We are mystified by most of the earlier reviews of this restaurant. This is an excellent restaurant with a great atmosphere and not out of line with the prices of other excellent restaurants on Martha's Vineyard such as the Chilmark Tavern, State Road and Sweet Life Cafe. We live in NYC and have been to many restaurants there with about the same level of quality and price. We ate there on August 22nd. I have the menu in front of me. There are 5 entrees whose prices are $36, $38, $37, $65 for 2, $70 for 2. So the prices described by earlier reviewers seem wrong or at least out of date. We had 5 appetizers as suggested by a reviewer, sun&sea lover. Of those, 3 were superb, equal to the best: the grilled flatbreads with lentils and smoked bluefish, potted duck and beef with shaved radishes, cabbage and kohlrabi. The combination of superb ingredients, surprising flavors and textures speak to the inventiveness of the chef. And the greens with lemon and parmesan was delicious though not quite as interesting. These were good sized and none cost more than $18. The tuna crudo and lobster tail were good but not outstanding. The chocolate tart was wondrous--very fresh, not too sweet and again a nice combination of textures and flavors with excellent pastry. The chocolate plate was good, with nice toasted almonds but the chunks of Mast Brothers chocolate, though delicious, seemed a bit hard--and in any case one wants more in a dessert than the ingredients for a dessert.
The setting is gorgeous especially if you have a table near the windows. You see the sunset over Menemsha beach. The atmosphere is "country inn" with brown paper on the tables, shelves of books and a cute napkin idea: in the form of traditional dishtowels. We loved the feel of the place. Lively but not too noisy. Waitstaff charming. attentive and knowledgeable. As with sun&sea lover we left happy.
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