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The Black Dog Tavern

20 Beach Street Extension
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
P: (508) 693-9223

AS OF MARCH 17TH, 2020 THE TAVERN IS CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 7TH, 2020. STARTING March 17th, 2020 The Black Dog Water Street and The Black Dog Bakery Cafe LOCATIONS WILL BE OFFERING MEALS AND BEVERAGES TO GO. PLEASE CALL The Black Dog Water Street or Black Dog Café to order you meals. You may stop in to pick up or place an order but WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to sit and eat in the dining areas.

If you don’t want to go inside, go online to and place orders through Toast TakeOut app. Download the app here:
and pay online with your credit card. CURBSIDE PICKUP will be available at both locations when using the TOAST APP ONLY.
In order to promote social distancing and to give back to our customers for supporting us during uncertain times please use PROMO CODE Blackdog at checkout to receive 10% off your order at all locations. (Online Orders Only)
Phone number and Hours of Operation for our Food Service locations are as follows:

The Black Dog Café 508.696.8190
Hours: Sunday 7am – 4pm
Monday – Saturday 6am-6pm
The Black Dog Water Street 508.693.4786
Hours: 6am – 4pm Daily

Weekly Dinner Specials (Winter 2020)

Wednesday Burger Night: 1/2 price specialty burgers and selected bottles of wine

Thursday International Night & Islanders Night: Enjoy our Chef's new weekly international specialties, 15% off with valid Islander's ID. 

Friday Lobster Night: 1.25lb lobster served just the way you like it. Steamed with corn & potatoes ($25) or baked stuffed($35).

Saturday Prime Rib Night: Our Tavern size cut cooked to perfection with homemade au jus & sides ($25). Add a lobster tail ($35).

Winter Wine Nights are back! Featuring a different winery & speaker, along with a thoughtfully prepared three-course meal. Bring a group of friends, bring a date or just relax by the glow of our Tavern fireplace. An enjoyable evening of good food paired with good wine. Please call (508) 693-9223 for dates & times.








or download the Toast Takeout App 

About The Black Dog Tavern

It all started with a stale donut. Full service, year-round waterfront dining in our legendary Tavern on Vineyard Haven Harbor. It was a desperately cold day in 1969. At that time, the Vineyard did not have a year-round restaurant, and Captain Robert Douglas’ repast that night was a bitter cup of coffee and a dry, packaged, store-bought donut. The Captain, unsatisfied by his “meal”, picked up a pencil and began sketching on a paper napkin. He drew a small gambrel-roofed building, which grew in stature and structure over the course of several more napkins. The end result was a restaurant that would look just right on the beach at the head of Vineyard Haven Harbor, a place where locals and visitors could meet and eat. The Captain’s excitement for his creation was contagious. Local townsfolk helped build and shingle until his sketch took real, physical shape. Locals shared their recipes for pies, chowders, and soups. When the building was completed the Captain gave his restaurant a name in honor of his faithful canine companion Black Dog.Not much has changed from those early days. The view of Vineyard Haven Harbor is still as lovely as ever and the Tavern chefs continue to share their culinary creations with our customers. We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including daily specials, year round, and always craft our food with the finest ingredients.

The Black Dog Tavern can also serve as a beautiful waterfront location for your next party, wedding, luncheon, or special event.  Please contact us at 508-693-9223 to find out more information on how we can help put together the perfect event for you.


When you move to a town that doesn’t have a good year round restaurant, you have to build one. So we did.

Captain Robert Douglas Sr.



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