Spanning hundred square miles with six charming seaside towns, Martha’s Vineyard has long been a getaway hotspot for celebrities and other famous people – presidents included! The sleepy village turns into a bustling tourist hub during the summer months, and while it is world-renowned for its fantastic seafood, the island has many other excellent restaurants for intimate and romantic dining and celebrating special occasions.
Alchemy is a European-chic bistro with an airy dining room, a buzzy bar, and charming patio for candlelit dining beneath the stars. The popular year-round restaurant on Main Street in Edgartown offers three dining concepts under one roof, ranging from fine dining in the elegant dining room, cozy fireside drinks and dinner in an upstairs lounge and a casual bistro on the first floor. The restaurant serves creative New American fare prepared with locally sourced ingredients with dishes of fresh seafood, prime meats and chicken, house-made pasta and fresh salads and vegetarian options. The full-service bar on the first floor serves a selection of craft cocktails and draft beers, top-shelf spirits and casual wines from around the world. Alchemy is open for dinner daily and Sunday brunch.
71 Main St, Edgartown, MA 02539, Phone: 508-627-9999
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Overlooking the harbor from Vineyard Haven Marina, Garde East is a classy waterfront dining destination that focuses on seasonal, locally caught seafood prepared with sophistication and served in style. Boasting both indoor and outdoor seating with exquisite views, the casual yet elegant restaurant presents an inventive menu of seasonally-inspired cuisine that is centered around the rich bounty of New England’s land and sea. Carefully conceived and artfully presented signature dishes include Olive Oil Poached Halibut, Berkshire Choucroute Pork Loin, Seafood Chowder, and Stuffed Squash Blossom, and each dish can be paired with a curated selection of over 400 French and American wines. Garde East is open for
52 Beach Rd, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, Phone: 508-687-9926
© Rockfish Grill
Located in downtown Edgartown, the Rockfish Grill is a contemporary seafood-centric restaurant spanning two floors that features two full bars, a wood-fired pizza oven, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The bi-level space features exposed brick walls and serves a creative menu of locally sourced fare such as wild-caught seafood, prime steaks and chops, housemade pasta and fresh salads and vegetables, and homemade desserts. Signature dishes include Mexican shrimp martini, New England clam chowder, Asian salad with edamame beans and mangoes, pasta carbonara with grilled shrimp, and blackened catfish. The cuisine is accompanied by classic cocktails and mocktails, top-shelf spirits and fine wines from around the world. The Rockfish Grill is open for dinner, daily.
Wood-fired flatbreads & other American bites in a bi-level space with exposed-brick walls.
11 N Water St, Edgartown, MA 02539, Phone: 508-627-9967
4.Aquinnah Shop Restaurant
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Aquinnah Shop Restaurant is a family-owned and operated business in Aquinnah, also known as Gay Head, on Martha’s Vineyard. Founded in the 1940s by Napoleon B. Madison, famous whaler, medicine man and member of the Wampanoag tribe, the store began by selling sandwiches and has grown into a bustling restaurant that serves lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekend. Located at the top of the Gay Head cliffs with spectacular ocean views, the Aquinnah Shop has spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas and serves seasonal menus of delicious and authentic American, Native American and seafood dishes such as codfish cakes, rib-eye steaks, and seafood pasta. The full-service bar on the first floor serves a selection of craft cocktails and draft beers, top-shelf spirits and casual wines from around the world. Aquinnah Shop Restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday and lunch only on Mondays.
27 Aquinnah Cir, Aquinnah, MA 02535, Phone: 508-645-3867
5.Atlantic Fish and Chop House
© Atlantic Fish & Chop House
Set on scenic Edgartown Harbor with lovely harbor and ocean views, Atlantic Fish & Chop House offers an exceptional seafood-centric culinary experience in a classy, chic atmosphere. The popular dining destination serves an excellent selection of inventive New American cuisine that focuses on the rich bounty from the surrounding region with dishes of naturally-raised meats and chicken, fresh, wild-caught seafood, organic herbs, salads, and vegetables, and homemade desserts. The elegant multi-level restaurant offers a variety of unique indoor and outdoor dining experiences that can seat up to 200 guests and a full-service bar that serves a selection of craft cocktails and draft beers, top-shelf spirits and casual wines from around the world. Atlantic Fish & Chophouse is open for lunch and dinner daily, and hosts live music throughout the week.
