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Detente Restaurant and Wine Bar

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$$$
American, Contemporary, Wine Bar
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Winter St, Nevins Square, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539
508-627-8810
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always a Vineyard favorite!

I go to the Vinyard every summer - have been doing so now for 37 years. And for the past several years, Detente is one place I ALWAYS go when there. I've never had anything but a truly great meal there, over the years. It's small, quiet so one can visit and not have to yell, and attracts... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
barclaybear
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Louisville
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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118 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Louisville
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I go to the Vinyard every summer - have been doing so now for 37 years. And for the past several years, Detente is one place I ALWAYS go when there. I've never had anything but a truly great meal there, over the years. It's small, quiet so one can visit and not have to yell, and attracts sophisticated diners... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Food and service are always good. You can see the chef Kevin doing his thing in the tiny kitchen and it always comes out well.

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London
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I sat at the bar for dinner one night. Even though it was off-season, Detente was totally booked, so I recommend reservations. The bar only seats a handful of folks, but was pleasant and the bartender took good care (most at the bar were eating as well). Their tuna tartare is one of the best dishes I had had in... More 

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Cambridge
Top Contributor
231 reviews 231 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We ate dinner at the bar and had a lovely meal. We shared their peach salad with truffle oil and cheese...superb! Their tuna tartar was good, but I like Alchemy's better. The rib eye was excellent with amazing truffle mashed potatos wrapped in a sort of crispy dough...out of this world....worth going to the restaurant just for these. Service was... More 

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Melville, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Well let's start off by saying I went here on my last night of vacation after reading the reviews and thinking well after visiting Atria, Chescas and the french restaurant how bad can this be since they were great? First thing I noticed was that they only hired locals which I actually liked but then I got GINA.....What can we... More 

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Berkeley, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We had a delicious scallop appetizer (and I am not a fan of scallops) and truly magical cauliflower (we ordered a second order). Oddly, we ordered drinks from the bar from the special bar menu, my husband ordered a Manhattan (the couple we were dining with had already had one Manhattan and proclaimed it worthy), the waiter could not explain... More 

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Brossard, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My wife and I took the Tasting Menu which consisted of a 6 service meal. Every service was just the right size, considering that there were six of them! Chef Kevin Crowell is a great technician and all his plates came out as a piece of art... And each one was very tasty. We were happy to taste his signature... More 

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Pittsburgh
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

The peach salad was fantastic and service was good. The menu is a little limited. I had the pork and it was good, but I would not order it again. My husband's fish was better. It's tucked away with some shops so you might not notice it walking by.

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MA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

A friend and I ate here on a Saturday evening; given the beautiful weather we opted to eat on the patio, which was lovely. The service is exceptionally strong and quite attentive. We had the roasted octopus to start; the flavors were bright and strong, and I highly recommend this. We also had the veal Milanese, which was tender and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Since last time I wrote a review of one of our beloved Vineyard restaurants, it became overrun and impossible to get into. Probably not due to our review, but just that word finally got out, as it surely will for Detente. Tucked away from Edgartown's busy Main Street, the food and service here rank in the top 5 in Edgartown,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Winter St, Nevins Square, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Martha's Vineyard  >  Edgartown
  • Phone Number: 508-627-8810

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Doing business, Special occasions

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