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The Beach Plum

3.9
267 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

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The Beach Plum in Menemsha, Massachusetts is an upscale restaurant located inside the historic Beach Plum Inn on Martha�s Vineyard. The restaurant utilizes fresh ingredients sourced from the farmers and fishermen of Martha�s Vineyard for all menu items.

The Beach Plum serves a breakfast menu and small bites. Breakfast at the restaurant includes such fare as eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, steel cut oatmeal, Portuguese sweet bread French toast and French pressed coffee. Small bites available at The Beach Plum include warm olives, country p�t�, pickled devil eggs, cheese plate, whipped feta, oysters on the half shell, chicken salad and chilled lobster.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Open seven days a week for dinner, starting at 5:00 pm
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Phone number
(508) 645-9454
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Please contact The Beach Plum directly for additional information on hosting a Private Party.
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Private party contact
Kristen Gosselin: (508) 645-9454
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North Road
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Public transit
Vineyard Transit Authority public buses travel directly past the Inn daily along North Road with regularly scheduled stops at the Menemsha Public Beach and Chilmark Community Center
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Special events & promotions
The Beach Plum Restaurant hosts private dining, events, meetings and retreats. Gatherings of up to 180 people are welcome.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
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3.9based on all time ratings
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4.4
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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 3, 2014

Love this place. want to look into the rooms and cottages and move in.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2014

Fun time. One of my party ordered the rigatoni as a main course. Serving was small and served very plainly in a cereal bowl. Other pasta entree was good, but serving was also very plain. Both were priced comparably with the meat and fish entrees.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2014

I thought the portions were very small for the price.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2014

I understand the concept of a daily menu, however, this menu was far too restrictive. There was a chicken dish - leg and thigh - a shrimp dish and then a lamb and fluke dish that each required sharing and only 3 appetizer options. I have dined in NYC at some of the best restaurants and I felt the prices were extremely high for what we received. They even charged for bread which was rather insulting, yet we paid for it. To top it off, the lamb came out Luke warm/ cold and the chickpeas were on the hard side. We ordered one of each of the four desserts - little did we know the "chocolate plate" was 3 pieces of rock hard baking chocolate. Other desserts were great.
We were packed in like sardines and next to the wine cooler.

We were

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2014

It just didn't compare to last year which was great. No meat dish on very limited menu. Dessert was great.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2014

Beach Plum overlooksthewater and is a lovely place to dine. My only negative comment would be that the menu is a little limited and could have been wider inchoices.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2014

We are always happy with the food. although not a big selection-it is always creative and very good. When we first arrived the Chef was a bit loud. We love the atmosphere and the service was great. Next time we will ask for a table outside as the view of Menemsha beach is outstanding.

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1.0Dined on July 25, 2014

The Beach Plum used to be one of my favorite restaurants on the Vineyard. Now, whoever owns it has decided that "less is more"to the extreme. Suffice it to say that anyone who eats there will be shocked at how small the portions are regardless of whether they are appetizers or entrées. Some dishes are quite good from a culinary standpoint, but with the ridiculously sized portions, you can't help but feel cheated and extremely disappointed. Regardless of size, ANYONE would be shocked to pay 30 to 40 dollars and receiving an entree that contains 3-4 ounces of food including the accompanying vegetables. I'm so sad and disappointed that a restaurant so many islanders and visitors have enjoyed over the years has turned into a bad joke.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2014

Wonderful food, atmosphere, staff, and man-in-charge Chris Fischer. Dining at the Beach Plum Restaurant is a great experience, and I would recommend eating there at least once to everyone.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2014

From the scenic views to the dessert...our dining experience was sublime. We have been returning to the Beach Plum for about 15 years and will continue because the experience is always sensational! Congratulations to the new owner and the personal touches he has added to the restaurant.

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1.0Dined on July 23, 2014

This Restaurant was SUCH a disappointment. My pork, which cost close to 40$, was awful. It was almost entirely fat and the meet was so dry I could barely swallow it. The presentation was bizarre (it was surrounded by lettuce, half of it wilted) and I could have done a much better job my self. My mom asked them for a vegetarian dish since they have no veggie entres and her dish consisted of mushy overcooked peppers and squash on a plate no bigger than the size of my hand. She specifically asked for the dish to have some greens in it and when it arrived at the table there wasn't a green item on the plate. This pathetic little dish rang up at $28.00! They are basically robbing you blind! This place has really gone down hill.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2014

Great farm/ocean to table menu. Beautiful setting. BYOB.

