by ptjuderi on Aug 08, 2022
BDW was a happy accident. After staying in OB for 15+ years on our weekly MV vacation, I was unable to come up with a reservation this year. I chose Black Dog simply based on availability.
Best Mistake I have made in years. Not only is the atmosphere much better for families, but the Black Dog Wharf was a fantastic operation. Brooke and his staff are amazing, attentive and understanding. The morning coffee and pastry was an added bonus. Most other reviews mention the clean bathrooms and great showers. I wont beat that dead horse, other to say their showers have better pressure than my home shower!
Certainly will be back! ~ Knot Reel Teeth
by kharig on Jul 27, 2022
Could not have been better. Brooks and his staff are wonderful folks and make every effort A to make our stay a very pleasant one. Back next year definitly. Marion and Karl THREE J's
by jrosengren on Jul 25, 2022
We had the best time at this marina. It was very quiet, the dock hands were awesome. We were able to swim right off the boat, float on our rafts. Walk up into town. We ate on the boat so can’t say anything about any restaurants. However the black dog cafe was right there for our coffee and muffin. ( you get one or the other but not both, marina gives coupon upon arrival ) stop and shop is a quick walk if you need anything. Bathroom were very clean, two showers two toilets. Very hot not even a fan! The washer and dryer is located inside here too.( need quarters ) please put a fan in bathrooms!!!!!!
Oak bluff is 3 miles away. Taxi was 17.00 and you can grab right there . This was such a quiet lovely marina and honestly now our favorite. Can’t wait to go back!!!
by captaindi on Jul 19, 2022
Awesome!! The entire crew are attentive and extremely helpful in docking and leaving. The facilities are clean and well maintained. All the ingredients for an awesome stay!
by petertkav on Jul 17, 2022
Always great hospitality and service.
by dastrau on Jul 16, 2022
Staying at Black Dog Wharf is always one of the highlights of cruising New England. Warm and friendly while helpful and competently accommodating. The setting is idyllic, with excellent on-site facilities, and also close to restaurants, shopping, and transportation. We can't say much more or I fear we'll never get in.
by pchstark on Jul 14, 2022
As always, a special place. Frozen in time. Schooners, great staff, intimate Marina, great food.
by mbolze on Jun 28, 2022
The dock staff was very helpful and professional. We had a great stay and will definitely go back!
by jruel on Jun 27, 2022
it was the best morgan douglas is the best dockmaster
by dnilson on Oct 24, 2021
Dock master was fantastic, super helpful and friendly.
by aequitas on Oct 09, 2021
The dockmaster, Morgan, was very helpful! Great destination for a fall cruise.
by josherau on Oct 05, 2021
Fantastic little spot to stop. Great bath and laundry facilities, free pastry from the cafe each morning, and easy access to everything. We prefer this location to busier spots like Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.
by robpellaw on Sep 20, 2021
The owners are amazing, breakfast great and the immediate area is superb (lots of amenities and food choices). We'll definitely return just to see them! Not 5 stars, just because the barn next door was rocking and loud till really late, then there were dinghy motors revving, etc. Also, not a calm location when there is a north wind, fyi.
by wbladesr on Sep 18, 2021
The dock was conveniently located in proximity to the the transportation center where we were able to catch a bus and visit Oak Bluffs snd Edgartown. There’s a West Marine Express about two blocks away and a Stop And Shop grocery store a half block away.
The dock master was great handling lines and accommodating our needs. The bathrooms, showers snd laundry facility was very clean. Worthy of five stars but a worthy of NOTING… this is a “dry” town and the “Black Dog Tavern” sells drinks with a meal.
by rrkrrk on Sep 12, 2021
Only one issue. The WiFi is intermittent and the signal is weak.
by elaub on Sep 07, 2021
Great place to stay, staff was great and the facilities were clean.
by craigkathy on Sep 06, 2021
This is a great place. Morgan and staff extremely friendly and helpful. Great access to town and laid-back atmosphere. It will be a do over next year.
by mjterry88 on Aug 29, 2021
convenient location! staff attentive and kind! bathrooms very clean! Definitely going again!
by dgallagher2 on Aug 23, 2021
Good to return again in 2021 , , Morgan, the dock master, again very helpful in getting our 49 foot sail into the slip 2 in the breeze . Fun place to visit !! . crew of the AP , Gallagher crew , say thank you
by psh0502 on Aug 21, 2021
Morgan and his Black Dog crew were amazing as always! Our 14th year staying at the BD Wharf with 5 kids and we couldn’t be happier. Great spot and so much to do. It’s our favorite annual vacation spot!! See you next year!!
by kmf777 on Aug 21, 2021
Very nice … we enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Absolutely the best facilities, cleanest bathrooms and OMG theee BEST showers in the Northeast!! Beautiful tiles, modern fixtures, extremely private… Class A all the way.
