Award-winning Nantucket restaurants are known the world over for their top chefs, excellent cuisine, and expensive prices. You might not want to eat out every night during your visit, but you have to try at least one of these world-class restaurants. And keep in mind, that the higher-priced restaurants serve terrific lunches at about half the price they charge for dinner.
And there are other affordable options. Nantucket has some excellent casual restaurants and charming cafes all around town that serve reasonably priced lunches and dinners. And don’t forget Nantucket delis for fresh, made-to-order sandwiches, perfect for picnics on the beach!
***VHN Travel Tip: We like to go out to dinner at least once or twice during our stay, but we love having the option to cook our own meals. We shop at the grocery store near the wharf, pick up some fresh fish and vegetables, take it back to our full kitchen at the Cottages & Lofts, prepare our own food and enjoy an intimate and romantic dinner on our cozy patio with a view of the harbor and beyond. It just doesn’t get any better.
We’re featuring a few of our favorite Nantucket restaurants from each category, but for a more complete listing just click on the appropriate link.
29 Fair Street
Located in a historic building that dates back to 1709, this exciting new Nantucket restaurant has three romantic dining rooms, each with original brick fireplaces and exposed beams. Renowned celebrity chef Todd English brought his award winning Mediterranean cuisine as well as his very popular Figs name. Open for dinner and Sunday brunch mid-May through New Years day.
The Brotherhood of Thieves
23 Broad Street
Located in a historic early 19th century house on Broad Street, the Brotherhood of Thieves is a Nantucket institution, popular with locals and tourists alike. Choose the downstairs tavern, upscale upstairs dining room, or outback patio. Brotherhood of Thieves specializes in sandwiches and simple fare. They have a great selection of libations, including the locally brewed Cisco beer on tap. You’ll find a sample menu on their website.One of our very favorites for atmosphere, great food and wonderful service. We choose the Brotherhood for our anniversary dinner last September. The patio is perfect for a casual, but very romantic dinner. Uniquely Nantucket!
10 India Street
This local favorite gets rave reviews for their fantastic breakfasts. It is a small restaurant with few tables and counter space, so plan to come early, especially in the summer. The good news is that the prices are reasonable and the food is great. Black-eyed Susans is also open for dinner, but does not offer wine or cocktails. BYOB! Cash only!
We made our first visit here late 2011, and we were glad we did. The Portuguese bread was wonderful (very popular on the Island), and they served black-eyed peas for breakfast!
Cowboy's Meat Market
7 Bayberry Court
Cowboy's Meat Market is an amazing full-service deli and butcher shop with great sandwiches and a large selection of wine at great prices. Pick up sandwiches to go or dine on their beautiful patio.
VHN Travel Tip: Nantucket restaurants fill up fast, especially during the summer months, and often off-season as well. Consider making reservations before you arrive!
One of our favorites. Great food & service! We prefer the intimate, romantic patio!
Enjoy a cocktail in the last
remaining train car on the Island. A Nantucket institution!
Our favorite tavern! Great atmosphere and excellent service.
Our favorite "fast food" restaurant!