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Best American in Martha's Vineyard

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State Road

Tucked away in the peaceful locales of West Tisbury, State Road has been consistently delighting patrons to become one of the the finest dining destinations in Martha's Vineyard. Established in 2009, the restaurant occupies a beautiful house that sits amidst manicured lawns complete with a vegetable garden out front. A lot of thought and effort has gone into the restaurant's interior design with artworks by artists Nancy Lorenz and Alan Whiting, opulent chandeliers and the cozy stone fireplace. Local ingredients form the core of the kitchen's food philosophy with an emphasis on seafood. If in a group, choose from the sharing plates that include charcuterie and an array of artisanal cheeses. The mains offer diversity with delights such as the pancetta wrapped monkfish and wood grilled skirt steaks. Finish off with their delectable Ginger Creme Brulee or perhaps their House Made Gelato. The restaurant has a formidable reputation on the island and reservations are highly recommended.

Martha's Vineyard, MA, United States
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Black Dog Café

A more sedate version of its big brother, the wildly popular Black Dog Tavern, the café version of this island icon exudes a warmer, less manic atmosphere. This is a good choice for a quick breakfast, lunch or dinner, and it is a relaxed spot where you can read the newspaper. You are more likely to mingle with locals here than at other places, though many of them might stay away during summer months. For breakfast, the café serves hearty French toast and egg dishes. For lunch, try the unique sandwiches, pizzas and pastas. Black Dog offers nightly dinner specials, too.

Vineyard Haven, MA, United States
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Black Dog Tavern

A visit to Martha's Vineyard is not complete without stopping at the popular Black Dog Tavern, if only so you can say you have been. This simply decorated restaurant has pine floors and old beams, and its wooden tables are packed pretty tightly together. This place is not for the claustrophobic, nor for the diner needing a quick meal, especially in-season when the wait for a table is an hour at the minimum. The main menu items are fresh fish and vegetables, each from local sources. You can bring your own wine or beer.

Vineyard Haven, MA, United States
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Alchemy

Armed with healthy ingredients which are sourced locally, Alchemy prides itself on serving some of the most scrumptious food this side of the area! Presenting a collaboration of different flavors and tastes to arrive at the classic and delectable New American cuisine, the establishment has been earning several accolades for its eclectic menu which places a particular emphasis on local favorite seafood and meat dishes. Fried oysters are a recommended stalwart here, while other dishes are prepared with more flare. Think chicken liver crostini or yellowfish crudo. Have a romantic date on the outdoor porch, experience some of the area’s best fine dining, or head upstairs to the lively bar for an ingeniously concocted cocktail as you soak in the warmth of the fireplace!

Edgartown, MA, United States
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Coop De Ville

This seaside restaurant has been rated the best family restaurant on the island and the best outdoor dining spot. Feast on fish and chips or splurge with the steamed island lobster, said to be the best-priced lobster on Martha's Vineyard. The setting is casual and an outdoor patio is open when the sun shines. While you relax and enjoy the spectacular view, the children will be entertained by passing boats and jumbo hot dogs.

Oak Bluffs, MA, United States
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The Port Hunter

The Port Hunter is a fabulous seasonal restaurant that offers diners a chance to indulge in a meal that truly showcases the best of what the region has to offer. With its exposed brick walls, contemporary artwork and industrial chic decor, the Port Hunter boasts a quaint, charming and stylish look that creates an ambiance that is warm and inviting. The ever changing menu features dishes inspired by the seasonal bounty of the land and sea, including delicacies like Calamari with Sweet Jalapeno Jam, burrata, grilled bigeye tuna over coconut rice and oysters on the half shell. Live musical performances are hosted from time to time as well, featuring some truly amazing local artists. The restaurant is quite popular and seating is limited so be sure to arrive early, else you may have to wait a while before you score a table. While you wait, you can enjoy a game of shuffleboard or savor a drink at the bar.

Edgartown, MA, United States
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Détente

This seasonal restaurant serves delicious American fare, with a twist of Italian and French. The very French name means to relax, release tensions and form good relations. That's exactly what patrons do here, in an attentive and casual ambiance. The staff is polite, efficient and knows when to leave you alone. Enjoy a meal with Island Lobster and Marrow Raviolis to start, followed by the Roasted Half Chicken and the tempting Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake for dessert. A variety of dessert wines are available too. The extensive wine list features reds, whites, roses and sparkles, served by the half-bottle or the glass.

Edgartown, MA, United States
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Newes from America Pub

The readers of the Vineyard Gazette have named the Newes the best bar and pub on the island. The nautical theme brings you back to the 1700s and the charm of seafaring days. The room is dark and the main lighting source is the lanterns and the fireplace. The menu includes typical pub fare: tasty burgers, French fries, chicken wings and other appetizers abound. A friendly staff is willing to help you decide from the long list of microbrews and wine offerings on offer. This place gets quite crowded and children are welcome. Located next to the beautiful Kelley House.

Edgartown, MA, United States
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Seafood Shanty

An island institution, famous for its harbor views from its glassed-in dining room and upstairs decks, and for its seafood chili, a spicy assortment of shellfish in a thick stock. Most entrees are classic seafood dishes—reasonably priced by island standards—though meat and chicken are also served. Native Menemsha lobster is a specialty. There is an upstairs pub with a lighter menu and nightly entertainment. The restaurant, located next to Memorial Wharf, remains open through mid-October and is a popular island establishment.

Edgartown, MA, United States
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