Enjoy intimate dining in a historic, revolutionary-era Nantucket Inn, featuring a Mediterranean-inspired Sunday brunch and dinner menu. Menus include fresh seafood, steak, pasta, flatbread pizza and more in rustic, candlelit dining rooms dating back to 1709. As part of The Summer House inns, cottages and restaurants, Nantucket Town Inn guests enjoy priority seating and complimentary door to door jitney service. This island institution is open seasonally from mid-May to New Years Day. Advanced reservations recommended.
Enjoy coffee, tea and fresh bites made from local, farm-to-table ingredients year-round, right on Surfside Road. As a bakery, this sweet shop creates and sells an entire menu of hand-decorated cakes, cheesecakes and desserts. Café options include breakfast sandwiches, deli sandwiches, salads, casual dinner platters, made-from-scratch personal pizzas and even a kid’s menu. Simply contact the staff to place your advanced order for a special occasion cake or custom catering menu. Founder Chef Rebecca Moesinger is also the owner of award-winning Konditor Meister Bakery of Braintree, MA.
This upscale hotspot is one of Nantucket’s late night dining options with a full menu until closing, as well as 26 wines by the glass and a curated beer selection. Fresh, creative dining inspires their á la carte raw bar, chilled or raw shellfish and seafood, caviar selection, tinned seafood menu, local produce, gourmet small plates and seafood entrees. Expect daily menu changes, wine tastings and more at this cozy seafood bar that’s open seasonally from May to December. No reservations accepted.
A Nantucket tradition for more than 30 years, this intimate neighborhood restaurant features candlelit indoor and outdoor dining, modern American cuisine and a kitchen run by world-famous British Chef, Neil Ferguson. Local, seasonal ingredients are behind all of the restaurant’s seasonal, bar, multi-course, and dessert menus, available every night of the week from mid-April to mid-December. Their late-night bar features a creative cocktail menu and 530 American wines. Advanced reservations recommended.
Grab and go with organic prepared lunches, dinners and homemade baked goods from this friendly, local market focused on offering only the best nutrition and unprocessed foods. Specialties include made-to-order vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or dairy-free foods and meals for diners with dietary restrictions. Family-style meals feature organic oven-roasted chickens and seasonal vegetables. Check their in-market menu daily for a fresh selection of soups, sandwiches, salads and hot entrees. Take-out only.
Fun grub and good times are served by the half pound at this seasonal bar and restaurant where meat gets smoked using whiskey and rum barrels from the local Triple 8 Distillery. Traditional BBQ comfort food takes on an island twist with lots of lobster and of course, New England Clam Chowder. In an establishment that prides themselves on not owning a freezer or microwave, everything is made from scratch, including their famous late night tacos served only 10 p.m. – closing. Feed yourself or a small army with family-style combos for 3 - 7 people. Late nights feature live music and a special menu served until 1 a.m.
This mostly Mexican eatery features deli-style tacos, burritos, salads, bowls, torta sandwiches and breakfast burritos served with homefries, from the folks that also run Nantucket’s Stubby’s and Walter’s Deli. Customize a creation as you walk down the line of fresh ingredients and family recipes passed down for generations. Not feeling like a trip South of the border? The Boat House also features a burger bar with traditional American-style grub from burgers and fries to chicken or fish and beyond.
“Nantucket’s premier artisan coffee roaster” is open year round for creative espresso bar drinks, coffee infusions, tea, lemonade and Lime Rickey’s made with fresh fruit. Locals and tourists alike come here for free wifi and creative, organic coffee drinks, including their Boozy Beans, coffee aged for 30 days in rum and whiskey barrels from the Triple 8 Distillery. Hungry? Stop by or simply order online for breakfast sandwiches, bagels, parfaits, light lunches, featuring sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, pastries and even vegetarian options.
A popular seasonal spot, this neighborhood diner is perfect for a casual countertop stool breakfast or candlelit BYOB dinner. Their morning menu features an array of options from classics like house-made corned beef hash or short stacks to spicy thai scrambles with vegan-friendly tofu. Dinner gets even more exotic with Thai, Indian, Vietnamese and Italian inspired apps, soups, full or half portion second courses, entrees and desserts. Cash only.
