This 19 Raw Oyster Bar Edgartown Review is from our recent visit while in Martha's Vineyard. 19 Raw Oyster Bar, unlike places in Edgartown that have been around for decades, is just 2 years old, as Chef Joe Monteiro opened it in July 2017.
19 Raw Oyster Bar Location, Setting, Hours
19 Raw Oyster Bar is located at 19 Church Street in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA. It's a seasonal restaurant, open April-November, but during those months is open for lunch and dinner starting at 12 noon. Sunday to Thursday it closes at 10pm, while on Fridays and Saturdays it's open until midnight.
Generally the restaurant is first come, first served, with no reservations taken, although the restaurant was kind enough to save us a table for 12 for an early 6pm dining time.
19 Raw Oyster Bar Menu and Food
Menus were already at the table when we were seated, and there were many delicious sounding small plate options:
It took awhile, but the oyster platter was beautiful and the oysters pristinely fresh once they arrived. I especially enjoyed the Kimchi Puree, an unusual accompaniment, along with the more traditional Mignonette.
The clam chowder was quite tasty, although perhaps more complex than it needed to be. A purist at our table wasn't convinced by the addition of bacon.
The Charred Octopus was tender and very tasty, although admittedly I preferred the version I had at The Belvedere, at The Peninsula Beverly Hills.
The Lobster Roll with Sriracha Fries was a huge hit, with plenty of fresh and succulent lobster chunks–a must order for any lobster roll fans. I just wish the sriracha fries had been spicier.
Of the large plates, my son chose the Faroe Salmon with Black Tobiko. While the skin could have been a tad crispier (the pan should have perhaps been a bit hotter at the outset, or it should have been cooked a bit longer on the skin side) the salmon was otherwise perfectly cooked.
We ended up at 19 Raw Oyster Bar mainly because it had last minute availability for the 12 of us, but we were pleasantly impressed with the quality of the seafood, especially the oysters, lobster roll, grilled octopus and salmon.
I thought the 3X markup on the Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc was on the high side, but it is Martha's Vineyard, so not all that surprising.
If you've stayed in Martha's Vineyard, what's your favorite restaurant in Edgartown?
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