Waterside Market has long been known as a great spot to grab breakfast and lunch on Martha’s Vineyard. However, now you can stop by this Vineyard Haven restaurant on Main Street for dinner too.
The new chef, Bill Hart, joined Waterside Market in the off-season, and has been creating amazing food options, in addition to beloved favorites. You might recognize him from around the Island. He was the chef at the Black Dog Tavern for 13 years.
Being at Waterside has enabled him to really have fun and work with food combinations for dinners. The menu has something for everyone, from deviled eggs to short rib poutine to steak tacos to lobster mac and cheese.
And since owners Susan and Stephen have two little girls of their own, the kids menu has really good options, including house-made mac and cheese.
One of the best things about dinner at Waterside Market is dining outside, whether a table for two or eight, the space is sure to please. The vibe is cool and relaxed.
A large farmhouse table mixes with chic bistro tables adorned with candles, and great music playing, enhancing the feel. A great al fresco spot right in downtown Vineyard Haven.
Oh not beer my friend, but wine! Waterside has wines on tap. This is just about one of the coolest things ever. There’s less waste, it stays fresher, and boy, does it look cool. From Rosé to Pinot Noir, there is a wine for you.
I found it hard to decide what to get for apps and dinner. There were a number of appealing options. I love deviled eggs and steamed clams and tuna tartar, but my dinner dates wanted to try the Fried Brussel Sprouts with honey sriracha glaze.
A wise choice — the brussels were perfectly fried, and the spicy sweet combination was a crowd pleaser. We grew confident in the possibility of our dinners.
Really, there is something special about sharing a meal outdoors. There’s a bit of magic added to the evening, and I think it definitely makes people happier. Could be the Rosé too, but outside porch dining is a treat.
I selected the Blacked Wild Salmon with watermelon gazpacho over jasmine rice with wilted spinach. A beautiful dish, chocked full of all sorts of healthy stuff that tasted so good together. The blacked fish with the sweetness of the watermelon was so refreshing, a perfect Summer dish.
My husband got a burger, typical. However, the Firehouse Burger, topped with sriracha, ranch, spinach, bacon, tomato, and cheddar spoke to him, and he was more than happy with his choice.
Our friends opted for the Jerk Marinated Chicken Breast with corn polenta and wilted greens.
Dessert was a Strawberry Shortcake. A good way to end the meal. Strawberries, a housemade buttermilk biscuit, and fresh whipped cream had real appeal. Soon as it came out, I was barely able to get a picture. The kids dove right in and were loving it.
The kids’ menu has great choices, and to add to the fun, each kid’s meal is served with an adorable rubber ducky. Such a welcomed surprise that brought big smiles and a little more happiness, enabling us adults to enjoy our food a bit more.
For bigger kids, the burgers are great options. My daughter said Waterside’s burgers are one of the best around, and she’s pretty picky. The fries were a hit too.
The food is simple, approachable, the type of menu offerings you’d want to eat after a day at the beach or work or for date night. Premium burgers, tacos, and a healthy sprinkling of elevated dishes, many local ingredients that are healthy, yet satisfying, perfect to share or keep for yourself. There will be specials and changes to the menu often.
Waterside is currently serving dinner Friday and Saturday nights from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It will be available seven days a week come Summer. There are no reservations, but definitely go hungry and ready for a nice night.