Fresh, local cuisine, seafood and a daily raw bar is served up harborside in the White Elephant Hotel’s famous island restaurant. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails are offered both indoors and outdoors on the restaurant’s covered, harborside terrace. BPG’s Sunday brunch is consistently voted as one of the best on Nantucket with a waffle, pancake, omelet and bloody mary bar, raw bar and carving stations. This Nantucket favorite has something for everyone, including kids, who enjoy their own “corner”, special menu and ice cream cart. Reservations accepted.
Contemporary international cuisine is made with local farm-to-table ingredients on this restaurant’s seasonal menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as Sunday and holiday brunch. Go for classic Americana or the exoti, with nightly offerings of rotating international cuisine options and Classic New England clambakes, featuring family style seating with live music on Monday nights all summer long. Enjoy indoor dining, lounge seating or kick back by the indoor/outdoor terrace’s firepits, and be sure to check their website for their most current dining schedule before you go. Reservations accepted.
At the Brotherhood of Thieves, the rugged and rebellious spirit of early Nantucket is as strong as the local stout served up at the 1840’s inspired whaling bar, with warm wood features, two fireplaces and low ceilings. Upstairs, diners enjoy their own bar, a view of Broad street and private event rooms. Finally, their patio and Rhum Bar provide a third place to eat or drink local beers and craft cocktails amongst a jungle of hops plants. As a Nantucket tradition since 1972, their lunch and dinner menus feature sandwiches, burgers, fried seafood and casual New England entrees, all made with local, organic ingredients. Reservations accepted.
A cozy spot for year-round BYOB lunch and dinner, with breakfast every weekend, this bistro is known for creative gourmet cuisine, in which food becomes art. Breakfast, lunch and dinner feature indulgent meals created with minimal butter, cream and eggs and an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. This BYOB establishment serves wine and beer, as well as tofu options for vegans and vegetarians on an evolving menu. Reservations accepted.
Seasonal lunch and dinner service is set in three public dining rooms with distinctly different styles, two intimate private dining rooms and al fresco seating in the lush rose garden. The perfect place for refined pallets and special occasions, both lunch and dinner menus feature herbs, flowers, berries and vegetables grown in the own onsite garden, as well as fresh caught seafood, steak, brisket and handmade pasta. Indulge in an extensive international wine list as you stroll around the manicured grounds at this distinctly Nantucket establishment. Reservations accepted.
From casual classics to international entrees and sides, lunch and dinner at The Charlie Noble can be as simple as a bucket of fried chicken or as exotic as kimchi and Korean BBQ short ribs. This pub-style stop features lunch, dinner, drinks and even shuffleboard. This stop is a Nantucket-must for its reasonable prices, a casual atmosphere and menus that include sandwiches, burgers, an all day raw bar, seafood specialties, flatbread pizzas, made-from-scratch comfort food and New England favorites.
Kids rule at this seasonal snack and gift shop (Formerly the Children’s Café), featuring fried, grilled and frozen snack bar treats and eats at Nantucket’s Children’s Beach. Grilled cheese and ice cream may be house favorites, but parents can indulge in iced coffee or tea drinks, street tacos and homemade baked goods.
This Nantucket microbrewery, winery and distillery is open year-round for craft brews, whiskey, rum, wine, public tours and live music. Sip your favorite suds by the glass, flight or case. Grab a bite at the rotating food truck options, find souvenirs in the brewery gift shop and when you’re finally done mixing and mingling, hop on the free shuttle for a ride back to town. Family and dog friendly.
Modern vintage elegance, including a converted train car, make this lounge eatery one of a kind on the island. Seasonal lunch and dinner menus feature locally-sourced ingredients for fresh and healthy tapas, small plates and entrees. This renovated island institution now boasts a bright and airy environment where diners can relax and enjoy craft cocktails to the tune of the live piano music. As a bonus, their gluten-free chef has worked hard to ensure gluten-free diners have their pick of nearly the entire garden-based menu, including dessert. Reservations accepted and recommended.
