Restaurants in Nantucket Town
If you want to see what Nantucket was like before the new glam crowds started pouring in, head to this 1847 former guesthouse.
The heart of New England cuisine is seafood, and this restaurant keeps the lobsters alive in their multiple hundred-gallon tanks until they’re ordered.
One of three Nantucket restaurants operated by Seth and Angela Raynor, this cool, modern space focuses on coastal fare with an Asian twist. White and blue tones, exposed brick, and aquariums set the tone inside at this downtown location.
Straight Wharf is Nantucket's answer to Chez Panisse. Amanda Lydon and Gabriel Frasca prepare playful takes on summer staples, such as a "deconstructed clam bake."
Pick up fixings for a beach picnic at this unassuming joint, where East Coast luminaries (think John Kerry in swim trunks) come for oversize sprout, veggie, and avocado sandwiches.
Working the same mojo that’s put them on speed-dial for New York City celebrities (the regulars at Sfoglia’s Manhattan location include Tom Cruise and Jerry Seinfeld), chef-owners Ron and Colleen Suhanosky have a deep understanding of how Italian-food lovers want to eat.
Appearances are deceiving at this downtown spot; the wood walls, square tables, and cramped dining area look more like interior of a diner than a chic restaurant. Chef Jeff Worster helms this eclectic, fast-paced location that specializes in, well, not specializing for breakfast and dinner.
It’s hard to think of a better name for this homey, welcoming restaurant, where the seasonally changing cuisine draws from distinctly American culinary traditions.
Southampton-style chic officially arrived in Nantucket when this 60-seat hot spot opened in 2006.