Fabulous Year-Round Restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard
It’s true that Martha’s Vineyard moves at a much faster pace in the warmer months, but many people don’t realize there’s still a lot to do during the quieter season. With many reasons to visit during the winter months, the Island’s fabulous year-round restaurants are at the top of the list! Come enjoy the delicious food and drinks offered at these great sit-down restaurants, listed here by town, in no particular order.
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Copper Wok: Asian-fusion at its finest! The noodle soup will warm you right up on a chilly winter’s day. And in a town that was “dry” for years, their creative sake drinks are a welcomed cocktail options!
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Little House Café: A favorite among Islanders, this little eatery is big on flavor. Plus, they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their Chicken Swarma is like nothing you’ve ever had. Not into meat? No problem! There are lots of delicious vegetarian options. Don’t miss Thursday Taco Night – and try the Crispy Fish Tacos – trust us!
Black Dog Tavern: An Island classic. Warm up by the fire and enjoy harbor views at one of the Vineyard’s oldest restaurants. Their clam chowder, served in a mug, is a delicious favorite!
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Offshore Ale Co.: Good food and good beer — what more do you need? How about a toasty atmosphere with a fireplace and an open kitchen! Try their truffle oil pizza for a flavor experience your mouth won’t soon forget.
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Sharky’s Cantina: Nothing says hot, hot, hot like some tasty tex-mex in the middle of the winter. Plus, you’ll forget the chilly weather after one of their perfect margaritas. Come hungry — their portions are large!
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MV Chowder Company: Voted Best Chowder for the second year in a row, the winter is the perfect time to enjoy a hearty bowl! But don’t stop there: All the food is great — especially their risotto balls and the hummus and falafel plate. If a libation will warm you, try a Lucy V Tea – and you’ll have visions of the coming summer!
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Bangkok Thai Cuisine: Looking for some exotic flavors? Bangkok Thai Cuisine has got you covered! From pad thai to coconut curry dishes, you’ll want to order everything.
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Slice of Life: Cute and quaint, Slice of Life offers deliciously tasty and high-quality food at prices within reason. Their fried green tomato BLT will knock your socks off! And be sure to save room for dessert. Yumm!
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Park Corner Bistro: Really yummy food with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Plus, there’s often live acoustic music, adding to the ambiance. Don’t miss their Sunday brunch, where you can enjoy one of the best Bloody Marys on-Island!
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Henry’s: Located in the historic Harbor View Hotel, Henry’s never disappoints. Their delicious and creative cuisine includes a wide variety of starters, local favorites and unique small plates (their Grain Bowl is a perfect taste in every bite, and the Crispy Chicken Wings are a decedent treat). Plus, the cozy atmosphere comes with a beautiful view of the Edgartown Lighthouse.
Atria: A classy restaurant upstairs, but a “down home” eatery in their brick-walled basement. Join them on Sunday for their amazing burger night downstairs. Meat-lovers and vegetarians unite with selections for everyone: Mary’s Little Lamb is one of the best lamb burgers on the planet, and The PETA burger is a delicious animal-friendly choice.
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The Wharf Pub & Restaurant: This Edgartown classic serves up large portions at fair prices, with no pretense. It’s perfect for that casual night out. Try their chowder fries (yes, fries topped with chowder!), any of their salads are large enough for dinner, and their linguine and clams is one of the best on-Island!
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The Grill on Main: With 2-for-1 entrees offered every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, it’s hard to find a better deal on-Island! Don’t forget to order the stuffed mushrooms — they’re amazing!
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Lucky Hank's: This cozy eatery offers comfort food inspired by the Island and made with fresh, local ingredients. Lobster Mac & Cheese, Seared Sea Scallops and Farm Share are perfect on a chilly winter’s day choices. An eclectic wine and beer list compliments the menu nicely!
Sharky’s Cantina: Yep, there are two locations! And the one in Edgartown now has a pool table, so that always adds a little extra fun to any night.
Rockfish: From incredible tapas-style foods — Fried Oysters, Peppered Beef Carpaccio and House Rolled Fettuccini (the list goes on and on!) to the generous pours of wine, you’ll leave Rockfish with a very happy belly. But before you do, end the night with wood-fired S’mores!
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The Newes: Located in the Kelley House, The Newes is about as cozy as taverns can be! And the dishes are all a tasty and healthy size. No matter what you order, be sure to get the onion rings — you’ll have dreams of them for years to come
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Square Rigger: This well-established restaurant “at the triangle” in Edgartown serves up New England classics, like clam chowder, boiled lobster, and baked stuffed shrimp. It’s a favorite among locals, and there’s a simple reason for that: It’s good.
