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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Reliable Edgartown dining

Detente is small, so calling for reservations is important. As with everything in downtown Edgartown, parking can be difficult. They are worth a visit, as the food is always well prepared, with an interesting variety.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
DJ_Shirley
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Edgartown, Massachusetts
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Edgartown, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Detente is small, so calling for reservations is important. As with everything in downtown Edgartown, parking can be difficult. They are worth a visit, as the food is always well prepared, with an interesting variety.

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Thank DJ_Shirley
Haddonfield, New Jersey
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

My husband and I went to Détente restaurant in Edgartown the middle of October. The restaurant is small and cozy. We ordered the Caesar Salad with Fried Veal which was an unusual combination, but quite delicious. For the entrée, I had a Breast of Duck, and my husband had the Monk Fish, Both were wonderful, For dessert, we split a... More 

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Thank Jannie T
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Superb food always and good service. However the setup, with the entrance, bar and service area crossing paths creates a rather chaotic service. Sit outside on a lovely patio

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Thank Wesparent
Toronto
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196 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

We were looking at Sweet Life Cafe which was closed for the season. The chef called us back and told us to try their sister restaurant, Detente. So glad we did and ventured to that side of the island for dinner. The Rack of Lamb was cooked to perfection and I would order it again and again. Absolutely delicious!

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Thank tedb548
Cambridge
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269 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

One of my favorite restaurants on the Vineyard. Run by a chef and his wife, the restaurant is lovely and has a nice outdoor garden. The food is totally outstanding. Everything is superb, especially the peach salad. Service is friendly and professional. Highly recommended.

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Thank Andrea S
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Very good food and nice staff. Light and healthy tasting food and creative. Very nice portions..not too much.

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Thank 352beths
Vero beach florida
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is a small restaurant that packs a big wallop. You don't expect it to be so elegant with such a wonderful menu because it doesn't look like much from the outside but don't be fooled. It's really fabulous. The food is excellent and so is the service.I had the best salad with peaches and a tart orange dressing and... More 

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Thank Itabita
London, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Tucked away in a mini-mall off Winter Street in downtown Edgartown, you find a place with minimal decor where food is the important thing. The menu is relatively short because they want to do what they serve you right and they do. There is originality, for instance the appetiser of parpadelle with duck confit or the salad mixing peaches with... More 

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Thank Alexandra S
Dublin, Ireland
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

Detente is and has been one of our favourites for years. It didn't disappoint this year either. It has a five course teasing me I that can be paired with wines that is well worth it. I think it may be the only high end restaurant on the Vineuard that offers a tasting menu. The halibut is fantastic. As is... More 

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Thank Vineyarder58
Boulder, CO
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Cool spot, interesting dishes, but came up weak in too many ways. Started off with a delicious Pilsner from a Mass. micro brewery, but it was served in a warm glass. The apps that had received such great reviews were interesting, but not mouth watering. My scallops were perfectly prepared, but a very small serving and the accompanying bed of... 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, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?