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About The Beach Plum
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.
Menemsha, MA 02552
American, Seafood, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Open seven days a week for dinner, starting at 5:00 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact The Beach Plum directly for additional information on hosting a Private Party.
Private Party Contact:
Kristen Gosselin: (508) 645-9454
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
Special Events & Promotions:
The Beach Plum Restaurant hosts private dining, events, meetings and retreats. Gatherings of up to 180 people are welcome.
The Beach Plum - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
Honestly, this was one of the best meals I've ever had. I've eaten at Le Bernadin, Bouley, Eleven Mad, you name it, and this matched them toe for toe. I used to eat here when my parents used to bring me out there at the end of our summer share in Edgartown, but, to be honest, the food was very pedestrian. What a phenomenal turn around. The food was unpretentious but exquisitely finished. Giant ricotta gnocchis, achingly crunchy donuts, and the most perfectly toasted marble rye one could envision. Katz's would be furious tasting this bread. The view, as always, was spectacular. Our server, Jonathan, was so helpful and made the best recommendations. He personally guaranteed we'd love the ceviche and could not have been more right. Oy, these superlatives are starting to get annoying I'm sure. I will end by saying that I will absolutely be coming back when the Beach Plum reopens it's doors in 2016.
Two years ago the Beach Plum became, briefly, the best restaurant on Martha's Vineyard. An old, dowdy, boring place was transformed, both physically and with a new chef, with some truly exciting food. Alas, he left and last year the place was awful. This year, another chef and, well, a work in progress but much progress is needed. The basics are sound: beautiful room, good service, outstanding ingredients (the tuna and the chicken must be some of the best on the Island). But the preparations were utterly incoherent. Nothing worked. And the prices, even by Island standards, are truly insane. We will not return and we would not recommend it unless the food improved and/or the prices dropped to the level of other, and currently much better, establishments both Up-Island and in Edgartown.
Our second visit this Summer..and once again, a wonderful evening of delicious fare. Not to be missed if you're visiting the Island. The new chef has resurrected both the dining quality and reputation of the Beach Plum after two fairly dismal years at the hands of a much less talented chef. When you read the reviews, make sure you consider only this year's ratings. Order the "Chicken Butter" and Ceviche appetizers for a start. Entrees..they are all exceptional.
The restaurant will not disappoint you! It was a wonderful experience with a breathe taking view over Menemsha Harbor. We were lucky to sit by the window and watching the sunset while enjoying a spectacular locally farmed meal was AMAZING!
The Beach Plum should be in everyone's dining bucket list.
The Beach Plum Inn is one of the best restaurants we've ever been to - and my girlfriend and I have eaten at some of the finest restaurants in the world. Set on charming hillside lot, overlooking the small fishing village of Menemsha and the sea beyond, the views are as spectacular as the food. The service is friendly and relaxed, yet attentive. We brought a bottle of Mum's and had an amazing night on her birthday. The menu changes daily (as any good farm to table restaurant should) so I can't make any specific recommendations, but everything is likely to be delicious.
But for the food, Beech Plum was a big disappointment this year from the very start. We expect more from this highly rated and high priced restaurant. We booked on Open Table because we called to make a reservation for the night of our anniversary, left a message, and never got a return call. We requested a table for two, inside next to a window for our anniversary. When they called the day defore to confirm our reservation I repeated the request. They didn't seat us at the window and after we were seated we noticed a nearby empty table for two. We didn't ask to be reseated. By their own admission, they were slammed unexpectedly and understaffed.
The best thing about BP is enjoying a glass of BYOB wine on the beautiful terrace watching the sunset over Menemsha Bay. No waitstaff was outside to offer wine glasses or pour wine. We went back inside to ask and were told someone was out there. Not true. Finally someone brought jelly jars - yes, jelly jars - to a nearby group. We asked for them, too, and never got them. By that time, it was time for our reservation. We loved the sunset even without the wine. The place was super noisy. As there was no outside dining that night because they were setting up for a wedding the next day, I think they crammed more people inside. No wine glasses, just jelly jars! Our waiter told us they were short because they had returned their rented glasses earlier this week. Really? With a wedding the next day? We had to ask for our bottle of wine to be opened. Eventually we got real wine glasses.
