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“Your taste buds won't water”
Review of Alchemy

Alchemy
Ranked #17 of 66 Restaurants in Edgartown
Cuisines: American, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Alchemy Bistro & Bar, featuring Chef Brian Woods and his team, is open nightly from 5:30PM. Reservations are highly recommended and are best made by telephone.
New York
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Your taste buds won't water”
Reviewed August 15, 2010

Very loud, crowded and a place to be seen but we came for the "fine dining." We walked in without reservations and immediately got a table. The tables are so close together that the staff couldn't always get around to serve the plates onto the tables but had to hand them to the clients. First impressions count so let's start with the bread and butter - bread was a white, old, stale, baguette still cold from being refrigerated alongside the tasteless butter. It took a while for the waitress to take our order but then tuna tartar appetizer came very quickly and was good but definitely not the best we've ever enjoyed. The entree of halibut with peas did not meet the expectations of it's high price. The fish was seared delicately but required a lot more sauce or vinaigrette as it seemed dry and in my opinion was not complimented by the cold sliced potatoes. The portion was generous enough and the presentations lovely, but for seeing pleasure I would go to a museum not a restaurant. Dress code should be enforced as it ranged from shorts and flip flops to button down shirts and dress pants for men.

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CT
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222 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great food, but get a table away from the bar”
Reviewed August 5, 2010

We were a party of 8 so we made a reservation for 8:45 on Saturday. We arrived early to let the hostess know we would be outside waiting and we were told our table was ready. We were seated at the large 8 table to the right of the bar in the front right window. I thought oh no this will not be good, continued to sit knowing that we were prisoners to the night of the week and the time of the evening. Our server was absolutely lovely. She took our drink orders and made sure our 4 children were happy and had drinks and some bread to tide them over. It was very loud, but we dealt with it. Our food was so delicious. Try the matchstick zucchini with almonds and reggiano cheese. The crunch of the almonds with the zucchini is a great combo. The scallop entree with the corn succotash was fresh and colorful. Others in our group had the mushroom rubbed steak and apparently those who had the chicken said it was great. My husband always orders lamb and did so here and proclaimed it fabulous. Dessert was shared and we chose the lemon pudding cake with whipped cream and blueberries. All agreed it might be better hot, but was a great summer dessert. We sent the kids to the ice-cream store while we finished our wine and once our table emptied the bar crowd swarmed around us and against our chairs. Several elbowed my Dad with no apologies. We let it be know we were not please and some of the drinkers said sorry. It was getting a little claustrophobic so we left. Our server was very apologetic and told us that if we wanted to stay she would move the crowd from our table. We were ready to leave, but thought it very gracious of her to try to help us. Highly recommend this restaurant, but make a reservation and request 2nd floor or other side of room from bar.

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Boston
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Our favorite "better" restaurant”
Reviewed July 31, 2010

We have been going here for years. Food is excellent, fresh and a simple menu that they do well. Fried oysters are wonderful. We always meet someone fun and friendly at the downstairs bar. A little noisy but most restaurants are these days. Casual smart dress, not pretentious at all.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Excellent food, great staff they will...”
Reviewed June 26, 2010

Excellent food, great staff they will have a great summer if they stay this good. Not cheap but it's worth the price.

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Thank HughK1
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Miami Beach
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Surprisingly Terrible”
Reviewed September 1, 2009

I have been on the Island all summer and my boyfriend and I have tried to go to a different restaurant every Friday night . After loving Atria, Sweet Life Cafe, and Chescas we were really excited to go to Alchemy on Friday, August 21st. We had a late lunch so by the time we came to Alchemy it was around 9pm, the restaurant was pretty busy and the atmosphere was great.

Thirty minutes after being seated upstairs we haven't even gotten out waters. When the waiter ( an older gentleman ) finally came over to our table he took our drink orders and immediately walked away. It took another 20 minutes (literaly) for 1 beer and 1 glass of white wine and we had to signal a busser over ourselves to ask for some water and bread... which turned out to be a small plate with 4 stale mini left-over pieces of baguette and a piece of butter. At 10pm we finally placed our order .. a chef's specialy salad for around $18 to share and a couple more drinks.

When the salad arrived a few minutes later we were literaly SHOCKED. The waiter brought over a small tin bowl (think dog water dish) with a pile of dry iceburg lettuce. On top of the lettuce was a spoonfull of mashed potatoes with 3 potatoe chips sticking out the top. Has anyone else ordered this salad ? I am just amazed that this is actually a menu item, a chef special!

We took a couple bites of our salad and left immediately. Our waiter completely ignored us , the food was disgusting and overpriced, and I can safely say this is the first restuarant in the Vineyard that I have been COMPLETELY dissapointed by.

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Thank AnyaF
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