Well, in full disclosure, it could have been a tad better for us, as we requested a slip with a little bit of privacy since we were celebrating our anniversary- ironically we ended up in their least private slip- directly in front of the office, with all the bustling activity, customers waiting to board launches out to moorings or the beautiful schooners offered for daily/sunset cruises (which by the way is a must on any visit to MV!)
So bottom line- if you prefer an active style marina experience, this place is the only place to be.
If you prefer a more quiet, peaceful experience, then pray you score one of their other slips further away from the tourist activity.
I completely recommend this marina as the conveniences are endless… historic Black Dog Tavern right on the wharf waterfront- tons of shops, coffee/bakery and large chain supermarket directly across the street. You are only a 5 minute walk to Vineyard Haven’ s quaint shopping thoroughfare with dozens of “nicer” shops, restaurants and even a family-owned pharmacy. The best part is the fuel dock within a stone’s throw and even a West Marine store a block away!
When docking in Vineyard Haven, The Black Dog Wharf is the best by far.
Brooke, Morgan and family were gracious hosts, very helpful with docking, etc. The entire operation is warm and friendly.
I just wish we had a tad more privacy!
Thanks for a memorable vacation!
by babyblues on Aug 20, 2021
Great spot. Great crew. We really enjoyed our stay
by tspooner3 on Aug 17, 2021
Outstanding experience. Excellent, friendly, professional staff provide any assistance necessary. Always available and ensure dock policies are followed. The facilities are very good - bathrooms are kept meticulously clean, washer / dryers available, and there is even a gas grill available if you want to cook your own dinner. Proximity to shopping and dining is excellent. Bus terminal is located nearby, so transportation to anywhere on the island is a short walk away. Will definitely stay again
by cwohlberg on Aug 16, 2021
A great place to stay. The staff is outstanding and the amenities are plentiful. Easy to get in and out.
The extremely clean bathrooms are a huge plus. After going to four ports in nine days, the bathrooms here are a 10+
by 28473 on Aug 15, 2021
great hospitality Cant wait to return
by garygoldberg18 on Aug 15, 2021
Beautiful setting only made better by the great team helping us these. A must stay location
by xedfzaj7k6mh6z7whwuz on Aug 13, 2021
Small marina with nice amenites on site. The staff was very helpful and extremely pleasant. Restaurants, stores and island bus stop within walking distance.
by fullejm on Aug 11, 2021
Awesome little marina!!
by debschradieck on Aug 09, 2021
You can’t do better than the Black Dog Wharf. Super service from the friendly staff. Everything you could possibly need is right at your fingertips: Black Dog Bakery, Tavern, and retail shop; Stop and Shop a 3-minute walk; excellent fish market; and restaurants and shopping very close by. If you have bikes it’s a great ride out around West Chop. Bonus: swimming beach right at the dock. We were able to swim right off the boat. Enjoyed watching the ferries and the launch come & go. It’s quiet and scenic. Yes, they serve alcohol in Vineyard Haven restaurants but be sure to bring your own adult beverages for the boat. There is not a package store in town-you have to go to Oak Bluffs. Otherwise, perfection! We’ll be back.
by csmithlsiconsultingcom on Aug 08, 2021
very friendly dockhands, great location! Black Dog cinnamon buns in the morning just a short walk away! We would definitely stay again!
by tapmckee on Aug 05, 2021
Great facilities. Great dock hands.
by samrichey on Aug 05, 2021
Good location. Pleasant staff. Had to leave a day early due to weather.
by christen on Aug 02, 2021
Brook and Morgan are the best and run a wonderful family facility! Would not go anywhere rise!!
