Our Story

Our Story

Bear in Boots Gastropub is located in the heart of Falmouth in historic Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Owners Kate and Gates Rickard, a dynamic husband and wife duo, have created a convivial atmosphere where guests of any age can revel in a memorable experience focused around the dinner table.  Focused on bringing comfort food from around the world to diner’s tables in a warm and inviting environment. The kitchen is inspired by their extensive travel and work history abroad to destinations such as Brussels, Paris, Holland, Lucerne, London, Ireland, Cortona, Rome and beyond. Whether you’re looking for traditional comfort food like a gourmet burger or bolognese over scratch made pasta or something more adventerous like doner kebab inspired by the German late night snack or our ever-popular ramen, there’s something on the menu for everyone!

Bear in Boots Gastropub is a true labor of love for the Rickards and every item is from scratch The cuisine at Bear in Boots is approachable while deeply rooted in the traditional culinary techniques associated with fine dining. An extensive and carefully curated beverage program with a well-rounded variety of craft beer surprises and excites guests. The name Bear in Boots is reflective of the nicknames for Kate and Gates' three children, who are the key ingredients to providing endless inspiration for the couple.

The Kitchen

The Bear in Boots scratch kitchen is the true heart of the restaurant. Our culinary team, led by Chef Joseph Ellia, a Falmouth native, is committed to bringing new recipes, new tastes and new experiences to Bear in Boots guests. Joe and his team are passionate about food and put a tremendous amount of thought and care into crafting our menus. The weekly “Treats from the Kitchen” section is an opportunity for them to flex their culinary muscles, taking guests on a culinary journey from the world of global comfort food into innovative, creative cooking. Our culinary team is constantly traveling and tasting dishes wherever they go, and they bring those ideas back to our 97% scratch kitchen. Check out their latest menu here. 

The Bar

The Bear in Boots bar brings the restaurant to life. With an extensive and carefully curated craft beer and wine list, handmade cocktails and a friendly, approachable atmosphere, the bar keeps up a festive, upbeat atmosphere through out the night. If you’re looking for an unusual craft beer selection, or a fine wine, our bar and waitstaff are knowledgeable and always happy to make an adventurous recommendation.


Our Story