The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn

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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. We request dinner guests dress mindfully of the fine-dining atmosphere. 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.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasent , quiet and exellent

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JN
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Terrace seeks to be a first class fine-dining establishment; unfortunately, they don’t quite achieve it. The décor in its dining rooms is exquisite (they even wrap a napkin around the lamp cords on the tables to conceal them), the paintings lovely and the atmosphere wonderfully quiet, so that conversation is easy. The food is top quality, well prepared, seasoned and plated. The service is professional and cordial, if a bit slow. The menu, however, is limited and not very imaginative, offering venison on the first day of summer, only limited seafood (on the Vineyard!) and including duck (a sure sign of scraping the bottom of the imagination barrel on any menu). There was no veal, no lamb, no pork. The wine list can best be described as perfunctory. The dessert menu had only three items, and there was neither gelato nor even ice cream. Accessible access is possible, but not easily so; make sure they know to expect its use; and restrooms look to be up a flight of about eight stairs.

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BW
Houston
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect experience!

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BM
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent option when you want something more that just a meal. The food is terrific and the experience was memorable.

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BK
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best overall restaurants on the east coast. It’s not Paris but it is the next best thing. Amazing service, full high quality wine list, dishes are of top quality. Best split chicken breast I’ve ever had.

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P
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and service. Will return

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OT
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were taking our sister and her partner out for their birthdays. I had been there twice with my husband in previous years. I was very disappointed that the garden room was not open for dinner. They had not told me that when I made the reservation. The dinner was very good and very expensive. While it was restaurant week on the island, the CharlotteInn was not participating. I’m not sure I would go again since other restaurants had food as good or better for much less money.

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d
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb. Great new chef. We were most impressed with the food.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best halibut I have ever had

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SP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Loved everything. The only weird thing was a couple brought their 2 lap dogs in and sat with them at the table, apparently their regulars. In a five star restaurant you’d think they could keep their dogs home for one night.

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l
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the setting and go for our anniversary every year. The staff is attentive and friendly. The food is very good to excellent.

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d
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I truly enjoyed dining at The Terrace. Cocktails, dinner, dessert, atmosphere were all excellent. Jeremy & Simone (our servers) - their attention, their suggestions, their interaction with us - added significantly to our enjoyment of the evening.

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SG
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Charlotte Inn is such a special place. The food, service and setting always outstanding.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Atmosphere, food outstsnding.
Excellent service

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G
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal in beautiful fireplace-lit dining room in the. charlotte Inn. The duck breast with wontons was a standout but the best part may have been our server Jeremy

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat to kick off spring in Edgartown with a sumptuous prix-fixe at The Terrace. We were welcomed warmly by Lindsey and owner, Gerry as we enjoyed our cocktails among the precious collection of paintings and curios--always an eye popping treat at the Charlotte Inn. We were especially delighted to be among the first to savor Chef "Mikey"'s efforts in his new post! We have followed him in Edgartown over a number of years and he has landed beautifully at The Terrace. The food was inventive and delicious! I can't get the asparagus soup or the foie gras or the delicate gnocchi out of my mind. Congratulations and to all and best wishes for a great season ahead! Put dinner at The Terrace on your calendar!

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EA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New chef is awesome. Terrace is always good and now even better.

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GS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always.

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LL
New England
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Sean was impeccable and the food was superb. To top it off Chef Michael was extremely courteous and kind, coming out at the end of the evening to check if we were satisfied. Will definitely come back

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SR
New York Area
7 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
23 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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l
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A romantic dinner with impeccable service. This is a very special place for us on MV.

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JP
New England
13 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
14 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
53 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
3 reviews
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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DU
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 23, 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
5 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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary dinner!!!!

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m
New England
22 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 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Service and ambience

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K
Washington DC
27 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
67 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
55 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
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 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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