Edgartown , Massachusetts
Tel: 508 627 5187
Concierge.com's insider take:
For 20 years, chef Michael Brisson served his creative New French cuisine in the formal dining room deep inside the Charlotte Inn, in an equally formal prix fixe format. In the spring of 2006, though, Brisson decamped for more contemporary quarters in the town center a few blocks away, and in the process liberated his menu as well. The prix fixe is still around, spotlighting classic dishes such as seared four-spice-crusted duck foie gras and sautéed Dover sole filet, but you can now order à la carte. There's a moderately priced bar menu, too, with dishes including lobster ceviche, quail, Cornish game hen, and braised short ribs. Although many are meticulously crafted from local and seasonal ingredients, L'Etoile occasionally breaks with the Vineyard restaurant trend of focusing on what's been raised or grown on-island, incorporating such global tastes as Australian lamb rack chops and Israeli couscous. Reservations are a must.
Open Thursdays through Sundays July 4 through mid-September