Restaurants in Nantucket
From lobster shacks to beachfront eateries dishing up bowls of clam chowder, Nantucket restaurants offer travelers a taste of classic New England.
Unsurprisingly, many of the best restaurants in Nantucket specialize in seafood dishes. At the Nantucket Lobster Trap, lobsters are come boiled, baked or stuffed, and are held in hundred-gallon tanks until they're ordered. At 21 Federal, diners can find local sea scallops, mussels, halibut and more. The restaurant is housed in a former guesthouse built in the mid-1800s and features plenty of outdoor seating on its back patio and a collection of dining rooms.
Options for restaurants in Nantucket also include outposts of famed eateries from larger Northeastern cities. In New York City, Sfoglia draws in loyalists with its Italian menu and warm atmosphere. On the island, its dining room features mismatched plates and a fireplace.
Travelers can also find noteworthy Nantucket restaurants at its resident hotels and resorts. Topper's at The Wauwinet sits waterside and serves upscale takes on comfort food favorites like fish 'n' chips and mac 'n' cheese. And, even if you're not a guest of the hotel, the restaurant is accessible by shuttle boat.
Try the New England Little Neck Clams, peppered with vine-ripened tomatoes and lathered with champagne butter at White Elephant's harborside restaurant.
The Wauwinet’s stately waterside restaurant is the island’s most elegant, and well worth the shuttle-boat ride over from Straight Wharf.
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.
Stop here for a bowl of house-made quahog chowder before exploring the village's rose-covered fisherman's cottages.
In the warmer months, the smell of baking cones wafts from this ice cream shop near Steamship Wharf and often encourages a hearty line out the front door.
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."
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.
For years a beloved-but-hoary haunt of Siasconset’s upper crust, the “Chanti” was given a new lease on life in 2006.
Heading to the beach or out for a day of fishing? Fill up your cooler or picnic basket at one of Nantucket’s top sandwich shops first.
Try the halibut with creamed artichokes at this restaurant, in Siasconset, the island's easternmost point.
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.
A venerable, family-owned restaurant since 1958, the Galley—where untold numbers of Nantucketers have celebrated their anniversary dinners—got a chic new facelift for its own 50th anniversary this summer.