The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn
27 South Summer Street
Edgartown, MA 02539Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn
- Dining Style: Fine Dining
- Website: http://www.theterracemv.com/
- Phone: 5086276227x
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly 5:30 - 9:00 pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Seafood, Continental, American
- Executive Chef: Justin Melnick
- Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Entertainment: Visit MVOL.com for our holiday menus!
- Cross Street: Main Street
- Public Transit: MVTA Church Street / Downtown Edgartown
- Parking: Street Parking
- Parking Details: Parking available on public streets and in municipal lot diagonally across street. We gladly assist handicapped patrons with a side path entrance and private parking - please notify us in advance if possible in such circumstances.
A word from The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn
Some of New England’s most acclaimed cuisine is found at The Terrace at The Charlotte Inn. Classic American cuisine showcases many ingredients from Martha’s Vineyard’s own farms and seas, and its bounty of local gardens. The result is at once classic and contemporary. Sumptuous meals are presented amidst stunning surroundings. Whether it is by flickering candlelight in the glass-paned conservatory dining room, or beneath the stars on a terrace enclosed by ivy-covered lattice, there is no more romantic or elegant setting in which to enjoy an evening, be it a wonderful night out or for any special occasion. With the experience of having run the Relais & Chateaux hotel for over 40 years, The Charlotte Inn is delighted to now own and operate The Terrace. Executive Chef Justin Melnick has quickly established a dedicated following of regular guests, and is a must-try restaurant for anyone visiting Martha's Vineyard. The Terrace serves dinner to the public nightly in season.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
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The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 25, 2014
- Ambiance4.8Noise LevelQuiet
special occasion (38)romantic (35)fit for foodies (19)notable wine list (17)great for outdoor dining (16)neighborhood gem (15)scenic view (5)great for brunch (3)good for groups (1)great for lunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
- Atmosphere and food superbOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/12/2014This was among the most beautiful restaurants I have eaten it. Every inch of the place exudes charm. We had drinks in one room with a fireplace and, despite how busy they were, we were, for at least 45 minutes, the only people in the room. The drinks were outstanding, made with the finest ingredients. Our dining experience was just as good. Service was impeccable. Next time, I hope to stay at the inn as well as eat there.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- good, not greatOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/12/2014The restaurant tries to set a certain tone by requesting than men wear jackets. The service and ambiance certainly meet that expectation, but the food did not quite keep up. The bread was excellent, as was the special appetizer which included a bluefish pate. The onion soup was a little too sweet and needed salt. The beet salad was very good. The entrees, including grilled swordfish and a pasta were only average.
- Lovely dinnerArthurJacobVIPDined on 9/3/2014The chef was quite accommodating and modified one dish for us. Lovely spot for special occasions or vacations on MV.Special Features:
- Charming and SereneArthurJacobVIPDined on 9/1/2014Lovely service and atmosphere - appreciate the beautiful china and surroundings. The inn is a delightful sanctuary. A quibble: two dishes were not plated elegantly, a salad and a risotto - perhaps because it was Monday evening of Labor Day Weekend. I would recommend this restaurant. FYI: Albeit, not recommended for guests with young children. And the servers make wicked cocktails!Special Features:
- Not Quite Up To SnuffBobSVIPDined on 8/30/2014I read that The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn was one of the best restaurants on Martha's Vineyard. I don't agree. Here are my problems with it: 1) Parking was a real hassle. I'm used to either having parking available or having valet. Neither applied. 2) The food was OK, but I don't think it was worth the price. 3) The wine list was thin in the medium priced category, and the lesser wines were overpriced. I saw no values of any kind. I don't mind paying a lot for a bottle of wine, but don't charge three times the retail-that's stealing.Special Features:
- Nice for an old follks homegottaeatVIPDined on 8/28/2014The room was lovely, the service was very nice. The food was fine, but in no way exceptional, a bit 'chintzy and precious rather than delicious. The twice micro-waved bagel quarters presented as if 'fresh-baked-bread' might be the best example - -not what you'd expect when your going for the top of the line.Special Features:
- Best restaurant on the VineyardgoodeatersandcookersVIPDined on 8/28/2014Outstanding food, as good as the best we have eaten in Boston or New York. Fresh, modern recipes. Striped bass and home made pasta were as fine as they could be. Onion soup was sweet with rich herbs and not fatty. The berry sauce accompanying the pan seared foie gras made a memorably dish with no bitterness often associated with liver. The hazelnut ice cream was a rich as could be. The garden setting is wonderful and the staff outstanding. Our server had a master's degree in education and was attentive as could be, even when we asked for ingredient lists and wanted to learn how they made the food so good. The Charlotte Inn is a magnificent structure finely appointed with beautiful furniture.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding diningWine2dineDined on 8/26/2014We thoroughly enjoyed dining at The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn in Edgartown. The wine list offered an excellent selection of wines for all price ranges including a few real gems. The chef's smoked bluefish pate and honeyed pancetta were amazing starters and the French Onion Soup should not be missed. The wait staff provided attentive, sterling service without ever feeling pushy or cloying. An old world atmosphere of plush sourroundings gave one the experience of slipping back in time to a relaxed and privileged dining environment. Our scallop and lamb entrees were simply outstanding. The best thing about leaving The Terrace was knowing we would make a point of returning.Special Features:
- One of the BestJenniferVIPDined on 8/23/2014One of the most beautiful places to dine on the island. Sophisticated but not stuffy with a very friendly staff and great food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Worthy of an anniversary dinnermb248Dined on 8/16/2014The food, atmosphere, and service were worthy of any special occasion. The swordfish was cooked to perfection, and the chef's selection of hors d'oeuvres were fantastic. We hope to return to the Charlotte Inn again on our next trip to Edgartown.Special Features:
- Fine dining in spectacular settingGreatfulEatsVIPDined on 8/15/2014The Charlotte Inn Is the most beautiful hotel in one of the most beautiful resort towns in New England. The restaurant is equally breathtaking. As formal and elegant as a 19th century estate but with the charm of a New England seaside cottage. The attention to detail from the decor, to the China and crystal, the floral arrangements, the impeccable service and the beautifully presented gourmet food - the Terrace at The Charlotte Inn offers a level of quality that is rare these days. We went for lunch and it was a great way to experience the level of luxury that is provided by a Relais & Chateaux at a fraction of the price.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- RomanticPersnickety1dinerDined on 8/8/2014One of the nicest restaurants on the Vineyard. Its elegant with a fabulous ambiance. Must dress to match the setting. Great for an evening to dress up and celebrate something very special in your life or to have a great grown up dinner with your spouse, good friends, grown up children, or a sophisticated get together.Special Features:
- A Special RestaurantJPdinerDined on 8/5/2014Beautiful decor. Comfortable restaurant with excellent food & atmosphere. Staff always polite, professional & attentive. A great restaurant for a special occasion or a romantic dinner. Have never been disappointed with the food or service. The finest restaurant on the Vineyard for decor & one of the best for food & service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great dining experience!CherylDined on 7/28/2014We went there for our 30th wedding anniversary and found it to be a true gem! Could not recommend it more highly for a special occasion or fine dining experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sweet Breeze in EdgartownBrunchLadyVIPDined on 7/25/2014My aunt and I visited the Terrace at the Charlotte Inn for the first time; though we have been visiting the Island for years. This place s a charm The wait staff were very knowledgeable of the menu and how the food was prepared. The wine list was exhaustive so there is something for everyone. We had the special for the evening which was a wild caught sea bass of some kind. It was prepared to perfection as it melted in your mouth. I had Au gratin potatoes that the chef kindly substituted for me (instead of couscous). There was a nice selection of breads to choose from and all were tasty; yes, I tried them all. I plan to go back again before we leave the island and will add it to my list of all time favorite spots on the Island.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic find!!!OliveoilDined on 7/24/2014We were concerned that The Terrace was going to be a "stuffy" restaurant because they informed us that jackets are recommended, but not required, for gentlemen. My husband never brings a jacket to MV! He was dressed appropriately in linen slacks and a long sleeve shirt. I think they want to avoid the shorts and tee shirt crowd. Fortunately, our first impression didn't color our experience. The food was outstanding! I highly recommend the foie gras. We both enjoyed the striped bass for dinner, caught locally. Service was impeccable...but not intrusive. We will be back at The Terrace next year when we return to Martha's Vineyard.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ChicoDined on 7/22/2014Great ambience. Sauces on seafood were excellent. Be certain to try the sesame dinner roll.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Overall, disappointing experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/19/2014The setting was very nice, with fine antiques and upscale furnishings in a very attractive dining room. However, the food was mediocre and the service was poor. The college student waiter was well meaning, but inexperienced and not knowledgeable about the menu. While we were advised repeatedly that jackets for men were strongly recommended, my husband and only one other man in the restaurant were wearing jackets, with all the rest in shirt sleeves. The jacket rule should not be urged on the phone while making reservations if it is not going to be enforced.
