Best Restaurants to Dine, Nantucket 2016
Where to dine in Nantucket? What are the best restaurants to dine Nantucket 2016 ? Where should I eat breakfast or lunch in Nantucket? Where can I get a picnic lunch for the beach? Here we present some of our favorite and best restaurants on the island of Nantucket 2016.
- Updated April 1, 2018
9 India Street
Dinner and Sunday Brunch
One of the best restaurants to dine while on Nantucket in 2016 is Proprietor’s Table. Previously of Nantucket’s American Seasons, Chef Michael & Orla LaScola’s Proprietor’s Bar & Table thinks globally, pairing locally sourced ingredient with international flavors. Most menu items are served in half-size portions designed for sharing. Well-thought Prohibition-era cocktails are made with herbs and house-made bitters. The wine list is deeply influenced by small Old and New World producers. The design reflects a well-traveled Nantucket home filled with treasures from trips abroad. Most locals prefer to eat at the bar; and Sunday Brunch is a must.
12 Cambridge Street
Dinner (Lunch at certain times of the year)
Nautilus is “focused on the interplay between food, cocktails and wine, and the feeling that these things are best enjoyed when shared.” With small plate offerings and large multi-person feast selections, the Asian inspired food has a coast/seafood Spanish tapas base. One of Nantucket’s most intriguing culinary destinations and a bar program that is unmatched. As the night moves along, so does the atmosphere – a crescendo of music and energy.
20 Broad Street
Lunch & Dinner
Modern chic meets casual comfort in the heart of historic Nantucket. Chef/Owner Michael Getter, formerly of 21 Federal and American Seasons restaurants, serves American seasonal food at both lunch and dinner. Every plate is a work of art. House cured salmon, mushroom risotto, tea-smoked duck breast and spiced grilled swordfish . . . each bite an explosion of flavor.
2 South Beach Street
Local boy goes to culinary school, cooks in Michelin-starred restaurants in Pars & New York, and then returns home to roost/roast in his own kitchen at Oran Mór – a long-time local favorite situated on the second floor of a former home. The space is uniquely designed with a welcoming energy. Chef Edwin Claflin cooks up modern American cuisine utilizing classic French techniques. Refined, yet casual; with a well comprised wine list.
Cru Oyster Bar
1 Straight Wharf at the dock end of Main Street
Recommended for Lunch and Afternoon Oysters & Cockatils
Best waterfront location in town. Raw bar, lobster rolls, crab cocktails and tuna tartare are just some of the starters; seafood is the main focus “on the dock” in the heart of Nantucket Boat Basin. Open for lunch; afternoon “sipping ‘n slurping” champagne & crustaceans; and dinner. Handsome décor in a spectacular setting, chic outdoor patio, well-heeled crowd.
21 Federal Street, behind the Atheneum
Ventuno is romantic & relaxed, affordable & lively, the bounty of Nantucket in Italian hands. Antipasti, house-made pastas, Italian nibbles & entrees, an excellent wine list, and a temperature controlled 32 oz. Creekstone Tomahawk Ribeye for the carnivore that desires the perfect medium rare. After dinner, the tented back patio transforms into one of Nantucket’s most vibrant later night hangouts.
54 Jefferson Avenue
Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Breakfast
Galley Beach blends local cuisine with a St. Bart’s experience directly on the beach – perfect for sunset. Drinks & appetizers al fresco with toes in sand; leisurely lunch; or full on 3-course dinner . . . the food, décor and runway setting is a scrumptious feast for the eye. New in 2016, breakfast is served Saturdays and Sundays.
10 India Street
Breakfast & Dinner (BYOB)
A staple for years, Black-Eyed Susan’s has been the favourite breakfast spot. A counter-style rustic restaurant that pumps out oodles of eggs, fluffy pancakes & French Toast, house-made Corned Beef Hash, and a mean Huevos Rancheros. Try the Pennsylvania Dutch Cakes. In the evening, the space transform into quaint dinner cuisine with appetizers, pastas and entrée. Ask for a seat at the counter to watch the chefs in action and be sure to BYOB at dinner. Cash only.
18 Broad Street
Located in the former Meursault space, adjacent to Dune Restaurant on Broad Street, Afterhouse is brought to you by the folks behind Galley Beach. Think cozy wine & oyster bar, serving chilled shellfish, raw fish preparations, caviars tinned seafood and charcuterie.
