The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn

4.6
293 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Some of New England’s most acclaimed cuisine is found at The Terrace at The Charlotte Inn. Classic American cuisine showcases many ingredients from Martha’s Vineyard’s own farms and seas, and its bounty of local gardens. Sumptuous meals are presented amidst stunning surroundings. Whether it is by flickering candlelight in the glass-paned conservatory dining room, or beneath the stars on a terrace enclosed by ivy-covered lattice, there is no more romantic or elegant setting in which to enjoy an evening. The Terrace serves dinner to the public nightly in season; this setting is most appropriate for adults and children over the age of 14 as to ensure a quiet, romantic setting for our guests. Having run the Relais & Chateaux hotel for over 40 years, The Charlotte Inn is delighted to now own and operate The Terrace, a must-try restaurant for anyone visiting Martha's Vineyard.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Continental, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday-Sunday off season, Nightly in-season 5:30 pm

If you do not see a time you would desire, please contact us directly as our online reservations are limited. Thank you.
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Phone number
(508) 627-6227
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Adam Brown
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Catering
Private luncheons available in our dining room upon request.
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Cross street
Main Street
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Parking details
Parking available on public streets and in municipal lot diagonally across street. We gladly assist handicapped patrons with a side path entrance and private parking - please notify us in advance if possible in such circumstances.
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Public transit
MVTA Church Street / Downtown Edgartown
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Entertainment
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 293 People Are Saying
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SR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy it here. Our waiter James is always
very professional and makes us feel at home.

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P
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the place on Martha's Vineyard where we go for special evenings. Outstanding food locally sourced, exceptional service, lovely surroundings.

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BJ
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Terrace is a magical place. The ambience, food, wine, drinks and service is outstanding!

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fine and unforgettable dining experience. On the expensive side, great for a special occasion. Waiters could have been a bit more personable. Got the feeling it had been a long season and they were a bit staid. Kind of going through the motions. Nonetheless, it is a very special place.

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JP
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The impressive entrance to the terrace has a beautiful decor with paintings & period antiques. Food is always well prepared & delicious. I had the Grilled Local Swordfish which was relatively thick & very good. The Halibut was also thick & well prepared. Some entree sides were willingly without question substituted. Service with our waiter James was excellent & attentive. Wine & cocktail portions are generous. This upscale restaurant is quiet unlike most restaurants on the Vineyard where it is difficult to carry on a conversation without speaking loudly. The Terrace is great for a special occasion.

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c
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely time💕🌷food, people/service, and atmosphere were all exceptional! So glad to return after 25 years:)

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R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and ambiance. The entire staff was excellent and attentive. The food was exceptional. It was a perfect evening.

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K
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Given the cost and reputation of the Terrace, it was most disappointing. The ravioli/lobster dish found the ravioli undercooked and the lobster over cooked and hard to chew. The dining room layout did not make it easy for the wait staff to service diners and were not good in follow-up requests. It will not be possible to recommend.

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d
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

On Auguzt 28 we dined at The Terrace which we have done many times over the years. The Charlotte Inn and the restaurant are special. However, at dinner I ordered a rib eye steak for $55. When it was served it looked delicious but when i tried to cut it, the steak was very tough. I asked the wait staff for a sharper knife but received none. When I had difficulty chewing I asked him to tell the chef hoping he would remedy the problem. The waiter apologized but i was left with an uneatable dinner. Even my husband found it difficult to chew. Such a disappointment. I shall think twice before i return to our recommend The Terrace.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, great food, unforgettable experience!

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WH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, quietness and interior were the big stand outs. Most Edgartown restaurants are busy and loud, and it's not uncommon for servers to show disappointment through body language when you order a dessert because they can't flip the table as fast (or when you don't order expensive things like lobster and wine). The service at The Terrace is all about the guest and not about the servers having a good tip night. It was nice and quiet too. I will absolutely go back.

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A memorable dining experience. Looking forward to our next visit. Will definitely return.

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Requested an outdoor table which they said was available. Arrived to be seated indoors. AC was too high and was told they would not turn it down I was offered a sport coat although it was my wife who already had her sweater on. Several other patrons asked the same and were turned down. Overall food was good but the whole experience was a little stuffy.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary dinner!!!!

