Nantucket Restaurants

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  • 1. Straight Wharf

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    This loft-like restaurant with a harborside deck has enjoyed legendary status since the mid-1970s; these days, the focus is on re-interpreting summer classics that highlight...

    This loft-like restaurant with a harborside deck has enjoyed legendary status since the mid-1970s; these days, the focus is on re-interpreting summer classics that highlight local produce and fresh seafood. The two-course dinner menu ($78), served in the dining room, features such delectables as iced Nantucket oysters, perhaps followed by slow-poached salmon with a Brussels sprout and baby kale caesar. The bar grill offers a short, well-curated a la carte menu. (Moroccan-spiced eggplant "parm" is a favorite.) Hurricane lamps lend a soft glow to well-spaced tables; the vibe is best described as barefoot-chic. (But do wear shoes!)

    6 Harbor Sq., Massachusetts, 02554, USA
    508-228–4499

    Known For

    • Menu changes daily
    • Locally sourced ingredients
    • Outdoor seating with water view

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and mid-Oct.–mid-May, Reservations essential
  • 2. B-ack Yard BBQ

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    This game-day favorite offers a rowdy, not rarified, atmosphere and big platters of smoked meats suitable for sharing. But, don't let the casual vibe fool...

    This game-day favorite offers a rowdy, not rarified, atmosphere and big platters of smoked meats suitable for sharing. But, don't let the casual vibe fool you, as they pay great attention to the food, offering gluten-free versions of all side dishes (except cornbread), great mac-and-cheese, perfectly cooked meats, and their own delicious sauces. Indoors, TVs tuned to games draw sports fans; outdoor tables are snug against folks queuing up for the ferry on Straight Wharf. 

    20 Straight Wharf, Massachusetts, 02554, USA
    508-228--0227

    Known For

    • Great place to watch the game
    • Beef burnt ends
    • Loaded pulled pork nachos

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Jan.--Feb.
  • 3. Brotherhood of Thieves

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    No, it's not really an 1840s whaling bar—though the atmospheric basement, which dates all the way back to 1972, presents an "olde tavern" vibe. The...

    No, it's not really an 1840s whaling bar—though the atmospheric basement, which dates all the way back to 1972, presents an "olde tavern" vibe. The owners added three new dining concepts as well, including the upscale Notch Whiskey Bar, the surf-themed Cisco Kitchen & Bar, and a beer garden patio, but they haven't changed crowd favorites like curly fries and big, juicy burgers.

    23 Broad St., Massachusetts, 02554, USA
    774-325--5812

    Known For

    • Juicy burgers
    • Fish-and-chips
    • Signature curly fries

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Tues.
  • 4. Handlebar Cafe

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    Opened by the founders of Nantucket Bike Tours, this cozy spot offers a welcome space to relax with a coffee or tea and check your...

    Opened by the founders of Nantucket Bike Tours, this cozy spot offers a welcome space to relax with a coffee or tea and check your email, or just read a book. If you need a snack, scones, muffins, and nuts can be ordered to go with your beverage of choice.

    15 Washington St., Massachusetts, 02554, USA
    508-825--5929

    Known For

    • "Cup of Sunshine" turmeric latte
    • Nitro cold brew
    • Open year-round
  • 5. Oran Mor Bistro

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    Climb the copper-clad stairs into this historic home, settle in at one of three dining rooms, and get ready to enjoy the island's freshest fish...

    Climb the copper-clad stairs into this historic home, settle in at one of three dining rooms, and get ready to enjoy the island's freshest fish and produce, impeccably prepared. The menu changes with the seasons, but count on house-made pasta (available in half portions) and toothsome mains with an international tilt, like Moroccan fish tagine.

    2 South Beach St., Massachusetts, 02554, USA
    508-228--8655

    Known For

    • Seasonally influenced menu
    • Vegetarian and vegan options
    • Lobster gemelli

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Wed. and Thurs. Sept.--Nov. Closed Dec.--May. No lunch, Reservations recommended
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  • 6. The Beet

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    Eating your vegetables is a total pleasure at this tiny lunch and dinner spot, where gorgeous greens meet Latin and Asian flavors in a happy,...

    Eating your vegetables is a total pleasure at this tiny lunch and dinner spot, where gorgeous greens meet Latin and Asian flavors in a happy, healthy marriage. Oh, there's protein on the menu—including Korean BBQ quesadillas, Moo Shu-style duck, and pork Bao buns—but it's the green food that really shines. What they can do with cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli is surprisingly delightful. Order at the counter and eat at one of the indoor tables or take it to go at this unique-for-Nantucket eatery.

    9 South Water St., Massachusetts, 02554, USA
    508-680--1857

    Known For

    • Great to-go options
    • Latin and Asian inspired protein dishes
    • The Hulk veggie bowl, a triumph of charred Brussels spouts and crispy kale

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 7. Keepers/Fog Island Café

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    Closed Permanently

    Cherished year-round for its exceptional breakfasts, Keepers/Fog Island is just as fine a spot for dinner, when fresh fish and classic steaks are popular menu...

    Cherished year-round for its exceptional breakfasts, Keepers/Fog Island is just as fine a spot for dinner, when fresh fish and classic steaks are popular menu items. Chef-owners Mark and Anne Dawson—both Culinary Institute of America grads—seem determined to provide the best possible service to visitors and locals alike.

    5 Amelia Dr., Nantucket, Massachusetts, 02554, USA
    508-228–0009

    Known For

    • Exceptional breakfasts like huevos rancheros
    • Ample portions
    • Reasonable prices

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No breakfast Mon.–Thurs. No dinner Wed.
  • 8. The Pearl

    $$$$
    Closed Permanently

    With its white onyx bar illuminated a Curaçao blue and its walls awash in flowing voile, this ultracool space would seem right at home in...

    With its white onyx bar illuminated a Curaçao blue and its walls awash in flowing voile, this ultracool space would seem right at home in South Beach. Asian-theme selections focus on local shellfish and seafood with some very rewarding results.

    12 Federal St., Nantucket, Massachusetts, 02554, USA
    508-228–9701

    Known For

    • Wok-fried lobster
    • Specialty cocktails
    • Sophisticated scene

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Jan.–Apr. No lunch, Reservations essential

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