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The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn
The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn

The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.theterracemv.com
  • Phone: (508) 627-6227
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Nightly 5:30 - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Continental, Seafood
  • 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!

Getting there

  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "One of the most beautiful places to dine on the island. Sophisticated but not stuffy with a very friendly staff and great food."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "One 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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Beautiful 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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "My 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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Great ambience. Sauces on seafood were excellent. Be certain to try the sesame dinner roll."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This 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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "After almost 40 years of dining here sporatically, this restaurant is still one of the most exquisite dining experiences the Vineyard has to offer."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The attention to detail is fantastic. Nothing is out of place or over done."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Wonderful service and meal! Could not have had a better meal for our anniversary!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Having 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'."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We'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."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "Terrific night in every way. Great food, wonderful staff, lovely setting. Cannot wait to return!"
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Celebrated 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."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Loved decor - beautiful room and appointments! Sparodic service - loved nouvelle style - smaller adequate Portions !"
    Dined on 9/24/2013
  • "My 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!"
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "this 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."
    Dined on 9/16/2013
  • "Started 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!"
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "What 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!"
    Dined on 9/11/2013
  • "We 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!"
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "Overlooking 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."
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "Foie gras was perfect. Entire meal was wonderful - you even impressed our friends who have lived in Paris and enjoy gourmet dining."
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "a 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 inn"
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "The service was absolutely impeccable. And the food was almost as good. Lastly, it was so nice seeing male customers dress appropriately in a nice restaurant. The next night we dined at Atria, and many men were wearing shorts."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Decor and service were incredible, and food close behind."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "The restaurant is beautiful and reminds you of a southern inn. The food was outstanding and the service quiet but excellent."
    Dined on 8/19/2013
  • "Everything was lovely. Great menu, attentive service, beautiful ambiance, and even my favorite china pattern on the table. We definitely consider this a new favorite!"
    Dined on 8/5/2013
  • "If you want a romantic place with real New England charm, ambiance, and excellent service this is the place. Top staff and such a beautiful place."
    Dined on 8/1/2013
  • "My husband and I were on Martha's Vineyard and stayed at the Inn where the Terrace is located. We had a wonderful dinner. It was a beautiful evening and the food and ambience were outstanding. When we return to the Vineyard we will be sure to stay at the Inn and dine at the Terrace again."
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "A very nice, elegant, yet not too stuffy place. The food was wonderful, especially the desserts."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 22 anniversary recently at The Terrace. The staff is very attentive without being annoying. The ambience was great. The food was delicious. I had the scallops and my husband had the pork chops. He said they were the best he ever had (and this is something he frequently orders when we go out). My only complaint was that the beet salad had the equivalent of maybe 1/4 of 1 beet, on it (4 paper thin slices). The flavor of this salad was great, but disappointed in the amount of beet! Don't let this stop you from trying out The Terrace..."
    Dined on 7/27/2013