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The Black Dog, West Tisbury
(3.1/5 based on 30 reviews on the web)
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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  • ordered breakfast sandwiches for my grand kids and sat down outside on a bench and some steps along side the building , Next thing i know the owner Jeremiah McCarthy through us off the steps and said ...  more »
  • We were stressed for time but enjoyed a pleasant and delicious breakfast - egg on croissant with crispy bacon for each of us. It's tough top pass up the freshly baked goods, especially the muffins and...  more »
  • We knew dining on the Vineyard would be expensive, so we weren't too surprised, but some others definitely were. Expect to pay at least $20 a person for a meal. We both loved what we ordered. However,...  more »
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  • They were able to quickly accommodate our large party. one vegan option on menu. luckily I love it! Waitress was very efficient! I enjoyed the black dog
  • Black Dog, a MV staple. Worth going to say you did. Pretty pricey and the food is pretty good. Location is very nice as well. Get a shirt while you are there! It can get VERY busy!
  • We used to love it years ago (like 20) and tried to stop in for dinner but took one look at the OVER prices and decided to go somewhere else. There is a dinner for 2 that's $115 the rest hovered around the $35 mark. I'm guessing it's just a major tourist trap now. And not the kind of place where I would drop that kind of money. it doesn't have the atmosphere. Buy the shirt, skip the resteraunt.
  • The blueberry pancakes were delicious. Perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. We also got two Benedicts that were not good. The service was also slow.
  • Great food and great service. The portions were generous and everything was very fresh. Our server went above and beyond and got us a cab to take us to our final deatination. Mostly everyone had omelets which were lovely, I had the shaggy benedict which was really rich and I would probably go with something else if we were ever there again.