Best Restaurants in Martha’s Vineyard
Best Martha’s Vineyard Dining
Forget meandering around the island in search of places to eat. Here are the restaurants that will make you want to go back for more.
After more than a decade of visiting Martha’s Vineyard, I have come to love several restaurants. With some hesitation, I’m sharing them here—after all, it’s hard to give away your dining secrets. Goodness knows, though, it is worse to see any establishments close up shop!
These are just a very few of the vast number of places to eat on your Martha’s Vineyard vacation. Meandering around the various towns looking at menus isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon. A note: Vineyard Haven and Menemsha are “dry” towns, so if you want alcohol, remember to bring your own.
This French bistro offers elegance, great Martha’s Vineyard food and killer cocktails. In the summer, try to snag a table outdoors to watch the parade of people walk by, and make sure to order the delicious risotto balls. Dinner reservations are a good idea, but keep in mind that this Edgartown restaurant closes for the month of January.
Alchemy, 71 Main St., Tel. 508-627-9999. Hours: June to November, Mon. to Sat. noon to 2:30 p.m. for lunch, dinner daily from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Closed during the month of January. Average entrée is $25.
This Italian restaurant, open year-round, features delicious Tuscan dishes, including handmade pastas and pizzas. The décor is very basic, but looks can be deceiving. Once you start on mussels braised in tomatoes and an antipasto plate, you could care less about the decorations.
Lattanzi’s Restaurant, Old Post Office Square. Tel. 508-627-8854. Hours: Call for seasonal hours. Average entrée is $22. www.lattanzis.com
The Newes From America Pub
Excellent pub fare and good kid’s dishes are served in a down-to-earth atmosphere. There is often a wait at this popular spot, but it’s worth it. French onion soup, fish and chips, and a grilled peanut butter and fluff sandwich are my family’s staple lunch. Open year-round.
The Newes from America Pub, 23 Kelly St. Tel. 508-627-4397. Hours: daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Average entrée is $18. www.kelley-house.com/dining
Oak Bluffs Restaurants
This fourth-generation restaurant has been a mainstay on the Vineyard for more than 70 years and, as far as I’m concerned, has the best garlic bread with cheese anywhere. Before we even order drinks, we get two plates pronto. Pizzas are fantastic here—the place is always bustling.
Giordano’s Restaurant, 107 Circuit Ave. Tel. 508-693-0184. Hours: open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Mon. to Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Average entrée is $15. www.giosmv.com.
The sawdust on the floor of Offshore Ale screams kid-friendly, and helping yourself from a barrel of roasted peanuts (still in their shells) reinforces that thought. The microbrewery tavern offers a friendly atmosphere and a simple menu consisting of pub fare and pizzas.
Offshore Ale, 30 Kennebec Ave. Tel. 508-693-2626. Hours: Mon. to Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Average entrée is $18. www.offshoreale.com
Linda Jean’s Restaurant
I’m a sucker for a diner and this is a quintessential diner, excellent for breakfast, with fluffy pancakes smothered in fruit, eggs every way and every other breakfast staple you can think of. This Oak Bluffs restaurant is a no-frills spot (cash only) and there’s often a wait.
Linda Jean’s Restaurant, 25 Circuit Ave. Tel. 508-693-4093. Hours: daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Average entrée is $15.