Willow / Hogpenny & family
by northernlights on Jul 29, 2021
We enjoyed our stay! Staff was very helpful with docking, friendly and accommodating! Very nice and clean facilities including a washer and dryer! We will definitely return!
by sdavis444 on Jul 25, 2021
Morgan and Brook were really helpful with docking assistance and local guidance. Enjoyed our staying very much.
by rajordan01 on Jul 24, 2021
We had an excellent stay at BDW. We appreciated the the cleanliness of the facilities, the professional staff and assistance with docking. We try to visit BDW once per season and already look forward next year's visit.
by frankdominick928 on Jul 19, 2021
Great location and the staff could not be friendlier. We will definitely come back.
by cclark627 on Jul 15, 2021
Friendly, professional service from Brook! First choice on the Vineyard.
by emco11356 on Jul 07, 2021
Morgan, the dock master was terrific. Nice place to stay.
by laurenurbanczyk on Jul 01, 2021
Great marina, friendly staff, and wonderful location.
by twhidden on Jun 29, 2021
Great dock, great people, fun place to visit!
by smaher on Jun 28, 2021
Outstanding staff!! Very accommodating, and friendly! Would highly recommend!
by jmcgheeboxing64 on Jun 07, 2021
Dock master was pleasant and very helpful. Definitely going back again
by lmello09 on Apr 19, 2021
The BD Wharf is quaint and convenient. You’re able to watch the ferries come and go and in spite of the boat traffic it is quite peaceful. Small beach at foot of pier is nice but restaurant uses it for service so you wouldn’t spend the day there. If you don’t have a dingy or don’t rent a car to explore the island you’re limited to what you can do given the location. Facilities are small but clean.
by letsgo on Oct 13, 2020
We stay at The Black Dog Wharf often. The staff are welcoming and pleasant. The dock is quiet at sunset. All amenities are clean and well kept. All of Vineyard Haven is short walk from this Marina.
by wrackline on Sep 27, 2020
Great spot, excellent facilities, and hospitality by Morgan can't be beat. Now if only there were floating docks!
by jlevi on Sep 14, 2020
Terrific experience. Dock manager, Morgan, is operating on a very high level.: affable, customer oriented, efficient, highly skilled, detail oriented. Thank-you Black Dog.
by wildthingso38 on Sep 14, 2020
What a great stay. Morgan and the crew/family were super attentive in helping us get setup. We were Double-handed coming in and they were extra helpful in getting settled in after hours. Communication was great. Little perks like the Coffee/Muffin breakfast every morning was a nice touch. Bathrooms super nice, laundry facilities worked a charm. Weather shift on our last day and the BDW team helped relocate us to a more sheltered setup, and were very proactive in our comfort and safety. We will definitely use this as our primary home moving forward. WildThings likes The Black Dog Wharf!
by 1234567 on Sep 09, 2020
Friendly and helpful staff I would recommend to others
by djcarl174 on Sep 09, 2020
Always a great .... Best place to dock a boat on the Vineyard
by rjshapiro53 on Sep 08, 2020
Great staff. Lovely locale.
by searay58 on Sep 07, 2020
Excellent service , great staff
by srindfl220 on Sep 01, 2020
Repeat customer. Very helpful staff and great location. Will be back again.
by nancyserpa on Aug 28, 2020
We love the BD marina. Morgan is very helpful and the showers and laundry are so convenient and CV clean.
by camihampton421 on Aug 19, 2020
This was our first time at The Black Dog Wharf. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay from beginning to end. Rory assisted us and was proficient at handling all aspects of securely docking. He was most helpful—overseeing all of our needs. The owner is also a very charming and professional man and came to our dock several times throughout the day to make sure we were doing well and not in need of anything.
We have been on our sailing trip for 2 weeks and we have another 2 weeks to go. I had been unable to find laundry facilities prior to our dockage at The Black Dog. However, I was thrilled when Rory informed me there were on-site laundry facilities. I immediately dashed there to find a wonderfully large and accommodating room, also with great shower facilities. It was so clean and welcoming and what a pleasure to do all of our laundry so quickly and efficiently. It made my day!
The Wharf is so inviting —a beach, picnic tables, and nice docks. We were on the face dock and were enraptured by the stimulating activity and beautiful boats in the harbor— lovely scenes!!
And then we had a delicious dinner on the patio of The Black Dog Tavern right beyond the dock. We also got cards for complimentary donuts and muffins and coffee. The donuts were fab!
All staff, management and guests adhered to the safety and sanitary measures. We felt secure all of our time there.
The docks were quiet and still at night and we got a wonderful night’s sleep.
