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Garde East

4.1
4.1
655 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Meat

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (508) 687-9926

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Justin Garriga

  • Private party facilities

    With picture perfect ocean views, delectable cuisine and impeccable service, there is no better setting for your next special occasion. Whether you are looking to host an intimate dinner party with a few close friends or a full wedding reception complete with beach front ceremony, let the professionals at Garde East bring your island event to life. From rehearsal dinners to private company cocktail hours, we will help you to arrange every detail, leaving you free to enjoy your guests and the sun setting over the harbor. No matter if you are traveling by car, boat, or ferry we have accommodations for all modes of transportation. We can even arrange for a private chartered ride to the island on board our M/V Piped Piper, a 72 foot luxury fast ferry. Contact us today to plan your next memorable occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Rebecca Miller: (401) 585-8005 ext. 113

  • Neighborhood

    Martha's Vineyard

  • Parking details

    Overflow parking across the street

  • Public transit

    Vineyard Haven Marina, MV Water Taxi

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 655 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cape Cod and the Islands

    Healthy

  • Cape Cod and the Islands

    Outdoor Dining

  • Cape Cod and the Islands

    Scenic View

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  1. MK

    MaryK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Very disappointed. Poor, inattentive, at times surly and unprofessional service. Food and beverage quality were also not very good. While the restaurant benefits from a water view, we will not be returning.
  2. EJ

    EmilyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, though expensive. We were told that they were understaffed, in fact it was their last night of the season. We felt the service was good and we were not in a hurry. The view of the harbor is beautiful. We had a good evening
  3. K

    Kenny

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Ambience was decent. Servers were good; however, portion size of food left me hungry even after I completed my meal.
  4. AK

    AlysonK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A table for 6 upstairs overlooking the harbor. Perfect. Our waiter was upbeat and attentive and the food was exactly what each of us wanted - some just veggie appetizers, other entrees. Definitely would go again.
  5. BM

    BarbaraM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The view was great. The food not so great and expensive. The waitress was very accomodating.
  6. F

    Fabulous

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, wonderful food. We loved it!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group of 8 had a great meal at Garde East after the Friday Beach Road weekend shows. Food was excellent and promptly served. Service was warm and attentive.
  8. BU

    BrookU

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server was great. The food was good. The bread fabulous. The lamb chops came with no vegetable and was $50. They tasted great but looked very sad and skimpy on the plate.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    The outside seating was so dark I couldn’t see the menu or my food. The server brought the wrong wine (same name different year and price tag was double) then charged us for it. The clams were dried out and the pasta was cold. I would not recommend this as a special occasion restaurant.
  10. O

    Omer

    Key West

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    This visit with off-island guests was a disappointment and embarrassment: Seafood platter came with less than on menu. Wrong beer was served. Was told we could not sit on balcony as usual. Yet, one corner table was free when we arrived, and still free when we left. We hope for better next time.
  11. S

    Scoo84

    Salt Lake City

    20 reviews

    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience3
    I know restaurants are still struggling and hesitate to be critical at this time, so I hope this is constructive...The restaurant was very understaffed-our waiter had to function as bartender and server on our floor and it was a challenge for him. Service was slow despite the restaurant being empty. The menu was limited and the portions were very inadequate for any price point: 4 small shrimp and a tablespoon of cocktail sauce for $16; halibut dish included one tempura-fried mushroom and a piece halibut that was, at best, 3"x2". There were no sides with the entrees and we had to order 3 vegetable sides for four people and two orders of bread ($10 for 4 pieces of ciabatta bread-bread is not provided) to feel full. We ordered only one alcoholic drink and a bottle of sparkling water and the bill, before tip, was $325 for 4. The vegetable sides were delicious but the entrees were fair. Overall-overpriced, minuscule portions, narrow menu. The setting is lovely, and I think this place has potential to recover.
  12. CB

    ChristinaB

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    I think some of the other reviews were accurate. If you are outside overlooking the water it is beautiful and our server was good. The food menu is just very limited and unimpressive. Probably best for a drink and an appetizer.
  13. HG

    HowardG

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    third time visiting in the past two months. the food is good, but the portions are very small for what you are paying.
  14. M

    Marco3

    Naples

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food excellent nut small servings no sides with entree nor to order. Waitress was a 10
  15. CH

    ChrisH

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    The hostess was distracted upon our arrival and forgot about us. Restaurant was under staffed. Several offers on the online menu were missing from the actual menu. No reference to the Special Occasion, my wife’s Birthday.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner. Excellent food and service.
  17. DS

    DebraS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    Unfortunately, the chef did not know how to cook meat. My ribeye was over cooked twice. I finally decided to give up on the steak and order an appetizer that we had earlier as my main meal and the dish was not nearly as good as it was earlier in the meal and there was so much sand in the clams I thought I was going to break a tooth. When the table had the appetizer it was really good so I do not know why the dish was so inconsistent. Views and decor of the restaurant was very nice and the staff was warm and friendly; however, the chef needs to go back to cooking school.
  18. L

    Larry

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    Parking is very difficult to start. Not enough and the remote parking is not clearly marked or lighted. We dined here last year and had a nice experience. Pricey but high quality and good service. Not this time. It took about 2 hours for our entrees to arrive. To be fair the Charcuterie plate did arrive timely and was quite good both in terms of quality and quantity. Then we waited while at least one other table that arrived after us was served. Finally after demanding our entrees or a check we were served. The one fish dish (strange for a MV restaurant on the water) was sold out. A bass dish was used instead. The portion was very small but otherwise okay. I ordered the rib eye for $72. It arrived overdone at least in part and barely warm. The "sauce" was not good and was also not hot. I returned the dish, we paid and left. We were not the only ones complaining. Table behind us returned several dishes. If you are going to charge a premium price you need superior food and service.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Terrible food. Truly horrible.
  20. G

