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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.

Edgartown Restaurants

Alchemy

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.

Lattanzi’s Restaurant

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

Giordano’s Restaurant

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.

Offshore Ale

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.

Vineyard Haven Restaurants

The Black Dog Tavern

Though the thought of joining the hordes of people sporting the ubiquitous black Lab silhouette T-shirts and sweatshirts may give you the willies, this Vineyard institution is quite good. The service is friendly, the waterfront location is beautiful, the ambiance is authentic and the menu is inventive, eclectic and kid friendly. The Black Dog Tavern is known for its clam chowder, but also try its standout fish and chips and the sizable and delicious burgers. Though the waits tend to be long, you can stroll along the beach or the pier and watch the ferries and boats come and go. The town is dry so BYOB (bring your own bottle).

If you’re looking for breakfast or lighter fare, stop by the tavern’s sister properties, The Black Dog Café (509 State Road, tel. 508-696-8190) and The Black Dog Bakery (11 Water St., tel. 508-693-4786).

The Black Dog Tavern, Vineyard Haven Harbor. Tel. 508-693-9223. Hours: Mon. to Sat., breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m., lunch from 12 to 3 p.m., dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.; Sun., breakfast from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., lunch from 1 to 3 p.m., dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Average entrée is $25. www.theblackdog.com 

Zephrus

This American fare spot in the Mansion House offers up tasty food at reasonable prices. You can’t beat the daily “Z Plate” special entrée at this Vineyard Haven restaurant, where you can add a salad and dessert for a few dollars more.

Zephrus, 9 Main St. Tel. 508-693-3416. Hours: Mon. to Thu. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Average entrée is $20. www.zephrus.com 

Le Grenier

For Francophiles, this restaurant is a must. Classics such as escargots bourguignon, steak au poivre, roast duck a l'orange and the like transport you across the ocean. The upstairs spot is quite romantic, with candles and white tablecloths. Its popularity is evident as it’s been serving exquisite cuisine for more than 25 years, quite a feat on the island. Average entrée is $30. Open year-round. BYOB. 96 Main St., Vineyard Haven. Tel 508-693-4906. www.legrenierrestaurant.com

Off the Beaten Path

The Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant

Everyone should go here at least once to dine and watch the greatest sunset view in the Vineyard. It doesn’t hurt that the food is excellent. The chef uses local seafood and the menu changes often. BYOB. Open May through October.

The Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant, 50 Beach Plum Lane, Menemsha. Tel. 508-645-9454. Average entrée is $35. www.beachpluminn.com  


Destinations: Martha’s Vineyard

Themes: Beach Vacations, Culinary

Activities: Eat


User Comments

For "Off the B eaten Path" try Nicky's on State Road in Vineyard Haven. Unlikely location hides this wonderful Italian eatery that serves everything from spicy local seafood to the best beef tenderloin on the island.

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