The 13 Best Restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard Right Now

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The 13 Best Restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard Right Now

Whether you’re looking for a takeaway for the beach or a delicious dinner after a sunny day, we’ve got you covered.

Photo courtesy of 19 Raw Bar.

As the weather warms and New Englanders’ hearts and eyes turn to the sea, Martha’s Vineyard always beckons with its sandy beaches, relaxing sailing days and warm nights under the stars. But all this wonderful summer fun leads to one thing: a hungry belly and a thirsty mouth.

Although the island is only 87 square miles, it is packed with restaurants. We’ve rounded up our absolute favorites for every occasion – whether you’re traveling with kids, want to destroy a seafood tower on a date or just want to try something the locals love, read on for our favorites on the island page .

Note: Call before visiting or check restaurant websites for opening times and dates, especially in the off-season. Many restaurants are only open in the summer and may not open early or late.

Last updated on June 17, 2024.

Photo courtesy of 19 Raw Bar.

19 Raw Oyster Bar

This “incredibly awesome” spot has the best raw bar on the island, served on iced oysters farmed in the waters of the Vineyard, Maine, New Brunswick, and elsewhere—you can even add a bite of caviar. The very modern seafood menu, on the other hand, features fresh crudo and specializes in small shareable dishes, such as the Lobster Caviar Slider – lobster topped with caviar, served on a grilled brioche bun with vinegar chips. The terrace of the cozy restaurant is also a good place to enjoy delicious dry or wet aged steaks during dinner.

19 Church St., Edgartown, 774-224-0550, 19rawoysterbar.com

Atlantic Restaurant

Waterfront seating is the draw at this classic fish and chop house overlooking Edgartown’s picturesque harbor. On weekday afternoons there are oysters on the terrace (or maybe a whole branzino). However, Atlantic is also perfect for that one person in your group who doesn’t eat seafood; Just show them the street-style shawarma tacos, a mix of veal and pork with French feta. However, if you want to have a drink at the bar, you’ll want to arrive early as you’ll likely have to wait at this place without a reservation – not that you’ll be in a hurry to get out of here.

2 Main St., Edgartown, 508-627-7001, atlanticmv.com

Photo of Barn Bowl & Bistro via Yelp.

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The Barn Bowl & Bistro

Fancy a pizza tonight? Would you like to keep the children busy? Is it – God no! – a rainy day? Take cover in the barn, where you’ll find plenty of creatively topped pies (including gluten-free cauliflower-crusted options), as well as Jamaican jerk wings, curried mussels, and more tasty tavern fare. The beer selection also has something for everyone, there is a ten-pin bowling alley for entertaining evenings with the family and plenty of outdoor seating. What more do you need after a long day at the beach?

13 Uncas Ave., Oak Bluffs, 508-696-9800, thebarnmv.com

Chef Deon’s Kitchen

For a non-New England twist on seafood in Oak Bluffs, head to the local VFW hall for a taste of Caribbean-inspired cuisine. Their cuisine is a little hard to find, but Jamaican-born chef Deon Thomas and his wife Emily serve an ever-changing selection of jerk or jerky This laid-back spot has been serving blackened salmon, “spicy kale soup,” mussels, plantains, and more for years, and often has live music in the evenings. If Deon’s famous jerk chicken is on the menu, get it and get it spicy.

14 Towanticut St., Oak Bluffs, 508-627-0330, chefdeon.com

Chilmark Tavern

There aren’t many places to sit down for a meal in quaint and quiet Chilmark – unless you’re cooking at home or getting takeout – but after a day in the Menemsha Hills, Afterwards, relax with the tavern’s menu of bistro classics. The menu relies heavily on New England farm-sourced ingredients, from the island neck pasta to the vegetable curry with vineyard-sourced shiitake. Note: The tavern is BYOB, as Chilmark is “the wettest, dry town in America” ​​say the locals – but if you provide the bottle, they’re happy to provide mixers and can make you “most” cocktails.

9 State Road, Chilmark, 508-645-9400, chimarktavern.com

The Homeport Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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The island’s long-defunct institution was revived in 2022 by Boston restaurateur Seth Woods, who has significantly improved everyone’s favorite spot to watch the sunset over dinner. In addition to all the New England classics, this phoenix from the ashes now offers the best tuna Niçoise this side of Nice, a revamped decor including better sun exposure on the patio and back door where you can order everything from the double patty burger to complete clambake to take away.

