The Beach Plum
The Beach Plum

The Beach Plum

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.beachplumrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5086459454x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open seven days a week for dinner, starting a 5:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Fischer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact The Beach Plum directly for additional information on hosting a Private Party.
  • Private Party Contact: Brandon O'Connor 5086459454x
  • Special Events: The Beach Plum Restaurant hosts private dining, events, meetings and retreats. Gatherings of up to 180 people are welcome.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Road
  • Public Transit: Vineyard Transit Authority public buses travel directly past the Inn daily along North Road with regularly scheduled stops at the Menemsha Public Beach and Chilmark Community Center
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from The Beach Plum
The Beach Plum Restaurant is located in the small fishing village of Menemsha on the island of Martha's Vineyard with a view of the Elizabeth Islands. Chef Chris Fischer also runs his family farm, Beetlebung Farm, less than a mile up the road. Together, with a team of curious and dexterous cooks, farmers and staff thoughtful, healthy food is produced.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Beach Plum reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
60% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (75)great for outdoor dining (58)romantic (43)fit for foodies (40)special occasion (39)good for groups (18)neighborhood gem (16)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Beach Plum is the plum find of MV!
    Elisasf
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Absolutely delicious farm to table fresh, innovative, beautifully presented food. Lovely low-key atmosphere, impeccable service. Such notables as The Obamas and local resident Larry David (dining with Ray Allen) can be seen mingling with a mix of visitors and regulars. Definitely was my best meal this trip against heavy competition from State Road, Outermost Inn and Lambert's Cive which are all First class spots, too!!,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of potential
    sings
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Clearly a talented chef. The menu needs to be more "friendly". Among the five offerings were a chicken for 4 people, bluefish for 3, rabbit for 2, and two fish dishes for single potions. That doesn't give diners enough choice. They should offer a half chicken for one person and bring down that $120 price! It was a bit skimpy for four people, but it was delicious -- probably better cut into eight pieces so everyone could have light and dark meat. MV is all about the fish, so there should be more options for diners who want different things. Butter cake with blueberries and dark chocolate was wonderful and interesting; the second night, they used white chocolate, which was way too sweet and not at all interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Different Than Previous Experiences
    JLS1VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    For the last several years, we have viewed the Beach Plum Inn as our favorite restaurant on MV. Schlepping to Menemsha for the great food and the unbelievable views was well worth it to us. No longer. On our visit last week, we liked the new decor and the food was terrific, but the menu (entree) selections were severely limited and very narrow. Fish, fish, fish, fish, rabbit and roasted chicken for two or four. Please...! This suggests a lack of consideration for the educated palates which visit the restaurant, a lack of creativity and a certain hubris. We won't be schlepping there next year. There are too many other good alternatives nearby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place, busy August 2013
    WilliamsVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    The food, location and ambiance is wonderful. After POTUS' visit, it may have been in greater demand. The service was slow for the evening yet we had good company and a sunset to enjoy. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very loud. Not sure if it's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Very loud. Not sure if it's due to the new table configuration, but we could barely hear our server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Local Food, Bad Service
    GhellzVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    When we arrived at the restaurant on-time for our reservation, they had no record of us having booked through OpenTable. After making us sit to the side for over 10 minutes, we were finally seated in a relatively empty main dining room. I do not know what took them so long! Additionally, the server never told us the daily specials which we very possible may have wanted to order. As for the food, I have absolutely no complaints as it was some of the most delicious local food I've eaten on the Vineyard. The pig head terrine appetizer, local fluke entree, and blueberry cake dessert were simply out-of-this-world! All this being said, the food was SO good that I will go back, I just hope that for this price, I can better service next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    lucy
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Farm to table left something to be desired in the skill department. Very basic uninteresting fare, and very over priced, and I am from Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    JenniferVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    I hadn't been in a number of years and was disappointed that the restaurant had changed so much. The hotesses didn't seem to have their act together- we arrived for our 7PM reservation and were told there would be a bit of a wait unless we wanted to sit at the "communal table". We said we'd just wait. 40 minutes go by, we go to check on our table and are told by another hostess that our reservation was for the communal table- not what we were originally told! They said they couldn't tell us how much longer of a wait it would be...then magically 5 minutes later our table was ready. Menu was limited, they ran out of the one entree that sounded good...with so many other outstanding restuarants on the island I probably won't be going back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, although some
    AmosB
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Great service, although some of the dishes were better than others. My bass was terrific, and I loved the beans, but one in our party was quite disappointed with the fluke. Everything was very fresh, and the overall experience was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off the charts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    It has always been a special place and with the addition of Chris Fischer and his inspired cuisine and hands on approach it has become ethereal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beach Plum Dinner 8/14/13
    JPdiner
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    The service was very good, our waiter Roman was attentive. There was a choice of only 4 entree's on the menu. A chicken for 4 at $120. Fluke for $38 or $60 for 2 people. Black Sea Bass for $42 & a lobster dish. We started with the mussel appetizer for $20 which was delicious. We selected the whole Fluke for 2. Presentation was poor. No sides or bread offered. We brought a bottle of vintage champagne & discovered they do not have champagne glasses. Jars are used in place of glasses for water. There are no longer table cloths & rustic wooded tables are now used. There is a long wooden table in the center of the dining room that seats approx. 20 people. Diners of 2 were seated sporadically along this table. We are seasonal residents.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    The Beach Plum food was outstanding - we had the heirloom tomato salad, the lobster crostini and the fluke with salad. All dishes were incredibly yummy. I don't mind paying higher prices when the product is this good! We took two desserts back to our cottage. However, it was a bit chilly to sit outside, and the service was a bit slow. Again, not a big issue because we could then savor the view (and the sunset) and eat at leisure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food, Fantastic Service