Our dinners were very good though not exceptional - yellow fin tuna and slow cooked lamb shank with polenta in a rich broth. The greens, radish , and goat feta cheese salad would have been better if you could find more than a few morsels of cheese. Not enough ingredients for the unexpected crowd?
Our waiter and the entire staff were pleasant but in a hurry. They couldn't be attentive. We sensed their frustration.
my wife and are vegetarian and the waiter asked the chef to prepare something special. and it was: a delicious mushroon, cherry tomatoe saute on silky potatoe puree, all with local ingredients. it was beautifully seasoned and just the right potion size. this is an exceptional dining experience.
It seems to b a trend on the island to offer small plates. This restaurant follows the trend. But a strange menu. Scallops with pork belly???Prices r inflated due to byob but $47 for chicken is still hard to swallow. Chicken pate was good but hard to know what to expect when they call it chicken butter. Service was fine. Things came hot but not sure I would go out of way again to get there. Chilmark tavern better option in my opinion. Bit noisier without the smaller ambiance but better food
The sunset view over the Menemsha Bight is stunning. There are lots of big group seating options both inside and out. The food was absolutely wonderful and they did a good job navigating food allergies for us. The overall service was very good but our waiter was a bit distracted covering 14 tables that night and that made him far less attentive than I wanted, and the table next to us was making similar comments among themselves as well. That was the only detraction from a five star experience.
Most food was quite good and a significant improvement in what had neen a declining eating establishment. One steak was very tough and only half eaten. Poor cut not noticed by kitchen staff. Expensive even by Vinyard standards. Service was quite poor. Nonattentive and likely inexperienced waiter who would even address other wait staff while we were trying to communicate. Great surroundings & views are diminished by shipping wrap brown paper table covers.
This was my first time at the Beach Plum, despite over 40 years of summering on the Island. I thought I knew every nook and cranny of Chilmark, but I was stunned by how beautiful the view is from the restaurant. Looking out at the sunset, it feels like one is in the US Virgin Islands. The grounds of the BP are equally impressive, with beautifully terraced lawns. Strolling around one might come upon horses, lamas, or free roaming chickens.
Fortunately the food is equally as good a the setting. I had the steak which was delicious. My dinning companions had the scallops, and the chicken, and they were equally pleased with the food. The service was excellent. Our waiter, Spenser, even added a candle to my dessert, as this meal was also a birthday celebration.
The only thing that I found problematic is that the menu is quite limited. Although the steak was excellent, had there been other options I might have availed myself of them. I also found the restaurant prices particularly high with the average entrée costing around $45. I could see myself coming again for a special occasion, but not otherwise.
We had 8:15 reservations that had to be booked over a week in advance to even get. We arrived early to see probably the best sunset I've ever seen. We were not seated until 8:50 all the while staring at 3 empty tables outside. The staff was very apologetic and did give us 3 free appetizers to make up for it. The menu was extremely odd (blood clams which were awful, chicken hearts which I did not venture to try, beef tar tar which was good) and not much to choose from. Service was extremely slow. I had the prime rib which was very good and my wife had the scallops which had no flavor. Not sure if their menu frequently changes but I can't say we will be back.
Limited menu with poor execution. Untrained flustered service staff. Chef trying hard to be "trendy" with the food when they should concentrate on its preparation. Had to return the steak entree because it was tough, which is probably why it came cut into pieces and cold. Came back hot but now overcooked. Good news is they agreed not to charge us for it. Don't waste your money.
While this restaurant was always one of our favorites on the island, it clearly lost its focus the last few years. However, this year they have it back. A terrific creative menu, an energetic staff, and of course the spectacular view of Menemsha Bay. We ate at most of the fine restaurants on the island this year and Beach Plum was far and away the best overall experience.
