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Aug 5, 2013 07:58 AM

1 day in Oak Bluffs (Martha's Vineyard)

I did a search for Oak Bluffs on Chow and got very limited results so I thought I'd start a new thread.
I'm heading over for 1 day via the ferry and am looking for very good lunch and dinner options. We will be a group of 4 adults.
Searching some other sites I found recommendations for Lookout Tavern (lunch) and then Red Cat or SideCar Cafe (dinner).
Are these good places? Are there better ones we should try?

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  1. I would say Lookout Tavern is a better happy hour or snack spot. It is in a great location with a beautiful view and gets a good crowd.
    Offshore Ale Co is a local brewery on MV and is located in Oak Bluffs (not on the water unfortunately). I did not get the chance to eat there on a recent visit but it looked nice and I saw the other day that it was rated #10 best lobster roll in the US outside of Maine!

    1. Ate at Red Cat last fall and it was amazing. Funky and relaxed with awesome food. We sat on the porch which is more like a 3 season extension of the main restaurant and had a great time. It reminded me of places we'd been to in New Orleans (Dante's Kitchen, Green Goddess)

      1. For lunch I'd try Slice of Life Cafe. We have liked Park Corner Bistro in the Past. Offshore Ale has decent bar food. Smoke 'n Bones is good too. Lookout Tavern doesn't impress us. For dinner Red Cat is rivaled by Sweet Life Cafe with their new owner (haven't tried since the change but rep still excellent)

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        1. re: thos

          Slice of Life hands down..amazing bread and really awesome food..the truffle fries, phew and green tomato BLT (w.o bacon for me) is sublime.

        2. For a casual lunch Coop De Ville usually has great lobster specials and the wings are great.

          For dinner I agree with Slice of Life or Redcat, you can't go wrong with either.

          1. Thanks for the recommendations.
            We were going to try Park Corner Bistro for lunch, but they are only open for dinner (and brunch on Sunday). We ended up having lunch with a remarkable view at Nancy's. I had the fish taco which was good; I normally prefer my fish taco's with grilled fish instead of battered, but this battered version was good - - - fish was tender, not over cooked, and not buried in heavy, crunch batter. But again, the view (and drinks) from the deck of the upper restaurant was the star of the show.
            For dinner we had reservations at Red Cat. As it happens our group of 4 all had risotto dishes (2 scallop, 1 salmon, 1 vegetable). The scallops were cooked to perfection and shown above all else. The only drawback was some inconsistency in the risottos. 3 of the dishes were a bit too firm (though still enjoyable). The 4th dish was served about 3 minutes after the other 3 were platted - - - and that 3 minutes seemed to make all the difference. It was the 1 risotto dish cooked perfect; creamy and just perfectly al dente. Overall it was very nice and we would return for another try.
            The place is small and loud, so if you go don’t expect quiet and intimate!!