Détente Restaurant

4.7
182 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Situated in downtown Edgartown, Détente is a charming restaurant and bar that serves seasonal, creative dishes. Its setting features two floors for guests to dine, as well as a garden patio. Détente uses ingredients that are sourced from local farmers and fishermen. Lobster risotto, glazed lamb ribs or yellowfin tuna tartare make for delicious appetizers. Guests can dine on seared duck breast with ginger-carrot sauce or roasted short ribs with figs and swiss chard. This eatery also offers a tasting menu with optional wine pairings.

Détente features an extensive wine selection with regional and international selections. It hosts special events throughout the year and provides catering. This wine bar also has a happy hour.
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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Will return to Detente every visit to MVY

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EW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food- the striped bass with the lobster risotto was outstanding as was the fluke. We chose to eat outside with the warm weather which was delightful. Terrific and attentive service.
Restaurant is tucked into back of Nevin Square on Winter St. Detente is one of the best restaurants in Edgartown and one we eat in often during the summer. Always terrific!

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b
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual. From appetizers to desert. They are consistently delicious and interesting. Well done!

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PL
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on the island - each year it gets better - I literally could eat at De’tente every night ... farm to table at its best - my husband and I spilt at minimum 4 course just so we can try several dishes & we always get a dessert which is rare for us ... portion sizes are perfect - the restaurant is just perfectly delicious

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is fabulous!!! Best meal I have had this summer!!

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B
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed the Chef's Tasting menu, which is an incredible value. Portions are reasonable (especially for the number of courses) and we were allowed to share (i.e., split) a wine pairing without additional expense.

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CC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely wonderful dining experience at your restaurant!
Thank you all so much!

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KC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are year round Vineyarders and this is our favorite Island restaurant. We particularly enjoy the farm to table items. Also, the food is always creatively prepared and beautifully presented.

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PF
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing combination of flavors in every dish. A true culinary delight.

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SO
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the highlights of our trip. Appreciated that the staff accommodated our order for mock tails with dinner. Delicious Panzanella salad and beef duo.

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant, service, food & ambience were everything others had told us about. Excellent place! Highly recommend.

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CC
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Actually very quiet, app would not allow correction. Four of us, everyone was delighted. This scallops were the best I have had in a long time. The bass special was terrific. The monkfish and lobster delighted my wife who is a terrific chef herself and very critical
Thanks!
The endive salad dressing was very good.

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DE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food, especially seafood. Indoor and outdoor seating.

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c
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful creative menu and impeccable service

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! Been to MV several times but only discovered this restaurant through Open Table. The food selection - presentation and flavors outstanding. I will be back.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A magical escape from the Edgartown crowds. Quiet garden. Personal, attentive service. Tables well spaced. And wonderful food and wine. Highly recommend for a date night!

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MV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner on the patio at Detente is magical. We go many times every summer and the food is superb.
One of the most special dinners on Martha's Vineyard.

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T
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pleasant waitress. Fluke was too salty Creative.

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G
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great fine dining experience! We are locals and know most of the best spots on Martha’s Vineyard. This is definitely one of the best on island

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U
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 1st time at Detente and we really enjoyed it! We sat upstairs which was quiet and nice with the window. The food was really good, and our server was fun and nice. The lobster/pork ravioli and lobster tail was really good. We will be back for that!

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OT
New York Area
247 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For exquisite fine dining there is no other restaurant on the island that hits all the boxes in-fact only Arathusa Il Tavolo in Bantam, CT can compete. The inventive fresh ingredients and fun professional staff make a dinner at Detente a special evening. The tuna tartare with lychee is sublime. The duck with orange zest delicious and the butter poached lobster was beyond beautiful and perfect. We did not have time for dessert. OH and my martini was expertly prepared. Love love love Detente

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GJ
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Again, +++ all around....Sadie was great......we did order a bit too much food, but that's our issue!!! salads, great, specials great, desserts great...love the tuna..

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M
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This very nice restaurant lived up to our expectations.
We like to eat outside on the patio but it looked a little cramped and the chairs did not look comfortable. Plan B turned out to be the best. Dining on the second floor with the door leading outside provided a lovely breeze, and the chairs were quite comfortable.
The panzanella salad was fresh and refreshing.
Do you world was cooked to perfection medium rare.
The service was prompt and not overbearing.
I would highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Elegant and delicious. It was a hit with everyone- tasting menu and regular menu- all great.

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JR
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular all around! The flavor combinations are exquisite, well done seasonally leaving you a long lasting memory of the meal! Absolutely delicious!

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LD
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a wonderful evening at Detente. Our dinners were delicious, surpassed only by the excellent service from the lovely Sadie.

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T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice evening at Detente. The waitstaff were friendly, efficient and nonintrusive. The food was excellent- well prepared and beautifully presented. Couldn’t have hoped for a nicer experience.

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M
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and service and food however a bit pricey.

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R
New England
37 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience! Loved our meal. Every dish -- three appetizers, a main dish and two desserts -- was excellent!

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B
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside which was wonderful. We were a bit afraid as it was a little chilly but the heaters kept it very comfortably warm. The food was wonderful and the service spectacular. I would definitely recommend Detente and I would definitely go again.

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K
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We look forward to seasonal visits to Detente. The food is consistently creative, locally sourced, and served with pride. Have a pleasant break, Detente staff!

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b
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were a table of 6 women. It was a lovely evening. Out server was excellent, although a bit busy. Our food was outstanding. It was quiet and we could talk easily. A wonderful evening all around!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate environment, excellent service and amazing food!

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable. Creative cuisine. Attentive service. Peach appetizer to die for

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KR
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular meal, fantastic service. Wish we lived closer so that we could go back soon!

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b
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative food and wonderful staff! We look forward to going back again next year!

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was innovative and delicious. We eat regularly in the West Village in Manhattan and Detente can compete with the best.

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BS
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Creative food, great choices and a delicious experience all around.

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f
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good but the portion size for the duck confit ravioli was skimpy for the money. Recommend the Tabor Green salad and the Beef duo.

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OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our second time on the island and we had to stop again at detente. We had a wonderful time last year and the same thing happen again! The food is always delicious, creative and well seasoned with seasonal or local product. We both time ate outside which is very charming. The service is attentive. Great gem place in MV!

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