Romance is easy to find on Nantucket, where every road ends at the beach and every evening ends with an island sunset. So how do you make sure a restaurant is a perfect fit for your perfect date?
We’ve tried all kinds of restaurants on Nantucket and found some great spots for date night. Here are 11 romantic restaurant options for your next Nantucket evening out.
80 Center Street
Who can resist a restaurant that’s known for serving Nantucket by candlelight? From its arched-trellis entryway to its warm and elegant interior, American Seasons just glows with romance. Its chef/owner, Neil Ferguson, maintains a menu that, as the name suggests, exhibits seasonal selections from various regions of the United States. For dessert, share the fluffy rhubarb and vanilla custard trifle.
5 India Street
Often called a hidden gem, this restaurant is tucked away into a romantic location in Nantucket’s Historic District. Treat your sweetie to a meal prepared by a Michelin-star chef from a seasonal menu that’s American with a French twist. The restaurant’s dishes are instant conversation-starters, bursting with colorful and unusual ingredients. The chef also creates thoughtful vegetarian options for a meat-free date.
1 Straight Wharf
If your idea of romance is nuzzling on a waterfront patio under a beach umbrella, head to Cru. It’s casual yet intimate, even when it’s crowded. You can order cocktails and lobster as you watch the sun set, in a flip-flop friendly atmosphere that’s a favorite among Nantucket’s dining couples. Try the daily oyster special, which Cru calls #shuckingamazing.
20 Broad Street
Dune embodies Nantucket’s timeless mix of upscale food and a low-key, elegant environment. It’s a romantic place where you can order global dishes as easily as a classic Nantucket lobster roll. Dune has a world-class sommelier on staff, so don’t forget to ask about the perfect wine pairings for your meal.
56 Union Street
This elegant family-run restaurant’s motto is “Global Cuisine. Glorious Libations.” It has owner Wendy’s famous 150-bottle wine list, including the restaurant’s own private label. Fifty-Six Union’s atmosphere is upscale casual, with warm, gentle lighting. End your date with one of their espresso martinis, and you’ll be ready for a long, romantic walk downtown after dinner.
54 Jefferson Avenue
Galley Beach is known for offering a front-row seat to picture-perfect sunset views with dinner, so head here if you plan to Instagram your date night. Presidents have dined at Galley Beach, restaurant reviewers have raved about it, and it’s consistently rated as one of the most memorable and popular places to enjoy a romantic Nantucket meal.
2 South Beach Street
This romantic bistro bar is warm and earthy. It has a menu that’s both global and locally-sourced, and a cocktail list that’s great for conversation: Try the Flaming Daisy, the Bolo Tie, or the Beach Blanket Bingo. For a quieter restaurant that allows intimate chats, this is the perfect spot.
6 Oak Street
If your romance is quirky and quaint, head to Queequeg’s, named after a reference from Moby Dick. The restaurant’s vibe is warm, comfortable, and nautical, and the food is an eclectic mix of unique creations and island favorites. If your date doesn’t like places that are too fancy and stuffy, Queequeg’s is the place to go.
45 Sparks Avenue
Conveniently located in the Mid Island, you’ll find the Sea Grille, a restaurant that focuses on fresh seafood and seasonal specials. The menu has sections that include a raw bar, simple preparations, island favorites, and creative interpretations, so there are options for all levels of diner - seafood novice to connoisseur. The atmosphere is cozy, upbeat, and just right for a casual-meets-elegant date night. The bar menu, offered at both the inside bar and on the enclosed porch, offers creative, upscale pub fare.
120 Wauwinet Road
When you step inside Topper’s you think fine dining. Located in The Wauwinet coastal retreat, its upscale atmosphere is far less casual than many places on the island and perfect for serious romance. Try gourmet seafood creations with your sweetheart, and rest assured that the staff knows how to make fine wine recommendations that pair with every dish.
21 Federal Street
If your Nantucket date night needs a touch of Italian, head for Ventuno. Its menu is thoroughly Italian, with a focus on highlighting fresh picks from sea. Ventuno’s atmosphere is elegant, upbeat, and inviting. For a high-energy date night, this is a great place for lively conversation and seafood in the spirit of Italy.
Dining is a huge part of any vacation, that is especially true on Nantucket. Download our full Nantucket Restaurant Guide and browse the entire list of island restaurants easily on your mobile device. We look forward to seeing you on the island!