Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn

3.9
516 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Woods is a hidden gem on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Tucked away deep in the woods of pastoral West Tisbury at the end of a long, windy road, Woods offers one of the most unique and whimsical dining experiences on the island.

The menu reinvents and redefines classical New England dishes. A comprehensive wine and beer list is also offered.


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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 516 people are saying
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SShep
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Beautiful setting and a much needed night out during Covid. However, we expected an excellent culinary experience and were disappointed with the overall dinner. We found the food fairly mediocre, lacking seasoning/flavor, and the first courses were quite small portions. The $100 per person price was not commensurate with what we ate, but the staff was fantastic and we appreciated the beautiful setting and felt safe.

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PaulD
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was really good, close to excellent but somewhat laced robust flavor. For farm to table not the intense flavor expected. Service was not great - forgot bread, needed to be reminded to brong clean silverware to replace that used for finished courses. May go again but will opt to try other venues first

Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you for the feedback, Paul! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We'll make note of your constructive comments and use them to improve for your next visit. We hope to see you again soon. Until then, take care!

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vipBethB
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Pretty restaurant but subpar service and food.
There were four of us and we all left disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Food was cold and bland.
Atmosphere was bland.
Hostess was rude.
Ugh.

Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn
Responded on September 16, 2021

We're sorry to hear about your experience. Many other guests rave about these things, so it's disappointing to know we missed the mark for you. We hope you'll give us another shot in the future to deliver the high quality experience we know we can offer!

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PaulM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Earlier this summer we had a fabulous dinner and were excited to go back. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed. Evidently, the chef that was there has left, and the food was not good.

Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn
Responded on September 16, 2021

Thanks for sharing, Paul. While we're glad to hear you had a lovely experience dining with us earlier this summer, we're sorry your latest trip left something to be desired. While we're quite proud of our current offerings, we understand everyone's tastes are different. Please know our menu does change throughout the year. We'd love to have you back again for another delicious meal! Take care.

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davidh
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The location of our table at Woods was bad. The food was excellent.

Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn
Responded on September 16, 2021

Thank you for the feedback, David! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. However, we're sorry you weren't pleased with the location of your table. Please visit again, so we can give you the full Woods experience at a table better suited to your wants and needs!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Trouble experience. Such an overpriced disappointment. Everything was cold and favored awful. The heirloom salad had zero heirloom tomatoes. Just two grape tomatoes cut in half. The dressing was so spicy our lips and mouth were on fire. Lobster was over cooked and chewy. Waitress didn’t wear her mask at all. Will never return.

Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn
Responded on September 16, 2021

While we hope some aspects of our quaint property and romantic atmosphere resonated with you, we're very sorry to hear about your experience. Please know our menu does change throughout the year, so you may find other items better suited to your liking in the future. To your mask comment, we take the safety of our guests and staff very seriously. This will be addressed internally with our staff.

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vipdiningdiva
New England
74 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 57th anniversary. Outstanding meal and service.

Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn
Responded on September 16, 2021

Thank you for sharing such a special day with us! Wishing you all the best. Please hurry back to see us again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I called ahead of time to make sure they could accommodate a vegan meal and they confirmed that they could. We showed and the server was very nice. I let her know again that I would need a vegan meal which she assured me she would talk directly into the chef. First entre was nice and refreshing. The salad had croton which I just picked out but was promised there would not be crotons. The next meal I requested no mushrooms, it came full of mushroom which I just ended up not eating. Pasta was bland. My husband was also not thrilled with his non-vegan meal. It's overrated and not worth the price. The ambiance was nice but likely not returning.

Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you for sharing this feedback. It's good to hear you enjoyed the ambiance and service you received while dining with us. However, we're sorry other aspects of your experience weren't as great. We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions, as you noted, but it sounds like we made some mistakes with your meal. For that, we apologize. Please know our menu changes throughout the year, and we hope you'll come back to try out other dishes that may be better suited to your tastes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Beautiful spot, great staff, Lilliputian portions for astronomical price. Not sure if I had a lobster tail or a crawfish.

Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you for the kudos on the property and friendly service! We appreciate you letting us know how we can improve for your next visit. We hope to see you again!

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vipHowardG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Unfortunately, Value for price was not good. Especially grossly inflated and mediocre wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The garden setting is absolutely stunning, and you are paying for ambience here.

The food was okay, but portions were tiny compared to what we expected for a $95 meal. For example, the second course of watermelon and feta salad consisted of a small rectangle of feta topped with four teeny tiny pieces of watermelon.

Our waitress was delightful, however service was quite slow - it was a three hour meal, which can be fun but we were pretty hungry by the time we got our mains due to the small appetizer sizes.

Overall we thought the meal was akin to a meal you’d get at a wedding - good, not great food and very expensive. If only there was a band!

Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn
Responded on September 29, 2021

It's great to hear you enjoyed dining in our beautiful outdoor garden! Thank you for the kudos on our friendly waitstaff; we'll be sure to pass those compliments along. To your constructive notes, we appreciate your perspective and feedback. We'll use your comments to improve our menu items for future visits. Hurry back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a very good overall, but somewhat inconsistent, experience at Lambert's Cove Inn. The ambience, seated in the lovely and well maintained garden at the inn, is incredible. Waitstaff were kind and attentive. As for food. Some of the dishes were excellent - well prepared, great flavors, presentation, everything. The fried oysters were amazing, and the braised short rib was among the best short rib dishes I have ever had. Some dishes were a bit lackluster or uninspired though, especially the appetizer salads. But overall, a very enjoyable meal.

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ChadG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great place and friendly island service.
The delayed arrival of the main course was unreasonable. The cod was served tepid at best and short rib was dry.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting MV after time on the cape and wanted something enjoyable and not too heavy. Each course was
delightful with my highlight being the summer squash soup & my partner's the tuna. The GM Ayana (who may have also been the sommelier) was very helpful in settling a playful dispute, and the music accompanied the meals in a way that felt familiar and homey.

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vipTheaterGoer
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

We were disappointed in our dinner at the Woods. We decided to give it a try based on a friend's recommendation. They seemed to be short-staffed and the overall we were not impressed with the food. We are foodies, so our standard is likely higher than most people.

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PaulL
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were disappointed that they weren't serving the menu described on their web site. Unfortunately the fish (cod) was over cooked and dry.
The couple on the table next to us were similarly disappointed. Otherwise food was fine Ambience and wait staff were very nice.
Our previous experiences were much better and would still recommend to others.

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Kat58
New England
26 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I tagged the atmosphere as moderate, since due to Covid, there weren't as many diners as there normally would be. It was actually quiet, which is terrific since my husband is partially deaf. Lovely, yummy food as usual. Our go to place for a dinner that never disappoints when we're on island.

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SashaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was just perfect! Came here for our wedding anniversary and the service was great. The food was amazing and so fresh. My favorites was the short ribs and the fresh yellow fin tuna! It is pre-fix dinner and a bit pricy but still a wonderful experience.

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CliffordC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice setting and pleasant people working there. However for $95 prix fix the food should have much better. It was fine but not at all special.

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MegO
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I have been coming to Lambert's Cove in since before my sons rehearsal dinner in Oct 1992. The atmosphere is changed and it is all too trendy for my taste. I don't like prix fix menus and there were not enought choices. I liked it better when we ate in the small dinning room in the inn and the ivy grew in through the foundation in the corner. The entire common area of the Inn is decorated like it is an after thought. It was, however, lovely to eat in the garden area.

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Daisygirl
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious outdoor meal in a beautiful garden setting! We booked due to other great reviews on food and chef. We found out on arrival that chef had recently been replaced. Overall, the food was very good, although portions were quite small. I had the braised short rib, which was delicious with roasted carrots over polenta, but it would have been nice to have more than one rib. The menu was a fixed price with very limited options for four courses. Not sure we got our money's worth of food for $95 per person. However, the beautiful setting and the wonderful service all contributed to a very pleasant experience.

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JEvans
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Great atmosphere- food was good but portions were small and very slow even for a 4 course fixed menu (almost 2.5 hrs). Also a $55 fixed menu for kids is just absurd- the kids are looking forward to dessert and the brownies were just 2 mini muffin bite size pieces.

Not worth it for the price.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the restaurant was wonderful; we dined outside and it was lovely - the staff was very friendly; our waitress, Kaya was superb - very efficient and a lovely girl; the food was excellent - not overly heavy, given the four courses; but very tasty. Everything about our experience was wonderful!

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WBW3
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really beautiful setting, great service. The food was good, but not great. The lobster in squid ink special was well cooked, but bland. The tomato salad is boring, the chees plat meager.

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vipHarp28
New York Area
254 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous outdoor dining room, so pretty and just wonderful! Excellent friendly and attentive service. Greatly creative cuisine, only wish there were more vegetarian and carb free choices but otherwise what a lovely experience!
Thumbs up!

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vipSharD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Beautiful setting, unorganized service, inconsistent food.
Overpriced for level of service and quality of food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Beautiful outdoor garden setting. Restaurant offers 4 course prix fixe menu using local ingredients. Overall, the food and service is a work in progress. Hopefully, the chef and management will improve so that the menu matches the ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

We felt rushed and the three courses offered for the fixed price menu were poor value Lacked any premier items for the high price

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vipLulu117
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience5