- best on Martha's VineyardPersnickety1dinerDined on 7/14/2014This is a must go to restaurant at the 5 star Charlotte Inn. Had not dined here in a while and the restaurant has changed hands a few times over the years. Was totally pleased with The Terrace. The chef is fabulous. The wine list runs from under $50 to over 1K...something for everyone. You just can't beat the ambiance. Loved our dinner. Everything was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. Its an oasis on the Vineyard. if your celebrating something special, if your wanting to go somewhere on the island where you can put on your pearls, if you have a special friend you want to take to a memorable step above place...this is absolutely it. So glad we came...celebrated our 35 wedding anniversary.Special Features:
- Outstanding Island diningOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 7/8/2014The Charlotte Inn is amazing, so it's wonderful that this excellent restaurant finds its home there. Th menu has a wide selection with a very reasonable price range. The staff are attentive, yet not over bearing. There is no place on the Island that compares in terms of ambience, quality of food and beverage, and caliber of wait staff. The dress code is strict, however it's nice to look around and see everyone in attire appropriate for fine dining. The policy of no cell phones is also great. Guests were actually engaged in one another rather than texting, or worse, talking on their phones.Special Features:
- Special Family DinnerNoNameSelectedDined on 7/8/2014We took our family here for our last night on the Vineyard. A lovely setting and fabulous food. Highly recommended. Staff in particular was excellent and very friendly to our grade-school-age children.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Still SpecialCTGalVIPDined on 6/26/2014After almost 40 years of dining here sporatically, this restaurant is still one of the most exquisite dining experiences the Vineyard has to offer.I would recommend this to a friend.
- J&SOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 6/20/2014We had a wonderful dinner at the Terrace. The staff works as a team always timely in meeting your needs, never obtrusive. The food was prepared to perfection. I had the lobster and my wife had the scallop special. We dine a lot at the many fine restaurants in Charleston SC and the Terrace was as good or better than the best of these. We sat outside on a pleasant summer night and that was great but with the windows and views of their gardens the setting is romantic from any table.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful old world charm.OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/12/2014The attention to detail is fantastic. Nothing is out of place or over done.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- hoagieDined on 6/1/2014Wonderful service and meal! Could not have had a better meal for our anniversary!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 30 reviews are from the The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn reviews archive.
- Winter on the VineyardOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 3/1/2014The venue at this restaurant continues to be outstanding, but not so the food. The chef comes out and talks to you, but the seasoning and general taste are simply not up to the prices. Martha's Vineyard is hardly the place to go for fine dining. The Terrace is one of the reasons why.
