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A couple enjoying dinner at a fine dining restaurant in Edgartown.

When choosing where to stay on your Martha’s Vineyard getaway, you want a hotel that’s centrally located while also providing a tranquil space to call home. You get exactly that at Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites. Our boutique hotel is ideal for anyone looking to escape everyday life for a while, including couples planning a trip for two. On your romantic getaway, enjoy date night at some of the best fine dining restaurants in Edgartown.

The 5 Best Upscale Restaurants Near Edgartown

Fine dining doesn’t have to be stuffy. This type of Martha’s Vineyard restaurant combines an upscale atmosphere with New England charm.

1. Found right at our Martha’s Vineyard hotel is Chesca’s Restaurant. Known for its great atmosphere and excellent service, the Edgartown restaurant is a convenient option for anyone looking to enjoy a date night. Browse the menu, and you’ll find a wide selection of dishes, from tasty starters to filling entrees. Be sure to leave room for dessert!

2. Try bistro fine dining at Détente. The cozy and modern seasonal spot in Nevin Square has been around since 2005. The husband and wife team work with local farmers and fishermen to create a menu centered around the freshest ingredients possible. 

3. Enjoy a taste of France in Edgartown at L’etoile Restaurant. Located in a restored whaling captain’s house, the restaurant is known for having a seasonally-driven menu featuring dishes made using as many native ingredients as possible. 

4. Atlantic Fish and Chop House, with both indoor and outdoor dining spaces, is known for cuisine that is both elegant and approachable. Sip on a glass of wine or a refreshing cocktail while creating your perfect three-course meal

5. Alchemy Bistro & Bar, found on Edgartown’s Main Street, has been a Martha’s Vineyard staple for two decades. Combining culinary styles from France, Italy, and Spain, the bistro has a dinner menu that appeals to a wide range of palates. 

In addition to the dining options listed above, we encourage you to try some of our other neighborhood favorites – Rockfish, The Port Hunter, The Wharf, The Covington, and The Seafood Shanty. Bon appetit!

Plan a Martha’s Vineyard Trip for Two

A guestroom at an Edgartown hotel near fine dining spots.

From spending a day exploring nearby Oak Bluffs to having an upscale dining date night, there is no shortage of things to do in Edgartown. Make the most out of your trip for two by booking your stay at Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites. Found in the heart of downtown, our hotel is the perfect home base.

After each adventure-filled day, rest up in the comfort of your luxurious yet cozy room. We offer a variety of lodging options, which means we can host groups of all budgets. Browse our accommodations online before booking your stay with the click of a button. If you have any questions about our hotel, its amenities, or ways to save, call 508-627-4711.

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Celebrate the Season | A Guide to Christmas in Edgartown

by Rick Conti

Some folks think Martha’s Vineyard rolls up its streets and byways some time after Columbus Day. The stores and restaurants batten down their hatches until Spring shines its vernal light on the island.

edgartown restaurant salmon entree
Seafood tops the menus at Martha’s Vineyard restaurants

To paraphrase Carnac the Magnificent, “Wrong again, barnacle breath!”

The Vineyard is a special place. Time has no bearing on that fact. There is no reason not to enjoy its varied graces in January as well as July. In many ways, it’s better in the off-season. When the Byrd’s sang in “Turn, Turn, Turn” about a “time of peace” in the 60’s (or when Pete Seeger wrote the song in the 50’s or when Solomon wrote the original words in the… way long time ago) they might have been (but weren’t) talking about MV in Winter. There is a still to soothe the soul and a calm to rejuvenate the body.

Plus, there are ample parking spaces at Sharky’s.

Since eating is a favorite activity on the island, let’s consider our options for eateries in the lower season.

At the aforementioned Sharky’s in Oak Bluffs or Edgartown, it’s Cinco de Mayo every day, no matter the season. If you are among the unfortunate ones who have never visited our south of the border friends, there’s already a whole post on it here: https://www.vineyardsquarehotel.com/2010/08/marthas-vineyard-has-greatest-place-to-eat-in-the-whole-wide-world/

The Wharf Pub in Edgartown is also a year-round hangout. It’s been there since, oh, about forever. Rumor has it that Thomas Mayhew (1593-1682) used to attend their Trivia Nights. (No one beat him in the history category.) It’s a family place with good food at good prices.

Espresso Love deserves its own post and will likely get one. Virtually everyone within 10 miles stops there for their morning java fix, regardless of the month. Beyond the beans, their sandwiches and pastries keep me coming back.

A new restaurant on Water street – a stone throw from the hotel – is making waves as a high-end joint that’s open year-round. 11 North features fare from chef Matt Stogryn. Stogryn has has created gastronomic happiness all over the country at Elisabeth Daniel in San Francisco, Tremont 647 in Boston, and on the Island at The Sweet Life Café in Oak Bluffs. Dishes feature a combination of organic meats and local veggies for a nicely varied menu that includes burgers, tuna tartare, and whole poussin.

For cold-weather ambiance, it’s hard to beat The Newes from America on a brisk night. Besides having one of the coolest names ever, this place seems to generate its own warmth. From the dark wood furnishings, to the fieldstone wall, to the etched glass, the place feels as warm and inviting as the British pubs it emulates. A massive and ever-changing selection of brews simply completes the picture. The fact that it’s only a few dozen steps from Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites makes it the perfect place to stroll to, no matter what Old Man Winter throws our way.

The only things missing in the off-season are the ice cream shops. For some reason, they all close down for the winter. You’ll just have to settle for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s from Cronig’s. You’ll survive.

There are, in fact, lots of restaurants open year-round on the Vineyard, but there’s more to do than just eat. Look for my post next month for some ideas.

 

Plan a Visit to the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival
Where to Get the Best Pizza on Martha’s Vineyard Near Edgartown
Explore Memorable Things to Do & See in West Tisbury
Spend a Day at the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest
See the Next Big Thing at a Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
A Guide on How to Get to Martha’s Vineyard
A Look at the History of Our Edgartown Hotel
Celebrate the Season | A Guide to Christmas in Edgartown