Garde East

4.4
514 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Garde East is one of the finest restaurants on the Cape & Islands, with a rare waterfront location in Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard. The restaurant features the Island’s bounty from both sea and land, inspired by refined and classic techniques from French cuisine and its influence globally. The culinary team is proud to work with local fishermen, farmers and artisans to create a true Martha's Vineyard dining experience in a truly special setting.

A thoughtfully curated beverage program compliments culinary creations, featuring classic cocktails, craft beers and a wine program focused on French wines and their American counterparts. With over 500 wine labels, Garde East features one of the most extensive wine programs in the region.

Garde East has received rave reviews and press acclaim, having been featured in Conde Nast Traveler, Eater, Boston Magazine, and many more.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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
What 514 people are saying
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NancyM
New England
10 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We enjoyed the beet salad and the watermelon- fennel salad. Even the stuffed eggs were special with caviar on top. Two cocktails were hastily garnished and were served luke-warm and without ice. Two guests had the whole chicken with bacon grits and one had pasta with clams. We all agreed the food was delicious. We would have liked complimentary bread with the meal, especially with the pasta and clams to soak up some of the broth. The portions were small, perhaps because you are encouraged to have three courses and maybe desert. The decor is sparse. Tables are well spaced. We agree with the other reviewers that the restaurant is a bit pricy for what you get.

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PenelopeC
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem on MV. The most beautiful setting/view on MV by a million. The service was great and the food was delicious. A must do when visiting MV

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DocB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great salmon and spinach!
Would suggest they grab some sparkling water for those of us who don’t like tap or flat!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional and our server was delightful
Couldn’t ask for a better dinner out

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BobS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Garde East overlooks the harbor with a few tables out on the second floor deck. Menu is somewhat limited as far as number of choices, but there is a nice mixture of meat and seafood.
The presentation was excellent and the service very good. It's a bit pricey but a nice dining experience.

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ChristineF
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Waiter had a very cocky attutude

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BillK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food....size of portions a little small for price, but quality food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Garde East. Sitting on the water while eating perfectly prepared food with friendly service was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

If you are looking for fancy restaurant, this is not it. You will pay for fine dining, but that’s where the “fine” part ends. Food was served nicely but it was just tasteless. I wasn’t impressed with the restaurant location, vibe or decor. Our waitress was really nice but the overall experience was not that great.

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vipPhil
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The portions were really small for the price and the service was indifferent.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place with a great view of the harbor and good food. A bit on the pricy side but YOLO.

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vipBradleyH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend.

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vipspxyxx
New York Area
177 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience

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vipLDSP
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Starters were fresh, esp. the fantastic salted bread with honeyed butter. Tuna poke was delicious, but in a heavy sauce. Shrimp cocktail was extremely small. We started eating at 7:45pm, so several dishes were no longer available - should have told us before ordering. Very spacious and clean inside, with every other table empty. We usually sit out on the balcony terrace, which has a spectacular view. The steak was tasty but very fatty. The rack of lamb was large, excellent, and juicy. In addition to the by-the-glass wine list, there is also an extensive wine list. Will return, but not that late at night on a weekday.

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vipDarleneD
New England
108 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dining experience here was exceptional; the food, the service, and the lovely harbor views.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first dinner for our honeymoon and it couldn’t have been a better experience!

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nitram
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice but by no means special. The lunch menu was quite disappointing

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Failed to honor request for outside table even though they confirmed it the day before and even though an outside table was available.

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SarahL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to eat on the island. I love that there are water views and waiting for a table is lovely on the private beach. The food is inventive and delicious. I had amazing roasted beets as an appetizer and I'm already thinking of recreating it at home. Fresh fish and a nice wine list round out the meal.

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vipPaul
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really terrific and creative food. I never would’ve thought of watermelon and Gorgonzola but it was amazing and refreshing. The rack of lamb was also over the top.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Missing great revenue opportunities. Manager very uptight.
Bar closed, fine then serve on the patio outside the restaurant.
Server excellent.

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PaulVT
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely find on the island. Great use of local ingredients for a truly special dining experience overlooking the harbor. Excellent wine list. Arrive prepared to take your time. They aren’t in a rush and neither should you be!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner

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Jonah
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The view is very pleasant but the food just doesn’t measure up. All presentation and no flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was CLOSED. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATED TO IS.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! LOVED the water views and service was great. Cameron was terrific - food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and perfect location! This place is truly a hidden gem.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Very disappointing! We started with beet salad (beets were not fresh or appealing) and steamed mussels (bland and tasteless). The scallop entree was $50 for three small scallops in broth. The bass wasn’t evenly cooked. And the bread was $10 for two pieces of a stale loaf. Overall, this was our most expensive meal at MV and our biggest disappointment. On the positive side, the harbor view was pleasant. But not worth a poor meal at a very high price!

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vipFoodRK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

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vipJoannaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely on their porch overlooking the harbor.

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vipLulu117
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, delicious food. Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

View magnificent staff attentive
Very tasofood

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vipMarco3
Naples
78 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Been to Garde East numerous times and we really like to restaurant this was first time with new owner. The ambiance is a 10, the food is pricey, my rack of lamb was over done taste was good, my wife had cod and that was very good. Would go back but would have been nice if they did not charge for an over cooked entree.

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sandrah
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The oyster plate was a little gritty compared to previous years. There was a long black hair on my sister's plate. At the end of dinner the waitress walked around with the payment in her pocket, we had to call her back to the table to complete payment. I will not go back to Gard East.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dinner date while in Vineyard Haven staying in harbor on a mooring in our sailboat. Table was ready as reserved. Service was excellent and sunset view was amazing. Menu and wine selection is limited and pricey, though that is to be expected on the Island. Cannot purchase a bottle of wine, maybe due to this town being a “moist” town. No spirits to purchase other than in a restaurant. Food was very good and might visit again for special occasion if in area.

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BingBing
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal. I especially enjoyed the burrata and the poached shrimp.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service, lovely view of the harbor!

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JennaW
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Felt rushed and was served and very. cold creme brûlée.

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RobertaG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outstanding view, better value than other “fancy” restaurants on island, attentive service, great food. Only negative was the cocktail had too much soda or tonic water in it.

FAQs

Garde East is rated 4.4 stars by 514 OpenTable diners.

Garde East does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/742/providence-g.

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.