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Great restaurants in the S. Dartmouth, MA area

Hi all. I am surprising my boyfriend with a trip to a b&b in S. Dartmouth and I wanted to take him out for dinner. This isn't happening until Feb. so the more responses, the better. Anyhow, I wanted to go somewhere with great food, a good wine list with reasonable prices, a comfy atmosphere and a terrific waitstaff. It doesn't have to be costly or uber chic (if you know a great pub, bistro, pizzeria, etc, great, or if you know some place that is more fine dining, that's great too), but a restaurant in the general area w/ these qualifications is what I'm looking for. PLEASE DO NOT SUGGEST A CHAIN RESTAURANT. I live in Boston and my boyfriend lives in Providence, RI, and we both love dining at great places in both Boston and the Providence area if that helps at all (for instance, we love places like Franklin Cafe, Basta in Pawtuxet Village, Union Bar & Restaurant, Petit Robert Bistro, Pizzeria Regina in the N. End, Prezza, Sorellina, Teatro, Eastern Standard, etc). Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Please let me know why you like the places you're suggesting and any outstanding dishes you've had. I really appreciate it!!

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  1. would a drive to the Back Eddy in Westport be too far? Nice place not too fancy and beautiful views.

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    1. re: Northender

      No, not at all. I'm willing to go anywhere in the general area and I know Westport is not that far. So what fare does Back Eddy serve? What are some of your favorites?

      1. re: BackBayGirl

        Back Eddy focuses on seafood, has a great raw bar with fresh oysters but also serves meat dishes as well a sburgers and some lighter fare. They were owned by Chris Schlesinger who operates the East Coast grill up here in ambridge (do a search on the Boston Board and you will see lots of posts) and while I think he sold it to his staff, he is still involved in the place since he has a home in the area. It is of course, more of a summer place but it is still in such a pretty location with a view of Westport Point that it might be a worthy destination.

    2. I'm drawing a blank on restaurants right in South Dartmouth but if you are willing to drive a little bit I can reccomend the following:

      Back Eddy, Westport, MA - Upscale Seafood and located right on the water.
      Margaret's, Fairhaven, MA- Small bistro type place with great food and byob.(no liquor license)
      Antonio's, New Bedford, MA- The best portugese food you will find anywhere. Not much in the way of atmosphere but you can't beat the food and prices.

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      1. re: joth68

        The Back Eddy will be closed for its winter break in February.

      2. It is pretty quiet over there in February. If you feel like an adventure, you could think about driving 40 minutes to Newport where you'll have a lot of choices and then head back to the B and B. Does the B and B you are going to offer any suggestions? The last time I was over in that area, there was not too much that was nearby and on the level you are looking for. It's a lovely spot. Have fun.

        1. I have a summer house in Westport and have been to virtually every restaurant in the area. Unfortunately, it is pretty slim pickins. The Back Edy is fine. NIce settiing on the water. Only open weekends this time of year. Ok but not fabulous. You can also try Margurites on Main Road in Westport. Unremarkable setting, but the food is very good. Eat there yesterday and remarked how good the food was. Another choice is the Boat House in Tiverton, RI. Also on the water. Newer place. Food is ok but again not great. Probably the most memorable place we have dined is Parsimon in Bristol, RI. Very small place. Very high quality food. No water views but good food. There is also another place in Bristol called the Bristol Tavern (I think) which is very nice -- a steak house in an historic building.

          1. You might want to investigate Ellie's Place in Westport. I don't know if/when they are open in winter.

            1. The Back Eddy has awesome local seafood and veggies...but it is closed now until late March. The Pasta House in Dartmouth is good, but not great. My friends have had very good experiences at Opus on the Dartmouth/Westport line. I agree with a previous entry that Persimmon in Bristol, RI is worth a special trip. But it's VERY small...reservations a must. And the other place they mentioned is call the de Wolf Tavern in Bristol...also good food there.

              1. Hi The best restaurant in Dartmouth is Opus Restaurant. It is fine dining, food is fabulous and service is upcale. They have a gorgeous lounge. website is restaurantopus.com , I go to Basta alot so I know the type of food you are looking for and this is definately it

                1. Hi, everyone. Thanks for the great suggestions. Since Back Eddy won't be open, I made reservations for us at Opus Restaurant. I'll report back on how it is.

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                  1. re: BackBayGirl

                    BackBayGirl, are you guys wine drinkers? If you've never been to Westport Rivers Winery, make sure you go! Fabulous wines, and would be a lot of fun on a wkend trip, esp this time of year when there's not a lot else going on. A couple of websites for activities in that area:


                    1. re: BackBayGirl

                      I think opus is a good choice. I'll also second JaneRI's recommendation of Westport Rivers Winery. If beer is more your thing, the Buzzards Bay Brewery is owned by the same family and is right up the street.

