Nantucket has many great restaurants. The epicurean tradition began after World War II when Harold and Gwen Gaillard opened the Opera House in the classic French Bistro, white jacket waiter style. In the early 1970's additional sophisticated restaurants began to open offering a range of fine cuisine. Today, there are many high-end eateries which feature local produce and fresh fish. The island also has it share of down to earth places, featuring local seafood and simple menus.
To help you choose some of the restaurants you might want to check out, we compiled a list of some of the popular restaurants on island. Go to the individual websites for menus and call us if you have any more specific questions. There are also quite a few local restaurant guides that come out every spring, and are easily found at most markets on island, and at the ferry terminals and the airport.
The Club Car has been a prominent restaurant on Nantucket since the sixties. The fine French cuisine and substantial wine list are sure to please. The piano bar, which is located in a 19th century railway car, is a lively additionb where singing and dancing are a regular occurance on summer nights.
This exclusive restaurant is located in Nantucket’s historic, secluded Wauwinet Inn. To get here, you can take a water taxi from town (arranged through the Inn) or take a scenic drive down Polpis Road and see more of the island. Enjoy the incredible cuisine and superb wine selection in a charming, serene dining room or on the elegant patio overlooking the garden and harbor.
Located at the end of Jefferson Avenue next to the Cliffside Beach Club, The Galley is not to be missed. Whether it is their fabulous brunch or luxurious dinner, the food never disappoints and neither does the view. There are tables on the beach where you can enjoy the spectacular menu with your toes in the sand, and at dinner you can view the breathtaking sunsets from your table.
The picturesque location of The Brant Point Grill is a treat itself. Overlooking Nantucket Harbor, you can sit inside or outside in the garden and enjoy an array of local seafood and a large selection of steaks. Their brunch is popular as well as happy hour in the early evening with raw bar specials.
In the spot that the Ropewalk was for years, the owners of Cru have renovated the spot and made it a great place to sit on the harbor and watch the boats come and go, while enjoying some of the best seafood Nantucket has to offer. Raw bar is their specialty, with an assortment of oysters from all over the world to choose from. The menu consists of traditional New England fare, and they have an extensive wine list to match it. There is seating inside and out, and reservations are recommended.
If you didn't know you were on Nantucket, you would think you were at a chic restaurant in South Beach. The bright white decor and massive fish tank contribute to the elegant atmosphere which exudes luxury. The food served New England fare with an asian influence. The wok lobster is not to be missed, along with the pork belly appetizer on a hot rock.
American Seasons has one of the most creative and eclectic menus on island. Their fresh take on American fare will surprise your taste buds and keep you coming back for more. Be sure not to miss the house made charcuterie platter which is a special each night!
The Proprietors was a new addition to the Nantucket restaurant scene in the 2013 season, and is owned by Michael and Orla Lascola of American Seasons and Tom Berry, formerly of Great Harbor Yacht Club. The concept of their menu is an eclectic assortment of flavors from around the world using local ingredients. Most of the dishes are meant to be shared, and it is a great way to experience all of the different tastes on the menu. In addition, there is a great variety of unique cocktails, small batch bourbons and whiskeys, and an international wine list.
Every bite is devine at this French restaurant downtown. Whether you are upstairs in their elegant dining room or downstairs in the Bistro, the food is delightful. They also have a fabulous selection of wines to choose from. Make sure to call ahead for a reservation during July and August as someplace this spectacular is sure to be popular.
This romantic spot in Sconset at the eastern end of the island brings you back in time. There is outdoor seating by the garden, or inside the historic restaurant, and the food is always outstanding as is the service. The trip is definitely worth it, and everyone must experience it at least once!
Located in the lower level of a charming inn, The Ships Inn was originally a whaling captain's mansion in the 1800's. The California-French cuisine is served in a cozy, intimate atmosphere. The staff is knowledgable and friendly, and the food is made from the freshest ingedients. The wine selection is extensive and the food is fantastic.
Oran Mor has some of the most extraordinary food on island. The menu is creative and always reflects the seasons with an assortment of local ingredients. The restaurant is located on the second floor of an historic home downtown which contributes to the quaint and romantic atmosphere.
