Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company

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$30 and under
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Seafood
BEST CHOWDER IN NEW ENGLAND - FULL FISH HOUSE MENU!! - Copper and mahogany grace our nautically chic dining room creating a casual-fine dining atmosphere. Fresh, local when available seafood, pasture raised steaks, all-natural chicken, craft cocktails, 15 beers on tap and of course the best award winning chowder in the country are waiting for your visit to our beautiful island. Play a game in our 5000 Sq Ft 21+ game room "LoFT' upstairs (Which features 6 pool tables, darts, foosball, Shuffleboard tables, full bar & more) or entertain yourself in our large, comfortable bar and enjoy an authentic Martha's Vineyard experience while being catered to by the most attentive staff in New England. Welcome to the Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company! If parties are going to be more than 5 minutes late in July and August and do not call to let us know there is a chance we will need to give your table away and you'll be next in line. Thanks!
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best clam chowder and lobster roll I have ever had

DF
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Clam chowder was very, very good. Would go again. The lobster roll was just okay. It was all claw meat. But the chowder made the visit worth it. I would come back just for that.

AR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chowder was absolutely amazing, bang bang shrimp appetizer was the highlight of night. My wife and I loved the food but felt it was expensive for what we received.

Anthony & CJ

JD
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good, as usual, but the problem with this establishment is that they overbook on a regular basis, so an Open Table doesn't mean much except that you might get a slightly better priority on the wait list. Don't expect to be seated at the time you reserve. But once you are eventually seated, the experience is a good one.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a close to the harbor and used the $25 certificate for lunch. Huge amount of fries!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal I have had all week. The tuna poke was flavorful and delicious. The scallops were cooked to perfection. Our friends were extremely satisfied with the food as well. Service was attentive and so nice. Thank you for a wonderful meal.

JK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice, high quality food. Not a large extensive menu however, but it hits the basics. A bit overpriced, but I guess typical of MV

F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was exceptional!
Food was delicious!
Very flexible changing our reservation.

m
New York Area
221 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Wow - the food was so bad! One of the worst lobster rolls I've ever had - a lot of little bits of lobster, almost flavorless. The fries were good. Chowder was so-so. Martha's Vineyard is really a puzzle. The farmers' market is great, with wonderful fruits and vegetables and some excellent prepared foods, like bluefish pate. And there are places like Morning Glory farm and Grey Barn, with excellent foods of all sorts. It seems that one has to eat at home.

S
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The clam chowder is the best I’ve ever had! Service was friendly. Great location in center of time. Family friendly restaurant.

F
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Overpriced food for lower than average food quality.

SK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Clam chowder was excellent. Everything else was comparable to any other chain restaurant. Nothing special. Not worth what they charge.

BP
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so glad you are not local... I would be eating at your place every day!!! The food was amazing, I will be counting down till we see you again! This will be the trip every year! Pretty busy place booked online and seated when we got there. Did get up charged swapping veggies that my plate came with for another on the menu.

v
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The clam chowder was very good. Bacon Caesar salads drenched too much in dressing for my taste. Daughter got scallops which come with mashed potatoes but they tasted and had the consistency like the boxed kind and were over salted. I mostly give low stars because the quality of the dishes don’t warrant the prices. I know it’s MV where everything is expensive but I would not go here again.

GR
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Chowder wasn’t what I expected. Way too many fries! Prices were outrageous.

S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good, as we’ve experienced all summer. Only comment is that mashed potatoes with the scallop dish were quite salty night we dined, beyond right taste or healthy level.

Thanks.

w
New England
35 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Relatively modest prices for Martha's Vineyard with good food. The clam chowder was as good as advertised. The fish and chips had three large pieces of cod and a mound of fries. The shrimp and scallop dish was very good. Nice mix of people in the restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Very dark, noisy
Table smelled of old metal
Calamari were terrible, thick batter where you couldn’t find the fish
Chowder was good but not as good as past years
Some of staff were friendly but overall service was mediocre
Lobster roll was also average but good portion
With all options available, would not return

RS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great chowder, salads and entrees. Service was fast and efficient. Our server was very knowledgable and we were impressed when she took our food order for five people that she didn't write anything down. One member of our party has food allergies and she was very helpful and offered food suggestions.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated quickly ( even on fireworks night) We were served quickly by a very nice and efficient server! Food was amazing! Highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience for a birthday dinner!!

VM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Connecticut style lobster roll! A must-have during my annual visit to the Vineyard. I recommend it with the truffle fries (and one of their delicious margaritas, too)! My son liked his lobster mac and cheese and the calamari. We just wish they would bring back the arancini appetizer!

RV
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Calling yourself best “chowda “ and following through? Seriously - the BEST I’ve ever had. Lots of seafood in it! The shrimp scampi burger... another favorite.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All food was excellent & cocktails were awesome too‼️

B
New England
69 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very overpriced for very mediocre food. $34 for a lobster roll and also for lobster Mac and cheese. There are much better options out there.

RW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

I had to wait 30 - 45 minutes for my open table reservation. Once we were seated, we were still felt ignored. That was really bad. On the good side, the chowder was good despite the service.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

We had a reservation for four. When we arrived the hostess, who is from Eastern Europe, lead us to a high top table. My guest is recovering from surgery, and couldn’t do the high top. We requested a table in the back that was not high top. The hostess told us those were for people with reservations. We said we had a reservation and she said she didn’t know if she could do that for us. We almost left, but since it was August I knew it would be hard to get space elsewhere. So we asked her to ask her manager, and finally we got a table. Then it was a very long time before any wait person came over to even take a drink order from us. The food was average & the room was noisy. I will not be going back in the future.

RK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my new favorites on the island! Chowder was awesome, as were the boulabaisse and shrimp cocktail.

AF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent New England staples! Chowder and fish and chips!

KJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot. Good for families. Great service. Delicious food.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we have been here it has been a great experience! Food is always excellent and service is excellent. Would highly recommend and we will be back!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat out side so there was more noise, but that was expected. Service was great, and the chowder was excellent. Would go back in a minute.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our food and the service was great. The only issue was they ran out of the beer we were drinking but the waitress did a great job finding us another that we liked. Highly recommend the steak appetizer and the Brussels sprouts

LS
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It was good but not great. Location is 5 stars. We visited the restaurant in 2017 and it was excellent. This time it was okay.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clam Chowder is out of this world! A bowl of this will ruin every bowl of chowder in your future. Great location and nice air conditioned space to beat the heat on a summers day. Most clam chowders are heavy on the potato and light on the clams ... not this place. Our waitress Gates was so friendly and sweet !

R
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

An unexpected treat! We found a reservation that day for our unexpected MV excursion. We were pleasantly surprised by the interior - not what you expect looking at the outside. Food was very good, service was great!

E
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a cool spot on hot day. I had lobster roll excellent. My wife had a specialty salad also great. The menu was varied and the plate that went by looked equally good. The hire foreign exchange students which made it fun

LD
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience. Exceptional service. Outstanding meal! There were five of us, and all tried their award winning name-sake chowder..delicious. My sons also had oysters, which they enjoyed. We got a range of dinners; seafood risotto, salmon, pork schnitzel, bouillabaisse, and the halibut special...each fantastic, and we all shared. We went here on a whim, but will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

It took forever to get our food and the restaurant had many empty tables. The children’s meals came before the rest of us and they were all done eating by the time we got our food. Only a few of us enjoyed the food. But the service made out experience very poor. Will not return.

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