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“LONG OVERDUE DINNER AT SWEET LIFE” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sweet Life

Sweet Life
Ranked #13 of 52 Restaurants in Oak Bluffs
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $65
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Cape Cod, MA
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193 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“LONG OVERDUE DINNER AT SWEET LIFE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014

We had tried to have dinner at Sweet Life Cafe many times, but were never able to get a table because it is so popular. Last night, a Sunday night and Father's Day, we finally got a table and it was also Restaurant Week on Martha's Vineyard, so they had a special $45 three-course menu, as well.

The restaurant is very charming, set in French Second Empire style house on Circuit Avenue at the end of the strip. We arrived a half hour early but were cheerfully accommodated. Fortunately, we had the private dining room (the one where President and Mrs. Obama dine whenever they eat here) all to ourselves. We were offered an outdoor table but the inside was far more elegant, simple and beautiful, with stark walls and chandeliers (and a little too loud music; personally I would have preferred some light orchestral music to the rock-y/folks-y music that was playing).

Our waiter, Ari, was charming and efficient. We opted to dine off the a la carte menu since neither of us eat dessert, so we thought the portion size might be larger on the a la carte menu and we were hungry. He had great knowledge of the menu and preparation, which really helped us make our selections.

The first offered us an amouse bouche of Gruyere Cheese ball deep fried and savory. Then I had the North Tabor Farm Greens, which were so fresh, it tasted like sunshine. The salad was served with cukes, grapes, pickled onion, kalamata olives, feta, crispy chick peas and lemon-thyme vin. It was fabulous ... perfectly dressed and seemingly endless. My spouse had the hand-rolled Garganelli pasta in a pea puree served with snap peas, bread crumbs, parsley and botarga which was magnificent! Then, for the entree, I had the Beef Tenderloin served with smoky potato and three delightful onion rings. My spouse had the Pan-Seared Halibut with grilled corn risotto, salsa verde and tomato conserva. This, too, was absolutel perfection.

Ari, continually stopped back to check on us and was affable and a lot of fun.The young woman who was the hostess was lovely, cheery and she also stopped back to check on us, see we had water and everything else we needed.

After practically sopping up our plates, we decided we were sated and asked for a cup of coffee. Ari insisted on brewing a fresh cup and I am so glad he did. The coffee was one of the richest, smoothes cups I have ever had.

Only because it was a Sunday night could we ever have enjoyed our dinner in such serenity without a single soul in sight or earshot.

We absolutely loved our dinner and are only sorry we waited so long to try Sweet Life Cafe. We will be back!

  • Visited June 2014
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orange ct
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“detail and relaxing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

food was excellent and located across from the Oak Bluffs Inn which made the choice easy. The food was excellent and was served in a relaxed atmosphere. We understand it is Obama's favorite place to dine.

Visited June 2014
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Detroit, Michigan
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“AMAZING COORDINATION FOR SPECIAL EVENTS!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

I'm an event planner and have never visited MV. My client had invited 6 of her friends to the Vineyard for a long weekend to celebrate her 50th Birthday with her. They were looking for a special place to have dinner on their final night. I found Sweet Life on the internet and coordinated over the phone with Alex, the Manager, for a memorable dinner. My clients just returned home and RAVED about the food, the ambiance and the experience in general. The restaurant made the birthday girl feel like a queen. I will DEFINITELY use them again!!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dayton Ohio
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137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Put them on your short list”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

Sweet Life Cafe has converted a grand old home on Circuit Ave. in Oak Bluffs into a fine restaurant with a terrific yard for outdoor seating. This is a casually elegant upscale restaurant with no-nonsense service, as starched and intensely proper as any you’ve seen. The food reflects the same focus on excellence, beautifully prepared and served, a real treat for the palate.

You will need reservations. As we waited for our table to be prepared, a group of high-maintenance beautiful people, clearly accustomed to the pleasures of great wealth, pushed past us to confront the maître d’. He gracefully deflected them and led us to our table. We overheard the rest, as the maître d’ calmly explained that the restaurant was sold out for the night, terribly sorry, please call ahead for reservations. Smooth as silk. That’s the kind of place Sweet Life is.

I ordered seared tuna, rare. When it arrived at the table, it was clearly overdone, so I opted to send it back. The maître d’ saw me not eating and flagged our waitress. We were suddenly surrounded by wait staff who snatched away the plate and table setting, falling all over themselves: yes that’s clearly NOT rare, we’ll get it fixed immediately, so sorry. In just a few minutes, I had a new meal, amid another volley of apologies, perfectly cooked, absolutely delicious. A flawless recovery from an error. That’s the kind of place Sweet Life is.

If you’re looking for a fine dining experience on the Vineyard, this should be on your short list. Dress well, bring the high-limit credit card, and for gosh sakes, make a reservation.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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“Dinner at Sweet Life Cafe: "Sweet!!!"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

When we first came to the Vineyard many years ago, this restaurant was among our favorites. But, after a few underwhelming and disapointing meals here in recent years, we "dropped" Sweet Life from our annual Vineyard rotation. Having heard about the new owners and read the recent reviews, we "gave it a whirl" again in August with some first-time-on-island friends. We were all delighted. The ambience "under the stars" was lovely. The menu was innovative and attractive. While the prices are high, they are not out of line with other upscale MV restaurants, and the service, ambience and food quality contributed to an enjoyable and memorable evening. Our appetizers and entrees proved to be delicious, and our waitress was terrific. Moreover, she was a really "good sport" when our teenagers passed up what looked like a fabulous array of desserts to "get ice cream from Ben and Bill's." We will definately return (and order desserts next time!!), and so will our friends. Glad that the Sweet Life is back on par with our original, extremely favorable, memories.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank NYCTraveller4
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