An Evening at Black Dog Tavern

Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism / Black Dog Tavern, Vineyard Haven / Flickr
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism / Black Dog Tavern, Vineyard Haven / Flickr

Plan a nice evening out at the Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven. The Black Dog Tavern has been a mainstay on Martha’s Vineyard for several years. The tavern has a wonderful water view that allows guests to watch the ferry arrive and depart.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner which offers a diverse menu for any time of the day.

With a rustic interior and a large fireplace in back, it allows for a comfortable, relaxed family setting. Have a casual meal at a fantastic coastal eatery with generous proportions without spending a lot. The restaurant offers wonderful views of the Vineyard Haven Harbor and the surrounding docks which make for a picturesque setting for your meal. The outdoor deck is now open so make sure to take some photos as it offers a great view.

Sitting on the harbor next to the ferry terminal, it has a great view of the boats coming and going. Get a feel for the sea life with the nautical theme décor. There are many great photos throughout the restaurant of historic ships.

When you sit down to the table, expect a fresh loaf of warm baked bread and a menu with many local offerings. The atmosphere is relaxed and rustic. There is a fireplace that is lit to provide a nice and cozy feel. With a menu offering local seafood, along with selections like roast chicken and grilled marinate steak tips, there is something for everyone. Don’t forget one of their famous desserts while you enjoy a great view of the harbor!

There is also a gift shop around the back where you can pick up an array of items like key chains, wine glasses and sweatshirts. Patrons of the restaurant are known for traveling the world sending back a photo of them in a Black Dog t-shirt or sweatshirt so grab a shirt and sport the Black Dog logo!

There is a Black Dog bakery next to the Steamship Authority which has a café with a delicious menu which has take-out breakfast and lunch items.

The Black Dog also owns and runs two tall ships that are available for charter. This is a great experience to go out on the Vineyard sound and assist in setting full sail on these beautiful ships. One ship is fully reliant on wind power in the sails. The Shenandoah is the boat that Captain Douglas sailed with the original black dog that inspired his business. The Alabama runs on engine power and is more versatile while the Black Dog also runs the Chantley. The company supports island schools which charter a boat for one week each year so children have the opportunity to learn the boating history of the island. They can also spend time working the ship while sailing on the ocean.

Enjoy the great food at the Black Dog Tavern while visiting Martha’s Vineyard and let Sandpiper Rentals help you find a great property to stay at!

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