8 Nantucket Outdoor Spots to Dine at in 2020

Published by Robin Slick, June 23, 2020

With Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan well on its way, restaurants are now allowed to offer more than just curbside take-out and delivery. With this reopening phase, restaurants are now able to serve their customers while seated outside. Creative patio, sidewalk seating and grass venues have been set up with tables six feet apart and with COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

Here are some great places to dine outside, some casual and some a bit more upscale, but no matter which you prefer, make sure to call ahead to check out their COVID-19 policies. For instance, some restaurants allow walk-ins while others will not seat you without a reservation. Limits on how many people can dine together also vary from place to place. Knowing each establishments' safety protocols will help to ensure a safe dining experience for everyone.

1. Brant Point Grill at The White Elephant

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Located at the White Elephant’s Harborside Hotel, the Brant Point Grill offers some of the finest dining on Nantucket. Enjoy New England style coastal cuisine while dining al fresco on the awning-covered Harborside Terrace overlooking the harbor. If Bloody Marys and lobster sound appealing, then a must have treat is their signature Lobster Bloody Mary - a meal and a drink all in one! Noteworthy is their elaborate spread for Sunday Brunch which is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. To see more brunch options read our blog on Nantucket's 7 Praiseworthy Brunch Spots.

2. Sandbar at Jetties Beach

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What's better than lunch at the beach? The Sandbar is Nantucket casual at its finest. Leave your towel on the beach, and head over to the restaurant for a quintessential beachfront experience. With a spacious, open-air restaurant and plenty of seating in the surrounding sand, enjoy their fresh raw bar, delicious burgers, sandwiches and seafood options. To find more waterfront dining options on island read our blog which offers 5 great choices.

3. Breeze at The Nantucket Hotel

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This summer Breeze is offering a variety of unique and memorable outdoor dining experiences around the resort, including poolside and on their front porch. Specializing in New England Coastal and International cuisine, your meal will surly be enhanced by the friendly waitstaff. Relaxed elegance and attention to detail is what you will find whether its breakfast, lunch, or dinner. New this year and for a more intimate experience, try their private dining in one of their poolside cabanas. 

4. The Patio at Miacomet Golf Course


Whether playing golf or not, the newly revamped dining room and outdoor patio at the Miacomet Golf Course is a perfect place to hangout with friends for a meal or a drink while overlooking the links. Their reasonably priced menu offers sandwiches, burgers and salads. This is the island's only 18-hole public course and it is owned by the Nantucket Land Bank. Lunch is currently being served Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

5. Millies Nantucket

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Located at the western part of the island, this FAVORITE spot, features Tex-Mex inspired coastal cuisine and cocktails, including the island-famous Madaket Mystery. Enjoy a drive, bike ride, or take the Wave shuttle bus out to Madaket and experience a day at the beach, a sunset, and a meal like no other. Their dining guidelines can be found HERE and to read more about the Millie's experience, see C &C's recent restaurant review.

6. Bar Yoshi

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Located on the waterfront at the historic Old South Wharf is where you will find classic Japanese cuisine including sushi, noodles and dumplings, coupled with raw bar offerings, poke and ceviche as well cocktails, sake, wine and beer. Bar Yoshi has been an island hotspot for more than 25 years and they are excited to offer patio dining at their new location. 

7. Island Kitchen

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Located in mid-island, Island Kitchen has everything - beautiful outside seating, creative all day dining, and quick service that keeps both locals and travelers coming back for more. All menus feature innovative classics, healthy options and island favorites, all served with signature cocktails. Not to be missed is their ice cream counter that serves exclusively ice cream by Nantucket's famous Tilbury and Skiff.

8. The Corner Table Cafe

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The Corner Table Cafe was created with the community in mind. Open all year-round, with games, books, daily papers and great food, its a place as comfortable as home. Sitting outside overlooking the cobblestone streets is a relaxing way to have a coffee and a delicious and nutritious snack, meal or treat inspired by seasonal ingredients and local products. 

For more information about outdoor dining and other restaurants, contact our TEAM who can assist you or view C&C's online restaurant guide

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