2 Main St, Edgartown, MA 02539, Phone: 508-627-7001
Set in a beautifully preserved 18th-century former sea captain’s home, Atria is an elegant fine-dining restaurant that offers a multi-faceted dining experience. Named after the Southern Triangle constellation’s three brightest stars, the restaurant boasts several well-appointed dining areas, ranging from sophisticated main dining room with designer décor and soft lighting to a laid-back lounge and bar area with a crackling fireplace and comfy leather chairs and a charming outdoor wraparound porch for alfresco dining and pre-dinner drinks. Seasonal menus feature global comfort food with Mediterranean, Asian, and Middle Eastern influences such as seared rare tuna steak with lobster potstickers, and the cuisine is accompanied by an award-winning wine list showcasing casual and exceptional wines from around the world. Atria is open for dinner, daily.
137 Main Street, Edgartown, MA 02539, Phone: 508-627-5850
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Located in the luxurious Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites in Edgartown, Chesca’s Restaurant is an upscale bistro with a charming porch that specializes in classic Italian-American cuisine and casual Italian wines served in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The family-friendly restaurant offers a seafood-centric menu of gourmet offerings, such as lobster ravioli with seared sea scallops, seafood paella packed with littleneck clams, mussels, chorizo, shrimp, scallops, and lobster, Pappardelle Bolognese, and grilled Salmon with Thai chili glaze. A charming front porch boasts beautiful views of historic downtown Edgartown and live music is hosted in the quaint courtyard on Thursday evenings. A full-service bar and lounge serve a selection of craft cocktails and draft beers, top-shelf spirits and casual wines from around the world, and the restaurant is open for dinner seasonally, mid-April through October.
38 N Water St, Edgartown, MA 02539, Phone: 508-627-1234
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© Copper Wok
Copper Wok is a modern restaurant that serves island-inspired Asian cuisine in a casual, laid-back setting. Set the historic Mansion House on Main Street and boasting an intimate, romantic ambiance, the restaurant specializes in a fusion of Asian cuisine with a fantastic spread of Pan-Asian dishes ranging from classic soups, spring rolls, handmade sushi and sashimi, and a variety of rolls. Entrées of fresh seafood and prime meats are available in both sweet and spicy options and are accompanied by rice and noodle sides and salads. The bar serves a range of hot and cold sake, sake-based cocktails, casual wines, and craft beers. Copper Wok is open for lunch and dinner daily.
9 Main St, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, Phone: 508-693-3416
9.Détente Restaurant and Wine Bar
© Détente Restaurant and Wine Bar
Tucked away in Nevin Square in downtown Edgartown, Détente Restaurant and Wine Bar is a cozy, modern seasonal eatery and dark, intimate wine bar with hardwood floors and richly colored banquette seating that serves thoughtfully prepared cuisine and more than a dozen wines by the glass. Owned by husband-and-wife team Kevin and Suzanna Crowell, the inviting restaurant serves an innovative menu of farm-to-table food with ingredients sourced from local farms and seafood purveyors. Tuck into local seafood, hand-rolled pasta and house-made desserts along with an extensive wine list of regional favorites from around the world, and classic cocktails in the main dining room, on the lovely garden patio, or at the beautiful soapstone bar. Détente Restaurant and Wine Bar is open for dinner, daily.
15 Winter St, Edgartown, MA 02539, Phone: 508-627-8810
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10.La Soffitta Restaurant
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La Soffitta is a homey Italian tavern that serves authentic Italian cuisine accompanied by extensive international wine list in a warm and welcoming setting. Located on the upper level of the Waterside Market on Main St in Vineyard Haven, the family-friendly restaurant uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients and regional farmer’s produce to create simple, delicious and traditional Italian fare. The menu boasts classics such as housemade pasta and from scratch sauces, wood-fired pizzas with gourmet toppings, prime beef and veal dishes, fresh seafood platters, and organic salads and vegetarian plates. An intimate dining room has comfortable décor and a chic lounge and bar area for ideal for relaxing over cocktails or one of the fine wines off the extensive wine list. La Soffitta is open for dinner Wednesday through Monday.
