Garde East overlooks the harbor from Vineyard Haven Marina and offers both indoor and outdoor dining in a casual yet elegant setting. Acclaimed local chef Carlos Montoya utilizes the Vineyard bounty from both sea and land in creating his ever-changing menu, with refined and classic techniques.
Carefully conceived dishes speak for themselves as the freshest ingredients take center stage to create a truly unique experience. A thoughtfully curated beverage program compliments Chef Montoya’s creations, featuring classic cocktails, craft beers and a wine program of over 400 French and American labels.
Food - view -service all great. Our server Anastasia was phenomenal
Would go back for sure. Ask for outside on bar side. (2 sides of restaurant) chefs sushi was amazing. So was lobster appetizer with pasta.
Awesome restaurant. Thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambiance
The food was awesome, no denying that. However the service was extremely disappointing in comparison to the price and awesome food, as well as in comparison to the lovely atmosphere. If you don't mind putting up with sub-par service at this price point, then carry on, the food is worth it.
Phenomenal food presented like it left a museum! Wait staff is not only attentive but super nice!!
Wonderful food and great setting. We had polenta fries which were amazing and the ribeye and the halibut. All the food was delicious and our server was wonderful. My only complaint is the wait time for drinks from the bar was quite long.
Twice this past week, we've had an exceptional experience in every way! Thank you!
It’s August and people on MV are tired.
We came early in the season this was our third visit. Kendra our waitress was the highlight of the meal. Professional and engaging. The mussels app was excellent as usual and the chicken excellent. My trio sashimi was good in thought not so good in reality. The lobster was over sauced so it detracted from the flavor and the bass was fishy. I could not even tell what the third fish was. The clambake Special was excellent lots of fish and very flavorful. We did not have dessert. Oh, I forgot the salted bread was served hot and the best on the island.
Overall very very good
Great food, ambiance, view and especially good staff-knowledgeable, thoughtful, and accommodating. I would highly recommend this restaurant
We waited an exorbitant amount of time from our initial cocktail to apps to main course. The wine steward was the only highlight followed by the view. Food was not great. Cauliflower app was bland. Halibut was not properly cooked.
Very expensive for below average foid.
Good was amazing. View was spectacular. Service outstanding. My new favorite on the island.
Great wine list. Food was very very good although my appetzer was cool. And my wife’s entree was also cool. Service was uneven. Ordered a bottle of wine which didnt come until after appetizers were eaten and my asking for it. Desert order was incorrect then took 20 minutes to get the right order. However the waiter comp’d us dessert and each a glass of wine. I will give this restaurant a second chance as everyone was trying to be helpfull.
This was a fabulous recommendation from a Chef friend. My daughters and I were blown away. Everything was fresh, well prepared and delicious but the beets gnocchi was the star! We will definitely be back!
Hostess found seating on the porch which we had requested in advance but wasn’t made available when we entered.
My only request would be for the kitchen to not call out “server”
Repeatedly throughout the evening much too loudly.
Otherwise lovely evening
The food at Garde East is exceptional. The service is attentive, though our waiter seemed distracted at the beginning of our seating.My wife, who does not drink, asked for a virgin mary. After a long delay the waiter informed her that they don’t serve bloody marys and made no alternate suggestion for a non- alcoholic drink. He eventually brought her seltzer water. Mock tails are rarely an issue at high end restaurants. He never offered a refill or even refilled her water glass.
My major complaint relates to our seating location. I made reservations many weeks in advance for a birthday celebration for my wife. I specified our preference for outdoor seating on the upper deck. When I called to confirm the reservation the woman on the phone said we had been seated inside but would try to “move things around” to get us our preferred seating. We had sat on the deck the last time we ate at Garde East and it was a primary reason for choosing to come back. I also told the woman that we were flexible on time and would come early or late if it made accommodating the seat request easier. She said she would call back if there was a problem but to plan on coming at our reserved time. She said she was sure we could be accommodated. When we arrived we were seated inside. When I asked about the deck seating the hostess just shrugged and said there was nothing she could do. It was not the best start to the evening. The food was very good, the waiter was attentive after a rough start. All in all what should have bern a 5 star experience was less than we had hoped for.
Trying to be too fancy, slow service, complicated dishes
As always, food was locally sourced, delicious and creative. The view is the best on the island. And the service was very attentive.
Delicious food, amazing setting!
It was my birthday and we ate outside. The weather was stunning. They were nice enough to seat us outside on the deck and we couldn't have appreciated it more. Everything was prepared, served and displayed with care. We'll go back!