The CoC has defined fine dining on Nantucket for decades. It continues to do so for new generations, with a new chef at the helm. Make advanced reservations for Tuesday through Sunday’s two nightly seatings of 3-star Michelin Chef Joseph Keller’s French-inspired American cuisine, rooted in island traditions. Every bite is about the details in their daily-changing, three-course prix fix menu, accompanied by a house selection of beer and wine. Sunday and holiday brunches are also served with special prix fix menus set seatings. Reservations required.
The island’s seasonal butcher shop and stop for gourmet groceries, cheeses and wine. Nantucket’s home gourmets stock up their pantries here, among an international selection of oils, dips, spices and imported ingredients. As the island’s only full-service butcher shop, this little market is a must-stop for dinner parties, romantic nights at home and homemade prepared foods to go, including sandwich fixings and sides. Order in advance to pick up your dinner BBQ staples hot and fresh from the oven.
Voted one of the best bars in Nantucket, this seasonal, waterside restaurant is known for its raw bar, signature cocktails and New England specialities (with a twist). This trendy island hotspot serves brunch, lunch and dinner featuring oysters, lobster and the other seafood staples Nantucket is known for. On an island full of fresh, creative cuisine, Cru still stands out, from the unbeatable ambiance and exclusive local brews to the drinks made with fresh-picked garnishes and 17,000+ oysters cracked by their master shucker every week. Reservations recommended.
As a Nantucket tradition for over 80 years, this family owned and operated diner serves up all-day breakfast, lunch, daily specials and fresh baked doughnuts by the dozen. In addition to the traditional menu items you’d expect, perfected with homemade flair, they also offer vegetarian and gluten free options. Seven days per week, diners can build their own burger or omelette or crush a short stack and wash it all down with fresh squeezed juice or lemonade. Cash only.
Ranked in TripAdvisor’s top 10 places to eat on Nantucket, Dune features creative Contemporary American Fusion cuisine in three private dining rooms and a patio, to accommodate special events and intimate dinners of all sizes. Constantly changing lunch, dinner and dessert menus featuring locally sourced, seasonal produce, fish and meats served Tuesday through Saturday throughout the season. Wine, beer and a full bar are always available, along with vegan and vegetarian menu options. Reservations recommended.
This casual dining spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner is actually three restaurants: Tacos Tacos, Joe’s Grill and the Nantucket Cookie Company. Proud to call themselves “the only walk-up seafood joint in Nantucket”, Easy Street Cantina is a great option for to-go food for beach goers. Indoor and outdoor seating is available on a first-come basis, just yards from the ferry dock. Reservations recommended for large parties.
Nantucket’s only sommelier-owned and operated wine and liquor store is open seasonally for wine, beer, liquor, cheese, cigars and more. Stop by for frequent tastings and events, get delivery right to your rental home or get beverage catering at your next on-island party. The shop’s subscription wine club offers different levels of membership to stock your wine fridge and monthly parties where members can sample each new selection. Stop in and stock your rental home with your favorites.
This year-round bar and restaurant boasts 15+ HD TV’s, indoor and outdoor seating, daily specials and a different all-you-can-eat options every night of the week. Lunch and dinner menus showcase pub-style grub, pizza, American classics like “Grandma’s Turkey Dinner”, seafood and a salad bar. This island staple since 1997 is named after the owner’s late potbelly pig, a four-legged island celebrity.
A popular wedding and event venue, this elegant eatery serves year-round dinner and house specialties featuring fresh, local ingredients and their own private label Pinot Noir. Holidays, island-wide events and the Nantucket Wine Festival all feature special menus and seatings. Three dining rooms and a patio, feature distinctly different atmospheres making this versatile venue a great option for romantic evenings and big get-togethers. Reservations required.
