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Your Guide to the Best Edgartown Seafood

Edgartown SeafoodHere at Sandpiper Rentals, we know that one of the great parts of taking a seaside vacation on Martha’s Vineyard is the amazingly fresh seafood that’s available to you. There’s nothing quite like enjoying your favorite seafood dish while enjoying the beautiful views that the island boasts. Edgartown is one of the best places on the Vineyard to find seafood that is practically fresh off the boat. There are several Edgartown seafood establishments offering fresh catches in delicious recipes. And many of these restaurants have seaside views that will perfectly complement your dining experience. So whether you just want a quick bite to eat or a more formal sit-down dinner, our favorite Edgartown seafood restaurants will hit the spot.

Where to Enjoy Edgartown Seafood

From casual dining and take-out to fine dining experiences, these Edgartown seafood restaurants are sure to satisfy everyone’s appetite.

  • Atlantic: Atlantic bills its fare as “Martha’s Vineyard Seafood with a Twist!” This fish and chop house has top-notch cuisine and is also a great place to experience some Martha’s Vineyard nightlife. The restaurant’s location is ideal for enjoying a meal while looking out on the water. Their extensive menu features fresh seafood, burgers, pizza, steaks, and chops. House specialties include Steak Tagliata and Crackling Pork Shank. Another dish you should try is the Lobster & Truffle Mac & Cheese. Atlantic is also a good place to go to hear live music in a beautiful atmosphere.
  • Edgartown Seafood: Edgartown Seafood is both a family owned fish market as well as a great take-out restaurant. Their take-out menu includes lobster rolls, fish sandwiches, chowder, and cooked-to-order lobsters. The market carries some of the freshest fish and shellfish on Martha’s Vineyard.
  • The Seafood Shanty: The Seafood Shanty has been a go-to destination for Edgartown seafood for more than fifty years! And with the perfect combination of delicious food and drinks and waterfront views, it’s easy to see why The Seafood Shanty has become a favorite.  Along with New England classics like clam chowder, lobster rolls, crab cakes, and lobster they also offer a menu of superb sushi. Sushi is available by the roll or on platters. Don’t forget to top your meal off with one of their specialty drinks!
  • The Square-Rigger Restaurant: Located on Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road, this Edgartown seafood restaurant has all the classics you crave on the menu. Their full lobster menu includes grilled lobster, boiled lobster, baked and stuffed lobster, a lobster sauté, and Lobster Newburg with sherry sauce over puff pastry. Other favorites on the menu include fresh sea scallops, cod, shrimp, and clams. If someone in your party isn’t in the mood for seafood, they also have a selection of steak, chicken, and lamb chops.

No matter where you decide to get your Edgartown seafood fix, choosing Sandpiper Rentals for your accommodation needs will make your time on Martha’s Vineyard memorable. We have amazing Edgartown rental homes that will be the perfect home-away-from-home while you enjoy all the island has to offer. Whether you want to stay Downtown or in the Katama area, we have the perfect rental for your needs.

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5 Top Vineyard Haven Restaurants

Amy Meredith / Vineyard Haven / Flickr
Amy Meredith / Vineyard Haven / Flickr

Vineyard Haven is home to many great restaurants that are favorites with the locals and others visiting Martha’s Vineyard. When staying on Martha’s Vineyard, make sure to try the many great restaurants in Vineyard Haven. There are many options in the area that include fresh seafood, delicious breakfast items and anything in-between. Take a look at the five top Vineyard Haven restaurants.

Copper Wok
This very popular restaurant is a great location to go for Chinese food. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., the Copper Wok has a large menu and features generous portions. There are several sushi options that are incredibly fresh and delicious. The Copper Wok features a friendly atmosphere and affordable prices which makes for a great meal out for lunch or dinner. Take out is always available if you want to eat at home.

Blue Canoe
Head to the Blue Canoe for a delicious meal with a great view and a great atmosphere. There is great indoor and outdoor seating that makes for a good lunch spot and a terrific dinner destination. Try the traditional clam chowder or the crab cake spring rolls as an appetizer. Fresh lobster and other great seafood are on the menu complete with classic staples like filet mignon and Cobb salad. This waterfront grill is a short walk from the ferry dock in Vineyard Haven and is a great spot to try.

Little House Café
Voted the “Best Lunch” on the Vineyard by the 2014 Martha’s Vineyard Magazine poll, the Little House Café is a cozy spot for coffee in the morning with fresh-baked goods to a scrumptious lunch or a fantastic dinner. Using high quality ingredients, the little House Café strives to make a unique and delicious meal. There are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available as well, making this a great spot to stop at anytime during the day.

Art Cliff Diner
The Art Cliff Diner is one of the most popular spots for a meal in Vineyard Haven. The food is always fresh and well-prepared. With delicious breakfast food, there are many creative options while the crepes and French toast are great selections. It’s a small and cozy spot so there can be a line to get in at times but the food is worth the stop!

Black Dog Tavern
The Black Dog Tavern has long provided great meals for the residents of Martha’s Vineyard. The restaurant overlooks the water so you can watch the ferry depart and arrive. Enjoy a cozy, relaxed and rustic atmosphere that has a menu with selections like roast chicken and grilled marinated steak tips. The Black Dog Tavern provides breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure to also head to the bakery and café which has take-out breakfast and lunch items.

Vineyard Haven has many great spots to stop for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When staying in Vineyard Haven or on Martha’s Vineyard, let Sandpiper Rentals help you find a terrific place to stay so you can enjoy the great restaurants that Vineyard Haven has to offer!

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!