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2014

great view. not very kid friendly. limited menu. food was okay, seemed overpriced.

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2014

rustic..they get away with a lot..but great food..portions are very small and pricey. The views were great. Service just OK. If I hadn't read reviews I would definitely be put off by the small portions and rustic accommodations. Wait staff was not appropriately dressed. Bra and breast were clearly visible even my 27 year old daughter commented. Destination dining not a regular dining spot. Once is enough. If you don't bring your own alcohol or if you are a non drinker..they only beverages available are lemonade and iced tea!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2014

No better view than outdoors at this place on a beautiful evening at sunset. Food was okay. Experience was great

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2014

The portions got much more reasonable after our first visit, though I would really like some good, plain bread, even if I have to pay. I still miss the chick pea/spinach/poached egg dish from last year and the beginning of this summer, but the food was good and the chocolate-almond torte was delicious. Too loud for us seventy year olds so maybe we should arrive even before six. The staff is pleasant and attentive and the view fabulous.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2014

Enchanting ambiance & delicious, creative food. Service a bit off, not on par with the quality of the food or reputation. Hostess who sat us expected me to squeeze into a very narrow space without moving a very large, long table to allow access (I'm thin, but not that thin). Had to prompt her a few times about the seating challenge and a solution. We requested our first 2 courses be brought out separately. However waitress appeared with plates only for our second course and asked how we enjoyed the first course, then didn't understand we had not even been served the first course yet. Didn't notice we didn't get first course. Asked for first course again before the second, only to get the second one before the first. Very polite but rushed.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2014

Wonderful dining... but remember it's a dry town. And you need to BYOB.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2014

Everything was very fresh and beautifully presented. Cheerful staff and service. I had two Jewish guests and there were only two items not he menu that they could eat as the offerings were dominated by shellfish and pork. That made our meal a little difficult. I also didn't know that it was BYOB. Somehow that information was lost in the shuffle.

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1.0Dined on July 10, 2014

My husband and I have been coming to MV for years. On most trips we have eaten at The Beach Plum Inn. Even one of our relatives had their rehearsal dinner here. The restaurant has really taken a down turn. Menu is extremely limited and on the night we came, no seafood was offered as was in past. We could have split a chicken for $70! We got two appetizers which came to $30 for one person. Ambience is still there. Place is beautiful in evening but that is all I can say positive about restaurant as it is today. I would strongly discourage any friend of mine from going . I had to make sandwich when I got home as didn't get much to eat.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2014

We had a great night at the Beach Plum. The views are incredible and the food was amazing. Everything is fresh and local, and the chef does nothing to complicate the delicious and simple ingredients. I would go back again and again.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2014

We were seated outside, as requested. The outdoor dining tables were a bit too rustic.
We brought our own wine; we both ordered salads as a first course.
We had the entree roasted fluke for two. Waiter had no idea how to fillet the whole fish and we were happy another server could do this. We wondered where Burke's mind was that evening; it really wasn't on serving customers. So the food was a great experience, excellent roasted fluke but the waiter left a lot to be desired. He shouldn't be in a classy restaurant,
Gloria C Manning

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1.0Dined on July 3, 2014

What happened to this beautiful restaurant? Only two entrees to pick from. Paying $34 for a chicken dish that was just ok was pretty disappointing. Are they under new management? Also to have an open kitchen in such a small and elegant space is a BAD idea. We won't be going back.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2014

All amazing, memorable, wonderful except
The striped bass in soup was a miss. Not summery and not powerfully flavorful (like everything else is).
Better to have grilled or poached it and served on a bed of the garbanzos rather than submerge it in soup.
It tasted OK . It was not visually appealing.
This was my 2nd visit. I have booked 3 and 4 already.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2014

Food was absolutely delicious. Portions were very small, but with money saved on byob this can be overlooked.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2014

This place captures the essence of the Vineyard I love. Casual elegance, delicious local veggies and fish. the wait staff couldn't be more attractive and good at their job. It is without a doubt my favorite restaurant on the Island. Having dinner looking down at the charming fishing village of Menemsha is a perfect combination. The tuna tartar was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2014

The "Beach Plum" has been discovered, which is hard to understand: it has always been here. A true "farm to table" restaurant, using only locally sourced food, particularly fruits, vegetables, and fish. "Cutting edge" in the best sense of the phrase. Highly recommended.