Consistently voted the Best Italian Restaurant on Nantucket, this family-owned and operated restaurant specializes in rustic Italian cuisine, pastas and pizza. Their extensive dinner menu also features pasta-alternatives and an extensive wine menu, available Monday through Saturday. Stop in for casual, family-friendly dining and takeout with plenty of parking and no reservations required. Full menu available for take-out.
The history of this Nantucket institution and popular event venue begins as a clam shack in 1958 and is studded with stars, from celebrities to Presidents. The coastal cuisine menus utilize Nantucket’s own farms and seafood for lunch, brunch, dinner and dessert. Diners will recognize the classic entrees, created with a level of perfection that’s hard to find anywhere else. Dine indoors, outdoors and in the sand at this elegant Nantucket tradition. Advanced reservations recommended.
Nothing beats a good deli and on Nantucket, this shop is unbeatable for locals and tourists alike. Breakfast and lunch feature subs and sandwiches on homemade rolls that are available before 8 a.m. for dining in or taking to the beach. Homemade cookies, the cheese special and the kid’s pb&j are all favorites of their regulars.
Creative all day dining with indoor and outdoor seating and quick service keep both locals and travellers coming back for more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus all feature innovative classics, healthy options and island favorites, served with signature cocktails from morning to night. Best of all, their ice cream counter is dedicated exclusively to ice cream by Nantucket’s famous Tilbury and Skiff. Stop in seven days per week. Reservations accepted. Takeout available.
Beachgoers don’t have to go far to find a great lunch on Nantucket Sound. Cold cocktails and classic beach eats are available seasonally at this open air beach bar and restaurant. Diners sit indoors, outdoors and in the sand as they’re served from the full bar, daily raw bar and seafood-heavy lunch and dinner menu. Headed to the beach after your meal? This eatery also sports a beach shop for toys, sunscreen, apparel and equipment rentals.
Nantucket’s own authentic Irish pub offers two floors of comfortable family dining and drinks. This favorite island watering hole is open year round for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, with hearty Irish and American options, including traditional favorites such as bangers and mash, as well as meat and seafood pies. Regulars enjoy free happy hour wings, $5 burger night, televised rugby, live music and pool tables in the friendly brick-and-wood pub atmosphere. Reservations accepted for downstairs dining room only.
Simple, fresh and seasonal are the theme of this eatery’s casual downstairs cafe and refined upstairs fine dining room, as well as terrace seating. For more than 40 years, this seasonal restaurant offers changing lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch menus based on classic French cooking techniques, with carefully sourced Nantucket and international ingredients. The bistro’s hand-picked selection of best value wines has earned them the coveted Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for more than 20 years. Daily reservations available for downstairs and terrace dining. Advanced reservations recommended for upstairs dining room.
Dine in or take out some of the freshest picks on the island: mixed bowls, smoothies sandwiches, topped toasts and frozen yogurt, all made with fresh, organic ingredients. Take pride in the lite and healthy options you’re packing for the beach when you stop by this seasonal choice for green living eats, featuring Mocha Joe’s coffee drinks.
Unlike Nantucket’s many cozy, quiet favorites, this trendy sushi restaurant and bistro is fun option for a louder, more lively lunch or night out on the island. Creative cocktails, sushi, small plates and japanese-inspired bowls are menu staples while four varieties of fries, gourmet international options and chopped salads make this creative cuisine more varied than that of a typical sushi bar. Reservations recommended.
This creative bar and restaurant is open for lunch and dinner with a menu that includes American classics and eclectic island fare such as hand-cut biscuits, parmesan popcorn, burgers, pasta and lobster rolls. Breakfast, served on Saturdays and Sundays, feature a craft-your-own bloody mary menu. Check for fun specials and theme nights. Sit indoors, at the bar or on the heated outdoor patio. Reservations accepted.
For more than 40 years, this little island bakery has been cooking up confections from doughnuts and cookies to tortes and wedding cakes. Open early morning to early afternoon, Monday through Saturday, this bakery offers pastries and beyond, year-round. More than just sweet treats, regulars stop here for Portuguese bread, savory croissants, Jamaican patties, gruyere cheese puffs and take-home dinners like quiche or chicken pie.
