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“Tasty!”

Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company
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Ranked #4 of 52 Restaurants in Oak Bluffs
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: BEST CHOWDER IN NEW ENGLAND FROM YANKEE MAGAZINE, BEST CHOWDER 2015 from CAPE & ISLANDS MAGAZINE, MV MAGAZINE and winner of the 2015 MV CHOWDER CONTEST!! - Copper and mahogany grace our nautically chic dining room creating a casual-fine dining atmosphere. Fresh, local when available seafood, pasture raised steaks, all-natural chicken, craft cocktails, 15 beers on tap and of course the best award winning chowder in the country are waiting for your visit to our beautiful island. Play a game in our 5000 Sq Ft 21+ game room 'LoFT' upstairs (Which features 6 pool tables, darts, foosball, Shuffleboard tables, ping pong, full bar, jukebox & more) or entertain yourself in our large, comfortable bar and enjoy an authentic Martha's Vineyard experience while being catered to by the most attentive staff in New England. Welcome to the Martha's VIneyard Chowder Company!
Edison, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Tasty!”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

The pan seared chicken breast is one of the best dishes my wife and I have ever had for something so simple--the plum sauce was amazing. The sirloin was also wonderfully seasoned with a delicious marinade and perfectly cooked to my direction of "on the rare side of medium rare." Really, really enjoyed the food here!

Visited October 2013
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Annapolis, Maryland, United States
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Well-prepared, overpriced food.”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

There are no failures here, and I can really only blame the lack of value on why I wouldn't go back. The service was friendly and attentive (if a bit up-selly). The food was well prepared and very tasty. The chowder had excellent flavor, but was far too watery (gluten free takes the blame - but I'm thinking there are non-gluteny thickeners, no?). The entrees were good, but not daring. Well cooked and seasoned, but at the high end of even the MV price spectrum. A glass of house sangria rings in at $10. Same as the martinis. The proscuitto-wrapped cod was good, but nothing amazing. I wanted a light meal, but adding a scoop of lobster salad to a pricey base salad (who's flavors didn't mesh) resulted in a $30 weird dinner salad option. Yeah - you can do WAY better for the money.

  • Visited October 2013
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SharkOwner, Owner at Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Hi there and thank you for what we consider in general a very nice review. We feel that our menu that features fresh and local-when-possible seafood, natural chicken, grass fed steaks and extremely high quality, award winning cuisine is actually quite affordable for a casual fine dining establishment. The bulk of our entrees range from $22-$29, our salads are around $10 and in the off season we also have a bar menu that features many dinner items at $12 and under. We are consider mid to low-mid range pricing for fine dining establishments on Martha's Vineyard and we thank you for giving us a try. Our sister restaurant, Sharky's Cantina of Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, features 50 menu items under $10 and next trip we hope you give us a shot over there as well...the food is fantastic and served in a much more casual setting. Thank you! -JB
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Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The oysters were amazing”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

The oysters were amazing the chowder was okay to soupy for my taste I prefer a thick clam chowder. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the area.

Visited September 2013
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Watervliet
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“They boast the best chowder on the Island -- I disagree”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

I went here with high hopes. They appeared to have a number of people dining there, which is usually a good sign. We went there for lunch. Had a cup of chowder, and shared a lobster roll with my husband. The chowder was really just all right. Nothing special, and definitely not the best chowder on the Island. The lobster roll, also, was just all right. Nothing special. And for a lunch with a shared main course, it was pretty pricey. I would not return

Visited September 2013
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SharkOwner, Owner at Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Hi there- We actually personally never boast best chower on island, others like Yankees Magazine have named us Best Chowder in New England 2013, MV Magazine and Cape & Island's Magazine readers awarded us Best Chowder on MV and the Patch.com readers awarded us Best Chowder as well. We try to satisfy 100% of the people trying our chowder and we work diligently to provide a fresh made local chowder that has no flour, no butter, no oil and is gluten free that pleases tens of thousands of diners a year, and we are very sorry you were not one of them. Thank you for giving us a try. JB
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Nashville, Tennessee
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fabulous restaurant”
Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

This is a great place to enjoy a nice dinner. The service was fantastic, the managers were visible and very involved in the operations, the food was fresh and wonderfully prepared and the atmosphere was equally as nice. I would highly recommend it. Hey have wonderful specials in addition to their standing menu. They also have the best bread and olive oil/balsamic dipping sauce.

  • Visited September 2013
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