Sunshine and amazing views on the upper deck

By Diane Alter

The only thing Martha’s Vineyard visitors love more than dining out is telling people about it. New and repeat guests cannot wait to share their experience of dining at one of Edgartown’s most celebrated restaurants: The Seafood Shanty.

Sushi served downstairs on the copper bar

The Shanty, as islanders affectionately call it, has two floors to accommodate a steady stream of visitors and loyal locals. The main floor is bright and airy with ample seating, an attractive copper bar, and an expansive picture window that offers unrivaled views of the Edgartown Harbor. The second floor has a more casual atmosphere. Sit outside on the wraparound deck to enjoy lunch, dinner, and cocktails. Here’s a tip– come at dusk for MV’s famed sunsets. Every night’s sensational sun setting display surpasses the prior evening’s twilight show.

lobster roll and aperol spritz

Lobster roll with an aperol spritz

True to its name, the Seafood Shanty is a fish lover’s delight. Its overstuffed and perfectly seasoned Lobster Roll is a can’t miss. The Fried Shrimp Basket, with a more than ample serving of golden fried shrimp, crispy fries, and creamy coleslaw is another favorite. And, its fresh, made-to- order sushi is among the island’s best. Landlubbers will not be disappointed with menu items such as the half-pound Shanty Burger, Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, and Grilled Chicken Sandwich.

You could eat lunch and dinner at the Seafood Shanty for an entire week and never get bored or disappointed. The menu is indeed that diverse and that good.

Good does not begin to explain the incredible Chocolate Cake for Two dessert. Without question, we taste food with our mouth, but we experience it with every sense. So, before digging into this rich, fudgy, and eye-fetching epicurean creation, take a moment to savor the presentation, the smell, and its beauty before snapping an Instagram shot. In one word, the Shanty’s Chocolate
Cake for Two is perfection.

Diners enjoying dinner on the upstairs deck

Cocktail hour is also a moment to savor. Sip on a perfect martini shaken or stirred, a frozen margarita, The Best Damn Bloody Mary Evah, an ice cold beer, or one of a vast selection of specialty drinks while enjoying one of the best waterfront views on the Vineyard.

The Seafood Shanty and its sounds, aromas, and incredible views is best remembered like a poem—memorized and revisited often.

The Seafood Shanty
31 Dock St
Edgartown, Massachusetts
(508) 627-8622
Facebook: TheSeafoodShanty
Instagram: @the.seafood.shanty