About The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn
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. 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. Executive Chef Justin Melnick has quickly established a dedicated following of regular guests, and is a must-try restaurant for anyone visiting Martha's Vineyard.
American, Continental, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday-Sunday off season, Nightly in-season 5:30 pm
If you do not see a time you would desire, please contact us directly as our online reservations are limited. Thank you.
$31 to $50
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Private luncheons available in our dining room upon request.
Parking available on public streets and in municipal lot diagonally across street. We gladly assist handicapped patrons with a side path entrance and private parking - please notify us in advance if possible in such circumstances.
MVTA Church Street / Downtown Edgartown
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn Ratings and Reviews
This is a wonderful restaurant in an his ...
This is a wonderful restaurant in an historic inn/home. Because it was off season, we were the only diners. The service was excellent, and we had the opportunity to tour the kitchen and wine cellar. I would highly recommend this venue for a quiet dinner on a special occassion.
When dining outside the NYC area, I try ...
When dining outside the NYC area, I try not to use my city food and hospitality profession to compare to elsewhere. But tonite, I could not help. Dining at the Terrace was unfortunate. After being seated by the pleasant hostess and getting serve our drink and sparkling water, everything went downhill. The ambiance was tropical and pleasantly quiet. It was 40% full and serve by Jeremy and James. After our drinks I observe a 25+ minute period of back and forth from kitchen to guest by the servers and a chef or cook for serve out. After this time we were giving our menus. 25+MINUTES! Adding to this it took awhile to take our order. The bread was serve with stone cold butter. I don't know anyone who enjoys cutting thru hard butter and trying to spread it on their bread. Our appetizer came timely but our entree took awhile. As we waited, we ask Jeremy for more bread and he forgot about it and we had to ask James. Around this time, our sparkling water glass sat empty. When James finally refill it, he pour pitcher water and realize immediately and apologize for his mistake, which was proper. As Jeremy serve my pasta entree, he did not offer fresh grated cheese as I notice him offer other tables. Trying too get his attention for cheese was a chore. When he finally came back he place a small bowl in front of me, not the freshly grated I expected. As the saying goes, "It's the little this that count." The whole experience was not the case at all. It just left a bad taste as we wonder when we will get the menu. The only good experience is they put a birthday candle on the dessert as I requested by email. All in all, the expectation was unexpectedly poor. For fine dining, you assume a higher standard and this was not met especially for how much you are spending. If you make a reservation and get seated there is no excuse for what happen that night.
Excellent service considering the restau ...
Excellent service considering the restaurant appeared to be short-staffed. Unfortunately, the filet mignon was not cooked medium well as requested. Even after being sent back, it still was not properly cooked (came out rare both times). Jeremy was a very engaging server.
This was our fourth time at this restaur ...
This was our fourth time at this restaurant, including romantic gourmet dinners, and holiday brunches. It is definitely the most enjoyable fine restaurant on Martha's Vineyard. The food is always top notch (not for gluttons but for foodies). The pleasant professional service and lovely ambiance do the rest. Needless to say that this was not to be our last visit, but we are planning already to introduce more of our family to this wonderful restaurant.
Very beautiful and romantic. It was our ...
Very beautiful and romantic. It was our 25th anniversary. Beautiful antiques, plates, ambiance all top notch. Food was pricey but not as good as other MV top restaurants. Wine list was very good. I'm very glad we went and great place for a special occasion.
My husband and I were both celebrating o ...
My husband and I were both celebrating our birthdays. It was a perfect spot. From the greeting at the door to final goodnight, the staff was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. I especially appreciated that each course was just the right amount of food. Although one of the most expensive dinners we've ever had, it was well worth it.
Overall a very nice experience. Terrific ...
Overall a very nice experience. Terrific venue, excellent service. Food was a mixed result as we both thought our starter (onion soup) was average and my wife found her main course (risotto) to be unexciting/bland. My main course (steak with au gratin potato) was excellent. We do recommend and will return the next time we are on island.
We quietly celebrated our 25th wedding a ...
We quietly celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. The room was lovely, staff attentive and food delicious. So many choices will definitely return to try other offerings, but will probably repeat the olive oil orange cake. Would love to find that recipe!
My partner and I were staying over in Ma ...
My partner and I were staying over in Martha's Vineyard to celebrate my birthday, but were unfamiliar with the restaurants there. By chance, we came across The Terrace at Charlotte Inn while walking around Edgartown. It looked beautiful from the outside, so we took a change on a last-minute booking. What a great choice! The food is outstanding and the service is second-to-none. But, best of all, is the incredible environment. We felt we had journeyed back to the 1890's and were experiencing the life-style of the super wealthy of that era. Although the outdoor terrace was available, we chose the indoor dining room, which was more of a conservatory, lush with palms and hanging ferns and filled with beautiful paintings and antiques from that era.
The menu offered a good of choice of items; I chose the grilled swordfish and my partner chose the chicken--both of which were perfectly prepared. The only glitch was a mistake on my salad (I was given the beet salad instead of the spinach salad I ordered), a mistake that was quickly corrected.
After completing our meal, we were invited by staff members to relax and enjoy some of the various public rooms of the Charlotte Inn, which the Terrace is part of. We felt like we were on the set of My Fair Lady, expecting Audrey Hepburn to appear any moment, singing "I could have danced all night... " Our hostess graciously relayed some of the history of the place and answered any questions we had.
All in all, our dining experience was quite memorable and enjoyable. I highly recommend The Terrace at Charlotte Inn if you ever visit Edgartown.
Very disappointed that open table web si ...