We arrived promptly at 7:45 for our reservation. There was no one to greet us outdoors and we stood outside waiting for at least five minutes. The hostess walked right by us on her way from the garden dining area into the main hotel. I smiled and said hello… she looked up ….saw the two of us standing there, one person with a cane, and she did not greet us and continued into the main building of the hotel. After another few minutes, I saw A server and I asked her where one checked in to let the restaurant know that we were actually there. She directed me to the hostess station inside the restaurant. We went there, which was difficult for my friend with a few stairs and her cane, and found no one standing at the hostess desk. We looked at the main desk,
Which was also unattended until eventually we found the hostess, still not acknowledging our presence- and we had to stop her and ask if we could have our table! Do you assured us to our table rushing ahead of my poor friend who was hobbling with her cane, and the host is never once looked back to see if we could follow directly behind her. When we got to the table, she recited the drinks menu and took off.
This was completely bizarre in terms of our experience of your restaurant. We ate here two weeks ago and loved every minute of it from the greeting of the person standing at the entrance to the garden to our final dessert!
I never write long reviews such as this, but last night’s experience really warranted a good description for you. It made us not very eager to return!
Let me add that our server was wonderful polite and well related!

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vipJennyB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We dined here in June and it was very good. Last night, not so much. Started with stale bread. The crispy oysters were delicious, but last time there were five, now only 3. The peach salad was a mess: unripe peaches, overly-sweet sauce. The entrees were good. Biggest disappointment was dessert: last time, the chocolate cake was a generous, dark chocolate treat; this time, two tiny little discs, with no chocolate flavor at all. The bill came to $500 for three of us, with wine and tip: not worth it.

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KathyS
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful evening. A superb dinner. An exceptional bottle of wine. All of this set among the flower gardens of your inn! It made for a remarkable dining experience. Thank you.

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Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Not worth the money. Lovely ambiance and our server was very sweet but overall not a good experience.

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Natia
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!! Gorgeous setting!
Took longer to get there than expected bug totally worth it!
I did not realize it was a fixed menu of $95/person…ouch!
But the food was outstanding.
Service excellent.

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CarolynP
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the private setting and prefixed menu selections were delicious! Our group tried all the options

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Very disappointed with the entire experience. The food was of very poor quality and nothing stood out or was even acceptable. From the crouton size three pieces of grocery store Baggett in a basket for a table of four to the cheese tray for dessert that comprised two small butter pat pieces of cheese.

The wait between each of the 4 course meal was an average of 40 minutes and the restaurant was not full.

I would not recommend at all.

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ArtEatsLaw
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

‘Wedding factory in the woods’ is not a cozy bistro and not really a restaurant. The food is ego-driven by a kitchen that lacks training, not an ingredients-driven white tablecloth place at all. Every course had glaring errors, starting with the frozen mass-produced bread that was hard and chalky, replaced by freshly defrosted bread that was wet. Next came apps plated fast, garnished with greens wilted under a heat lamp. Proportions were comically out of whack, with nice apps sized like amuses, and “salads” dressed by super soaker. One main was 1/2# fresh frozen pasta cooked gummy, sauced bland and topped heavily with food service shredded “cheese”. The second was 2 oz of scallops (that’s 4 scallops total, with any two fitting on one fork) expertly seared, sitting on top of 3 tbs of room temp quinoa, on marinara/romesco that was cold cold, with a crudité sized piece of broccolini also fridge-cold.

Staff was affable and well-meaning, but hamstrung by an inept kitchen and not versed in restaurant service, fine food or wine. Our waiter vanished for 20 minutes after clearing plates, leaving empty glasses and wine bottle for us to play spin the bottle. When he returned, he let us know that cheese plates were coming (soon!) and offered dessert wine, but at 2 hours and zero patience, we asked for the cheese to go. In 10 minutes, it came with apologies in greasy finger-printed to-go containers, and was - of course - supermarket cheese chunks (we are talking pepper jack here) and a few berries.

Cassette era rock soundtrack left on from set-up was funny at first, but par for the course by the time we paid our $400 tab. And what’s with plastic trees and birdhouses in the dining room a la Rainforest Cafe / Christmas tree shop?

If you’re the Bridal Barn, stay out of the restaurant ring. Pandemic’s hit all of us hard, and I will pay a premium as we recover, but that’s no excuse for mass produced/prepared food, misguided service and zero attention to any detail at all.

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NormanB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside, under a tent. It began to rain so we felt badly for the waitstaff who got rained on but they were professional and made sure they stayed dry. Great food, great staff.

Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thanks for the stellar review, Norman! We're glad to hear you enjoyed dining with us. Please come back and see us again when the weather is clear. We hope to see you again soon!

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TeriL
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a beautiful setting and thoughtful and delicious dinner.

Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn
Responded on July 30, 2021

We're so glad to see you had such a good experience dining with us, Teri! We hope to see you again soon the next time you're in the area.

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CatherineK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely! Magical evening with incredible food and surroundings.

Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn
Responded on July 30, 2021

We're thrilled to see you had a magical evening with us, Catherine! We hope you'll come back soon for more delicious food and good times. Take care!

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Woods at Lambert’s Cove Inn is rated 3.9 stars by 516 OpenTable diners.

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