This season steakhouse features local seafood and a raw bar with lunch served on a covered patio and dinner in both the main dining room and casual indoor bar. For diners interested in more than premium cuts of meat and signature sauces, other house specialties feature vegetarian options, chicken, burgers and more. Reservations recommended.
As a year-round wine, beer and spirit shop, this family-owned store strives to go above and beyond for their loyal customers. Make special requests or have bottles delivered to your home or boat. Their international selection of craft beers, wines and spirits is carefully chosen and displayed alongside gourmet grocery staples, meats and specialty cheeses.
A rustic meets modern dining experience, this trio of chefs prides themselves on serving culinary adventures, from small plate tapas to table-wide feasts. Inspired by global tastes, street food, Asian fusion and coastal traditions, each menu relies on locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients to please the crowds that line up outside in the Summer months to score a coveted reservation. More than 250 varieties of wine and sake are also available, personally selected by the house sommelier, with more than 25 also available by the glass. Hours and reservation policies change seasonally.
This regional franchise’s seasonal Nantucket location serves up creative craft pizzas, craft-your-own personal pizzas, salad and simple desserts, from the pier of Straight Wharf. The first and only certified humane pizza brand in the country, Oath pizza crusts are all made at their house bakery in New Hampshire, with gluten-free crusts and vegan options available upon request.
It may have the name of a greasy spoon but this island diner is known for family recipes, organic ingredients and locally-sourced produce from environmentally responsible farms. Extensive lunch and dinner menus offer a wide variety of pub-style appetizers, salads, subs, sandwiches and pizza made from recipes passed through the generations. Classic diner-style breakfast is also served until 11 a.m.
A seasonal bistro bar, open for dinner, signature drinks and dessert, the small but expertly crafted menus feature seasonal, locally-sourced appetizers, entrees and pasta. Enjoy a small but expertly chosen wine list, craft cocktails and an intimate art-filled dining room in this candle-lit Nantucket bistro, tucked away on the second floor of an original island home. Reservations recommended.
This award-winning seasonal restaurant holds multiple titles, including Best Seafood Restaurant in New England and Nantucket’s Best Lobster Dish for their signature entree, Salt and Pepper Wok Fried Lobster. Coastal, Asian-inspired cuisine focuses on seasonal seafood, island produce and heritage meats in large plates, small plates and a raw bar. Three dining spaces and a chef’s table offer multiple dining experiences while larger parties and private events are served specially curated menus. Due to the intimate fine dining atmosphere, the recommended dining age is 10+. Reservations recommended.
This cozy café is open Tuesday through Saturday year-round for baked goods, breakfast, breads tea sandwiches, tea by the pot, organic coffee, cakes and more. In the same tradition as the historically wife-run shops of Centre Street, known as Petticoat Row, this little bakery proudly supports women entrepreneurs. Confections are fresh-baked every day on site. Dine in, carry out or get delivery island-wide.
Seasonal dinner service at this award-winning restaurant presents global cuisine made with local ingredients. The dining experience here tries to capture the essence of historical Nantucket– sailors returning home from voyages around the world, with small plates, entrees, desserts, brunch, signature cocktails and an international wine list. A large and ever-evolving menu makes this island establishment a constant delight to both local and visiting foodies. Reservations recommended.
A Nantucket breakfast and lunch mainstay for more than 40 years, Provisions is an island favorite for freshly and wholesome prepared foods to go. Bagels, pastries, artisan sandwiches, salads and wraps are made to order and served to go at this popular stop for morning and afternoon island eats. Stop in for their famed Turkey Terrific sandwich, a taste of Thanksgiving on two slices of bread that’s been shipped as far as California.
This popular seafood-centered, New England style dinner menu is served year-round in a cozy and comfortable bistro atmosphere. Relax in the dining room or on the heated patio where blankets are available to diners on chilly island evenings. Often described as a moderately-priced hidden gem, this casual corner of Nantucket dining is a favorite of anyone who discovers it.
