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“Classic elegance without snobbiness”

The Terrace at The Charlotte Inn
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Ranked #4 of 69 Restaurants in Edgartown
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $28 - $60
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Main Street
Transit: MVTA Church Street / Downtown Edgartown
Reviewed July 13, 2013

Easiiy the most elegant, beaitfully furnished and formal dining in Edgartown. But the service was nonetheless welcoming and friendly even for us obviously out-of-place "up-island" rubes. (For those of you from the mainland, "up-island" is the downscale part of MV where we have landscapers rather than groundskeepers, and sometimes they even get dirt under their fingernails.) Before I discuss the food, I would note that the server made a mistake and forgot to pack our leftovers, and offered immediately to have the chef cook up a new dish for us, which blew us away. (We declined and suggested instead that perhaps a little amuse bouche on our next trip there would be just fine.)

The mushroom soup was perfect, as were the local scallops over pureed local root vegetables. My wife had the chicken dish, which was just a little dry not because the chicken itself was dry but because the chef overemphasized the visual presentation by slicing some of the (boneless and perfectly easy to slice) chicken in advance, and, chicken being chicken, some of the exposed surfaces dried out.

Before and/or after the meal, I might recommend a stroll around the grounds and inside the hotel. This is elegance at a level normally associated with Chatham or Nantucket, but is a rarity here on MV, despite all of our island's many other charms.

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1  Thank OOBonomist
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We stayed at the Charlotte Inn and decided to have one of our dinners at the Terrace at the Charlotte Inn for a special birthday. The setting is simply grand, antiques are everywhere but the real show stopper was the food. We both had the risotto for an entree and it was one of the best risottos that I have ever had. The Chef did an excellent job. Dessert was also fabulous. The service was great as was the wine selection. They are strict with the dress code and ask that gentlemen wear a jacket.

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Thank Kenneth N
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Chef has developed an incredible cocktail menu, carefully crafted with the best of ingredients. Such a signature of his. From his days in Tomasso now in an upscale dig on the Vineyard, he brings a seriously down to earth sophistication to the menu that is delightful without being stuffy. Pretentious without the alchemy of chemical gastronomy, Chef does not need to reach out to the kinds of nouveau chefs that play with all types of laboratory equipment to re-invent food. Nope. He relies on the freshness of local and organic products or the best of ingredients he can find, and prepares them simply and elegantly.

His royal trumped roasted mushroom soup was nirvana in a bowl - expertly prepared by his sous chef under his watch, this soup dujour was silky, sensual and elegant.

The owners of the Charlotte Inn are Victorian "stuff hoarders" and it gets to the point where its hard to think that people with real money live amidst so much "stuff" that can be overwhelming for the above average consumer looking to add some elegance to their meal. The restaurant has a dress code - no knits, no shorts, no jeans... Now back to the food...

Pricey but not overwhelming, you will get what you pay for, like his trio appetizer that skillfully pairs cheese, a meat and a surprise of the day for $16. Our selection included a smoked salmon mousse with red pepper coulis - ethereal. We also shared the roasted royal trumpet mushrooms - boy has chef evolved since the last time I had this dish of his... And I thought they were great before! The risotto dujour was a fig and blue cheese with aged balsamic. The most amazing thing about this dish wasn't that the risotto was perfect... it was the combination of delicate sweetness and salty that made for a different bite depending on what made it on the fork. Beautiful. His home made pasta... oh how I've missed thee!

Overall, wonderful meal, delivered in a very elegant and tranquil setting.... Expensive, maybe. Worth it? CERTAINLY!

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2  Thank Rita V
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

We ate there on June 1 which was a Saturday night. This is an incredibly beautiful and elegant restaurant. We have eaten at many of the best restaurants in New York and Chicago and Los Angeles and this is as good a fine dining restaurant as any place we have been.

The restaurant is quiet and they don't allow cell phones so you don't have to listen to some idiot talk on his phone while you eat. It is actually a very quiet restaurant which we like so you can have a nice conversation with your meal.

The food is exceptional. The prices are not cheap but if you are on a tight budget this place probably isn't for you..

All in all this is a very elegant and very classy and very exceptional restaurant.

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1  Thank Michael706
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

We have been coming to the Charlotte Inn for many years and have dined at all the restaurants that have had the privilege of being a part of that special experience the Inn offers. I have to say the The Terrace restaurant is one of the best. Chef Justin Melnick has created a menu of classic American cuisine that has something for every taste. He also makes it a point to come in to the restaurant to meet the diners, something chefs these days rarely do but should. So far we have tried everything on the menu, and not once disappointed. Our favorites include the Lobster Bisque that was creamy with large chunks of lobster and the Ribeye steak that was done perfectly as requested. The price points were surprisingly reasonable for Edgartown and that says a lot in a place where swordfish and steak can easily top $50 per plate. But on top the great food, the dining room at the Charlotte Inn is undoubtedly one of the prettiest and most unique on the entire Island -- filled with art and English antiques. Cannot say enough good things about this new gem in Edgartown's dining experience.

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