Garde East

4.5
173 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
A Martha’s Vineyard dining experience on the water

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Meat
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Hours of operation
Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(508) 687-9926
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Carlos Montoya
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Overflow parking acrossed the street
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Special events & promotions
Garde East is excited to launch a series of wine dinners during our 2018 season. Stay tuned for more details!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 173 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.3
service
4.7
ambience
4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

A bit pricey, but a fine choice for special occasions.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We love Garde East! The food is interesting and yummy. The service is awesome. Everyone we can into contact with seemed to have one thing in mind: good customer service. Can’t wait to go back the next time we are on the Vineyard.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Life & love

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Last year, I felt Garde east was one of the best restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard. This year, portion sizes have decreased and the food doesn’t taste as good. It was still quite delicious but not exceptional and very expensive

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I have been to this restaurant before and always had excellent food and good service but sadly on this special occasion , my sons 30 th birthday the service was abysmal. The kitchen was missing a chef so we had to wait over 2 hours for our main course. This was totally unacceptable and the restaurant never really tried to make up for the disastrous evening other than offer free deserts which after the wait all we wanted to do was leave.
Sad.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

I dined at Garde East twice since they opened for the season. It is a lovely setting, overlooking Vineyard Haven Harbor. The staff was friendly and welcoming, and service was good. The wine list is notable, one of the best on Martha’s Vineyard, and I will return to this restaurant again and again just for that. The menu was small, but everything that we had was tasty and carefully prepared and presented, although on most dishes I would have preferred a little more than a suggestion of sauce. The prices are high, even by Vineyard standards, but the experience is worth it.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Great location for celebrating our anniversary. Food, wine and service excellent. Great view of Vineyard Haven Harbor.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The staff was a bit off but generally sufficient. At this price point with this excellent food I have expected a more genuine feel to the staff.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Had a great dinner here, amazing food, service, and ambiance. Will definitely be back the next time I’m on the island.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Great food and great service at Garde East. So glad that this restaurant is back for another season on Martha’s Vineyard. Definitely our favorite restaurant in Vineyard Haven. Wonderful food, attentive service and a spectacular view of VH harbor.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Very disorganized. Slow service with several mistakes. Mussels good 3/4 diners. Fourth thought “fishy”. Duck with very soft, fatty, uncooked skin.
We have been regular diners in past and hope that they will regain their previous level of excellence.

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Great food. Inexperienced wait staff. Put food on table with no explanation.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Food was creatively prepared, plated, fresh and delicious! Chef de cuisine is one of the best, if not the best on the island!
Service was pleasant, welcoming and accommodating.
A gem in vineyard haven. Don't miss it if you are visiting and dine regularly if you are lucky enough to live here!

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Wonderful meal!! Will tell friends!

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

A lovely atmosphere and some of the best food and service on the island. Not a surprise that this is not their first restaurant. Vineyard haven needed this!

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

My first visit to Garde East was about two weeks ago. I was very favorably impressed with the ambiance, service, and food so that I invited one couple for dinner on Sunday. They shared my enthusiasm and --being the Vineyarders --said Garde East is the very best restaurant on the island. I will, happily, go back.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

This restaurant has consistently delivered this year...food and service. Well managed and aims to please. Don't go expecting a bargain (no place in MV is a bargain) but it is in line with all other restaurants of its caliber. The portions are nice sized and well presented.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

We had a lovely evening with friends, perched on a porch overlooking the harbor. The menu was a delightful mix of choices, and all the plates we sampled among the four of us were imaginative and well prepared. An unusually good choice for waterfront dining.

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Creative menu, great presentation and dishes were all delicious. Very charming setting.

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4.0Dined on September 14, 2017

Great place, one of the nicest places on Island. Terrific food and helpful and friendly staff. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on September 13, 2017

The service was the most outstanding feature of the evening along with wonderful views of the harbor. The wine selection was endless. I would of liked to have a few more selecting options On the menu.
Overall great night.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2017

amazing, the best high end meal i had on mv

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Servers should pay more attention to basic needs...empty glasses etc Sell more wine!!!

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4.0Dined on September 7, 2017

Fabulous meal. Creative and fun. Highly recommended. The chef has true talent.

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2.0Dined on September 5, 2017

We enjoyed the food at the restaurant but all tables were not full so we figured we would get good service...one of our diners spilled their water on the table...there was no urgency on the wait staff's part to clean it up nor did they attempt to replace the bread that got wet. We had to ask 3 times for it.

