Coop de Ville, on Oak Bluffs Harbor, turns 25

Coop de Ville, on the Oak Bluffs Harbor, is a favorite place for a casual meal of lobster or wings, and a glass of wine or beer. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

This season marks Coop de Ville’s 25th year in business as an Oak Bluffs Harbor summertime staple. Locals, tourists, politicians (including President Bill Clinton). and television food personalities like Rachel Ray have enjoyed looking at the harbor, people watching, and the laid-back vacation feel of “The Coop.”

Owner Peter “Petey” Berndt attributes his restaurant’s success to those who run it. “The staff is the key,” he says. He is deservedly proud of his loyal crew, some of whom have worked with him for 18 years.

And just in case you need an excuse to sit along the harbor on a nice day enjoying good food and drink, The Coop has a few specials to offer in the spirit of celebration.

In honor of “Sunday Funday,” mimosas are served for $3 until 4 pm. Get your lobster roll fix on Mondays with The Coop’s homemade version for $12.99 (regularly $16.99). Tuesday is Lobster Fest, when you can treat yourself to a steamed lobster with corn for $14.99. On a record-breaking Tuesday last year, The Coop served a whopping 225 lobsters.

And be sure to come hungry on Thursdays for the Dockside Special: lobster, steamers, mussels, corn, and chowder for $30.

“We’re a locals’ place for tourists,” Mr. Berndt likes to say. You can perch on a barstool or nestle at a picnic table, breathe in the salty harbor air and enjoy The Coop’s wide-ranging menu with 12 flavors of wings, homemade chowder, stuffed quahogs, the self-proclaimed, “Vineyard’s Best Fried Fish Sandwich” (in addition to their swordfish steak and yellow fin tuna sandwiches), as well as burgers, fried seafood plates, raw bar, and more.

Microbrews are highlighted on this year’s beer list with artisanal beverages like Kona Brewing Company’s Long Board Lager (a personal favorite of Mr. Berndt’s) and the golden-ale East Chop Light brewed just around the block by neighbor Offshore Ale. “To keep it local, baby!” Mr. Berndt exclaims.

The Coop is open seven days a week from 11 am to 10 pm, weather permitting. For more information call 508-693-3420 or go to