This charming downtown restaurant is all about experiencing the best in farm to table cuisine. Every night there is a new menu of outstanding dishes that will make your mouth water. There are two seatings, one at 6pm and one at 8:30pm, and the bar serves beer and wine. Live harp music is played most nights, and the cozy atmosphere makes you feel like you are attending a private party.
This beloved downtown restaurant has great food and a lively atmosphere. The downstairs dining room is cozy and romantic, the patio is wonderful in the warm weather and is a great place to people watch. As the evening goes on, the bar crowd arrives and is a popular place for the younger crowd. Be sure to check out their brunch!
This spot could easily be confused for a contemporary restaurant/bar in NYC. The menu is based on locations along the 41st parallel, with an emphasis on Sushi and a Mediterranean/European selections. It is a great option that is sure to please everyone in your party with such a diverse menu. The bar is a popular spot for nightlife later in the evening with house music and a great cocktail list. Reservations are not accepted in the height of the season, so be sure to plan accordingly!
The Summer House Restaurant is located in Sconset on the eastern most end of the island, overlooking the Atlantic. Dinner is served in their upstairs restaurant in the elegant dining room or on the porch with spectacular views. There is a piano bar where singing and dancing take place nightly during the peak season. Also, check out The Beachside Bistro which is down the stairs towards the beach. The Bistro is more casual and great for lunch or dinner, and is almost on the beach.
Formerly The Woodbox Inn, 29 Fair Street is in a house originally built in 1709. It is a romantic setting for dinner with fireplaces in every room, exposed beams and wide pine floor boards. The Mediterranean cuisine incorporates many local ingredients and seafood at dinner.
The Straight Wharf Restaurant is located at the end of the wharf where the Hyline docks. The main dining room has high cathedral ceilings and exposed beams which give it a rustic feel, and it opens to a porch which looks over the harbor. There is a bar area with seating that has its own menu which is always delightful and the atmosphere is more casual. This area has a lively bar scene later in the evenings. In July and August they serve a great brunch on the weekends, so check that out as well!
Formerly 21 Federal, Ventuno has the same owners as Straight Wharf Restaurant. They serve a menu of eclectic and unique Italian food. They offer half portions of all of their pasta dishes, and they incorporate many local ingredients into the dishes. The inside seating is slightly more elegant, while the patio is more casual. Either way, the food is great. They also serve brunch on the weekends in July and August.
This sleek and modern restaurant has been serving New American cuisine since the current owner bought it in 2009. The chef-owner, Michael Getter has worked on the island for years at both American Seasons and 21 Federal, and he has a lot of experience with local ingredients and can update the menu frequently. The wine list has a good variety but isn't over the top in terms of price.
This unassuming restaurant is downtown between South Water and Federal Streets. The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable, and in the summer there is seating on their outdoor patio. The food is always very good, with local seafood and fresh ingredients on the menu.
This restaurant is a fusion of Asian, Indian and North African flavors. The decor has an asian feel and the atmosphere is romantic, and is suitable for larger groups as well. The music is usually upbeat, and they have an outside bar called the Tree Bar which is open in the warmer weather and serves food as well.
The Seagrille has been a favorite of locals for over 20 years. They have an extensive menu of seafood prepared anyway you can imagine, as well as chicken, steaks and vegetarian options. In addition to food, they have a reasonably priced, substantial wine list, many craft beers, and hard to find liquors and mixed drinks. Located mid-island, it is a great spot for lunch or dinner and has plenty of parking.
This notable restaurant has been a year round favorite for years.
This barbecue and grill restaurant is located mid-island on Nantucket. The atmosphere is upbeat and the decor is modern but still cozy. There is a large bar where one can just have a drink or have a full dinner. They feature smoked and grilled meats, fish and vegetables with bold flavors. They make everything from scratch including their wonderful desserts.
This restaurant was new to the island in the summer of 2013. Patrick Ridge, formerly the chef at Le Lanquedoc, opened Island Kitchen in the building where The Hen House had been for years. The food is delicious and made with the freshest local ingredients. The entrees are reasonably priced and wine and beer are served.
A cozy Italian restaurant with some of the best brick oven pizza you can find. There is a large selection of pasta dishes, salads, and appetizers made with the freshest ingredients, as well as an extensive Italian wine list. The location is small and reservations are not taken, so try to go on the earlier or later side during the peak season.
