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“for the young people, for drinking, not for dining, loud and unimpressive”
Review of Lookout Tavern

Lookout Tavern
Ranked #3 of 53 Restaurants in Oak Bluffs
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Called Lookout Tavern for a reason, the establishment has one of THE best water views on Martha's Vineyard! Overlooking the Nantucket Sound, the Lookout Tavern caters to both sea and land lovers alike. Known for it's amazing sushi, raw bar and seafood, Lookout also offers diners great sandwiches and burgers.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“for the young people, for drinking, not for dining, loud and unimpressive”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

It is newly renovated for 2012 summer. quite expansive, BUT, it is a sport bar feel with tall bar tables, with chairs with no backs.
The crowds at the end of May, 2012 are quite down-to-earth guys in their 20s, slightly out of shape, and very loud. But not obnoxiously. All tabled are occupied but hardly anyone was eating at around 7-8pm.

The meals are all sushis on one half of the menu, and the other shows fried appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and nothing on the serious dinner plate choices at around $11-15. Very inexpensive.

The portions are quite big. However, although they are fresh looking, the taste is unimpressive, in my friend's term. For me, just lame-No flavor whatsoever. Considering the setting, prices, and the food quality, and how they are served, I guess this place is for the young who would like to have a good time without feeling the pressure of ordering expensive meals or drinks.

If you are over 30+ and sit there to eat at night, not for a drink, and you will definitely want to find a corner. And, the waitresses do not pay attention to the dinner guests but for the drinking patrons.

My major complaints are
1. they never have a designated sit-down area.So, for me, it is a sports bar trying to attract the tourist with tavern menu. not that smart tactic, but whatever works to collect the tourist money, I guess.

2. There are young local males, who feel very comfortable, and scream loudly bext to the dinner guests, watching ESTN on TVs. And, the manager has no control of them. And, it was very much compromised situations, while many other guest would raise their eyebrows.

3. they use plastic cups, utensils, and plates, Too much waste comes out at the end of the day - very irresponsible, and This plastic everything is not a good way to showcase Eco Tourism on MV, not nice to the locals or for protecting the wildlife. This is why I drop their rating to 2 stars, otherwise 2.5 stars for my dinner experience.

  • Visited May 2012
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Don't Waste Your Money On The Food”
Reviewed July 15, 2011

We ate here the first day on MV, not knowing any better. The food was a little worse than typical bar food and very pricey compared to the rest of our meals. If you want to have a drink and look at the water this is the place, but eat before you go. 1 soda, 2 beers, a shrimp platter and buffalo fingers was close to fifty bucks. There are better places to eat that will cost alot less and have better quality food.

  • Visited July 2011
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1 Thank Kane091
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
216 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Great Sea Food and Beer by the Ferry”
Reviewed July 13, 2011

We have been going to the Vineyard for 4 years for summer vacation and have been stopping at The Lookout Taver for 3 of them. My wife loves the Lobster Rolls and can't wait to get to the Tavern once we arrive on the Vineyard. Never been disappointed. They also have a great selection of beers and the sushi is also excellent.

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank TomM_Milw
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