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1.0Dined on June 30, 2014

Extremely disappointing. Shockingly stingy portions and extremely high prices. We understand that the economics of running a restaurant on Martha's Vineyard are challenging, especially in a part of the island that is BYOB, however, this restaurant needs consulting. Poorly organized and worded menu riddled with typos, very limited options (e.g. five entrees, two of which were chicken) even for a concept built around island-sourced food and amateurishly simple, underseasoned food, again (trust me, its bears repeating), in truly insultingly small portions (and were not exactly fressers). The grounds and view, however, are beautiful and the people-watching stellar.

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1.0Dined on June 27, 2014

We were uncomfortable from the time we had a woman seat us displaying tatoos. When I see tatoos on wait staff, I wonder how clean the kitchen is. My wife's stomach was upset for most of the next day. She suspects it was caused by the fish she ate at your restaurant.

On the plus side, the restaurant has a nice atmosphere and water view.

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2014

First time on Martha's Vineyard wanted a nice place to eat. Very quaint setting of old mansion by the sea, staff friendly, allowed early seating. All stages of meal were small portions spinach Caesar bland, lamb rague and pasta came in good size soup bowl very Aldente and not a lot of lamb but what was there was tasty. Dessert was a chocolate almond pie that was very good and the only item that was close to expected serving size. My wife's dinner of Sea Bass was almost a 2x2 cube of fish more like what you get with a surf and turf order plus she struggled with her beet salad special and her dessert didn't have But a slice of a strawberry for topping. The staff was excellent and what was served mostly good but for the price I expected more

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2.0Dined on June 26, 2014

Very disappointing--the beet and feta salad looked and tasted ordinary, and the pasta guinea hen ragu was bland and uninteresting. This place is too expensive to be serving anything less than fantastic food.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2014

All very good: the location, the buzz, the staff, the food and the philosophy.

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2.0Dined on June 24, 2014

friendly staff. prices on par with other vineyard restaurants. small portions. food forgettable, half of our foursome liked their dinner, the other 2 thought it was OK but nothing great. ambience very pleasant.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2014

Fabulous views- tiny portions-o.k. with me- not the regular person- One piece of bread when you order bread

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2014

Being pescatarian, we had little to choose from. The salmon gravlax, cured with shiso leaves among other things, was good though mild and teeny portions. My husband had the spinach, chick peas and poached egg - delicious, reasonably large. We really enjoyed it last year. I had fluke, potatoes,with salsa verde and fava bean purée, very small and, I thought, ill conceived. Whatever recipe you use, Italian salsa verde is a bit piquant- capers,garlic and red wine vinegar, while fava bean purée's appeal is chalky blandness. Combined it was pretty but the two were indistinguishable and bland. Being hungry, we split an OK strawberry shortcake.

It's nice to bring our own wine, as in the past. The ambiance is wonderful.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2014

We had a delicious meal at the Beach Plum. The pork belly was perfectly cooked as was the rest of our meal. The service was exemplary and the view was beautiful. A perfect summer evening in Menemsha .

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2014

My wife and I went to the Bach Plum for out 33rd anniversary. We've been going for special nights for many of those 33 years, through different owners and chefs. This time did not disappoint. When being seated at an awkward large table, the hostess graciously accommodated our request to move to window table for two. We had a lovely view as the sun set over Menemsha harbor. It was replaced with a beautiful crescent moon and the Gay Head light revolving in the distance. The salads and pork tenderloin special that we had were excellent--not over prepared--but simply done to bring out their flavors and freshness. Desserts (Chocolate Tart for my wife and a Rhubarb pastry for me) with coffee were a wonderful ending. BYOB helps on cost.

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1.0Dined on May 29, 2014

We been going to Beach Plum Inn restaurant every few years for over 30 years (whenever we would visit Martha's Vineyard). It had always been a great Down Island destination.....until this last visit; limited menu with strange items offered (and printed using an old typewriter - almost illegible). Food was poorly prepared, very unappetizing. We both agree the it was the worst meal we have had in a long time.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2014

Food was delicious and very inventive but portions were so skimpy, we left and went for pizza to satisfy our hunger, even after an appetizer, salad and main. For the high prices, the portions should not be so tiny. Restaurants of this caliber typically offer something - amuse bouche or at least bread...nothing was offered and then we were overcharged for two of the 5 items we ordered. Great location, ambiance, service and food flavors but poor value due to very chintzy portion sizes. (And we are fit foodies who don't over eat)

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2014

Lovely dinner--so simple, but perfectly cooked. The decor suited the food and mood. Friendly and professional service. Beautiful setting--only wish more of the tables indoors could have seen the lovely view.

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