All in all, it was a stellar experience!! Thank You, Black Dog Wharf, we shall return again and again.
by jeff582 on Aug 12, 2020
Great service, clean showers and rest rooms. Morgan was really helpful in docking process and making sure all in order!! I will return again for sure
by jskaves on Aug 02, 2020
Great facility excellent personnel
by framisum3 on Jul 30, 2020
Small and quiet when we were there, the last week of July. Staff was friendly and helpful, bathrooms were clean. The nonfloating docks weren’t as bad as I thought they would be.
by salainte on Jul 29, 2020
Great location, Professional services and spotless facilities!
by johnstondonley on Jul 20, 2020
We love the BD Wharf - super service & hospitality! A favorite- great location and easy access to everything.
by darrenberry on Jul 16, 2020
Fun, quiet, and beautiful.
by kmullin on Jul 11, 2020
Always a pleasure staying at the Black Dog. Great service and friendly atmosphere. The best place to stay on the vineyard!!
by realexa on Jul 09, 2020
Morgan, dock master, and crew were knowledgeable and helpful. They worked with our changing schedule (weather related) . Helped us on and off the dock (NB: point of pride--don't really need help docking or departing, but they were very good). Would definitely stay here again.
by kimk on Jul 08, 2020
Always feels like home ! Staff is amazing
by sail4days on Jul 08, 2020
Dock staff were very attentive, helped us get into the slip and tie up. We had a slip with 2 pilings about 30 ft from the dock that you tie spring lines to. The marina and surrounding Black Dog area are absolutely beautiful! Will stay here again.
by mattlemay on Jul 04, 2020
Great location, but most importantly Morgan was extremely helpful and hospitable! we will be back!
by bobsmaldone on Sep 22, 2019
Again...another great stay at one of our favorite places.
by donaldf on Aug 23, 2019
Great location. Very helpful staff. Loved my 2 day stay.
by xfnbyvsdripdnnuqku3u on Aug 21, 2019
Fantastic great place
by pscala on Aug 21, 2019
Love this location. Friendly staff and clean facility. Will definitely be coming back next season!
by cielo on Aug 19, 2019
Location is nice with Black Dog Restaurant and Bike Rental across street. Easy access to Oak Buffs. They are strict about arrival and Departure times. Docks are well kept and dock hands available.
by robklug on Aug 12, 2019
Great location in center of Vineyard Haven. Docks not floating but they bring you boards for bumpers. Ferry's right next door. Car and bike rentals just off dock. Expensive but worth it
by tharkness on Aug 12, 2019
We stayed about a week at the Black Dog Wharf. The folks there were really helpful and the boat was safe and sound on the days we hung out on Island.
The location in the harbor was perfect — protected and an easy hop into MV sound. Once off the boat, it was a little removed.
We are one night at the restaurant there which was very good.
I would recommend this spot for sure.
by mimireis62 on Aug 11, 2019
We had a wonderful week. We were traveling with another boat and they couldn’t get reservations for the entire time but Black Dog was able to accommodate us in the end.
by rparsloe on Aug 04, 2019
Bottom line, best boating experience, attentive and proactive dock, fantastic restaurant experiences within walking distance, quiet and nice slip neighbors. My wife and I had a great weekend and look forward to returning soon!
by fredezra on Aug 01, 2019
Docks are in great condition. Free muffins for everyone aboard. Black Dog restaurant right at the end of the Dock.
by knotworkinll on Jul 28, 2019
Great staff! Very welcoming. Facilities were clean and updated. The complimentary coffee or muffin from Black Dog Cafe was a treat!
by perryg on Jul 18, 2019
Our favorite Island to visit! We stayed for 4 nights this time. Plenty of new beaches and plenty of flea markets to keep my family busy. We've been staying at the Black Dog for the past three years and will continue to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of Vineyard Haven and the proximity to provisions and transportation.
by jeffreydubin on Jul 15, 2019
Great location. Staff was extremely helpful upon arrival, departure as well as assisting in any questions or help needed by all on the dock. Coupons for free muffins and coffee was an added extra. Will definitely be back. Bathrooms, showers and laundry were easily accessible and very clean.
by utegg on Jul 07, 2019
Great location for MV and was able to bike around everywhere.
Showers could use an update but the staff was very friendly, helpful and responded quickly to any request on info regarding MV or marina needs for stay.
by rhs on Jul 04, 2019
Very nice and accommodating staff
by tmanzone on Jun 24, 2019
Excellent marina with great service
by narrowrivet on Oct 09, 2018
Marina is well located and staff is friendly. Bathrooms are fairly clean, but tired. Very important to tie up with bow out to harbor.
by jkqx39bukqgtbtnkftir on Oct 02, 2018
We had a wonderful three days at the Black Dog. The staff was, as always, very helpful and eager to make the stay as good as possible.
