Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christopher Ryder House


Can anyone tell me if there is a restaurant know as the Christopher Ryder House in Chatham? I think that it was one of the top restaurants in the U.S. at one time. Any information would be appreciated.

Jacqueline Clifford


Anonymous said...

Please let me know what you find out. In 1969 my husband and I vacationed on Cape Cod, and I was sure we had fabulous lobster at a restaurant called The Christopher Ryder House. I also thought it may have had a tent like structure that was the restaurant. We are celebrating our 40th on the Cape this summer, and I wanted to take our family there.

Barb Cochran

Dave said...

Yes, the Christopher Ryder House was a first class restaurant. Unfortunately, it was turned into condos several years ago now...I think back in the 1980s. Try the Chatham Bars Inn next time you are here. Amazing view!
See this page about the condos:

Anonymous said...

It's so touching and amazing that after all these years, The Christopher Ryder House is still remembered so fondly. My parents started the restaurant in the mid-fifties, and eventually closed the restaurant in 1983. They converted it into lovely, unique, one-of-a-kind townhomes, on the same location.

Christopher Ryder, the original sea captain's house was retained and is in the Historic Registerof Homes.

It's in the same location (Route 28 in Chatham), but sadly, no lobster to be had :)

For fun, here is the recipe for the famous clam dip (you may want to adjust the quantities :)
Recipe for CLAM DIP
(lasts one week; 1 oz. per person)
60 lbs. Cream Cheese
1 lb. Chopped Onions
2 bottles Worchester Sauce (5 oz. ea.)
1 qt. Clam Juice
3 cans Chopped Clams

Makes 7-1/2 gallons for 3,500 people.

Crackers: 1 case per day.
I've put together a web site for my parents, and here is the section on the Ryder House:

I hope you enjoy it!

- Wendy K.

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