My halibut was delicious but cold. The other diners enjoyed their meals...

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4.0Dined on September 5, 2017

We dined at Garde East twice within three days! The first experience was excellent, even on a cloudy evening the view and service were lovely and the food excellent. Second evening we enjoyed a sunset and moon rise. Service is attentive and knowledgeable. A bibb salad with hazelnuts, blue cheese and pancetta was both meaty and light and the duck while a bit cool due to the kitchen being on a different floor across the way had excellent flavors and just the right portion. Fish is their passion and the halibut and catch of the day were both outstanding. Don't miss the pomme frites or hazelnut dessert! Oh, did I mention the "beet & goat cheese" gnocchi - subtle superb flavors. Highly recommend - although would like to keep it a secret too!

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4.0Dined on September 5, 2017

Attentive service. Good food. Higher end wine list. Very Noisy & sometimes difficult to carry on a conversation @ your table.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2017

Outstanding selection and the preparation was really excellent. It was a wonderful dining experience, as usual. We've been there before and will be back there again.

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent dinner from ambiance to flavors of the meal. Our selected wine was not available and another at same price point was suggested that was superb. Hazelnut dessert outstanding. Service consistent and attentive.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

This was my first time dining at Garde East and it was a delightful experience. Four of us were together gathering for a friends dinner. My meal was the monk fish and escargots special which was delicious beyond delicious...such a creative combination. Our welcome was warm and our server equally warm, knowledgeable about the menu and gracious. Everyone agreed that this was a very good experience and we will recommend Garde East.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Every item on the menu that we ordered was exquisite. The sommelier was kind enough to treat us to a variety of liqueurs after our meal just for fun and for our own edification. The whole experience was delightful. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Everything was both beautifully presented and incredibly original and tasty. Service was friendly and not intrusive. Ambiance is very pleasant. Nice that they have parking, too. Only drawback is very expensive. Very.

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3.0Dined on August 31, 2017

Our experience was just 'OK' went w a group of 4 - our server was partially checked out - maybe because other parties were ordering more alcohol/wine. She forgot us a few times. Also service was subject to residual summer supplemental workers who seemed poorly acculturated/ trained for hospitality work. The runners/busers were a bit stoic and shadowy. The food was mixed. Seafood was best - pork and pastas ok. But both fresh and cooked seafood overall was good.
Eve before we hit Beach Road (across street) and it was pricey and portions were small - but overall BR was v satisfying w great service + atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

Quality from start to finish. Dining at Garde East is truly a special experience. The service is exceptional; the food is fresh and made with local ingredients, and the wine list is expansive. This is a great addition to the dining scene and a must-try for anyone looking for an all-around great evening. Yes, the view is beautiful too, but go for the food first.

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3.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Halibut was a bit overdone & no longer hot but the sauce & seasoning was extraordinarily delicious. But a request for more bread -- the better to scoop up the sauce on a $38 dish -- had to be repeated 1/2 a dozen times. One diner's Monkfish with escargots arrived lukewarm. The server took it back and had it heated; ultimately it was very good. But better service expected at those prices.

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2017

I am accustomed to disappointing restaurant dining experiences on the island (overpriced, mediocre food). Garde East was NOT disappointing. I was truly surprised by the quality, taste and presentation of the platters. Our server Franklin was charming, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Garde East is a gem of a restaurant on the island. It's still quite an expensive night out...costing around $350 for dinner for 3 with wine and appetizers. But the octopus was delicious, my mom's tuna poke had hints of spice, and my pasta dish was creamy and just the right portion to fill me up after a work-out earlier in the day. The view over the harbor in Vineyard Haven is lovely. The decor of the restaurant and the ambience in the upstairs dining room was cozy and intimate without being too formal. Standing ovation to the chefs laboring in the kitchen downstairs...that was a delicious dinner.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

Sadly the Vineyard has only a handful of really good restaurants, has now risen to the top of our list!
Very refreshing menu using local produce, excellent food especially the deserts, our waiter Franklin was fabulous, a true gem.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2017

Excellent food overall; space over the yacht club was relatively quiet; beet gnochi and octupus outstanding; mussels weren't all as fresh as should have been; service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

Phenomenal meal and even better service. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2017

I really enjoyed this restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was superb. Every seat had a wonderful view of the bay. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone who like ambience and great cuisine.

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