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“Lucky stumble” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Sidecar Cafe & Bar - CLOSED

The Sidecar Cafe & Bar
16 Kennebec Ave, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02557
508-693-6261
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Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Hartford, Connecticut
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Lucky stumble”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

We were walking through downtown Oak Bluffs in search of some place for dinner and passed the Sidecar Cafe & Bar. I'd read some reviews on Trip Advisor before we left for vacation, so the name stuck in my mind and we decided to give it a try. We were seated right away. The place has a gastro pub-like atmosphere. Our server was pleasant and efficient, though a little aloof. You must request the tap water. You get to keep the bottle at your able for refills. Be sure to check out the bottle label. We'd eaten a late lunch and were not greatly hungry. We chose to share an appetizer and entree. We had the Curd and the Cured, which included 2 excellent cheeses -- one from Italy -- pickled vegetable relish, chicken liver pate, pureed garlic, and toast points. It's a big plate with small servings. It was plenty for us -- just a taste of this and a taste of that. We also enjoyed one of their fish specials that night. It was bass with baby carrots and pea puree. It was a little on the salty side, but otherwise eclectic and delicious. We also had dessert -- The Sidecar Bar, which was basically a gourmet candy bar with peanut butter, chocolate and caramel candy bottom.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Derby, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Really lovely place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2011

We are veggie , and its sometimes hard to get food of this quality on your travels . We had a great meal , with nice wine and liquers . would highly recommend .

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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anywhere for a good meal
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“Superb...again, our 3rd trip and many more to come”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

A great little bistro restaurant and bar, local farm influence, superbly creative meals served in a relaxed, funky atmosphere. No reservations..get there early....order from the daily special board for the freshest foods. Service was excellent, cocktails were ample, prices are more than reasonable, especially in comparison to the other restaurants on the Vineyard. We like this place a lot....tough to imagine anyone would be disappointed.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Our new favorite!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2011

My husband and I like to eat. We've eaten at many restaurants on MV and agree that Side Car Cafe is the BEST! The food is delicious, fresh, flavorful, well thought out (nightly, inventive specials) and the atmosphere is comfortable and very friendly. Hours are 5:30 pm to around 10pm 7 days a week during the summer. Located on Kennebeck Ave (just a few blocks from the ferries) this place is a MUST for anyone seeking a really good meal. There's lots of dining choices on the island. Many restaurants seem to offer the same kinds of foods. Side Car Cafe offers a wonderful eating experience. The menu is inventive and does not dissapoint. I'm glad we stopped here. We went back a few times, leaving full and happy each time. Too bad they're not open for lunch!

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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21 restaurant reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Highly reccomended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

Inventive menu, casual atmosphere and some outside dining. They try to use local ingredients. We started with mussels in a wonderful broth (which they modified for me to remove the meat), I had scallops on carrot risotto with mushroom salad and my husband had pork tenderloin on polenta with fava beans and greens. Everything was yummy. There is a nice selection of wines by the glass and beer. [We sent another couple we meet at our B&B here and they told us they loved it as well. They sat at the bar and had the veggie burgers].

Visited July 2011
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