Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company

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$30 and under
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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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New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of our island favorites. Always good staff, consistent food and THE best chowder on island.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best clam chowder and lobster roll I have ever had

DF
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
25 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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.

Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company
Responded on November 18, 2019

Hello! Thanks for joining us. We are unable to overbook as OpenTable's software prevents it from occurring, the issue is often when a table is predicted at 2 hours they stay for an extra amount of time and it causes a ripple effect. Sorry for any delay, we try our hardest of course to seat people as soon as a table is vacated and we thank you for your support! Cheers!

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

m
New York Area
226 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Overpriced food for lower than average food quality.

SK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food2service4ambience4

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
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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w
New England
37 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall2food2service3ambience1

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
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for a birthday dinner!!

VM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All food was excellent & cocktails were awesome too‼️

B
New England
71 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

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
Overall1food3service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent New England staples! Chowder and fish and chips!

KJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!