7 Praiseworthy Brunch Spots on Nantucket

The English gave life to the idea of brunch in the early 19th century. The tradition still stands strong today on Nantucket, and for good reason.

The inviting smell of freshly baked coffee cake, steaming eggs Benedict, fresh biscuits and gravy— let’s not forget a few strawberry-dressed mimosas— are only a glimpse of the weekend delights that attract late risers across Nantucket.

Take your pick: family-centric, upscale, casual. These restaurants have perfected the art of brunch, bringing together families and friends for both traditional favorites and uniquely prepared island bites. Peruse some of the most highly recommended brunch spots on Nantucket:

Straight Wharf

Straight Wharf Nantucket

Straight Wharf is known for more than just its seafood. For more than 40 years, their on-the-water view, open-air deck and locally-sourced ingredients have brought in locals and visitors for a true island dining experience. Bring the kids and enjoy cheesy grits paired with your choice of egg and seafood, a cool fruit parfait with toasted pecans and some freshly squeezed orange juice or mimosas. That’s not all; skim their full brunch menu here.

They’re open from 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays seasonally and conveniently located on Harbor Square. Reservations recommended.

Cru

Cru Nantucket

Every week, Cru’s master shucker cracks open over 17,000 oysters. One could safely say their raw bar is a brunch favorite across the island, but their shareable dishes and fresh breakfast or lunch combinations are equally praised. Begin with a salmon crudo or shrimp cocktail and finish with french toast and champagne. Explore their full menu to decide, but don’t forget to ask about their daily-made doughnut special.

Cru serves brunch every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. throughout the summer season. Reservations are highly recommended to guarantee seating.

Proprietors

The Proprietors Bar and Table Nantucket

Proprietors offers global cuisine with a local twist, making this seasonal restaurant’s menu an ever-changing experience. Their Sunday brunch entices locals and travelers, who come for their smoked bluefish toast, lobster and mushroom pancakes as well as their other unique maritime creations.

Reserve your Sunday table from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during seasonal brunch and prepare for a praiseworthy farm-to-table meal.

Brant Point Grill

Brant Point Grill Brunch Nantucket

Located at the White Elephant Hotel, Brant Point Grill is a famous brunch spot that serves breakfast and lunch food both indoors and outdoors on the restaurant’s covered, harborside terrace. Kids get their own special corner of the buffet while adults can watch their meat carved before them and get creative at a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Review their refined food selections here.

Brunch is served 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Sunday seasonally. Reservations are accepted to guarantee seats for your full party.

Boarding House

the boarding house nantucket island

There’s nothing like Saturday brunch in the heart of historic downtown Nantucket. The Boarding House’s Best of Boston award-winning weekend brunch is influenced by the cuisine of California, Spain, France, Italy and beyond. From cast iron cornbread to crab stuffed avocado, their locally-sourced ingredients have attracted crowds for over 26 years.

Reserve your seats between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. seasonally and explore their weekend brunch specials to narrow down your choices.

Topper’s at the Wauwinet

toppers waterfront restaurant nantucket

Dine alongside the waters of Nantucket Bay, where only 300 feet away, fisherman harvest the oysters on your plate. Located inside of The Wauwinet Hotel, Topper’s has received notable recognition, including prestigious AAA Five Diamond and Wine Spectator awards. Indulge in their cinnamon spiced churros with dark chocolate fondue or keep it light with a fresh spring omelet. Review their full menu here.

Topper’s features brunch both days of the weekend in season, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and reservations are recommended.

Company of the Cauldron

company of the cauldron

Company of the Cauldron is the definition of fine dining on Nantucket. People from around the country covet 3-star Michelin Chef Joseph Keller’s French-inspired American cuisine. Guests praise their belgium waffles with pearl sugar and Vermont maple syrup or featured quiche.

Their Sunday and holiday brunches are served with special fixed menus and set seatings, so be sure to check the menu and seating availability ahead of time, as reservations are required.

Your Options Are Nearly Endless

Nantucket is home to a wide range of restaurants serving brunch across the island. Learn more about a number of others— 29 Fair, Breeze Restaurant, Greydon House, Galley Beach, Languedoc Bistro and more— in our Nantucket Restaurant Guide. Not only will you discover more places to enjoy brunch, you can explore the most popular places for lunch and dinner as well.

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Nantucket Restaurant Guide

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