- Disappointing mealKeenDined on 10/25/2013Having booked the Charlotte Inn as a treat for ourselves we were so disappointed to find what can only be described as very ordinary food that we could cook at home but better! The room is just beautiful, warm and welcoming filled with beautiful antique furniture a real country hotel in good taste. However the food was a far cry from what we remembered and what is more interesting is that apart from our charming waiter nobody seemed to care- we were told by the owner or manager that she hoped the rest of our evening was better! Won't be going back and will tell our friends to avoid until the establishment 'wakes up'.Special Features:
- A Memorable Evening-Wonderful PlacechasDined on 10/23/2013We've been to this restaurant several times over the years, but this visit was our first since the Charlotte Inn's newest chef was in attendance. Every aspect of the evening was enjoyable, from the greeting upon our arrival, to the conversation with staff as we left...and everything in between. Impeccable service...very good food, lovely surroundings. A perfect choice for a special evening. Pricey for sure, but worth treating yourself, especially if you're celebrating something special.Special Features:
- Wonderful evening !dixieDined on 10/20/2013Terrific night in every way. Great food, wonderful staff, lovely setting. Cannot wait to return!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The best on the islandDelish1VIPDined on 10/12/2013We finally got around to trying The Terrace this past weekend for my birthday celebration. Although they have been open a year it took us awhile to get there. What was I waiting for?! We absolutely loved our dining experience in every way! The decor is magical, our table was in a private corner which we asked for, the Manhattan cocktails were out of this world and the food was delish! Our waiter was content to let us sip our cocktail without rushing us. Gary and Paula know how to do things top notch and The Terrance is no exception. Your hard work paying attention to details does not go unnoticed. Thank you for a gem of a restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- None other than top notch serviceCathyDined on 9/28/2013Celebrated a special birthday on a weekend trip to the vineyard. Made sure to book the best restaurants for this and on the birthday night the Terrace at the Charlotte Inn was the highlight of the weekend. Service as top notch. Of course the food was excellent but the presentation and the attention to details and the process made me feel so special.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Elegant dining RomanceMinnieDined on 9/24/2013Loved decor - beautiful room and appointments! Sparodic service - loved nouvelle style - smaller adequate Portions !Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The Finest Dining In EdgartownJbauerprodDined on 9/17/2013My wife and I visited Martha's Vineyard for the first time over the week, and we decided on The Terrace for the dinner of our 6th year wedding anniversary. The atmosphere immediately impresses you, as you step through the richest and sophisticated of rooms before being seated. Our reservation was for 8pm on a weekday, so it wasn't very busy - which was extra nice since it remained quiet and romantic. The waiters took allowed us to enjoy our every minute there, never being pesky but always very accommodating. The food was excellent, we tried the lobster and avocado salad which I can't recommend enough and both our steaks were cooked perfectly and tasted wonderfully. I only wish we saved room for desert! If we do return to MV, we'll be back!Special Features:
- my birthday celebrationGrandmasandyDined on 9/16/2013this restaurant was one of the best restaurants i have ever been too. from the hiotess to the waitress everything was excellent. i have never had pasta like this before. so delicious. what a great find. i would highly recommend it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful food and eveningkokaneVIPDined on 9/12/2013Started with drinks in the green room. (Beautiful wood and ambiance). Moved to the dining room. Menu provides a wide selection of choices as does the wine list. Great service.. And food. Could not ask for a better evening!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Old World RomanceBrettGiannaDined on 9/11/2013What can I say about the Terrace, other than that it was sublime in every way? The dining room is breathtaking, the food is beautifully presented and perfectly prepared... the whole experience was lovely. The service was very good as well, but we were there just past the high season on the Vineyard so I presume they may have been training some newer staff, as it was the only thing I would not have rated impeccable. Overall though we certainly had no real complaints. The price tag is also incredibly fair when you consider a similar meal in Manhattan would be double or even three times as much. If you are in Edgartown, or really anywhere on the Vineyard, make a reservation and treat yourself to a meal here, you won't be disappointed!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Charming Inn and romantic ambienceParis0908Dined on 9/6/2013We chose the Terrace to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary and were very happy with our choice. The wait staff were very attentive, the restaurant itself was lovely, and the food was delicious. I had the swordfish filet which was excellent, and my husband had the scallops. We shared the chef's nightly appetizer plate, and that was delicious too. The wine selection was good, and overall, we thought it was a very classy place. It's nice that there is a dress code!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Simply beautifulRichDined on 9/5/2013Overlooking the gardens of The Charlotte Inn, the Terrace is an oasis of style and charm. The menu is a collection of imaginative takes on local cuisine and artisanal ingredients. Everything was prepared exactly as ordered and tasted simply delicious. We look forward to the next visit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Beautiful place with excellent foodOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/29/2013Foie gras was perfect. Entire meal was wonderful - you even impressed our friends who have lived in Paris and enjoy gourmet dining.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- truly the best on martha's vineyardOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 8/25/2013a beautiful setting with five star food. the outside area is lovely and the inside is the best of victorian. men, wear a jacket. the hostess will gladly supply you with one if you forget. portions are surprisingly large. my next trip will include a return to the innSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.