Restaurants in Nantucket

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Each year, a new restaurant (or two) opens to rave reviews, shifting the food landscape toward the next “it” spot. Most of these restaurants are clus... Read More

Each year, a new restaurant (or two) opens to rave reviews, shifting the food landscape toward the next “it” spot. Most of these restaurants are clustered right in town: Cru, which opened in 2012, boasts a spectacular raw bar; the Proprietor’s Bar & Table (opened in 2013) serves sophisticated small plates; mainstays Straight Wharf and the Boarding House offer outstanding seafood and farm-to-table fare.

It’s hard to go wrong on this small island, except by forgetting to make a reservation (if you go during the high season, call a few weeks in advance). But visitors would also be remiss to overlook local haunts like Centre Street Bistro and Pi Pizza that garner year-round attention from locals—and by skipping beloved ice cream shop Juice Bar, no matter how long the line.

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  • Black-Eyed Susan's Restaurant in Nantucket Courtesy of Black-Eyed Susan's
    Black-Eyed Susan's

    The wood walls, square tables, and cozy dining area in Black-Eyed Susan's look more like interior of a country diner than a chic restaurant.... Read More

  • The Boarding House Restaurant in Nantucket Courtesy of The Boarding House
    Boarding House

    For more than 25 years, the Boarding House has served American cuisine on its scenic patio and cozy cellar dining room. The covered outside seating... Read More

  • Centre Street Bistro Restaurant in Nantucket Michael Galvin/Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce
    Centre Street Bistro

    This tiny, local bistro, at the end of a narrow hallway in the Meeting House building, gives guests a glimpse of the year-round experience on the island... Read More

  • Cru Restaurant in Nantucket Courtesy of Cru
    Cru

    It's been four years since Cru's opening, and this restaurant is still the place to see and be seen on Nantucket. With views of the megayachts in the... Read More

  • Handlebar Cafe in Nantucket Courtesy of Handlebar Cafe
    Handlebar Cafe

    Every small town needs a good coffee shop, and Handlebar is that place on Nantucket. Since opening their coffee shop in 2014, owners Courtney and Jason... Read More

  • The Juice Bar Restaurant in Nantucket Courtesy of The Juice Bar
    Juice Bar

    In the high season, the smell of waffle cones wafts from this treasured ice cream shop near Steamship Wharf. A green menu on the front door lists all... Read More

  • Pi Pizza Restaurant in Nantucket Courtesy of Pi Pizza
    Pi Pizza

    Pi Pizza is a traditional Italian taverna in a nondescript mid-island building. The hospitality of its owners and the Neopolitan pizza makes it a... Read More

  • The Proprietors Bar & Table Restaurant in Nantucket Courtesy of The Proprietors Bar & Table
    Proprietors Bar & Table

    Against the background of sage-green walls and wood accents, Proprietors serves up small plates of global fare on vintage dishes. Chef-owner Michael... Read More

  • Provisions Restaurant in Nantucket Courtesy of Provisions
    Provisions

    Managed by the same team behind Straight Wharf and Ventuno, Provisions is a buzzing sandwich shop that matches the quality of their more formal... Read More

  • Something Natural Restaurant in Nantucket Courtesy of Something Natural
    Something Natural

    Pick up fixings for a beach picnic at this unassuming joint, where East Coast luminaries (think John Kerry in swim trunks) come for oversized sprout,... Read More

  • Straight Wharf Restaurant in Nantucket Courtesy of Straight Wharf Restaurant
    Straight Wharf Restaurant

    Straight Wharf is Nantucket's answer to Chez Panisse. Under the direction of owners Gabriel Frasca and Amanda Lydon, the kitchen prepares playful takes... Read More

  • The Chanticleer Restaurant in Nantucket Courtesy of The Chanticleer
    The Chanticleer

    The chosen restaurant of Siasconset's upper crust, The Chanticleer was given a new lease on life in 2006. That's when Jeff Worster and Susan Handy, the... Read More

  • Topper's Restaurant in Nantucket Courtesy of The Wauwinet
    Topper's

    The Wauwinet's stately waterside restaurant is the island's most elegant, and well-worth the shuttle boat ride over from Straight Wharf. In the evenings... Read More

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