Open 7 Days a Week Serving:

  • Breakfast: Mon-Sat 7:00 am to 11:00 am, Sun 7:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • Lunch: Mon-Sat 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Sun 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

  • Dinner: Daily 5:00 pm to Close

When you move to a town that doesn't have a good year-round restaurant, you have to build one. And we did.Captain Robert Douglas

Looking over The Black Dog's renowned menu, you might be surprised to learn that the inspiration for this hearty fare was, of all things, a stale donut. Let us explain....

It was a desperately cold day in 1969. With the Vineyard having no year-round restaurant, Captain Robert Douglas' repast on that particular night was a bitter cup of coffee and a dry, packaged, store-bought donut. The Captain had finally had enough. He began sketching on a paper napkin. A small gambrel-roofed building started to take shape. There were more napkins and more sketches. Captain Douglas played with the placement of the windows, added dormers, and then pulled it all together with a large red brick chimney. The restaurant would look just right on the beach at the head of Vineyard Haven harbor, he thought. It would give Vineyarders and visitors a place to meet and eat.

The Captain's excitement was contagious. Townsfolk helped build and shingle the establishment. Locals shared their recipes for pies, chowders and soups. The Captain named the restaurant after his faithful black canine companion - The Black Dog.

Now, Robert Douglas had three passions, his sailboat, the Vineyard and good food.

Today, the chefs of The Black Dog are eager to share their passionate culinary creations with you. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, & daily specials all with the finest ingredients. Don't forget to order one of our scrumptious homemade desserts to enjoy along with the view of the harbor and its sailing vessels.

The Black Dog Tavern is proud to announce that the outdoor patio is now open for business!

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The Black Dog Tavern
20 Beach Street Extension
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
P: 508-693-9223

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