Martha’s Vineyard booms with international visitors. Every year, the Vineyard gains more international awareness which allows the Island to welcome visitors from all different regions of the world. At the top of each webpage, we recognize just a few of these countries that visitors come from, and have translation pages to try to encourage travel to Martha’s Vineyard. The Island’s beauty and culture is different than anything else you can find in the world and we believe it should be experienced by all!
A Haven for Creativity
Arts and Culture thrive on Martha’s Vineyard. For years, all sorts of creative minds have found solitude and a place for reflection on the Island, inspired by the gorgeous scenery and relaxed way of life. Authors, painters, sculptors, photographers, dancers, actors, artisans, and filmmakers infuse the Island communities with a tangibly vibrant cultural life.
More than a dozen public galleries display an eclectic mix of work by talented Vineyarders and internationally-renowned off-island artists. Lose yourself in impressionist views of the ever-present sea and marvel at fanciful sculpture. You could spend weeks discovering all the art the Island has to offer, and more is being created all the time! Several artists and artisans open their studios, granting the public a first-hand look at their creative process, even offering courses and hands-on activities to inspire your own creative potential.
Classical and experimental incarnations of the performing arts also flourish here. Performances span dance, music, and theater in venues ranging from a large performing arts center to more intimate stages across the Island. Many playwrights and directors often premiere their newest work on Vineyard stages.
Film is also a mainstay of Island culture, with two annual film festivals in March and in September. Two film societies on the Island express varied styles, and both also often invite filmmakers to speak and inspire discussion at many of their screenings.
A Culture Shaped by Historic Traditions
Alongside the Vineyard’s rich arts scene are traditions stretching back 10,000 years. Descendants of the Island’s earliest Wampanoag inhabitants preserve their tribal culture at the Aquinnah Cultural Center. Stately mansions, built by intrepid 19th-century whaling captains who called Edgartown home, transport visitors to the days of New England’s maritime glories. Discover these and other stories at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, in several historic houses, and at the island’s five lighthouses.
A diversity of cultures and lifestyles forged and continues to shape communities on Martha’s Vineyard. During and after the Great Depression, African Americans came here seeking economic independence. Visit landmarks of their story along the African American Heritage Trail. Faithful parishioners of the Methodist Camp Meeting brought bright colors and life to Oak Bluffs with their whimsical “Gingerbread Cottages,” constructed at the height of the revival’s popularity in the late 1800s.
Immerse Yourself in the Vineyard’s Arts & Culture
How do you get involved in the great creative work happening on the Vineyard? One way to stay connected is Arts App, a mobile application piloted by Cape Cod and the Islands. The free app is available from the iPhone or Google Play Store, and puts a directory, a map, an events calendar, and news and twitter feeds at your fingertips. Each organization controls its own page, ensuring you get the most up-to-date information.
Still need some inspiration for what to do? Take a look at these sample itineraries: 1 Day Itinerary, 3 Day Itinerary and Family Friendly Itinerary. Find one that suits your needs – whether you want to dedicate an afternoon to the arts, or several days of your visit!
Each fall, Martha’s Vineyard, along with Cape Cod and Nantucket, dedicates the entire month of October to a celebration of the arts. Fall for the Arts strives to initiate and sustain conversations among artists, patrons, and the public. For up-to-date information about this year’s festival, click here or visit the homepage of ARTS Martha’s Vineyard, an arts and culture collaborative on the Island.
Fall for the Arts runs throughout the month of October, drawing visitors to enjoy the as-yet under-appreciated autumn “shoulder season,” when temperatures cool slightly, and the largest crowds disperse, making for a more tranquil Vineyard experience. Galleries and studios stay open for the festival, and signature events unique to the Island take place every weekend. Among these, the Vineyard Artisans Festival showcases varied handicrafts made on the Island. The culinary arts also figure prominently, with “Art of Chocolate” at Featherstone Center for the Arts and the Food & Wine Festival. The month concludes with Art*Island, a festival of arts & ideas.
Check back soon for updates about this year’s Fall for the Arts partners and events!
Aquinnah Cultural Center
Martha’s Vineyard Museum
African American Heritage Trail
Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association
Featherstone Center for the Arts
Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival
Local Wild Food Challenge