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For an authentic Cape Cod wedding, couples may want to consider Swan River Restaurant for their wedding reception or ceremony. The laid-back seafood restaurant has been serving Cape Cod fresh food made to order since 1954. Swan River Restaurant buys its seafood locally, including the lobsters directly from local lobstermen. The Swan River Restaurant also has a fish market next door where locals of and visitors to, Dennis Port, Massachusetts and the mid-Cape have been getting their local seafood since the 1950s. The Swan River Restaurant is located on a quiet, mostly residential road. The restaurant and market are located on the banks of the saltwater Swan River and its surrounding marshes. The Swan River Restaurant has outdoor and indoor spaces for couples to consider for their wedding ceremony or reception.
Function Room. The cheerful white paneled function room has booths and tables where guests can enjoy their dinner. The walls are decorated with photographs of Swan River and windows line the room, offering a lovely view of the river and saltwater marsh. The function room has a serene, seashore feel that can only be felt by the water.
Deck. The wooden deck of the Swan River Restaurant is open to the salt air with patio umbrellas available to offer shade. The deck offers an incredible view of the Swan River and salt marsh. The deck can be utilized for ceremonies and receptions. The Swan River Restaurant can accommodate up to 325 guests.
What You Should Know
The Swan River Restaurant is also available for rehearsal dinners. It provides all food and drink for the reception. The restaurant specializes in fresh seafood with menu options like stuffed quahogs, raw bar with Dennis oysters and Chatham cherrystone clams, clam chowder and lobster many different ways. The restaurant also has chicken and beef options for those landlubbers who are not a fan of seafood. The restaurant also has more casual classic Cape Cod fare, such as New-England-style lobster rolls, fried clams and hamburgers.
The Swan River Restaurant also offers clambakes, a Cape Cod tradition. The clambake option includes clam chowder for a starter, plus a one-and-a-quarter-pound lobster, corn on the cob, Portuguese sausage, steamers and mussels. The restaurant can also supply its homemade desserts, like Key lime pie squares and berry shortcakes.
The Swan River Restaurant offers couples photo opportunities all around the location. Couples can take wedding portraits on the bridge overlooking the river or on the deck with the marsh behind them. Newlyweds should take advantage of the fish market with its white siding and hand-painted sign advertising lobster. The Swan River Restaurant is also located a short distance from the beach. Couples can easily steal away for photographs and be back in time for the reception.
- Fully stocked bar
- On-site parking
- Handicap accessible
- Lobster tanks
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$ – Inexpensive
This place is FABULOUS! Fantastic location, the views, the staff, the owners, the whole experience was perfect. We had our rehearsal dinner here and it was exactly what we wanted. I can't say enough about Marita (the owner) she made everything easy! Highly recommend!!
I can't say enough nice things about Swan River! We had our lobster bake rehearsal dinner here on 6/25/2015. Our wedding was more formal so we were looking for something a little more casual but still great food and service that encompasses Cape Cod and we found it! The food was great and everyone received tons of food. I worked with Marita thru email and she was fantastic. She was so flexible with the arrival time and decorations. She even let us pick our own linens and was willing to even help with decorations. I was allowed to arrive early to set up decorations and service was on point all night from the bartenders to the waiters. By the way, did I say the price was extremely reasonable too! This place is great...thank you again for giving us the best rehearsal dinner!