Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company

4.2
117 reviews
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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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AC
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our bottle of wine, from the few opened in the restaurant during our dinner, should have been opened at the table, not at the bar. Usually, a customer should be invited to test the wine prior to pouring in glasses, which was not the case.

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JA
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is an okay restaurant in a convenient location in Oak Bluffs. The problem is there are so many good restaurants nearby, so I'm not sure I'd go back the the Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company. The island has a lot of good food places, so it a competitive market.

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p
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just fine for everyday dining

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SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed chatting with the charming owner and the scallops may have been the best of my life. Beautiful bar, gorgeous lighting, excellent place to spend a special night.

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L
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great

Lots of fun

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pop up for 19 Raw was GREAT!

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JC
New England
28 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Vineyard staple. Always great food, excellent service, and wonderful abience. The staff is focused on customer service and always make us feel welcome. Can't go wrong here..any time of the year. Just ask a local.

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SF
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good chowder. Bit pricey. Good service

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JC
New England
28 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific seafood, excellent service, fresh oysters and shellfish, nicely appointed dining room and bar. The staff is very customer service oriented. Among the best of restaurants on the Vineyard.

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NA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Very disappointed in our visit this time. Hostess was curt and not accommodating. We were seated at a table next to to door and it was very cold and drafty. The hostess kept ope ingredients the outside doors. Air conditioning was on high. When we asked the manager to address the outside door situation, he put chairs up agai st the inside doors so they wouldn't be opened....fire hazard??? Instead of just shutting the outside door. Food was ok, not great. Small portion for the price. Steak wasnt cooked right. Have had better experiences in the past there.

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TM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought my parents for their 50th wedding anniversary and we were treated extremely well! They through in a special desert for them as well! One of our best meals on the island! Thank you for helping us celebrate such a special occasion!! 😊

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J
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best clam chowder ever and I have had a lot! Waitress told us it’s probably the only one truly made from scratch on Martha’s Vineyard. Impeccable seared tuna. Fresh arugula. The creme brûlée? Not better than all sex, but better than most sex!

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J
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were on a girls trip and we ate dinner at MV Chowder Company. We had a lovely time. Food was good. Especially the pork schnitzel as well as the Clam chowder. Would recommend!

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SM
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This place is beyond over priced. $30 for a butter drenched lobster roll. Grilled chicken added to caprese salad was tough and chewy. No wonder the restaurant was empty on a rainy afternoon. Downtown Edgartown far better value.

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T
London
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was ok/good. I anticipated better based on a Zagat review. They rated food 4.4 but I’d say 3.8.

Pretty bar. So drinks and a burger are recommended

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Despite having a reservation, we waited about 15-20 minutes. They forgot we had checked in, so after waiting 15 minutes, the hostess came over and asked us what we were waiting for. When we finally sat, it took about 45 minutes to get our meals. Food was decent, but a bit overpriced.

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OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great seafood!

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D
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Visiting MV for a few days with my girlfriend, and was recommended to visit MVCC by a friend who has owned a home in Oak Bluffs for decades. I found the parking very difficult on a Friday night in Oak Bluffs, driving in circles for fifteen minutes until someone left. The staff was friendly and we were seated right away (had made reservations). Ambiance was acceptable with most tables in a big room. Noise was acceptable. We had ordered swordfish, which we assumed would be spectacular considering the price. We were both underwhelmed by the portion size, and the firmness of the swordfish. The mashed potato and grilled asparagus were tasty. The appetizer of a bowl of clam chowder was some of the best we'd ever had. Overall, I would rate our experience as a 6 of 10.

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KB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has great food and thanks to open table we could make reservations.

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CK
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was ok. They did not have the Spaetzel we specifically went in for with the Pork Snitzel, but they substituted mashed potatoes and asparagus that was really good. We had a nice bottle of wine but it seemed a little pricey. The flourless Chocalate Tort was great and the server was really nice and attentive.

