The miles of coastline, harbors and waterways of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket make waterfront dining a quintessential part of visiting the islands. The
beaches are some of the most beautiful in the region. They offer fantastic sunsets, dramatic panoramic ocean views, and glimpses of lighthouses overlooking the crashing waves.
The islands’ waterfront restaurants and bars have expansive decks, patios, and even beach seating, to offer the best possible access to the spectacular ocean views. Combined with the incredible flavors of fresh seafood and local delicacies, outdoor dining on the islands is an experience you won’t want to miss out on. Here are a few of the islands’ waterfront dining favorites:
The Lookout Tavern (Oak Bluffs) boasts one of the best water views on the island. With open waterfront dining, The Lookout Tavern serves up memorable burgers and delicious seafood dishes that include local specialties like Edgartown Spearpoint oysters, award winning lobster rolls, spectacularly fresh sushi, and innovative cocktails from the bar.
The Seafood Shanty (Edgartown) offers locally inspired lunch and dinner menus focused on fish. Prominent features include a fresh raw bar, lobster quesadillas, and awesome sushi and sashimi served in a casual dining room or on the expansive deck with a magnificent view. High-energy DJs and lively dancing are just one more reason to spend an evening at the Shanty.
Nancy’s Restaurant (Oak Bluffs) offers casual dining on the deck with a view of the harbor, formal service upstairs, and a fun night out at any bar or table. With menus influenced by Middle Eastern cuisine, Nancy’s offers an inspired take on everything from classic seafood fare to gyros and sushi treats. In addition to an extensive selection of beer and wine, the bar is known for creative cocktails and frozen drinks like the famous Dirty Banana.
Lobsterville Bar & Grille (Oak Bluffs) is a cherished harbor-front destination for lobster, steak & other delights presented in a casual looking boutique cottage. They unite fresh seafood, good company, and spectacular views of Oak Bluffs Harbor from the lofty deck. Visit Lobsterville for some of the best food on the island along with a delightful drink menu surrounded by an enticing atmosphere.
Sand Bar & Grille (Oak Bluffs) is a beachfront hangout with an outdoor beach patio and regular live music. Open seasonally, the bar is known for its fantastic view, great food, friendly service, and awesome entertainment.
Coop de Ville (Oak Bluffs) is a dockside seafood shack that serves up tasty fried clams, chowder, lobster, wings, and burgers in a casual open-air setting. A classic shuck-shack renowned for their affordable prices and quick service, Coop de Ville offers lunch, dinner and boasts the largest selection of craft beer on the island. Located directly on the harbor, Coop de Ville is closed in winter.
Galley Beach (Nantucket) takes fine dining to the beach. Refined New American menus are paired with craft cocktails, spirits and wine in an open-air dining room that can be shielded from the elements when necessary. Galley Beach perfect spot during a midafternoon storm or a dazzling evening sunset. The full menus are also available at the beach bar and the beach lounge with fire pit tables. Weather permitting, Galley Beach even offers beach dining and limited beach umbrella service.
Straight Wharf Restaurant (Nantucket) has been serving fine Cape Cod cuisine on the island for over 50 years. Straight Wharf offers formal service in the dining room and casual service for the bar, deck, and patio. Located right on the wharf, the deck provides an excellent vantage point for harbor views at any time of day.
Topper’s (Nantucket) has a stunning location looking west over Nantucket Bay for incredible sunset views. Topper’s offers fine dining inside and more casual service on the deck, showcasing fresh local ingredients from land and sea in a menu described as “inspired simplicity.” Topper’s also has about 1450 wines in their cellar, earning them Wine Spectator’s Grand Award, and they have also received AAA’s Five-Diamond Restaurant Award.
Sandbar at Jetties Beach (Nantucket) is quintessential Nantucket. The open-air restaurant overlooks Jetties Beach and Nantucket Sound at the harbor entrance for unbeatable panoramic ocean views. Additional seating on the beach ensures that nothing can obstruct your view. Menus feature a raw bar, fresh seafood, sandwiches, burgers, and Cape Cod classics.