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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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  • 72
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  • 32
    Very good
  • 11
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  • 4
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Twice in one week!

This place is good...really good. My husband and I went and sat at the bar on a Friday night and had delicious and inventive cocktails and decided to split some appetizers. We had the squid and the duck and both were insanely tasty. Perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. We were fighting over... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Beth S
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Edgartown, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Edgartown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This place is good...really good. My husband and I went and sat at the bar on a Friday night and had delicious and inventive cocktails and decided to split some appetizers. We had the squid and the duck and both were insanely tasty. Perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. We were fighting over the last bite of squid. After our... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Based on a locals recommendation we went for drinks , appetizers and desert . Even though we were 3 adults dressed appropriately for fine dining and mannerly , our waitress seemed oddly put out by us from the beginning . After we calmed her down , we ordered . Normally grilled octopus would not be paired with small fried cheese... More 

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Stony Brook, New York
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Expensive, small portions, but perfect for an anniversary dinner. Enjoyed it. Cozy, special, food very good.

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New York City, New York
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Detente should be on the 'must go there' list when you visit Edgartown. The atmosphere is casual, the service super friendly and the food freshly prepared from local producers and very tasty. As starters we shared red beet salad and a plate of grill vegetables, the nightly special. Both very good. As for the mains we ordered a fish and... More 

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Louisville
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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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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
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Address: Winter St, Nevins Square, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539
Phone Number: 508-627-8810
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Martha's Vineyard  >  Edgartown
Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Wine Bar

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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, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business

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