Where to Dine
Glidden's Island Seafood
Shucking your own is an affordable way to enjoy oysters on Nantucket, but of course requires a little skill. