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Detente Restaurant and Wine Bar

Winter St, Nevins Square, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539
508-627-8810
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Ranked #7 of 48 restaurants in Edgartown
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Chilmark, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We read the reviews and were expecting really good food and we were disappointed. The fish was not local, how silly of them, and tasted of butter but no good fish taste. I always like a restaurant that cooks better than I do, but I have to say that my friends and I cook much tastier fish.

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New Preston, Connecticut, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We have been going to Detente for years as it has always been on our short list of favorite restaurants on Martha's Vineyard The food has always been fresh, interestingly prepared, with excellent presentation.They have consistently provided a terrific dining experience. I especially love the tuna tartar and the sea scallops. My only complaint in the past was that the... More

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Millburn, NJ
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We went to Détente for dinner last night and the evening was uneven at best and disappointing in several ways. The service was crisp and attentive however was a bit assertive. Taking it down a notch might provide for a more relaxed atmosphere. For appetizers we had the tuna tartare and the peach arugula salad. Starting on a high note,... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

The menu looked good, but didn't taste as god as it looked. The service was great and thy were very accommodating with our 10 and 13 year old children, but the food was just ok. We were expecting it to be great given other reviews.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Had a wonderful dinner at Detente with my husband and friends to celebrate my birthday. We all had the tasting menu which was superb. After such a lovely dinner, I was shocked when I was asked to leave the table so they could set if for the next guests. We had actually spent much less time enjoying the seven courses... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

My sister and I went here for dinner on the first of our two nights in Edgartown. The seared sea scallops appetizer (with raisin purée, fried cauliflower, and braised peanuts) was a standout -- probably one of the best apps I've had anywhere, ever. The scallops were fork-tender, and the rather unusual combination of ingredients worked perfectly. My only quibble... More

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NY
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83 reviews 83 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I thought L'Etoile couldn't be beat, but this was even better overall. The salads (especially the peach/arugula) were to die for, not to mention the side of fried cauliflower with peanuts - out of this world. Since they were out of monkfish I had the sea bass which was off the charts and tried my friends' scallops which were excellent... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Our favorite place and had another great time and meal this trip. Love it! Everything that comes out of that kitchen is delicious. Love those little raviolis with the fluke. The great staff always makes it perfect.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Detente was the best restaurant on all of Martha's Vineyard. Everything we tasted was fresh and cooked with impeccable accuracy and flavor. L'Etoile was good, but this was a step above. The peach taleggio and white truffle salad was really amazing and the mussel agnolotti (clear broth with coriander and jalapeño) was incredible. The brownie and the shortcake was worth... More

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Rhode Island
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We loved the flavors in the grilled squid appetizer. Main course monkfish was also very good. Service and ambience were wonderful. Seated on the patio. All around great experience.

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