What’s Unique: More than 200 seats outside, from classic wicker lounge chairs to dining tables and even rocking chairs around the fire pit.
Insider tip: 1606 is open for breakfast, so patrons can enjoy the cool early morning with a Cape Ann Omelet, stuffed with local lobster.
55 Commercial St., Gloucester, 978-282-0008 Ext. 5, beauporthotel.com
The Market, Annisquam
Standout Qualities: The small, seasonal restaurant (open May through October) down a winding one-way road is perfectly positioned on the Annisquam River, to offer peaceful sunsets.
What’s Unique: Chez Panisse–trained chefs and hyperlocal sourcing—with produce from area farms and beef from a collective in Maine.
Insider tip: Seats at the bar are first come, first served. Arrive early or enjoy a glass of wine on the deck while awaiting your table.
33 River Rd., Gloucester, 978-282-0700, themarketrestaurant.com
Seaglass Restaurant, Salisbury
Fun fact: The dining room hangs out on piers over the Atlantic Ocean.
4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, 978-462-5800, seaglassoceanside.com