The Sconset Cafe is a down to earth option away from the bustle of downtown Nantucket. The dining room is small (only nine tables), so be sure to make a reservation in advance. The ambiance is romantic and cozy and the food is very good. The policy is BYOB and the corkage fee is waived if you purchase your wine at liquor store next door. For dinner it is best to leave your children at home, but if you are there for breakfast or lunch, it is much more casual and children are welcome.
Delicious and eclectic breakfasts and irresistible dinners are served at Black Eyed Susan's, which is a lively New American restaurant where it is BYOB. The small back patio is a nice option for seating, as well as the bar where you have front row seats to see the talented chefs in action. Reservations are only taken for the 6 PM seating and credit cards are not accepted.
This small restaurant is BYOB and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner year round. Owned by two veteran island chefs, the food is tasty, their menu features a great selection of different flavors and the prices are very reasonable.
Madaket Millie's, a relatively new restaurant in Madaket is where the Westender was once located. Only steps away from Madaket beach, it is a great place to grab a bite for lunch or for a casual dinner and watch the sunset. They serve mostly southwestern food - tacos, quesodillas, etc. and have a full bar. You have to try the Madaket Mystery, Nantucket's own rum punch!
This local sushi spot is a favorite of many! It is BYOB and the sushi is always incredibly fresh and yummy. They do not take reservations and operate on a first come, first serve basis.
This casual seaside restaurant is right in the heart of the docks downtown. The atmosphere is laid back and beachy, but the food complex and is sure to please. A fabulous spot to stop for lunch or dinner, and have appetizers and small plates all day. There is inside and outside seating so you won't miss out on the beautiful weather!
This Nantucket staple has been serving clam chowder and burgers for years. There is a variety of microbrews on draught, and a great assortment of burgers, salads, sandwiches and entrees. The atmosphere is dark and romantic, with exposed brick walls, and you can also grab a bite to eat at their bar which has several TV's if you want to catch a game.
This casual seafood spot is a great place to go with the whole family to enjoy lobster, mussels, steamers and more! A really laid back atmosphere, outdoor seating and the house rum drink (Elbow Benders) are the perfect way to unwind after spending the day at the beach.
Located on the beach at Jetties, this is a great spot to grab lunch or a bite to eat after the beach. It's super casual, has a full bar, raw bar specials all week, and a full menu of fare that appeals to people of all ages. Definitely a must on a beautiful beach day!
This Irish pub has beer and comfort food galore. There are several large flat screen TV's to watch any games you are afraid to miss, as well as two pool tables. A good place to check out if you don't want to miss football or rugby match, or if you just want to have a few beers and some casual pub food.
This breakfast and lunch place in the heart of downtown is open year round. They offer all of the typical fare and have daily specials. Casual and family friendly.
This sandwich shop is right at the end of Straight Wharf. It is tucked behind The Gazebo, and has a variety of sandwiches which are famous on island. Everything is extremely fresh, and it is great to either eat on a bench outside and people watch or perfect to bring to the beach.
Something Natural is a popular sandwich shop and bakery on Cliff Road. They bake bread daily, have a huge variety of sandwiches and generous portions. With plenty of picnic tables outside to enjoy your lunch on, it is a great destination to bike to, or to pick up sandwiches on the way to the beach.
Henry's sandwiches have been a favorite on Island for years. Located mid island, it is quick and easy to drop by on the way to the beach to grab sandwiches. They are located in the same plaza as Hatch's Gas and Liquor Store, so its a one stop shop!
Located on Broad Street, Walter's is a convenient spot to pick up a bite to eat on the run. Top of the line sandwiches, all made with Boar's Head deli meats and cheeses, pasta salads, potato salads, and other goodies are all made on the premises. Call ahead to order if you're on the way to the beach or stop by when shopping downtown!
Lola Burger is a spin off restaurant from Lola41. The "Lola Burger" is a prime beef burger, topped with aged Cheddar cheese and a red onion compote on a toasted English muffin and served with a Foie Gras dipping sauce and truffle fries. It is not to be missed! Lola Burger just opened in the summer of 2013 at the rotary (previously it was located on Broad Street). At their new location, they have an extended menu that includes every burger you can imagine in addition to salads, shakes and beer and wine. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, and they do take out as well.The parking lot is small, but valet parking is offered in the busy season.