                    2. Sadly, Padanaram Village does not have the dining options of 20 years ago. The three largest buildings that once housed restaurants have all vaporized. The Riverhouse (I think that's still the name... it changed owners fairly recently and brought the menu somewhat more upscale) on Water Street one building in from Bridge Street is your best option. The food is good. The service and decor are simple but adequate. There's a modest view if you get one of the tables by the windows. Don't expect a Wine Spectator wine list selection. I last ate lunch there in January and it was fine.

                      Since you already are headed elsewhere for dinner, you might consider it as a lunch option.

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                      1. re: GeoffD

                        Remember the late, great Bridge St. Cafe? R.IP. How about the Matapoisett Inn? Is that still around? I've never been, but people loved it.

                        1. re: rosieg

                          The Mattapoisett Inn is under new ownership and is now called the Kinsale Inn. The atmosphere and staff are still great but unfortunately the food has suffered tremendously.

                          1. re: rosieg

                            Yep. There were once quite a few decent spots. The Bridge Street Cafe was pretty reliable. There were a string of fairly high end restaurants in the old Dougdale's building on Water Street. The best was called Le Rivage. The Sail Loft was my watering hole and had passable food. Sadly, only the tiny Black Bass place survives. That was a fried food place called Ashworth's when I was a kid. It even had a donut shop through the mid-1970's. It's sad that it's now nothing but Realtor's offices and art galleries in what used to be a working village.

                        2. The Bayside on the Dartmouth /Westport line is a local hangout good for breakfast and lunch. It's focus is on locally grown ingredients & it has awesome eggplant french fries -Nice view of the water and a walk on the beach after eating is a tradition!

                          1. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but The Back Eddy & The Bayside are closed for the season. Those are my two favorites in the area. We have a summer place in Westport. Bittersweet Farms is pretty nice. They have a downstairs lounge with fireplace and live music on weekends. The upstairs is more formal. Not a bad take.

                            1. Hello all. Reporting back from our weekend in S. Dartmouth. We arrived on Saturday and we did a nice wine tasting at Westport Rivers Winery. We really enjoyed it. I love WR's sparkling wines and the tasting offered 3 of them to try which were great! That night, we went to Opus Restaurant and had a great meal! Thanks to all who suggested it. My boyfriend and I overindulged a little. We had the calamari as an appetizer (and boy, was it fresh, lightly fried, and absolutely delicious) as well as the white truffle oil, mushroom & fontina pizza. Amazing! For dinner, my boyfriend got the lobster ravioli which he really loved. I got the Phoenix chicken which was excellent. Very juicy, cooked perfectly w/ brussels sprouts and a sweet potato confit hash. MM! We split the creme brulee for dessert. Very silky, smooth, and tasty! While driving back to the inn w/ our bellies satisfied, we said we'd return again.

                              On Sunday, we went into Newport for the day which was fun, and for dinner we went to the Black Bass Grille in S. Dartmouth, which was right down the street from the b&b we stayed at. It is a cute neighborhood type joint. We both got scrod and it was simply prepared, but wonderful tasting. The scrod came w/ a salad, green beans (which were absolutely fresh and cooked to perfection) and my boyfriend had the crab risotto which he said was good. I had a baked potato as I'm allergic to shellfish. The meal was reasonably priced and delicious and we would return there as well next time we come.

                              Lastly, the bed & breakfast we stayed at, the Henley House, was FANTASTIC! I highly recommend anyone going there. The owners, Derrick and Margaret Jones, are great people. They make you feel right at home and the house itself is absolutely beautiful. They serve the guests breakfast and one day they made a delicious apple cake, melon w/ yogurt, honey and ginger, and belgian waffles with warm berries. Today, they made crepes rolled with ham, gouda, and asparagus on top. Yum!! We also had fresh fruit and blueberry muffins (I can't forget juice and coffee). If you are ever staying in the area and want to go somewhere wonderful, you MUST stay at the Henley House.

                              Thanks again everyone, for all of your suggestions. You helped make our weekend one we won't forget in the culinary sense.

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                              1. re: BackBayGirl

                                This is an old thread but for anyone reading I just visited a great restaurant that I highly recommend. It's called Fay's Restaurant and it's in South Dartmouth right on Dartmouth Street after Friendly Ice Cream. We were visiting a friend and they recommended it as a local secret and wow what an amazing secret! I had a delicious thin crust pizza called the Chicken Alfredo and a Strawberry Feta salad. My children had the spaghetti and meatballs, wow what huge meatballs! My husband had the grilled tuna and Portuguese little-necks (a local specialty). And for dessert we had this beautiful piece of Fried Cheesecake and the kids had fried Oreo's OMG!!!!
                                Our meal was very reasonably priced, can't wait for our next visit we will definitely be back! For all of you visiting, go early, Fay's is not a secret to the locals, it's well loved and I can see why!