Détente Restaurant

4.8
452 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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Situated in downtown Edgartown, Détente is a charming restaurant and bar that serves seasonal, creative dishes. Its setting features two floors for guests to dine, as well as a garden patio. Détente uses ingredients that are sourced from local farmers and fishermen. This eatery also offers a tasting menu with optional wine pairings.

Détente features an extensive wine selection with regional and international selections.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 452 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Boise
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner on our last night in Edgartown. It was “lick the plate” delicious! Worth every penny. See you next time we’re in town.

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vipJojo
New England
66 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Best food on the Island. Friendly professional staff. A pleasure to dine there

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AndrewK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old favorite. Never disappoints. Lovely meal. Great service. Great suggested wine. Great pacing.

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vipLizA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around incredible

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vipJulianS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We often take the expression "fine dining" with a pinch of salt when used by the restaurant to describe themselves......but, there is no question that this beautiful little restaurant, tucked away in the corner of an exquisite mall in Edgartown, MV fits the bill and then some. The rooms (smallish main, bar area, various outdoor seating options, are all intimate and very comfortable. The service is both professional and warm, and unusually enthusiastic about the chef's abilities. I have a feeling that you could order almost anything on the menu and be delighted beyond your expectations. We had some scallops that were a delicious appetizer, and they were an "appetizer" - not meal killer. The braised short ribs were like butter, and the flavors of the ribs and the accompanying risotto were subtle and delicious. We wish the were closer to were we lived (San Diego) - a reason to return to Martha's Vineyard. Do NOT miss this place if you visit Edgartown, and reserve well in advance.

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EstherB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very satisfying experience. Everything was excellent the food, the service, the ambiance was very good, we has the swordfish the cod and and the ribs. The cauliflower side dish was very special.

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SDEG
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Detente has always been my favorite Martha's Vineyard restaurant. Last night confirmed that opinion. We had outside seating with heating lamp. Setting was beautiful, service exceptional and food delicious/beautifully presented, as usual.
Never disappoints!

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vipHarp28
New York Area
253 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic cuisine, beautifully presented and cooked to perfection!
Artichokes out of this world 👏 Great outdoor setting too! We loved all our dishes and are only sorry Détente closed next week for the season. But we will be back!

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vipDarinY
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from start to finish. Servers were excellent and food exceptional. Had the panzanella salad, rack of lamb, and blueberry bread pudding. Every bite was delicious and memorable.

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viprobertab
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service and ambiance are lovely. Food presentation and flavor didn’t live up to my expectations. Thought it would be more like Persimmon in Providence but not. Fairly large portions. Nice wine list.

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BillyLou
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top shelf food and service. Looking forward to going back.

YL
YanL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food in the romantic setting. Highly recommend!

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viptheaccidentalgourmand
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is an excellent addition to the dining scene in Edgartown! Creative, delicious food served by a friendly and willing staff. Highly recommend.

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JEC502
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional. Entrees were prepared with seasonal ingredients

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, wonderful staff, bit noisy inside sadly

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NancyH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing dinner we have had on Island. Robert and Alexandra wee awesome!

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Marigrace
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hoped to eat outside, but could not. But the inside environment was pleasant. The halibut was fanastic!

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vipandream
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wait service!

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LorriL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Late dinner for us but delicious food and drinks! Would definitely recommend!

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Louisd
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall a really nice meal, great tasting, well conceived and prepared. I would suggest they work on serving hotter food: the bread was really good but would have been great if it came warm. My rack of lamb arrived warm instead of hot and cooled off as I ate, perhaps a plate warmer or lamps on the pickup table would help. Detente is one of or perhaps our favorite resterant on island.

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NatE
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Food was tasty, but we were told we had to place our order all together and could not order appetizers while we sipped drinks and looked at the menu.

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vipoutandaboutdiners
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! We have had an excellent experience every time we have dined here!! Just perfection!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food, okay service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Detente was excellent. Food was creative and well prepared. Waitress knew the menu well. It was a great night.

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vipJojo
New England
66 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food on the Island and beyond. Great service and wonderful ambience. Very well run restaurant

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vipTulanearchi
London
86 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A favorite of ours, we love Detente. It was impossible to get a reservation this summer, only one within 5 weeks! We were all happy to be there, but disappointed as 3 of us were going to have the striped bass only to learn the dish would be the same but with cod instead….for the same price?!?! The panzenella was very good, the corn bread croutons being my favorite part. The house peach salad never disappoints. Tuna tartare was also good. The lamb was cooked perfectly. The pasta as a main was very good, pork ragu, but a bit steep in price I think. The service was wonderful as always. Cocktails were a hit- a good time had by one and all!

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ShirleyM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is delicious and the ambience was great except that some lights were out in our area. Since we were outdoors, we saw a skunk walk by, but I don’t know how that could be prevented.

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vipLaurenV
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, ambiance and service!!

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GlimmerMV
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As year-rounders, it's refreshing to find an island restaurant that prepares interesting food one wouldn't ordinarily make with great care as opposed to a laissez-faire attitude of "tourists will come whatever". The striped bass was divine and prepared in an unusual but unfussy way...same with the Berkshire pork pasta dish. All four desserts sounded unusually inviting and skillfully made. We're usually quite critical in our eating-out experiences here but Detente definitely stands out. Thank you for your care and commitment to the art and craft of cooking!

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Zacharyhay
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience.
Food and cocktails were great.
Will return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant has a serious issue with fruit flies inside. While the restaurant did offer to move our table it didn’t change the fact the fruit flies were everywhere.
Aside from the fruit flies, the food was just OK. The coconut cake dessert was dry and unappetizing. Our waiter was kind and attentive, but unfortunately it just wasn’t enough.

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vipPamelaB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really magical evening, from beginning to end. The ambiance of the outdoor seating is beyond compare on a fine summer night. All of the food was delicious, but we particularly enjoyed the pasta bolognese and rack of lamb. Our waiter was attentive and solicitous. A memorable night out!

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Moff
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were seated promptly at an outdoor table in the courtyard, which was very pleasant. The food was uniformly outstanding, from the pre-meal bread, to the apps, to the mains, to dessert. Highly recommended!

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Redbird
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This restaurant has excellent flavors and good service considering the short staffing all over the island. The peach house salad is fabulous! My pork chop tasted great, but it was tough. I would recommend the seafood options especially the halibut.

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vipSusyQ
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, delicious food and attentive service!

JW
vipJamesW
New England
94 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience5

From many past extraordinarily good dinners at Detente, we were somewhat disappointed with the food quality; while it was good, our fish dinners were not stellar as they have been in past visits. Service was slow and somewhat unattentive.

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vipjackpot
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started with the “greenpiece” cocktail which was superb - very refreshing vodka basil and lemongrass. We had the tuna tartare and the tomato panzanella salad both were excellent and I highly recommend ordering a double order of the seared scallops - had a Thai flavor which was light and delicious. Service was excellent as well. We will be back soon!

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patriceb
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was superior. We love the appetizers especially the peach and heirloom tomatoes apps. My short rib was amazing and the swordfish was delicious !!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the beat meals we’ve had on the Vineyard.

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vipLynneC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints . A thoughtful seasonal menu. A skilled chef, who has a gift of combining flavors and textures >. Love the balance of spices and always a small surprise f something acidic . Outstanding cocktails and wine menu . Service close to Michelin as you can get on Island. Enjoy

FAQs

Détente Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (508) 627-8810.

Détente Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 452 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.