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“Sunset Drinks” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fishbones

Fishbones
6 Circuit Ave EXT, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02557
(508) 696-8227
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Ranked #23 of 49 Restaurants in Oak Bluffs
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Trinidad
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Sunset Drinks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Four of us needed to kill a half hour waiting for a table at The Coop restaurant nearby, so walked along the harbour front until we came to Fishbones. We had a couple of drinks at their very practical four sided bar with seating,serviced by an incredably efficient female bartender who coped well with a large group of patrons. This section of Oak Bluffs is very crowded on summer evevings- you are fortunate if you find a parking space within half a mile but the "buzz" makes it worthwhile. Whilst we cannot comment on the food the we can recommend the bar .

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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English first
Agawam, Massachusetts
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226 reviews 226 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
“Waterview”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Waiting for the Ferry to return to the mainland, Fishbones was a great place to have a cocktail with a view of the harbor.

This location was perfect to watch for the Ferry docking and to people watch as the patio is on the path that is in front of all docked boats. The restaurant and bar were very busy and everyone was enjoying themselves. Other patrons were also waiting for the Ferry to dock. A nice place to spend our last minutes on the island before returning home.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Wilmington, Delaware
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153 reviews 153 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Better Options Than Here”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

While their location is convenient to the Ferry and the view is nice, our experience wasn't great. The service was very slow (and there were lots of empty tables), waitress wasn't attentive, and the food was just "okay". My experience on MV is that there are many other choices that would have been better, especially given the prices.

Visited July 2013
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New Hartford, Ct
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71 reviews 71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Lunch with a view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Had lunch here with friends and food and beverage were good, service was a bit slow, which was odd given we visited when they were not very busy. Regardless, sitting there, sipping on an adult beverage while we overlooked Oak Bluffs Harbor, hard to beat that. We all enjoyed our food, my only complaint is that my buffalo chicken fingers were served on "paper" in a plastic basket, not on a plate, and as I cut into them, sauce dripped through the basket and into my lap. I'll ask for a plate next time.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fishbones G, Owner at Fishbones, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you for your positive feedback. We apologize for the issue with the buffalo fingers. They are supposed to be served with side plates so there is no mess. We have alerted the staff and reminded them to use side plates in the future. Thanks.
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Waitstaff tried”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Definitely not an "upscale" restaurant like others mentioned. Ordered a stuffed lobster tail because did not want to crack lobster shells tonight; instead got a full lobster with the stuffing (mostly bread) on the side. Oh yeah, and it was cold in the middle. Staff offered a free beer for my troubles.

Just an ok restaurant

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Fishbones G, Owner at Fishbones, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
We apologize for your experience at Fishbones. We investigated what happened during your service and discovered that the kitchen staff had misread the ticket and prepared a steamed lobster rather than a baked stuffed lobster. The proper response would have been to get you the correct lobster, not send out stuffing. We have retrained our kitchen staff in the proper procedures to ensure it does not happen again. Thank you for your feedback, as you can see from our recent reviews we have completely revamped our kitchen staff, servers and procedures to ensure that we always have top quality service and staff. Thank you again for your response.
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