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.

Just a 15-minute walk from the shoreline, this seventh-generation family farm is the oldest and largest on Nantucket Island. Established in the 1800’s, the Bartlett's produce stand is now a full-scale market and takeout restaurant serving fresh seasonal cuisine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

If you want to see what Nantucket was like before the new glam crowds started pouring in, head to this 1847 former guesthouse.

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.

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.