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R
New England
57 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Person in our party wanted swordfish and was not dissapointed. Small piece of fish however.
Clam chowder was tasty. Fish and chips were enjoyed. My bouillabaisse was not what I expected. Said it had swordfish, at best sm sm pieces. Langostinos were used and not that great. Large clams and broth a little off to my taste. A bit too mushy

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JR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were recommended the Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company and it did not disappoint. Really good food and quick service, would definitely come back.

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RI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an excellent chowder experience. Will return again.

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AL
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had to have the chowder! It was so fresh and actually "light" - I could have eaten more - but then I had to have the Lobster Roll, which was also one of the BEST I've ever had. It wasn't weighted down with a bunch of mayo - it, too, was light and rich - if those two even go together! Tons of lobster - and then bacon, not a bunch, just a little, which made for amazing flavor. So. Yum.

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LM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Disappointed. Service overall this summer was horrible.... from hostesses to servers... NOT good. We spend all summer (10 weeks) on MV and eat out often. Likely will skip this venue in the future.

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S
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved the chowder came back twice. The salad was large crisp and a great choice. Bacon Ceasar. My husband had swordfish said it was great. They had shrimp cakes very tasty and risotto dish excellent too. Prices fair and service friendly

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a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hi
Chowder House is a good place to have either lunch or dinner.
Food service was rather quick.
Took and submitted the order quickly.
Food arrived at a timely manner and with pleasant servers.
Food was tasty and hot, portion size was quite adequate for both women and men. Can't say that I saw a child's section on the menu.
The restaurant plays overhead music, the night that we were there it played at a reasonable level. However, it can get quite loud on the weekend during the seasonal high.
Food pricing was typical island pricing for dinner.
Would we go back or suggest it to friends and family? We would definitely say yes.
I hope this helps all those that are coming and going on M.V.
Enjoy, have fun but most of all be safe.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The clam chowder was one of the best we’ve ever had and we loved our entrees too! A definite stop whenever we visit MV!

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VT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Didnt try much except chowder and wife had a Sandwich that she liked, everything was good for us but not enough experience for me to justify higher than 4 stars.

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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food is excellent. I highly recommend the Chowder House for all occasions.

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JG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Chowder was excellent. We're from Rhode Island so we know our chowdah! Steak was meh. No seasoning at all and a bit tough. Slightly undercooked. For the money the food was subpar.

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t
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 2

Service is wonderful always (frequent flyer)
Food is excellent ,large portions
The restaurant is a little dark and the volume of voices was a bit loud , in the restaurants defense it was early afternoon and seems like happy hour was well underway .

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J
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We tried two appetizers, the grilled Brussels sprouts and the chowder. The sprouts had no flavor at all, which is a feat in and of itself; the chowder was bland, maybe flour and celery as the dominant tastes. We left them both. By the time the entrees arrived we weren’t willing to test our health on two lobster rolls and a fried cod sandwich. Without taking a bite, we paid and left. Staff was nice and concerned but bad flavor and poor appearance are things that clearly worried us but not them. Even after the manager comp’d the apps, the bill was high — market price on those lobster rolls — but we all felt leaving was the wise choice.

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PG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Apps were great...entrees were disappointing.

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PY
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Went w grandkids and family. Early seating. Very prompt and attentive wait staff. Good kids menu. Interesting cocktails. Chowder met expectations. Boullaibaise very good as was seafood risotto. No room for desert

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CD
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Warm lobster rolls and sweet potato fries were really good. Stuck between 2 large party tables so service slowed at times but overall a nice experience and very convenient location.

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K
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just an Ok restaurant, not really worth the cost. Service was ok, but the food was just average.

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E
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good. A little pricey, but that’s the Vineyard. Chowder was very good, but not THE best we’ve ever had.
We recommend this restaurant overall.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food here was delicious!!!

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SD
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty, but pricey. Decent service. Kind of noisy, but nice interior-belies the exterior.

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