From patios to porches: Outdoor dining on the Island

When you step into The Terrace at Charlotte Inn in Edgartown you feel as though you have stepped back in time. The glass-paned conservatory dining room provides an elegant dining experience with an outdoor feeling. Polished silver, matching China, fresh flowers, and white table tablecloths add to its allure.

During warmer months, try to get seated on the outdoor stone patio, a tranquil space complete with ivy-covered lattice walls and a bronze statue of a little girl with a fountain trickling from her pail. Dine in this secret garden-like location under flickering candlelight and enjoy dishes prepared with fresh and local ingredients by chef Justin Melnick. Sample the fried Katama Bay oysters and local calamari with a lemon bacon aioli, or try the lobster duo: a sautéed lobster tail in a creamy saffron brandy sauce with a salad of faro, pea tendrils, and fava beans accompanied by chilled butter poached lobster claw meat with crispy house-cured bacon.