Many visitors to Martha's Vineyard have one thing in mind when it comes to dining: enjoying as much local seafood as possible. Naturally, as it's surrounded by water, Martha's Vineyard is a great place to enjoy the fresh clams, cod, and lobster caught just off the coast. In our minds, vacations to Cape Cod and seafood shacks go hand in hand, so naturally many of the guests at our Martha's Vineyard boutique hotel are wondering where's the freshest seafood on the Vineyard? We've got you covered with three recommendations for the best seafood shacks on Martha's Vineyard.
This waterfront seafood restaurant is full-service dining, but head around the back of the building to the Quarterdeck, its takeout window. Order up a tray of fried clams, lobster rolls, and french fries, then enjoy your haul at the patio tables and enjoy a view of the harbor and the Edgartown Lighthouse. Make it your first stop off the ferry even, as this seafood shack is located right next to the ferry dock.
Another restaurant/takeout window combo, Home Port's Back Door menu delivers that fresh, seafood shack vibe. With a selection of fried seafood baskets and rolls and a raw bar, you can enjoy your meal on the patio overlooking the water. We love starting the meal with local oysters on the half shell, and don't forget to save room for dessert—the key lime pie is spectacular.
This popular raw bar and seafood shack is located next to its sister restaurant, Coop de Ville. The menu here has all the classics: raw oysters and clams, clam chowder, lobster rolls, fish sandwiches, and steamed lobster. The non-seafood items here are just as delicious, so this is a good compromise if your group has some landlubbers. Its spot on the water overlooking the Oak Bluffs harbor makes the Shuck Shack one of the best seafood shacks on Martha's Vineyard.