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.
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!
Photo: Little House Cafe
Little House Café: A favorite among Islanders, this little eatery is big on flavor. Plus, they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their Red Thai Chicken Kabobs are like nothing you’ve ever had. Not into meat? No problem! There are lots of delicious vegetarian options.
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!
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.
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!
MV Chowder Company: Voted best chowder for multiple years, 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 their hummus and falafel plate.
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.
Deon’s Restaurant: Chef Deon cooks up delicious meals at what’s been deemed Oak Bluffs “best kept secret.” Sure, the atmosphere is modest, but the food is anything but boring. Try out this hidden gem for some seriously good food.
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!
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!
Henry’s: Located in the historic Harbor View Hotel, Henry’s never disappoints. Their delicious and creative cuisine includes a wide variety of unique small plates (hello, Cornmeal Fried Oysters and Bison Tartare!). 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.
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!
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!
Lucky Hank's: This cozy eatery offers comfort food inspired by the Island and made with fresh, local ingredients. Lobster deviled eggs, anyone? Their Chicken Pot Pie and Meatloaf 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: Edgartown’s newest restaurant is already a huge hit! From incredible tapas-style foods — Harissa Grilled Chicken Thighs & Couscous; Fried Artichokes with Lemon-Aioli; Potato Bravas (the list goes on and on!); to wood-fired flatbread pizzas like Baby Clam, Chorizo, and Garlic; to fabulous larger plates (including the best paella I’ve ever had); 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!
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.
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.
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