82 Main St, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, Phone: 508-687-9448
11.Woods at Lambert's Cove Inn
© Woods at Lambert's Cove Inn
Tucked away in the charming Lambert's Cove Inn deep in the woods of pastoral West Tisbury, Woods at Lambert's Cove Inn offers the perfect spot for an intimate, romantic dinner. The beautifully appointed dining room is elegant and refined with contemporary décor and soft, ambient lighting with the warmth and coziness of an English country home. Executive Chef Jimmy Alvarado creates a seasonally-changing menu of classic New England dishes with Italian and Peruvian influences using fresh farm-to-table ingredients from local farmers, fishermen, and artisanal producers. Designed to share, signature dishes on the menu include raw yellowfin tuna with a yuzu-basil-ginger-celery broth, clams, and mussels in a massaman coconut curry broth, and pork shank ragu with rigatoni. The cuisine is accompanied by classic cocktails and mocktails, top-shelf spirits and fine wines from around the world.
90 Manaquayak Rd, West Tisbury, MA 02575, Phone: 800-535-0272
Nestled in an old whaling captain’s house in the heart of Edgartown, l’étoile is a seasonal, contemporary restaurant that serves an inventive, seasonally-driven menu in a casually elegant atmosphere. The French-inspired eatery has a beautiful tented outdoor garden terrace for alfresco dining on warm evenings, and a stylishly intimate copper bar with leather-back high chairs serves creative cocktails and other high-end libations before and after dinner. Guests can choose to dine from an á la carte or a chef’s tasting menu which feature sublime dishes such as Morning Glory Farm Red Butternut Squash Soup with Leeks, Crispy Spanish Octopus, Pan-Roasted Half Game Hen, and Sautéed Menemsha Fluke. Indulge in a classic martini or single malt whiskey at the bar before dinner. l’étoile is open for dinner, daily.
22 North Water Street, Edgartown, MA, 02539, Phone: 508-627-5187
13.State Road Restaurant
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State Road Restaurant is an award-winning restaurant that offers a unique and unrivaled dining experience. Featuring soaring ceilings with exposed beams, lamppost chandeliers, a beautiful stone fireplace and walls adorned with original artworks by Nancy Lorenz and Alan Whiting, the rustic, elegant dining destination offers a seasonal menu that focuses on fresh seafood and locally grown ingredients sourced from the restaurant’s own gardens and nearby farms. Signature dishes include scallops in white gazpacho and wood-grilled lamb tenderloin, and a full-service bar serves a selection of craft cocktails and draft beers, top-shelf spirits and casual wines from around the world. State Road Restaurant is open for dinner nightly, and Sunday brunch.
State Road Restaurant, 688 State Rd, West Tisbury, MA, Phone: 508-693-8582
14.Sweet Life Cafe
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Housed in a beautifully restored Victorian home, the Sweet Life Café is a charming, contemporary island restaurant with a homey dining room, an airy porch, and a romantic candle-lit garden patio that offers an intimate dining experience. Decorated in warm island hues, charming antique furniture, and low lighting, the stylish restaurant serves inventive dishes prepared with seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients with signature dishes like Day Boat Scallops, Long Island Duck, Bavette Steak, and Spring Risotto. An ample wine list with vintages from all over the world, craft and draft beers, and top-shelf cocktails accompany the cuisine, and the restaurant is open for dinner, daily.
63 Circuit Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, Phone: 508-696-0200
15.The Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant
© The Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant
Overlooking the 350-year old fishing village of Menemsha and the Vineyard Sound from its hilltop position, the Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant has been providing comfortable accommodations and delicious home-style cuisine since 1950. Decorated in a charming French country style, the Inn’s restaurant serves delicious seasonal dinners featuring the highest quality ingredients harvested from local Vineyard farmers, fishermen, and artisanal producers. Pop-Up dinners are also served throughout the Fall, and breakfast is served every morning against a backdrop of spectacular ocean views. The Beach Plum Inn Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seasonally.