    FutureIslanders
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    Food was the best we had during our stay in Martha's Vineyard. As this is a farm to table restaurant, mentioning the specific dishes would not be apropos. Our server however was very familiar with the menu we had and made recommendations for our entire party and everyone was happy, no ecstatic. The setting is gorgeous and the decor was quaint. Going forward, it will always be in our plans when on the island. One caveat that I did not see in the other reviews. It is BYOB, so make sure you bring is you do partake. (learned from the helpful maitre d' that outside of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown, the island is dry. More experienced visitors probably know this but this was our first experience dining outside those areas).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit self-conscious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    I've been going to the Beach Plum for years. It's a "must go" on the Vineyard. I love the new vibe - un-stuffy, friendly, casual. The food is inventive but you should pre-check the menu to ensure there's something you want. Our group was shocked at the $120 roast chicken (for 3 or 4 people)! Really? $30-40 per serving and you all have to agree to have chicken? My salad was amazing but my lamb pasta entree was only ok. Two of us ordered the chocolate/hazelnut/honey dessert. I knew what it would be but my dining partner was really surprised when it arrived, thinking "it would be a cake or a tort or something sort of normal." All a bit self-conscious, we thought. We'll go back but not before checking the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I/We will not return
    jmarple1
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    The Beach Plum is a lovely spot. Unfortuantely the farm to table fad is not recommended. The service horrid. We had to put our own wine into the common ice bucket to chill. The server obviously forgot we were there.
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  • Roast Goat was fantastic
    HHellerVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    Fortunately we were with friends willing to share the goat. It was really good. Only problem was virtual lack of dessert as dessert chef took vacation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Missed that it was BYOB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    The food was excellent and we had a perfect view from our table of the stunning sunset. My only disappointment was that we somehow missed the fact this was a byob! Seemed to be Mostly locals... I checked the website as well as our open table reservation and saw nothing that said byob. Regardless, we had a wonderful meal. All very fresh and prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We liked the new decor and
    hcorah
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    We liked the new decor and of course, the location is one of the best on the island. We did find that the menu was very limited. We would not go again before calling to ask what is on the menu that evening. It is possible that some people would not have liked any of the entrees the night that we were there. There was one vegetarian, two fish dishes & one meat dish, and a rather unusual one at that.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited menu
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    Beautiful location and wonderful fresh menu of simply prepared ingredients, but a relatively limited selection that made it a challenge to please the three generations at our table. A good place for adventurous foodies. As a group of marginally adventurous diners we did ok, but would have a hard time getting my mother and daughter to return with me. Also I wish I had noticed the BYOB reminders from other reviews. Service was very nice and the location is beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Inconsistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    Entrees were the highlight - lobster and whole fluke. Salads were plain and, in my case, the produce used was too green (Tomato Celebration). The menu lacked description and our server was unable to provide good info. Cheeses were too strong and similar. A restaurant who serves a $120 chicken (shared) should automatically put bread on the table without us having to ask. Service was very slow and inattentive. Too bad we won't go back - but the view and the entrees don't provide enough incentive when compared to the rest of our experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sorry to say...
    antiquetravlerVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    It's a short season 90 days at best, so we gave it a try. It was overpriced ( really expensive), unimaginative, cold atmosphere with no bus help.. The appetizers were on the table when the mains came. They forgot one of the apps.The rabbit for two which was good was enough for one. The most disappointing was the lobster that was mushy, overcooked for $40.00! Enough said. Go elsewhere.
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  • Gorgeous and gourmet
    Snooks
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    Beach Plum Restaurant makes eating seriously satisfying. We had healthy fresh ingredients combined in cool ways. tastes like new cuisine as in the next 'nouveau'. Fluke and striped bass were amazing. Mussels went around the table and we had to order more. Pork belly tasted like a delicacy. It's a lively scene without excessive noise. Outside on all sides is beautiful nature. Go before sunset if you can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Susan
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    We have been coming with others to the Beach Plum for more than 20 years, and previously raved about the food, service (and view). This year was a huge disappointment. Menu was too limited -- 4 entrees (two fish, one veggie and one meat). WIth only one meat entree, if only one diner wanted it, $90 was too expensive. We split the small whole chicken between two people. It was good, but nothing special, and still too expensive for two people. Please bring back the old Beach Plum! We will check again, but won't be returning if the menu format doesn't change.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have dined there for the past
    EnjoyEatingt
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    Have dined there for the past 10 years and always looked forward to it until this year. The menu changed to "farm fresh to table". Gone were the white table linens and traditional menu that made it such a special place for my family. It may be fine for first timers to the restaurant but when you're comparing it to what was, it misses the mark. Please return to your roots!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply Didn't Live Up To The Hype
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Not the innovative fare we'd hoped for. It's a lovely place, wonderful view, clean and fresh surroundings..but the fare was commonplace and the prices were on the heavy side. BYOB is your only option..and still the corkage fee so many hate, is in place.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, elegant presentation.