512 N. Rd., Menemsha, thehomeportmv.com.

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View Tavern

Every summer destination on the East Coast calls for a perfect summer shack serving lobster rolls and fried clams, and the Lookout is our favorite on the Vineyard. With its water views, sidewalk and patio seating, and a full bar to start the evening (or afternoon, if we’re being honest), it ticks all the boxes. Most importantly, you’ll find the aforementioned lobster rolls (roasted, buttery, and reputedly the best at the winery) alongside fried seafood, raw bar offerings, and a solid selection of fresh sushi, all for grab-and-go—plus refreshing rum punch and margaritas, if you Would you rather make yourself comfortable and enjoy the view? Happiness.

8 Seaview Ave., Oak Bluffs, 508-696-9844, lookoutmv.com

Midnight taco

New this summer to Oak Bluffs’ waterfront nightlife district is a patio restaurant serving some of the island’s most popular tacos. These handheld, few-bite snacks — like crispy, cheesy pork birria and seared tuna belly tacos — were once only available at a food truck parked outside Sand Bar, but entrepreneur Jordan Wallace’s new outpost is open all day and features one own full bar.

7 Circuit Ave Ext, Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, instagram.com/midnighttacomv

Mo’s lunch

This quirky sandwich shop in the Portuguese American Club is worth a visit. At lunchtime, mingle with the regulars (non-members are allowed to dine at Mo’s) or enjoy chefs Austin Racine and Maura Martin’s delicious creations – roasted pork, garlic rabe and provolone on a sesame hoagie bun; chopped romaine lettuce with marinated peppers and a zesty dressing – on the way to your next island adventure.

137 Vineyard Ave., Oak Bluffs, moslunch.com.

Nomans

Casual, deliciously prepared food is on the menu at Nomans, the best place on the island to stop by and grab a sandwich or salad to enjoy outside in the sun, cool down indoors with the air conditioning or on to go to the beach. The soba noodle bowl is filling but light, flecked with watermelon, daikon radish, carrot, and snow peas, and the heartier buttermilk fried chicken sandwich makes for an ideal holiday lunch. Did we mention the cocktails? We should, because the pineapple mint daiquiri is exactly what you want to drink on a summer afternoon. Bottom up!

15 Island Inn Road, Oak Bluffs, 508-338-2474, nomansmv.com

The Red Cat Kitchen

There’s a lot to love about this cozy, artsy restaurant and bar, just steps from the ferry in Oak Bluffs. First of all, the food is some of the most interesting on the island, with a seasonal farm menuAnd-Sea-to-table menu that changes regularly. (If you’re lucky enough to snag oyster stir fry or scallops and risotto on the menu, order immediately.) The warm and friendly staff also mixes up rock-solid cocktails, and as you’ve probably heard, you’re likely to see a celebrity or former president having a meal on the terrace.

14 Kennebec Ave., Oak Bluffs, 508-696-6040, redcatkitchen.com

Photo courtesy of Sweet Life Café.

The Sweet Life Café

Under the direction of Puritans & Co. Chef Hal Ryerson and his receptionist wife Erin emphasize their relationships with island farmers and fisheries on this sweet spot’s menu, and it pays off with ever-changing and always delicious dishes from the kitchen—past favorites include squid -Tagliatelle and kingfish crudo. Everything is housed in a classic Cape house with seating on the garden terrace for relaxation. Top-notch hospitality (and a great music playlist) make this a favorite for locals and travelers alike.

63 Circuit Ave., Oak Bluffs, 508-696-0200, sweetlifemv.com

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Enjoy creative American dishes inspired by the farms surrounding this charming island favorite. Chef Jonathan Warnock has sourced much of the menu from the gardens surrounding the tavern. This is true farm-to-table dining where you can choose between seating on the patio or in the antique farmhouse with a large fireplace as the centerpiece, where you can enjoy well-prepared favorites like fresh farmer’s salads, cod fritters, and a welcoming bar that welcomes you stays all evening.

688 State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-8582, stateroadrestaurant.com

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