    Graham

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    While the food was very good to excellent, the menu is somewhat limited, and at least last night, there were no specials. Also there was no bread or rolls on the table.
  21. NH

    NakiaH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful service, beautiful view, and delicious food. Definitely will return.
  22. PW

    PaulW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience4
    Lack of staff- took an hour for drinks and apps - mgr cooked sandwiches because chef wouldn’t do it after 3:00 we sat at 2:45 got 2 food orders wrong finally we left- this was the best last year- now very poor need to get act together
  23. MA

    MattA

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Could be great because of location but just OK at best considering high price with below avg service and avg food.
  24. e

    elainek

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    the service was perfunctory at best. The waiter spoke so quickly that no one could catch what he was saying. He did not offer an once of warmth or concern about our likes, dislikes, well-being, etc. We tipped him but should not have. The management seemed like it couldn't wait for us to leave in order to reset up a new table configuration, which they did loudly and quickly as we stood to chat with people at our neighboring table. It was rude beyond anything I've seen, and we are avid restaurant goers. We order the halibut, which was tasty but nothing great, accompanied by a black lump of what was, underneath, a mushroom. It looked ghastly and certainly was not a nice presentation at all. The carrots were ok, some roasted to softness, others still hard. The accompanying roasted nuts were great. Very disappointing meal and experience.
  25. m

    msmj2

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb dinner! Thank you to Ashley who answered all our questions relating to the menu. Our courses were enjoyed.
  26. SW

    SWilliams

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The server paid us zero attention and the meal took two hours for two people! Our dessert had HAIR in it and there was a weak apology and the server moved on!
  27. VR

    VetaR

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Our party of four enjoyed the nice table, drinks, starters, and then the experience went downhill real fast. We waited more than 90 minutes for our entrees. Three other tables came after us but were finished 3 courses and desert by the time our main courses arrived. The waiter was very apologetic and checked on our food several times. When it finally arrived, the risotto was awful and they ran out of parmesan so it was bland. The sea bass arrived cold and overcooked. The rack of lamb was lukewarm like it had been sitting. The other 2 tables of people near us were equally disappointed with their meals. All total, our table of 4 and two tables of 2 people - we uniformly rated this a bad dining experience. The kitchen staff need to get it together.
  28. AR

    AshleyR

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and great atmosphere! The portions are smaller so don't go if you're expecting a lot of food.
  29. KN

    KymN

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Ambiance is nice but we had to wait over an hour for our food. Some of our meals were good while some were very sparse in the amount of food.
  30. P

    Paul

    Atlanta

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Request the patio for the view and nice breezes. Terrific appetizers and locally sourced fish, clams and oysters. Great bar also. Pricey but it’s Martha’s Vineyard. We always enjoy it.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best lobster roll in New England! Great staff and view.
  32. JB

    JoeB

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, wine list, menus choices and food! And then there’s the view!! Terrific.
  33. AC

    ACon

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Incredible food! Rather small portions for a big buck, but worth it, frankly. Especially the chicken and churros. Down side: our service was SO. Slow. We had a 545 reservation, and paid the check at 830. We'd go 15+ minutes without seeing our server, and had to ask for the check and then retrieve her to pay. Great ambiance and view, so there are certainly worse things, but we were ready to get a move on.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely spot with excellent food and very good service.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m not sure how this restaurant has ANY bad reviews. The food was some of the best I have had on island or off! Roasted carrots were amazing, chicken breast was super. My husband had the bass which he said was amazing as well. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
  36. B

    Bill

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal. Everyone in our party said they would definitely return!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was great! Cameron was a great server. The kitchen closed at 3:00 for lunch but the app allowed us to make a 2:30 reservation. The hostess was accommodating, but my dining experience was rushed as a result. Would definitely recommend, but give yourself time to eat and enjoy the view.
  38. LG

    LisaG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Asked to move our initial table and we were accommodated in a no fuss friendly manner. Good and ambiance were excellent. Service was a bit slow but didn’t effect our experience. It was a beautiful evening!
  39. D

    Dianne

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Such a pleasant evening; the food was very good, the service was good, and the hosts made the table we requested possible. We all loved it.
  40. w

    warewithall

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    The spot is sweet. Even on a very hot day you get a nice breeze off of the harbor. Pretty tables and nice ambiance. The only problem we had was the food was really disappointing. I wish I sent my steak sandwich back as it was inedible. The lobster roll was nothing spectacular but yet it had a spectacular price. All in all sitting there having a drink was lovely. But way to expensive for really really bad food. Will not return anytime soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Garde East is rated 4.1 stars by 655 OpenTable diners.

Garde East does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Garde East

52 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Martha's Vineyard

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Meat

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Overflow parking across the street

  • Public transit

    Vineyard Haven Marina, MV Water Taxi

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Justin Garriga

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (508) 687-9926

  • Private party facilities

    With picture perfect ocean views, delectable cuisine and impeccable service, there is no better setting for your next special occasion. Whether you are looking to host an intimate dinner party with a few close friends or a full wedding reception complete with beach front ceremony, let the professionals at Garde East bring your island event to life. From rehearsal dinners to private company cocktail hours, we will help you to arrange every detail, leaving you free to enjoy your guests and the sun setting over the harbor. No matter if you are traveling by car, boat, or ferry we have accommodations for all modes of transportation. We can even arrange for a private chartered ride to the island on board our M/V Piped Piper, a 72 foot luxury fast ferry. Contact us today to plan your next memorable occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Rebecca Miller: (401) 585-8005 ext. 113

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