The Black Dog, West Tisbury

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The Black Dog is a restaurant and tavern in Vineyard Haven on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The restaurant was founded in 1971, and became well known for its souvenir T-shirts, featuring its logo of the eponymous black dog. They subsequently expanded to sell other products with the same logo.The Black Dog T-shirts became well known during the 1990s as photographs of celebrities wearing the shirts began appearing in national publications. For example, a photograph of then-President Bill Clinton jogging while wearing one was distributed by national wire services. Black Dog merchandise became part of the Lewinsky scandal, as items from the store were purchased by Bill Clinton and given to Monica Lewinsky.Marketing at The Black Dog was effective. During the early 1990s, the merchandise was only sold at the Martha's Vineyard location. Only a limited number of people were allowed in the store at one time, so lines formed down the wooden fenced ramp that ran from the front door. While waiting in line, visitors were given catalogs to browse. Nowadays, the merchandise is also available at "mainland" Cape Cod, Mystic, CT and Newport "Black Dog" stores as well as online.In 2000, The Black Dog released a cook book called The Black Dog Summer on the Vineyard Cookbook (ISBN 0316339326). In 2006, The Black Dog recalled approximately 9700 children's sweatshirts because they had a drawstring that poses a strangulation hazard. When Black Dog continued selling the clothing, the CPSC hit the company with a $50,000 fine. The New England Multihull Association and The Black Dog host a 22-mile yachting race from Vineyard Haven to Edgartown and back called the Black Dog Dash.
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  • A bit expensive but the food was very good. They do a very tasty veggie burger which is always a plus and cater for small people too. The bathroom facilities could do with improving. Inadequate for th...  more »
  • Wonderful coffee, lovely view, great breakfast! If you imagine what Martha's Vineyard is like...this spot is probably what comes to mind. The staff is very service oriented and it's worth it!  more »
  • Great views of the ocean while you eat. Out of all the restaurants we ate at, this was the most pricey of all. Friendly staff. Had an excellent salad with tuna!  more »
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  • Thank you very much we had an amazing experience here and the food was amazing. We had great Service. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a solid meal. You did not feel rushed you could enjoy your meal. The food was delicious, and the prices are reasonable as well. We will be returning soon and the views from the restaurant are outstanding.
  • Too cute. The restaurant is fairly priced with large portions and good food. It's very touristy with the opportunity to buy absolutely anything with a little black dog on it, but their collections of shops and restaurant are so cute, it's more charming than anything. It's one of the nearest restaurants if you come in from the ferry and a safe bet for a cute welcome to the vineyard and a good meal.
  • Dinner was pretty good. The setting a might more than chilling...could-a, should-a been a bit warmer. And why wasn't the wood stove fired up tonight? Details please.
  • I have been to the Tavern multiple times . I enjoy the large tables and the staff. I enjoy the unrivaled view on the bay if you are sitting near the windows. The service is generally pleasant and nicely accommodating with kids. That's for the nice parts! On the downside: no changing space for babies. It is rather enraging given that the company sells mountain of baby gears within its ever expanding empire. The coffee is dreadful by any standard, reminiscent of weak beef cube stock. The pancakes are unreliable: the quantity of fruits varies greatly from one morning to another. The granola is served with split tasteless yogurt. If you sit in the back, you are basically looking at a parking lot. Although it is mildly entertaining to watch the aspiring customers maneuvering their behemoth vehicles, it can get deafening when the propane truck delivers the Tavern. All in all, I'll be back as it is a rather fine place for kids. If you happen to have tastebuds on your mouth and want to enjoy a romantic brunch, err, it won't quite make it.
  • Fish and chips were awesome. Atmosphere was pic worthy. A little pricey for October

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