The monkfish is always a hit....the halibut, pretty good, but the fish with the chorizo emulsion needs a sauce!
Vineyard vacation. Love the location of Garde East! Always visit regardless of which restaurant is there.
We were able to sit outside overlooking the marinas on a gorgeous evening with beautiful sunset skies. The ambiance definitely helped to overcome the somewhat slow service. The service staff were very friendly and also contributed to an overall enjoyable experience.
Such great food and a fabulous view. Will definitely go back! The waitress, Anastasia, was so nice.
Our 36th anniversary. Food is great though pricey. Overlooking the harbor in Vineyard Haven is a big plus. Good service and attention to detail. Our second time here and we will come back again.
The food at Garde East was some of the best we've ever had on MV. We went when it first opened two years ago and haven't been back until this visit. The appetizers and raw items were definitely the stars but really we enjoyed everything we had. Wait staff was excellent, professional and just the right level of attentive/present. I do have a compliant that I wasn't sure how to categorize into the star system. The wait and other front of house service was excellent but our food was super, super slow to come out both two years ago and again in this recent visit. The maitre d and our waitress comp'ed items and apologized and otherwise did what they could to handle the situation but the slow kitchen is a thumbs down on an otherwise stellar experience. Despite that we would happily go again.
The food at Garde East stands up to any of the best restaurants in New York, San Francisco, or the other restaurant capitals of the world. Add the unmatched Harborside views, and this place is not to be missed! Last time I sat on the open deck upstairs, overlooking the beautiful boats docked at the marina. This time I sat downstairs by the windows, and was amazed to have an equally fantastic view. The ambience is just want you want on the island - relaxed but refined. This night they were having a special prix fix with Dom pairings - 5 generously sized delicious courses with 7 glasses! The price for what was included was an incredible value.
Garde East is fine dining at its best. It’s not cheap eats, but the cost is very reasonable for the quality and experience. And honestly, the check came out to pretty equivalent to any other sit down experience on the island.
Bring a date, bring a friend, bring your family - it’s enjoyable for all.
The food was excellent. The server was VERY knowledgable about the wine list as well as the menu. Great experience.
Wonderful meal! Beautiful evening and Colleen was a delightful server . Excellent t wine list!
This is a beautiful restaurant with a great menu. We did not feel that the service was great, however. We asked if we could get a table by the water and were told another group was coming, which did not happen. We were told they would check but I felt that wasn’t going to happen and if it did no one followed up. I did not feel that we were valued as a group and felt like our requests/questions were a hassle. I had issues with my meal, but just did not feel like anything was going to happen, so I kept quiet.
Beautiful view, terrible service. Food was cold when we finally received it
Very disappointing From the parking disaster across the street, to the very expensive menu, to the wrong salads being served to us, to the uncooked fish dish for one of us. Things were so bad that they offered free drinks and dessert to not only us because of these problems, but then they offered the same to two different tables seated near us for similar problems. The night was an expensive disappointment and should never be supported for the overall effort.
Excellent restaurant in every respect, view, food and service.
On top of the incredible food, Garde East has unbeatable views and the friendliest and most helpful wait staff. The pasta and seafood dishes are especially delicious, and don’t skip the homemade bread and butter to start!
been going to Garde East since it opened and it continues deliver. The food service ambiance all a 10!
We booked reservations for a romantic, waterfront dinner months in advance and were slightly disappointed by our table location. We didn't have a waterfront table, let alone a water view and the noise level in the upstairs dining area was extremely loud and uncomfortable for my husband. Once the crowd diminished it was a little better. The food was outstanding and the service was great too. Just a little disappointed in our table selection. We even offered to wait for a better table but we were told they were all booked up.
We have eaten at Garde East many times. It serves some of the best and most creative food on the Vineyard. The view of the harbor is unbeatable. And the service has always been outstanding.
This was our favorite dinner on Martha's Vineyard!
The food was excellent. Nice drink menu (and somm service). Service was great although wait for entrees a bit longer than it should’ve been.
Lovely atmosphere. Great service and food. Easy parking
Outstanding food and presentation for all courses. Ate right on the top deck and the views were spectacular. In addition to the food, service was perfect and very attentive.
Wow. Everything was fantastic— from the beautiful sunset to the professional (yet friendly) service to the really spectacular food. While all the dishes were wonderful the lobster pasta is absolutely not to be missed. Not inexpensive by any means but so worth it.