50 Beach Plum Ln, Chilmark, MA 02535, Phone: 508-645-9454
16.The Boathouse Restaurant
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Based in the Boathouse Private Club on Main Street, the Boathouse Restaurant offers fine dining in exceptional surroundings with stunning views of Edgartown’s historic harbor. The restaurant has a beautifully appointed dining room and bar and a private wine room that can accommodate up to 16 guests for special celebrations and events. Two outdoor decks with spectacular views offer the perfect spot for alfresco dining in the summer months or sipping sundowner cocktails before dinner, and full-service bars in all of the dining areas serve a wide range of libations, including an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world, craft and draft beers, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails. The Boathouse Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
16 Field Club Ln, Edgartown, MA 02539, Phone: 508-627-3535
17.The Grill on Main
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Located next to the Clarion on Upper Main Street in Edgartown, the Grill on Main is a family-friendly restaurant with a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, an open kitchen where chefs showcase their expert skills, a private bar, and a charming outdoor patio. The restaurant serves seasonal menus of casual, New England-American fusion cuisine such as lobster turnover with shrimp and lemon cream sauce, grilled loin lamb chops with mint raspberry glaze, and sautéed veal scallopini marsala. Open year-round; the restaurant offers a wide range of fine wines from a curated wine list, along with classic cocktails made with high-end spirits, and local craft and draft beers. The Grill on Main is open for dinner, daily.
227 Upper Main Street, Edgartown, MA, 02539, Phone: 508-627-8344
18.The Red Cat Kitchen at Ken N' Beck
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For eclectic cuisine in a quirky, relaxed setting, head to the Red Cat Kitchen. The family-friendly restaurant has a spacious dining room with walls adorned with original artworks from local island artists like Rez Williams and Traeger Di Pietro and serves an evolving menu of soulful, farm-to-table cuisine and global wines. Co-owners Sarah Omer and Chef Ben Deforest use locally sourced ingredients from the surrounding land and sea to create sumptuous dishes of fresh seafood, succulent steaks and chops, fresh salads and vegetable dishes, and homemade desserts. Signature dishes include prosciutto-wrapped codfish with whipped potatoes and the White Trash Burger, and the food is accompanied by a wide range of libations, including an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world, craft and draft beers, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails. The Red Cat Kitchen is open for dinner, daily.
Red Cat Kitchen, 14 Kennebec Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA, Phone: 508-696-6040
19.The Terrace at The Charlotte Inn
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Set in the romantic Charlotte Inn, the Terrace at the Charlotte Inn is an elegant, fine dining restaurant that serves classic American cuisine, with Italian and French influences and globally-inspired wines. Hailed as one of Martha’s Vineyard’s most elegant restaurants, the Terrace exudes Edwardian-era sophistication with period décor, beautiful antiques, crisply clothed tables set with Limoges china and gleaming silverware, and soft candlelight. Guests can savor seasonal menus of contemporary American cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients such as handmade tagliatelle pasta, and lobster bisque in the refined conservatory dining room or the lattice-enclosed terrace in the warmer summer months. The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn is open for dinner, daily.
The Terrace at The Charlotte Inn, 27 South Summer Street, Edgartown, MA, Phone: 508-627-6227
19 Best Romantic Restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard
- Alchemy, Photo: Alchemy
- Garde East, Photo: Garde East
- Rockfish Grill, Photo: Rockfish Grill
- Aquinnah Shop Restaurant, Photo: Aquinnah Shop Restaurant
- Atlantic Fish and Chop House, Photo: Atlantic Fish & Chop House
- Atria, Photo: Atria
- Chesca's Restaurant, Photo: Chesca's Restaurant
- Copper Wok, Photo: Copper Wok
- Détente Restaurant and Wine Bar, Photo: Détente Restaurant and Wine Bar
- La Soffitta Restaurant, Photo: La Soffitta Restaurant
- Woods at Lambert's Cove Inn, Photo: Woods at Lambert's Cove Inn
- l'etoile, Photo: l'etoile
- State Road Restaurant, Photo: State Road Restaurant
- Sweet Life Cafe, Photo: Sweet Life Café
- The Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant, Photo: The Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant
- The Boathouse Restaurant, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- The Grill on Main, Photo: The Grill on Main
- The Red Cat Kitchen at Ken N' Beck, Photo: The Red Cat Kitchen at Ken N' Beck
- The Terrace at The Charlotte Inn, Photo: The Terrace at The Charlotte Inn
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