Seasons Eatery and Pub
It is hard enough to find a restaurant with really great food and atmosphere at a great price. That combination might be considered laughable in a popular destination spot like Martha’s Vineyard. But Seasons Eatery and Pub in Oak Bluffs is that rare place that will please any palate, any age, any craving and do it for a price that doesn’t break the bank.
Conveniently located on Circuit Avenue in the heart of Oak Bluffs, Seasons is open year round to feed your belly and your soul. With a neighborhood atmosphere, where in January everybody just might know your name, this casual and comfortable restaurant could easily be quickly categorized as a sports bar, a family night out destination, or a local nightlife and entertainment venue. But quick assumptions might make you miss the surprises found inside.
First, owner Mike Santoro has been successful in his efforts to keep the prices reasonable by any standard, on Martha’s Vineyard or in any small town in New England. Wines by the glass are available from an impressive list of varietals and all priced well under $10. Beers are plentiful by the bottle as well as a seasonal list of options on draft. Unique cocktail offerings include unexpected twists on traditional favorites like real fruit purees in a variety of mojitos ($9).
To start our meal off, our friendly waitress, Erica, suggested a customer favorite of Buffalo Fingers ($10). This appetizer-sized indulgence had at least five plump, moist chunks of chicken breast that weren’t too breaded, not too fried, and completely bathed in a buffalo sauce with a slow-cooked, smoky essence. Our cup of clam chowder ($7) arrived overflowing from a stoneware coffee mug and topped with a sprinkling of smoky paprika. Equal parts creamy and thick, stuffed with clams and potatoes, this is the stuff of old-world dockside taverns.
The star of the evening was about to make an appearance—the ever-popular Lobster Roll ($18). Served with your choice of either hand-cut French fries or house-made potato chips, we asked if we could try both. Good choice! The chips are amazing, generously sized, not overly saturated and beg for a bit of either ketchup or vinegar depending upon your taste!
The lobster roll—let me just say—is the BEST lobster roll I have ever had! And I am not a rookie. The menu says it is served on a buttered toasted bun. Just like the rest of the restaurant, modesty is a strong suit here. This is no ordinary bun. This is an oversized hot dog style brioche.
The chilled lobster meat, with huge chunks of both claw and tail, is perfectly dressed with light mayonnaise and some seasoning. The last surprise is that instead of serving the roll with a bed of lettuce there is a layer of endive leaves on the bottom. Delicious!
Year after year, Seasons Eatery and Pub is voted a Best Of award by Cape Cod Life readers in multiple categories and our trip to this satisfying restaurant leaves no doubts why the awards keep on coming for this island favorite.
And here’s one last surprise—Seasons Eatery and Pub has an extensive menu of sushi and sashimi. There is something great in all seasons for everyone at this island treasure!
–– Christopher Bechler
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