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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: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Favourite tasting menu on Martha's Vineyard

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Vineyarder58
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Dublin, Ireland
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Dublin, Ireland
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW 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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Boulder, CO
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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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Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Had dinner at the bar on a Saturday night and it was great. We did the multi course tasting menu and enjoyed every bite. The Rib Eye was cooked perfectly and the Bread Pudding was fantastic. This wasn't my first meal at Detente and it won't be my last.

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Concord, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We had eaten at Detente in other years but not recently. (Reservations well ahead are a must in season.) We were seated outside which was nice on a summer evening. We will return next year during our week's vacation. Even had a rare experience. A firecracker dropped between us and the next table, thrown by kids from atop the roof.... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

Nevin Sq. location has no parking. Food is presented on the menu better than on the plate. Had the rib eye, black & blue, presented cut up on the plante, like for a child. For all that work, they left the grizzle for me to cut out so I suspect it was an inferior cut; rib eyes don't have grizzle,... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Ate here with long time friends as our one non-casual night over a long weekend. Had a reservation and were seated promptly. We chose an outdoor table since it was a nice evening and indoors it felt very chilly. Service was excellent throughout the evening with a local waitress offering thoughtful suggestions. Menu selections included the peach salad (rave reviews),... More 

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Needham, Massachusetts
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

Our recent visit to the restaurant was disappointing.We are not opposed to culinary experimentation but when tastes collide and local menu items are not up to top quality standards,covering it up with strange combinations of sides does not work.We ordered the ribeye steak and expected a tender and juicy portion but received a tough,tasteless steak sliced from grass fed low... More 

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Louisville
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The food was wonderful (especially the peach salad). As the evening progressed, our server got worse. It appeared she had a large table in another room. We ordered dessert and it seemed like forever until we received it. Other tables didn't seem to have this problem. Unfortunately, it ruined the evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We had an amazing night here! The service was friendly and attentive, and the food was exceptional. Its tucked away in Nevin Sq as a nice respite from the crowded streets of Edgartown with an outdoor patio and two floors of indoor dining and a bar. If you are looking to get away from the more typical seafood fare around... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

One of our favorite MV restaurants remains on the top of our list. Started with their special "peach" salad and tuna tartare. The ribeye with caramelized onion was delicious and the dense chocolate cake was a great finish. We will definitely come again.

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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: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic

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