We went to The Beach Plum after not having dined there for a few years, and
we are glad we did.
When I made the reservation, I requested a table on the patio. However, when we arrived, we were seated in the dining room. We asked to be moved to the patio, and despite the fact that the restaurant was quite busy, the hostess was able to move us. Before I get to the food, I'll talk about the view. If you have never been to Beach Plum, you are missing not only a wonderful meal, but a spectacular view of Menemsha Harbor and the sunset. We were lucky to be there on a beautiful night, and the sunset did not disappoint.
The food was not overshadowed by the view. We began the meal by sharing a green salad that was so fresh it didn't need much dressing. For the main course, we ordered the crispy chicken and the rib eye steak. The chicken had been poached in a bag infused with fresh herbs, then flash fried, and served with a poblano crema. The chicken was flavorful and moist and truly outstanding. The steak was served with a very flavorful chimichurri sauce and potatoes. We also shared a side dish of corn with a chipotle aioli. We dined at many great restaurants during this trip to the Vineyard, and we both declared that these were the best entrées we had, and we have had some pretty amazing meals.
Dessert was underwhelming and the portion was small for the price. We ordered a peach cobbler which was served in a very small mason jar with crumb topping and a small dollop of mascarpone cheese. The taste was good, but it left us wanting more.
The Beach Plum is one of the few restaurants located in a dry town, so it is BYOB. They charged an $8 per bottle corkage charge, which is worth the cost of bringing your own wine. The service was top-notch, and we will definitely return to The Beach Plum on our next visit to the Vineyard.
Been al over all spots on MV and nothing ever knocks it out of the park...food here does just that
Our server Burke was salty and weeded with minimal menu knowledge...told us to google the blood clams we ordered. Chalk it up to end of season burnout. Other than him it would have been a hit
It's a beautiful spot and MV needs a place that serves innovative local food, but the execution was poor. The low stars for service is NOT for the server. She was great. It is for the kitchen and the chef. It took two and a half hours to complete our meal. In the first hour, we only got our appetizers. If we had gotten dessert, it easily would've been three hours. They sell you on the fact that the menu changes every day. In theory, that sounds great, but I think it was likely the cause of things taking so long. When we get our entrees they both were lukewarm! So I don't know if they had finished them a while before and just forgot to serve them. Bizarre. Server tried to make up for delay and blame it on "Island Time" Then the two hosts sat for dinner totally oblivious that there were patrons who have been waiting way too long for their meals. I just think that is bad form. Front and back of the house let servers out to dry.
I came to this restaurant over twenty years ago and it has remained popular over the years. Unfortunately a very impressive chef departed relatively recently and the new chef has not found his sea legs! The location and dining room is charming but nothing absorbs the sound so it was too noisy for my tastes. First of all the menu is very limited, which is ok if everything is great but it is not. The best dish was the tuna and the scallops. None of us tried the $45 chicken dish (!). The ceviche was underseasoned and unattractively presented. The brussel sprouts side was died out and over cooked. The pasta dish was tasty but chewy. The salad was again bland and underdressed. The ice cream was great but the peach desert tasted sweet but not peachy. Not likely to return until the chef changes.
We don't recall such an amazing experience as our dinner last night at The Beach Plum. Gorgeous setting, casual, simple, yet elevated and heightened tastes. Every dish we had was superb. We had small plates and appetizers of white anchovies with lemon rind, olives and capers- mild, salty, balanced. An order of beautiful blood clams in their gorgeous shells with soy pearls that burst in the mouth- oceanographic! Honeysuckle oysters were so fresh, sweet, briny. The entrees were all fabulous: local yellowfin tuna, locally raised ribeye, scallops with local pork belly, gnocci- the best of each we've ever had. foraged mushroom, braised beef on buttermilk gnoccis were the fluffiest most divine gnocci. The service was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.
Our only regret was that their espresso machine was broken. This is the island's best no doubt.