This local pub has served the island for more than 40 years as Nantucket’s only downtown nightclub with year-round entertainment. The Rose & Crown offers nightly live music, karaoke all weekend long and a weekly DJ. Lunch and dinner pub fare are served daily, featuring fun, specialty burgers, sandwiches and local seafood for the whole family.
Take out some of the freshest fish and seafood on the island. This Nantucket fish market serves up hot, fresh and fried seafood entrees, raw oysters and sandwiches to go, for both lunch and dinner. Grab a picnic table on the covered porch outside or take your meal to the shore for dinner and a view.
Award-winning lunch and dinner has been served at this mid-island institution for nearly 30 years, year-round. Their creative coastal menu focuses on local seafood, classic American cuisine, a raw bar, fresh-made pasta, local cheeses and bread baked daily. Midday diners have their pick of lunch-portion seafood favorites, salads and gourmet sandwiches with an international flair. Beer, wine, cocktails and a select menu is available at their two full bars.
From the exotic international to the distinctly American, this BYOB island eatery dishes out lunch and dinner featuring Pan-Asian cuisine, a wide selection of curry entrees, sushi, pizza, burgers and more. A casual stop with something for everyone, this restaurant is open year-round for family friendly dining and take out, seven days per week.
American Brasserie-style cuisine served in a historical Nantucket landmark built in 1831, a whaling captain’s mansion where the colonial atmosphere is also home to a quaint bed and breakfast. A two-course dinner menu showcases fresh seafood, local ingredients and vegetarian options along with seasonal specials. Both the dining room and lounge site below street level and are open to diners seasonally. Reservations recommended.
Don’t be fooled by the location inside of the Nantucket Ice Rink, Siam To Go offers a full menu of traditional Thai Food takeout at affordable prices. Open for both lunch and dinner year-round, this local spot features a few chinese entrees and organic iced green tea, as well as pescatarian and vegan substitutions. Carryout only.
Seasonal dining at the bakery that supplies fresh bread across the island. Simple, loaded deli sandwiches are served on freshly-baked bread alongside iced teas, lemonades and award-winning cookies. Take your lunch with you to the beach or enjoy it on one of the bakery’s outdoor tables in thier park-like picnic setting with restrooms.
Lunch and dinner are served by the slice at this island stop for eat in or carry out New York style pizza. Fast service, affordable prices, subs, salads, wraps and Italian entrees keep this restaurant busy from open to close. Beer, wine and whole grain crusts are also available at this family-friendly, mom and pop pizza shop.
Unique decor with an urban vibe and upscale Italian-inspired menus are on tap at Station 21. Sit in the romantic concrete-clad upstairs dining room or lively downstairs bar for an array of sharing plates, larger plates and pizza. Dive into a drink menu that’s even more extensive than the dining menu with specialty cocktails, house martinis, craft beer, wines by the glass and more.
Seasonal fine dining establishment offering lunch, dinner, bar grill food and weekend brunch made with locally-sourced ingredients for more than 40 years. This restaurant’s many foodie fans come for the intimate ambiance, on-the-water view, open-air deck and popular bar scene as well as their creative starters, entrees and desserts. Events, weddings, proposals and large groups are frequent and welcome. Reservations recommended.
With seasonally-changing hours ranging from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., Stubby’s caters to every meal and every kind of crowd, all day and night long. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks. Stop in for fast, affordable diner fare, including a quick breakfast, Jamaican entrees, daily soup specials, salads, subs and sandwiches.
Dine by candlelight at this contemporary fine dining restaurant and event venue with a dune and ocean view, indoors and out. This traditional establishment aims to be a nod at Nantucket’s romantic summers of yore, from warm wood tables adorned with fresh cut flowers to New England style clam bake entrees. Relax with a glass of fine wine and be entertained by the venue’s piano bar before or after your meal. Reservations recommended.
Al fresco lunch and dinner dining at Nantucket’s only restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Soak in the views as you sip on specialty drinks and enjoy a selection of fresh sandwiches, salads, seafood and more at The Summer House’s casual dining option on the ocean.
