Restaurants in Nantucket

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.