The Martha's Vineyard restaurants cater to a wide range of tastes and budgets. As you might expect in an upscale vacation destination, many of the island's eateries are fine dining establishments. As this is an island, fresh seafood is in especially good supply. If you're not a seafood fan, worry not, as there are plenty of good places to get a steak, pasta, or any other number of non-seafood dishes, though you just might convert yourself into a seafood enthusiast after just one meal. A lobster meal to go and a glass of champagne can be the perfect pairing for a sunset picnic on the island's beaches.
Most of the Martha's Vineyard restaurants are found in the down-island towns. These towns are livelier in general and include Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Vineyard Haven. The Edgartown restaurants specialize in a variety of cuisine, and since the town is relatively compact, you shouldn't have trouble getting around to them. American cuisine is highlighted at some, and this can cover any number of bases, and you can always consider visiting a brewpub or something the like. Edgartown is one of only two towns on the island where alcohol is served, and this alone helps to make it a popular place to dine.
If you want to have a variety of restaurants to choose from while visiting Martha's Vineyard, another good town to visit is Oak Bluffs. This down-island town north of Edgartown is home to eateries that specialize in Mexican, French, and American cuisine, and you won't have trouble tracking down some tempting seafood dishes. Some of the Oak Bluffs restaurants, as is true with other restaurants around the island, specialize in desserts, so you can always go straight to treats if that ends up being your ultimate preference. Mad Martha's ice cream is an institution in Martha's Vineyard, so you should consider giving it a try at least once during your vacation.
Another Martha's Vineyard destination that is home to a relatively abundant amount of eateries is Vineyard Haven, and since this is also where the main ferry terminal can be found, you might look to get something right after you get off the boat. You can indulge in international cuisine, French food, and American favorites in Vineyard Haven, or a visit to the bakery might be in order. You might also drop by the farmers' market at Tisbury Wharf. You can get farm fresh goods, the likes of which include cheeses and organic vegetables, and there are even dog treats on sale for those who are venturing over to the island with their four-legged friends. This farmers' market is open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from late June to late September.
Whether you get a taste for sushi, barbecue ribs, a bagel, or virtually anything else that you can imagine, there is likely a Martha's Vineyard restaurant that can accommodate. Since the island's restaurants are expensive on the whole, you might try to cut down on costs by securing a vacation rental or a hotel room that has kitchen facilities. Making your own meals here and there can save a considerable amount of money, and thanks to the island's farmers' markets, you can be a creative cook. Those who are planning a hotel stay will be happy to know that most of the hotels around the island include some kind of breakfast in their rates. This breakfast may be a full breakfast or a more basic continental affair. Either way, it can save you money on food costs, not to mention help you get energized for a full day of fun.
As a side note, many of the restaurants in Martha's Vineyard are dry, meaning that they don't serve alcohol. That being said, most that aren't licensed to serve alcohol allow people to bring their own. There might be a corkage fee if you bring your own bottle of wine, so you might keep that in mind.
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