Very disappointed that open table web site not explicit about dress code or follow up phone call to confirm reservation. My husband was told in a loud demeaning way by hostess that his ( very expensive) dress shirt had to be tucked in his pants . Our guests that were with us were very embarrassed and my husband humiliated. We were also told that since we had dined there before we should have known better; so it was our fault that the restaurant was not clear in its delivery of information to guests. We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary ; to add insult to injury the halibut was dry. A real bad taste in my mouth.
Very beautiful setting and I have gone b ...
Very beautiful setting and I have gone back a few times now, however, I find the restaurant rather pretentious.
I have and will continue to recommend this restaurant as the food is delicious and its truly an experience.
An excellent dining experience. Food, s ...
An excellent dining experience. Food, service and atmosphere were all excellent. More expensive than many of the restaurants on Martha's Vineyard but worth every penny. The pleasure of being able to actually talk in normal tones with your dining mates make the restaurant even more desirable.
The food was absolutely phenomenal. Bes ...
The food was absolutely phenomenal. Best filet ever, can't even comprehend how they did that. The swordfish was amazing, the bolognese fantastic. Excellent service as well. The only minor drawback was that we showed up in what I would call "island dressy casual" -- linen pants, (untucked) linen shirts, nice sandals -- and were told that it was semi-formal and that we would need to tuck our shirts in. Upon sitting down at our table, we saw many men with untucked shirts and we were clearly the nicest dressed men in the room. As nice as the property is, making us tuck in our shirts before entering the dining room was unnecessary. And, it exposed the fact that my buddy apparently doesn't bother to zip up his fly on vacation! Anyway, suck it up, tuck it in and enjoy the amazing food.
Very elegant restaurant in antique atmos ...
Very elegant restaurant in antique atmosphere . Old hotel with antique books and paintings. Beautiful table decor. Semiformal dress code. Man should wear shirt or Jacket. Food is excellent .Very friendly service.
This our favorite place of all the US an ...
This our favorite place of all the US and foreign travel we do . we come to the Vineyard a few times a year and always celebrate family here. Outstanding in every way an you will never stay anyplace that comes close to this.
We were celebrating a very wonderful and ...
We were celebrating a very wonderful and momentous anniversary, and I did not want to be disappointed in our dining experience. On the contrary, we had the loveliest time at The Terrace. Everything was perfect. The space is gorgeous and special. The food was delicious and presented beautifully, and the service was exemplary. Not only would I recommend the restaurant to anyone who was celebrating a special occasion, I would return happily for no reason at all.
We liked the Terrace so much that we cam ...
We liked the Terrace so much that we came back on our last night of our vacation. The food is exquisite and the service truly excellent. Sebastian was the perfect waiter: attentive, knowledgeable, very professional and there when we needed him without being intrusive. We will definitely be back and make this part of our Marthas Vineyard vacation plans.
The hostess set the tone for the entire ...
The hostess set the tone for the entire evening and did not have a good attitude. It was very hot outside so we asked not to sit on the patio. They had plenty of open tables in the main dining room that could seat the size of our party. Instead she tried to seat us away in a dark, stuffy side room. It was a special occasion and we noted the empty tables in the main dining room to the hostess. She left us sitting in the side room for several awkward minutes and begrudgingly lead us to what she said was the only available table by the service station which was cramped and busy with wait staff. The other nicer tables remained open and available for our entire meal. The waiter tried to make up for it and had a pleasant, professional attitude. Unfortunately, the food was just average.
wonderful ambiance for a special occasio ...
wonderful ambiance for a special occasion or dining and want stellar service. My only complaint is that the portions are just minuscule. Price are what you would expect at fine dining but the portions are noticeably smaller. The appetizer salad was the smallest that I
have seen on the island in any restaurant or club we attend. Food was good but not out of the
park. The setting in out of the park...elegant and great wine and dessert was very good...again,
small but exactly what you want for finishing off your dinner.
the food at the terrace at the charlotte ...
the food at the terrace at the charlotte inn is always good. our waiter, a young man from ridgewood, nj is always wonderful, we had him in may and in july. i enjoyed the ahi tuna sashimi and the cheese with the olives, did not care for the duck breast but do like goose liver.
Everything about this visit was special ...
Everything about this visit was special from the second we were greeted at the door. There was an elegance without snobbery. You will truly feel like you are the most important guest. Despite being on Martha's Vineyard you be transported by the Southern feel, charm and hospitality. It's almost as if this place couldn't and shouldn't exist in this location but so glad it does.
Each course of food is truly amazing from the portion size, perfect preparedness and taste.
It is a great value as well- while not cheap, in comparison to the many overpriced options in the area, you will feel it's a dollar well spent.
Gentlemen- wear a jacket (no tie) and you'll fit right in though you will not be treated less if you are neat without one. Without rambunctious little kids, the setting is great for a quiet conversation or that perfect romantic date.
This was our 3rd visit to this lovely, e ...
This was our 3rd visit to this lovely, expensive restaurant. We were disappointed with the attitude of the hostess, who wanted to seat us in an almost empty restaurant, at a table with a large party with kids clearly under the age of 14. ( The restaurant discourages kids under 14 ) and by the waiter station, in a cramped table. I had requested a certain table, however, she said it was reserved and since it was set up for 4 she could not rearrange for our party of 3!! We were quite willing to leave and she was okay, and a very astute waiter saved the evening by asking the hostess to seat us at a table that was fine and lovely.
The waitress was lovely, the meal delicious, however, the server missed telling me that the soup bowl was scalding halt; thus when my wrist, inadvertently touched it, it scalded my now I have a scar, which I hope will fade in time. I was offered an apology for failing to mention that the dish is very, very, very hot!!
In spite of all this and the failing of a very incompetent hostess, we will go back and also recommend that this restaurant be on a list to go.
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