Authentic Japanese cuisine for dining in or taking out, voted best ethnic restaurant on Nantucket. Tokyo-born chef and owner Yoshi has curated a menu featuring a variety of Japanese noodle and tempura specialties, sushi staples and simple dishes, executed to award-winning perfection. No reservations accepted.
A year-round option for Thai cuisine, Asian fusion and sushi, the Thai House is popular with tourists and locals alike. Dine in or order takeout from the same expansive menu, featuring dinner combos, party platters and classic Thai desserts.
Fresh Nantucket dining in the formal dining room or on the casual deck of this restaurant inside The Wauwinet hotel. As the only restaurant on Nantucket to receive the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award, among other top dining accolades, this seasonal island treasure specializes in new American cuisine and fresh seafood for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Enjoy a bay view, chef’s tasting menu, four-course lobster bake, lush gardens and oysters harvested just 300 yards away. Reservations recommended.
Fun and sexy dining is the theme at this island hotspot. Year-round dinner and seasonal brunch that sample a unique blend of global cuisine, including sushi, Korean, American, Irish, Indian, seafood and more. Guests enjoy the laid-back vibe and family-friendly gourmet dining both indoors and outside. Grab a drink at multiple bars including the famed outdoor Tree Bar with low-lit romantic ambiance and heat lamps for cool Nantucket nights. Reservations recommended.
When you give the fresh ingredients and seafood of Nantucket to the warm, welcoming home of native Italians, you’ve arrived at Ventuno. A seasonal Italian dinner restaurant, the art of eating well is taken seriously among the seasonal gourmet menus where the catch of the day is paired with housemade pasta and served with creative, old world charm. Reservations recommended.
Fast and fresh are the theme of this island favorite. Walk right up to the open-air deli counter to order hot and cold sandwiches with your choice of toppings, hot specials, lobster rolls and specialty sandwiches like the famed Turkey Gobbler sandwich. Both tourists and island natives call this a must-stop for lunch.
Signature Nantucket favorites like The Morning Bun are born and baked at this fun island institution for all things oven-fresh. Open early mornings and afternoons, all week long, serve up sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, double wide pizza slices, signature cakes and doughnuts to die for. Every menu item begins as a personal recipe of the owner and chef, using only whole, natural ingredients and made in small batches.
Tucked away on the bike path to Surfside beach is a casual shack café serving up beach-style takeout food and ice cream. Start your day with a fresh-brewed coffee, smoothie, house-baked pastry or a hot breakfast sandwich. Later, get a shake, sandwich and a double scoop on a sugar cone without wandering too far from the sunny shore. Vegetarian and vegan options available.
This roving raw bar can be seen at catered events all over the island and most notably, Cisco Brewery. As the food truck extension of the 167 Nantucket Fish Market, their four-wheeled seafood selection of shrimp, clams, oysters and crab legs is one of the freshest around.
Fresh, healthy options are always in abundance at The Green where only organic, local ingredients are used to make breakfast, lunch, burritos, smoothies and baked goods seven days per week. Dietary restrictions? No problem. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options are always available on a menu that changes with the seasons. Pull up a seat at the smoothie bar for one of the island’s largest varieties of organic coffee and tea drinks, raw juices or signature smoothies.
Nantucket’s favorite corner coffee and smoothie bar slash gifts hop, this Main Street staple is a great place to grab a sidewalk seat and read the morning paper over a latte. Beverages, baked goods and penny candy are served alongside a quirky selection of gifts, books and island souvenirs.
This sassy sandwich shop has spent more than 10 years being a must-stop destination before hitting the beach. Pick out and pick up your own beach picnic with their selection of signature sandwiches, wine, smoothies, salads, artisan snacks and more, by ordering in person or online.
The downtown Harvard Square location is a popular, casual spot for classic New England cuisine, including salads, sandwiches, burgers, raw bar, fried seafood and lobster. This restaurant and open-air Gazebo Bar is family (and dog) friendly for seasonal lunch, dinner and cocktails.