This was our fourth time at The Beach Plum and it was not a good experience. The restaurant was packed and the staff and kitchen were overwhelmed. It was hard to tell if the restaurant was understaffed or that the staff was not fully professional but we waited a long time for wine glasses to arrive (it's BYOB) and it was over an hour before our appetizers arrived and then another hour wait for the main course. The food itself was mediocre and the various main dishes seemed overly similar to one another despite quite distinct ingredients. The Beach Plum could be a fine restaurant but it needs to figure out how many guests it can reasonably accommodate. It also needs to adjust the menu to what the kitchen can handle.
A beautiful MV setting with gorgeous sunsets and outdoor available seating. What used to be an elegant, quiet, and romantic restaurant is now extremely noisy (on purpose - the ambiance was roughened up to create a farm-to table setting), very pricey ($47 chicken dish??), small portions, and very slow service. The food, however, is very good. We've been coming to MV for 16 years - this used to be our favorite restaurant - I'm not sure we're going to make a reservation for next year.
Wonderful view, but if the sun is still out, it can be blinding and hot. Best to arrive just before sunset. No alcohol served and there's also a corkage fee. Good deal for them, I guess. Oysters and brussels were great. Veal was good but very fatty and not much meat for $38. Morning Glory Atole, ie, corn on the friggin cob with some mayo and paprika, came with no holders or skewers in order to eat in any classy way.
Sitting inside, the noise level in the restaurant was high which made it difficult to have a conversation however the food was exceptional and our server was very attentive and accommodating. We met the chef to give our compliments and he was very professional and receiving of our comments. The food was from local vineyard sources which makes it that much more special. Overall it was a great experience. Though loud, I will most likely be returning.
We recently eat at the Beach Plum, a place were we have eaten at almost every summer. This time the services was all around terrible. The staff seemed to know they were going to get 20% of whatever we spent and simply didn't care. There were too many issues to list & there were a couple of bright points but overall they simply didn't care. We called a day later to speak with the owners wanting to discuss the issues with them vs the manager or posting online. When we learned they were traveling during the busiest week of the year - do they care - we ended up speaking with the manager who took my info ( offering no resolution ) and I had to push for a follow up ( which I still haven't gotten). My suggestion - try other high end restaurants first and if you want the sunset ho the the beach at Menemsha.
Josh Aronie and his wonderful team have brought the Beach Plum (as well as the Home Port down the road) back to glory days for dinner. The Beach Plum has great seasonal food perfect for any up-Island special occasion or evening out with friends. Nice selection of entrees, all excellently prepared, and the service is terrific (our waiter was Spencer). - never a wait, but never hurried either. A total turnaround from the prior chef -- try it once and you'll be back.
Made a reservation through Open Table at the Beach Plum Inn restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. We visited the restaurant the day before & requested a particular table. On the day of the reservation, the restaurant contacted us and we reiterated all of the information. Upon arrival at the restaurant, the hostess lead our party half way to our table and then scurried away for several minutes leaving us all standing awkwardly waiting for her return. The table we had requested was taken by a couple w/ 2 toddlers. When I informed the hostess that we had reserved that table she apologized and said that the client had seated himself and there was nothing she could do. She gave us a table that we specifically had said we did not want . The unprofessional waitress didn't bring an ice bucket for our wine until we asked twice. She forgot to put in an entree order for one of our guests and we all sat waiting for the entree expecting it at any minute but the waitress had disappeared. When we attempted to find her to ask where the entree was, she hurried away. While we ate, no one ever checked on us. No one asked if we wanted more water or bread or anything at all. Our table was invisible. When we finished our entrees the empty plates sat in front of us for so long that we finally had to ask that they be cleared. Then we waited for a dessert menu but we had to ask for that too. There seems to be plenty of staff mulling around but they are not well trained. Food is good but there are many fine dining establishments on island that have excellent , attentive staff. The Beach Plum Inn offers good food and a spectacular view but I left feeling angry that we spent so much money for a less than special experience. This restaurant is not inexpensive. We did NOT get what we paid for.
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