My only suggestion would be to make the dock a non smoking environment. Depending on the wind direction, the smoke is unavoidable. Especially annoying while sitting in or on the boat. Of course, more unhealthy for those smoking but their choice. I prefer smoke free as do most people.
by clairelicious on Sep 03, 2018
We loved our stay at the Black Dog Wharf! Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The facilities were clean and cute. We will definitely be back.
by captainmatspinks on Aug 23, 2018
by cvultaggio22 on Aug 21, 2018
Had Great stay at Black Dog Wharf! It was such nice location with beautiful views of Vineyard Haven Marina. We loved watching all the boats and ferries come in and out, and there was lots of fun restaurants and cute shops! The staff was amazing! Morgan, Camden, and Tony were so available and helpful thru our entire 4 day stay esp when the weather and winds changed. They notified us before it hapoened, and helped us secure our boat to prevent any damages. We will absolutely return to Black Dog Wharf, and highly recommend staying here. Colleen S
by macammiso on Aug 18, 2018
Great facilities, and staff was very helpful.
by marisha on Aug 06, 2018
It’s a nice place. Very well maintained facilities. A nice restaurant next to the dock serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Electricity is extra if you need to plug in.
by namasteii on Jul 24, 2018
Great place to stay. Small quaint marina.
by golta on Jul 21, 2018
We had a wonderful stay at the Black Dog. The staff was helpful and very friendly. Bathrooms and showers were very clean and modern. The washer and dryers were nice to use. Ice is available. A very well maintained facility. We will most certainly be back.
The Black Dog Wharf is a great place to visit to build those family memories!!!
by bobkochan4n6marine on Jul 19, 2018
Great folks - very helpful and friendly. Easy location to reach necessities. Good food and bake goods
by kmlika on Jul 03, 2018
We loved it. Everyone was very accommodating. We will definitely be back!
by benholtz on Jun 25, 2018
It was a rainy day, but the dock hand replied immediately to our hail when we arrived. Easy to dock, they even provides some fenders. The shower facilities are above average. The food at the tavern was awesome. Definitely will be coming again.
by stgo60 on Sep 04, 2017
reasonable. they need a dock hand who knows how to handle lines and tie a boat
The kid who was there did not even know how deep is the marina. That is unacceptable
by ffeather on Aug 21, 2017
The staff was excellent, clean restrooms, great docking location.
by deficitspending on Aug 08, 2017
Courteous, knowledgeable, accommodating dock hands at BDWM. Marina close to all and amenities are good. Always a pleasure staying here. Thank you and we'll see you again next season!
by m8354bczhirw6hxg9ngj on Jul 16, 2017
Great yearly visit for a week at Black Dog. The service from the dock crew make it a great place to stay. Makalia really is so attentive and kind, she always has her "A" game on and always looks for something to do to make everyone's stay better. All the crew is really good though, most important to the boaters are clean bathrooms and trash containers emptied. They do all that and more. Always there to help you tie up and get underway. Thanks again, great job everyone at the BD Warf. See you next year!!!!
by lauriesue23 on Aug 11, 2015
Just returning from weekend stay at this marina. more negatives than positives. To begin with, we had reserved a slip a month in advance. When we got in it was around 5 or 6 PM and they had us stay in a slip next to part of the dock that was missing a board. It was actually quite dangerous at times as we had windy choppy seas one day. The dockhand seemed unconcerned from start to finish.
My husband actually fell when getting off boat one evening.
Next were the state of the bathrooms. There were just two unisex stalls for the whole marina. A huge issue we had were the groups of young marina and tall ship employees that congregated in and used the same facility. We had to listen to them chat about getting drunk and partying every time we waited in line in evening. They even joked about the party in the bathroom.
The restaurant was understaffed both times we went. Food was not bad, but we waited close to an hour to be served both dinner and breakfast. Wait staff were apologetic but frazzled.
The next problem to be disregarded was when one bathroom was clogged. We had to complain twice before one of them picked the phone up.
Lastly when I asked to speak to the manager before we left he was out on a boat. When the staff realized we were not happy and were going to complain they scrambled to help us. Too little too late. We will never stay there again. No management, no supervision of employees, no organization.