The Perfect Foodie Itinerary for Martha’s Vineyard
Martha’s Vineyard is a food lover’s paradise – and don’t just assume it’s for seafood lovers only, because the island has something for everyone! Today, we’re sharing the perfect foodie itinerary for Martha’s Vineyard and you’ll see a variety of activities and food experiences on-island that you won’t experience anywhere else.
From where to eat breakfast to where to grab that late-night food, we’ve got you covered with delicious ideas sure to satisfy your taste buds.
Start your day with breakfast at Bettini at the Harbor View Hotel.
Begin your foodie adventure by treating yourself to the most divine breakfast on-island and one with one of the best views of the Edgartown Lighthouse. Breakfast at the newly-renovated Harbor View Hotel is a must with their new award-winning chef Patrice Martineau. Their Maine Lobster Benedict features certified organic Martha’s Vineyard eggs by The Grey Barn Farm and poached lobster on an English muffin, along with the most perfect Hollandaise sauce.
Take a post-breakfast stroll through West Tisbury Farmers Market.
Founded in 1974 by a "ragtag group of hippies, Yankees and retired English teachers," the West Tisbury Farmers Market is Martha's Vineyard's oldest, largest, and finest open-air market and the perfect thing to do after a delicious breakfast. Here’s a list of just a few of their vendors: Blackwater Farm, Blissed Out, Breezy Pines Farm, Chilmark Coffee Company, Cinnamon Starship, Enchanted Chocolates, Farm Institute, Flat Point Farm, and Frosty Hollow Orchids, among so many others. The market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday in the summer, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the West Tisbury Grange Hall.
Tour The Grey Barn & Farm, the island's only organic dairy farm.
The Grey Barn is located in Chilmark so it’s best to hit it up after you explore the farmer’s market. They have been making cheese since 2009 and have won countless awards for their work. Not only can you take cheese tours of the farm as well as tasting all the cheeses, but they are opening up a bakery as well as hosting several interesting workshops throughout the summer.
A lobster roll is a must from Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company.
While on the island, you must have New England clam chowder, and if you’re looking for some of the best chowder on the island, head to Oak Bluffs and grab a bowl of chowder and a lobster roll from Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company. They have won Best Chowder almost every year and locals love it. It’s also gluten-free and full of flavor, so make sure to have a cup.
Re-energize with a cup of coffee from Mocha Motts.
Mocha Mott’s flagship location, at 10 Circuit Ave, was opened in 1994 by its founder Mott Hinkley. In 2001, current owners Tim Dobel and Meredith Gallo took over. In 2004 they opened up a second location at 15 Main Street in Vineyard Haven. Both locations serve organic, fair-trade coffee and espresso drinks, homemade baked goods, Cape Cod bagels, and their signature breakfast burritos and sandwiches. The vibe is energetic and fun, and a place you’ll find locals sipping on caffeinated drinks at all times of the day.
Go on a culinary excursion with Farm.Field.Sea.
Farm.Field.Sea.culinary events are designed to exhilarate the senses by seamlessly blending local food, storytelling with hands-on discoveries so you can truly experience the heart of Martha’s Vineyard food and culture. With them, your connection to the island is always authentic and absolutely unforgettable. Set sail on a two-hour oyster farm experience on Vineyard Sound to experience the island’s booming oyster farming industry firsthand with local oyster farmers and biologists. Learn about where oysters are grown, how they’re grown, and meet the farmers behind their story. The adventure is a great experience for the whole family and a fun way to learn about these incredible bivalves and “kiss the sea on its lips” with an oyster sample plucked from the waters around you.
Grab Dinner at Garde East.
Garde East overlooks the harbor from Vineyard Haven Marina and offers both indoor and outdoor dining in a casual yet elegant setting. The restaurant’s culinary team utilizes the Vineyard bounty from both sea and land in creating an ever-changing menu, with refined and classic techniques. Carefully conceived dishes speak for themselves, as the freshest ingredients take center stage to create a truly unique experience. A thoughtfully curated beverage program compliments culinary creations, featuring classic cocktails, craft beers, and wine program of over 400 French and American labels. It’s the perfect way to end a day of eating on the island.
Catch a pop-up dinner by Food Minded Fellow at the Little House Cafe.
Food Minded Fellow Pop Up Dinners at the Little House Cafe's private chef Gavin Smith, aka the Food Minded Fellow, brings his culinary talent to the Cafe on Sundays this summer. Enjoy a three-course tasting menu chock full of locally sourced ingredients, served in the intimate dining room at the Little House Cafe in Vineyard Haven. Dinners are happening on Sunday, July 7 and 14, and August 4, 11, 18, and 25. Reservations are available on Yelp and by calling the restaurant at (508) 687-9794.
Grab some late-night eats at Town Bar & Grill.
Finish the day in the same town you started, Edgartown, and check out the newest restaurant in town, Town Bar & Grill. Serving bar snacks until midnight on weekends, this is the happening spot in town for fierce cocktails and delicious late-night eats on Martha’s Vineyard.