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m
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

This restaurant really fell below expectations and all the positive reviews on line. Our party of four visited on a Thursday in August. There were only 3 or 4 tables filled. The first thing we were told was that there we no mashed potatoes which apparently caused a few entrees to be off the list. Have they never heard of substitutions? our waitress was very slow in spite of the low number of customers. Bread basket never came we had to ask. Food in general was okay but not remarkable. when we were on our way out the Inn host did not reply when we offered our comments about our poor experience. I would pass on this restaurant and find another .

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Service and ambience

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K
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing, other customers were not keen on our party having a good time which made us feel uncomfortable but c’est la vie

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PT
New England
65 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This venue continues to be one of my favorites on the Vineyard. The chef did a fine job with meat and fish, the salads, and dessert. The wine list had only a few reasonably priced offerings of top quality wines and the very expensive ones were so marked up in price as to make them unattractive. The restaurant was very sparsely populated at the earlier hours, the only ones when we could get a reservation. It filled up a couple or hours later, but I cannot see the justification for making people come at 5 when there are plenty of empty tables at 6 or 6:30.

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J
New England
46 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fine experience at the Charlotte Inn. The staff is very consistent year to year and it’s nice to see all the servers again. The food is artistically presented. The chef is very accommodating to allergies and nothing is lost during the modification. Our server was very knowledgeable about the ingredients. I loved that our meals were served on antique dishes and my cocktail was delivered in antique glass.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine dining at its best. Smart and creative chef. Impeccable service. Beautiful room setting. A classic we will revisit in next trip to vineyard.

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Charlotte Inn is a special place. We’ve been going to the Terrace at the Charlotte Inn for dinner for a number of years and love the ambiance. The food and service are always excellent. We reserve the Charlotte Inn every summer when we visit Edgartown with our boat and will continue to go back. The restaurant and Inn have an old world charm and the owner pays attention to every detail. It’s elegant, charming and delicious.

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SR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite of ours. Service is always outstanding and
they make returning customers feel especially welcome.

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Naples
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent halibut

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DK
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Ambiance was outstanding...five star. Food was very good, not great. Service was fine until they got busy...had to ask for more bread, only refilled water glasses once, even though we were charged for a bottle of sparkling water. Lengthy wait time for desert menu and check. Hostess called and confirmed reservation and went out of her way to make sure I was aware of their dress code. People showed up in shorts and T shirts...what dress code?? When you are a Relais & Chateaux establishment you can't screw up,,,,everything has to be perfect! Hope they get their act together because it is and absolutely gorgeous and romantic spot for dinner.

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OT
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lovely experience. Food and service are excellent. It’s a lovely, and expensiveevening

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

A favorite restaurant that we dine at every year. The service was amazing as always, however, the food this year was a disappointment - pasta noodles were clumped together and the steak lacked flavor.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great all the way around. This place is not for kids but we had my very quite 7 year old and went early and they were grate about it. But if your kid can’t sit still for 2 hours I recommend going somewhere else. The food and the service was fantastic.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We love the Terrace and our waiter JP could not have been better. After a little snafu with the lamb chops, my husband ordered a sirloin and it was superb just like all of the other meals we’ve always had at the Terrace. If you want something special, try The Terrace. You’ll be glad you did!!

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FA
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was beautiful

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AS
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fine meal in a beautiful setting. A pretty pricey evening but great for a special occasion. Terrific staff and service.

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GO
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. The food was exceptional. The staff are very friendly. Make sure you order the chocolate cake.

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is hands down the best restaurant ever. The food is absolutely amazing and the ambiance is superb. It is an absolute jewel.

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g
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was very average. Jeremy our waiter was very professional

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and the service was very good. Our only complaint is that they were unwilling or unable to use Opentable Dining Rewards despite taking Opentable reservations.

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L
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Great ambience. Food is very ordinary but is well prepared. The menu is ordinary and the dishes are not very creative. Better food can be had for a fourth the price at many other restaurants.

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BO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance is perfect as is service and food. Quiet and lovely!

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HK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space and nice service , however, the food, the sautéed spinach which came with Filet mignon was tooooo salty as well as the gnocchi with duck confit. Still felt the salty taste until next morning.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff!

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MS
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this meal, location, and service was extraordinary.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect of the Terrace was fabulous! The setting and decor, our server James, and the food were all of the highest quality. A Vineyard must!

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