Have fun with your food. The menu, decor and bibs of this casual seafood restaurant and food truck focuses on Nantucket’s favorite crustacean, pitchers of cocktails, fried seafood combos and picnic-style sides. Eat outdoors or in, tie a bib around your neck and drink summer cocktail favorites from plastic cups at this lively lunch and dinner spot. Reservations accepted.
One of Nantucket’s oldest eateries, this old fashioned lunch counter with counterside seating has been serving the island since 1929 from inside of the Nantucket Pharmacy. Their simple chalkboard menu offers both breakfast and lunch with coffee, frappes, sodas, baked goods, ice cream and 15 types of sandwiches.
New American cuisine and fresh seafood is served dockside, with views of the ocean from both the indoor and patio dining areas. Sushi-grade fish accompanies fun summer cocktails and cold beer for a more casual way to enjoy island cuisine from a scenic water locale. Reservations accepted.
Stop by the farm year-round for farm-fresh prepared meals and more. Grab groceries like fresh produce and farm cheeses, then, take home lunch and dinner or enjoy it at a picnic table right at the farm. Menus feature affordable lobster meals, nightly dinner specials, fresh-baked desserts, custom cakes, ice cream and picnic fare for the beach from sandwiches to dips.
What began as a beachside burger joint is now a seasonal seaside shack boasting a fun, healthy grill menu of burgers, dogs, simple sandwiches, fresh salads with housemade dressing, fresh squeezed ‘ades and Nantucket Tilbury + Skiff Ice Cream. Eat at outdoor picnic tables with a view of the ocean or take it all right back to the beach with you.
Eating is an event and ordering is it’s own adventure at Keepers, where guests create their own experience using a customizable pair and share menu with family-style plating options. This moderately priced neighborhood restaurant is the project of Nantucket natives who have curated a menu starring their favorite new American cuisine and an uncommon presentation. Friend, family and kids are all welcome in the warm bistro atmosphere with a full bar. Not accepting reservations.
A neighborhood pizza shop by day and an event venue by night, The Muse is popular for creative pies, cold beer by the can, pool tables, free internet, live music, DJs, Air Band competitions, and televised sports games. Don’t feel like pizza? Their menu has a wide variety of pub-style food including sandwiches, burgers, dogs and even Mexican fare. Grab a drink or a bite year-round, from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Look no further for a healthy, take-out lunch option. Cook’s offers internationally-inspired salads and wraps, smoothies and baked goods to-go, with gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options taking center stage here. On Wednesday through Saturday nights after five, Cook’s becomes Holy Crepe, offering more than a dozen varieties of sweet and savory crepes in addition to the full Cook’s Cafe menu.
The Juice Bar is proof that not all ice cream shops are created equal. This mecca for homemade Nantucket ice cream, smoothies, floats and specialty desserts, serves long lines of loyal customers awaiting scoops of creative and classic flavors on homemade waffle cones. Vegan and gluten-free flavors are also available.
What vacation is complete without a stop at a small town candy shop like Aunt Leah’s Fudge? Indulge in creative flavors of fudge, penny candy and chocolate-covered confections. Stop by for a free sample and the sweetest hostess gifts on Nantucket.
Fresh and simple is the name of the game at this fish market where you scarf down a half-pound lobster roll, without much waiting, at a picnic table outside. Order takeout soups, seafood, sandwiches and lobsters cooked to order, straight from the Nantucket docks.
The little dockside ice cream shop with an ocean view scoops up Edy’s ice cream and frozen yogurt right on Straight Wharf. Stop in for shakes, scoops, sprinkles and big portions for the price. Cash only.
As casual as Nantucket gets, Claudette’s is a great place to stop off for a simple sandwich on whole wheat, chips and a bottled drink. Try their famous house sauce (mayo, mustard and light horseradish). Breakfast sandwiches, bagels and greek yogurt served until 11 a.m. Cash only.
Grab a scoop or two, prepared food to-go and housemade baked goods when you stock up on gourmet groceries at this Nantucket neighborhood market. Stop in for morning pastries, a newspaper and a chat with Nantucket locals.