While many visitors know Martha’s Vineyard food through its more seasonal options, such as warm apple fritters from Back Door Donuts, fresh lobster rolls from The Lookout, and stuffed quahogs or “stuffies” from Menemsha Fish Market, there were some incredible restaurants open in the winter that are ready to delight your palate. We’ve consulted with our knowledgeable agents (that not only know the real estate market on-Island but also know how to make the most of Martha’s Vineyard any time of year!) and we’ve put together a list of the top ten restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard to cozy up to this winter.
Here we’ve shared a bit about each of these Martha’s Vineyard year-round restaurants below, for your dining pleasure whenever you’re able to make it to the Island to savor their mouthwatering options.
Top Ten Restaurants On Martha’s Vineyard To Cozy Up To This Winter – Alchemy in Edgartown
A classic, fine-dining restaurant in the heart of Edgartown, Alchemy is a favorite of ours year-round, but even more so on cold winter nights when the culinary team creates outstanding winter specials that are sure to satisfy. Using a combination of culinary styles from Italy, France, and Spain, along with a focus on seasonal local ingredients, Alchemy delivers on not only delicious food but incredible ambiance as well. If you like Alchemy in the summer, you’re going to love it in the winter! Re-opening on February 9th.
Top Ten Restaurants On Martha’s Vineyard To Cozy Up To This Winter – State Road in West Tisbury
During the winter season on Martha’s Vineyard, State Road is synonymous with two words: Burger Night! A contemporary tavern located in the agricultural town of West Tisbury, with its lush gardens in the summer, State Road turns inward during the colder season to serve the locals and travelers looking to warm up after a short winter day. Burger Nights on Mondays bring everyone from all corners of the Island to the restaurant, for a delicious menu of burgers and burger-inspired treats, including Lamb Burgers, North Shore Roast Beef Sandwiches, and more! The other nights of the week, enjoy their chef-driven menu that surely will have you coming back for more, and in the warmer months be sure to check out their sister restaurant Beach Road in Vineyard Haven.
Top Ten Restaurants On Martha’s Vineyard To Cozy Up To This Winter – Little House Cafe in Vineyard Haven
If you’re looking for simple, home-inspired cooking with fresh ingredients, friendly service, and the warm feeling of home, look no further than Little House Cafe in Vineyard Haven. Most people think of Little House as a place to grab a baked good for breakfast or their popular falafel for lunch, but we adore stopping in for an early winter dinner, where we can cozy up to a savory pork pappardelle pasta or red curry chicken kebabs over rice, on our way to the MV Film Center for a movie night. Little House truly is a taste of home – if your home kitchen was staffed by a professional cook, that is!
Top Ten Restaurants On Martha’s Vineyard To Cozy Up To This Winter – Salvatore’s Ristorante in Vineyard Haven
Grab a seat at the bar or reserve a table at Salvatore’s Ristorante, the Island’s popular Italian restaurant open all year long (and probably its best). It’s a celebration of authentic Italian food and great hospitality, and once you get settled in you won’t want to leave. Sample their imported Italian meats, snack on their fresh burrata, and indulge in one of their homemade pastas, while you sip a glass of Chianti and reflect on your perfect day on Martha’s Vineyard. As they say at Salvatore’s “Chi mangia bene, vive bene,” translated to “He who eats well, lives well.” We’ll raise a glass to that!
Top Ten Restaurants On Martha’s Vineyard To Cozy Up To This Winter – Offshore Ale in Oak Bluffs
Want to cozy up with an ice-cold beer? Offshore Ale’s award-winning brews are on tap year-round and their bar is a staple for locals. Dining with the family? Grab a booth and pick from their extensive menu. Be sure to try one of their beloved wood-fired pizzas, it might just be the best pizza on Martha’s Vineyard. Meal time at Offshore Ale is even more enticing in the winter months, as they offer Two-for-One dining specials on Monday Nights, ongoing live music, and regular Dine to Donate events that support various nonprofit organizations on Martha’s Vineyard so you can eat well while doing good.
Top Ten Restaurants On Martha’s Vineyard To Cozy Up To This Winter – Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven
You can find three Black Dog eateries in Vineyard Haven, and Black Dog Tavern on the waterfront is our go-to for dinner with a view, and their famed baked goods mean we always leave room for dessert. Their Beach Road Extension location is our favorite because there’s nothing more New Englander to do than watch the ferries come and go while spooning into a warm cup of their classic quahog chowder and crispy croutons. Plus they’re open year-round for breakfast, including Sundays, which can be a rarity around here.
Top Ten Restaurants On Martha’s Vineyard To Cozy Up To This Winter – MV Chowder Company in Oak Bluffs
Take a ride to Oak Bluffs to dine at Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company or “ChoCo” as the locals call it. Known for its award-winning, gluten-free, and bacon-free chowder, it also is home to a wide variety of other incredible dishes. The bar is a great one to grab a seat at and enjoy a cold beer and an order of their Arancini, or head to one of their welcoming tables for a full dinner through all the courses. Their lobster roll is one of the most popular ones on-Island, so make sure to order one if you’re in the mood!
Top Ten Restaurants On Martha’s Vineyard To Cozy Up To This Winter – Sweet Life Cafe in Oak Bluffs
A New American, seasonally inspired restaurant that is chef-owned and a favorite of ours is The Sweet Life in Oak Bluffs. Open for both dinner during the week and brunch on Sundays, The Sweet Life is truly a magical spot. Not only is the food outstanding, but their cocktails are carefully crafted to showcase the season, and their wine list is expertly curated, from small vineyards around the world that are making pristine wines. Chef Hal and his wife Erin, who runs the front of the house, truly are a power couple in the culinary world on Martha’s Vineyard, not to mention as hospitable as they come.
Top Ten Restaurants On Martha’s Vineyard To Cozy Up To This Winter – Rockfish in Edgartown
Newly acquired by the Santoro Hospitality Group (owners of The Net Result and The Lookout), Rockfish is an Edgartown staple during the winter. Stop in to grab a drink with one of their knowledgeable bartenders across two expansive bars, or grab a seat overlooking North Water Street, and indulge in chef-elevated comfort food. Open for lunch and dinner now seven days a week, it’s truly a fantastic way to support local dining whenever the craving calls.
Top Ten Restaurants On Martha’s Vineyard To Cozy Up To This Winter – Town MV in Edgartown
Located on Upper Main Street in Edgartown, Town MV is the go-to bar for many locals of all different industries, so if you’re wanting to meet the local Islanders, make sure to grab a drink and some bites from their scratch-made comfort food menu. Don’t miss their fried pickles and freshly made sushi plus Tuesday night trivia! With so much to offer, there’s always a reason to head to Town!
Please note that some of our restaurants close for short winter breaks, so be sure to contact the restaurant directly for current hours and offerings. For a comprehensive list of Martha’s Vineyard restaurants check out the Martha’s Vineyard Dining Sourcebook, which denotes all of the year-round restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard.