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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.

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  • 21 Federal

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    If you want to see what Nantucket was like before the new glam crowds started pouring in, head to this 1847 former guesthouse. The pink-pants-and-d... More
  • American Seasons

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    It’s hard to think of a better name for this homey, welcoming restaurant, where the seasonally changing cuisine draws from distinctly American culi... More
  • Bartlett's Farm

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Just a 15-minute walk from the shoreline, this seventh-generation family farm is the oldest and largest on Nantucket Island. Established in the 180... More
  • Black-Eyed Susan's

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    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 c... More
  • Cinco

  • Even Keel Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Juice Bar

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    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 fron... More
  • Lo La 41°

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Southampton-style chic officially arrived in Nantucket when this 60-seat hot spot opened in 2006. The concept behind Lo La 41° (devised by David Si... More
  • Nantucket Lobster Trap

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The heart of New England cuisine is seafood, and this restaurant keeps the lobsters alive in their multiple hundred-gallon tanks until they’re orde... More
  • Sconset Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Stop here for a bowl of house-made quahog chowder before exploring the village's rose-covered fisherman's cottages. More
  • Sfoglia, Nantucket

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    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 ... More
  • Something Natural

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    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... More
  • Straight Wharf Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Straight Wharf is Nantucket's answer to Chez Panisse. Amanda Lydon and Gabriel Frasca prepare playful takes on summer staples, such as a "deconstru... More
  • Summer House Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Try the halibut with creamed artichokes at this restaurant, in Siasconset, the island's easternmost point. More
  • Take-out Sandwich Shops

    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. Provisions, ... More

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