80 Centre Street
U.K. born chef/0wner Neil Ferguson has a 3-Michelin star pedigree from France, a London background at The Connaught and Gordan Ramsey; and received 2 stars from Frank Bruni for Allen & Delancey in N.Y. Most recently executive chef at Galley Beach, chef Ferguson serves American seasonal fare in a charming & rustic setting on Centre Street.
12 Federal Street
Seth and Angela Raynor, owners of the Boarding House, offer coastal cuisine with seafood and produce from Island farmers and regional heritage meats—all showcasing modern translations of exotic Eastern flavors. Be sure to order the Salt & Pepper Wok Fried Lobster. The Pearl provides an intimate setting at the dinner hour, followed by a chic, sexy atmosphere around the bar for the after dinner young-at-heart crowd.
12 Federal Street
Lunch and Dinner
Fresh, seasonal, American comfort food with old school hospitality in the heart of Nantucket’s historic downtown, a candle lighted cellar dining room, white picket-fenced patio and lively bar deliver lunch, weekend Brunch and dinner. Begin your dinner with “Carpaccio” of Roasted Bartlett’s Beets or Duck Confit & Kale Caesar Salad.
Le Languedoc Bistro
24 Broad Street
Dinner and Sunday Brunch
Traditional French Bistro fare in a lovely intimate setting on the lower floors of a traditional Nantucket inn. Bisques, fruits de mer, escargot, frissé, terrines, savoury soufflés, charcuterie, steak frites and fromage; all things French. Score a seat at the bar where bon vivant bartender Jimmy offers a commanding performance for utmost care and irreverent lore.
15 South Beach Street
Dinner only (lunch at certain times of the year)
Sexy lighting, energetic music and chic diners sample foods from around the world in this small, intimate eatery. Sushi is the high point here, followed by a collage of flavours from around the globe along the 41st latitude. Edamame, Cantonese Pot Sticks, Greek Salad, Curried Tempura, Tuscan Salad and burgers are found along this route. One of the most loved and hard-to-book restaurants on Nantucket, Lola 41 is orchestrated by Marco Coelho, a long-time island restaurant maestro.
21 South Water Street
From the owners of Lola 41, this newcomer located next to Rose & Crown is a vertical space with bar on the first floor; dining on the second floor. Small share plates, appetizers, pastas and entrees – there is something for everyone in this casual setting. Food is quite good and the pizza may just be the best on the island, making this one of the best restaurants to dine in Nantucket in 2016. Energetic atmosphere ramps up later in the evening.
6 Harbour Square on Straight Wharf
Celebrating 40 years, Straight Wharf is quintessential dining on Nantucket harbor. The menu changes with the season and the evening, offering the freshest local ingredients. Romantic and intimate—perfect for a celebratory occasion—you will find a classic seafood forward menu paired with gracious fine dining service in a candlelit spacious setting.
9 New Street, Siasconset
Lunch and Dinner
Originally opened as a small teahouse at the turn of the century, The Chanticleer is now one of the most romantic destinations on the island serving local French inspired offerings from land and sea. Linger al fresco over an intimate lunch in the rose garden or come together with family and friends for a convivial dinner in the dark wood bar room or one of the lighter hue dining rooms. The lush gardens produce organic herbs, flowers, berries and seasonal vegetables for the kitchen; and an extensive wine list features some of the finest wines in the world. Stepping into this “farmhouse” setting will transport you to the south of France.
Sandbar at Jetties Beach
4 Bathing Beach Road
Two of Nantucket’s favorite bartenders—Nick of Cru and George of Nautilus—have opened Sandbar, offering casual beachside fare. Nick and George went through a lengthy competitive bid process to win the lease of this iconic location. Look for plentiful seating in the surrounding sand, fresh raw bar, burgers, the best fried clams, sandwiches and traditional clambakes.
1 Main Street
New ownership has taken the reins of Club Car at the base of Main Street; the young team of Chef Mayumi Hattori and Director of Operations Ty Costa (both of Straight Wharf) and Tanya McDonough (Ventuno, Straight Wharf) have updated the food, décor and experience . . . and if you are wondering, the piano has remained in residence, but more prominently placed.
Casual / Picnics
3 Harbor Square, adjacent to Straight Wharf
50 Cliff Road
Bartlett Farms Market
33 Bartlett Farm Road, Cicso
326 Madaket Road, Madeket
Claudette’s Sandwich Shop
On the Siasconset Circle
Galley Beach (Sat & Sun)
Cru Oyster Bar – on the docks
Boarding House – in-town al fresco
Galley Beach – on the beach
Chanticleer – in a Siasconset farmhouse setting