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The Bite

29 Basin Rd, Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535-1839
+1 508-645-9239
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“fried clams” (37 reviews)
“fries” (36 reviews)
“chowder” (22 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 20:00All hours
American, Seafood, Fast food
€€ - €€€
29 Basin Rd, Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535-1839
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1 - 10 of 122 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Although this place is famous for fried clams, we had a hankering for fish sandwiches. Fish was certainly fresh, but the browning iceberg lettuce was a disappointment. (Come on - with your reputation, you can do better than that!) Place has a nice "local" feel...More

Thank Callisto S
Reviewed 9 April 2017

We stopped at “The Bite” while in Menemsha and had a bite to eat. It was fast food served from an open door of a small cabin on the main drag. After placing your order and waiting to be called for pick up you start...More

Thank nancy s
Reviewed 4 October 2016

We bought full quarts of their famous chowder twice and it was the best I've ever had. Be aware that their opening hours can be irregular and they don't take credit cards - cash only

Thank Carol D
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

The Bite has always historically been one of the highlights of our Vineyard visit as we rarely indulge in fried foods. But our visit this year was very disappointing. The fried oysters were not made to order and were tasteless. The Quahog chowder lacked the...More

Thank CondeNastTravelers
Reviewed 13 September 2016

i had been looking forward to visiting the bite since reading a piece about go to clam shacks. The chowder was outstanding! flavorful, big pieces of clams and just the right amount of potato. The clams were pretty disappointing. They were over fried and lacked...More

Thank Kevin m
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Most of the food is fried here. I had fried coconut shrimp and enjoyed it! The fried fish sandwich was delicious as well. There are tables to eat outdoors, and parking if you're lucky.

Thank maggied00dle
Reviewed 22 August 2016

The Bite isn't cheap and you have to be up for abandoning your regular healthy lifestyle for fried food. But c'mon - you're on vacation. And you'll be thinking of these fried clams all winter, promise. Tips: only canned beverages are available from a vending...More

Thank LLfromNYC
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

My Daughter LOVED this place. Best chicken fingers she has ever had! My fried oyster platter with fries was pretty good but pricey and was disappointed that their drinks consist of 2 soda machines.

Thank MarkHinCabinJohn
Reviewed 19 August 2016

The Bite is a walk up take-out restaurant whose specialties are fried clams, oysters and cod fish. All the seafood is fresh and cooked to tasty and tender perfection. A seafood lover for many years, I have never had more tender and flavorful fried clams...More

1  Thank NYstatevisitor
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

This may seem obvious, but if you are not looking for fried food or a cup of chowder, don't go to the Bite. It is fine but so expensive! The Bite is always crowded with limited seating (2 picnic tables). We always go there but...More

Thank Kat M
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Nadine N
When are they closing this year for the season. Last year they had closed when we got there for our vacation in Sept.
20 August 2015|
Response from Andy A | Reviewed this property |
This year they are closing the Tuesday after Labir Day. It's been a long, good sumner and Hackie and Karen are tired.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 Basin Rd, Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535-1839
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Martha's Vineyard  >  Menemsha
  • Phone Number: +1 508-645-9239
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