    ARK1
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Great food, elegant presentation. Dry town so byob? Nice outdoor seating available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice view...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Went to Beach Plum for dinner on last day of our vacation. Ambiance pleasant, view great. Service was slow and server not attentive. Food was just ok and was overpriced in our opinion. Water and wine glasses not filled when empty. We finally refilled them ourselves. The evening's "special" whole chicken was good, but not great, and only found out the cost ($120) upon paying the bill at the end of the meal. $120 seems steep for one chicken, even if shared. I had the mussels-- which themselves were good, but the white wine sauce was flavorless-- tasted only like salt water. Would recommend the restaurant, but just for the view, at sunset.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    boston
    Dined on 7/22/2013
    We had a delicious meal from begining to end. The atmosphere and views are amazing. This restaraunt is not to be missed when on Martha's Vineyard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food in idyllic setting!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    I just happened across a review of Beach Plum on my way to MV and was so excited to get a table for Saturday night. We had no idea how gorgeous the view would be over Menemsha Harbor- this only added to the delicious dinner and warm service. Want to stay closer (or there!) next time! We had amazing lobster bruschetta, razor clams, and a superb roast chicken!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT This Time
    marjoVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    We have been to this restaurant many times in the past. We came for at least 3 anniversaries and other times and ALWAYS had a great meal and a great time. This place can have a really Great Saturday Night Dinner Crowd or A Wedding - but unfortunately NOT BOTH AT THE SAME TIME! They were having a wedding Saturday night and the Kitchen/Staff just can not handle a large Saturday night crowd and a Wedding on the same night. Our food was not even close to previous visits and service was no where close to normal. Our waiter said they were talking about the closing the restaurant that night - they should have!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Fresh, Sit Outside
    MVfoody
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    We sat outside so the view was unmatched by anything on the Island. The food was delicious and super fresh but it was under seasoned. Salt, pepper and some Island herbs would have been great. If you are a purist, then this is the place. Desserts, however, were insanely good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    We have enjoyed this restaurant many times in past years. Unfortunately this year we found that the menu selections have become very limited and not well rounded at the same time as the prices increased dramatically. Had the food been outstanding in any way we would not have objected to the prices, but it was not. We won't return.
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    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An awkward evening
    Montague
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    Staff needs training in poise and charm Felt more like eating than dining Awkward and not dressed for service Where is the management Not inexpensive and hope for a more warm and friendly dinner Staff should go on field trip to other island restaurants Food is good, tasteful but service not at same level
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Bill
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    Celebrated 10th wedding anniversary. Good food from carefully thought out menu. Unbeatable views. BYOB.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring wine!
    BlackdogdcVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    The town is dry and the restaurant can only serve a glass of red or white wine with your meal. So bring your own!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst restaurant I have had
    MargoVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Uncomfortable seating arrangement as we were placed at a group - we had to request seating for three ( while a nearby table for 3 went unused. That could happen but the silly menu and the bad food was inexcusable I had a very oily pork a d chicken hash, too greasy to finish. Another guest had a dried up piece of fluke. We decided not to get the ! $75 whole blue fish or the "special" some kind of fish head. An appetizer of cheese was presented with no bread, but we got 3 small pieces when we asked Bill was ! $200 for three and we brought our own wine.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    Food,service,view,decor - couldn't have asked for a better experience - outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed
    Paco
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    This was a return trip to the restaurant. It is a tradition for us to try many places in the island. After 15 years, we are on the reruns. This really was a differe t experience the first time. Noise is high, wait staff is very young, and the food was strange. I had a meatball entree that was $33, I kept expecting something special about it, Buffalo meat or made with a different part of the cow. It wasn't any different, and it wasn't that good. The best food came from the farmers market that morning.
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  • Lovely setting, delicious food
    westburbs
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    This is a beautiful setting, and the tables have a rustic funky informal feel. It was refreshing to just have water poured without the usual question of what kind you would prefer. We had only main courses, and all were carefully and deliciously prepared, meats perfectly cooked, with novel and delectable combinations of ingredients that were surprising and pleasing. The new chef is fantastic. Bring your own wine, as it's a dry town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BP Inn
    rinamasa
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    The setting was beautiful!!! The main courses were inconsistent and below par. The appetizer and desert were very good. The service was very disappointing. We would be wiling to go back purely for the setting and hope for the best
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet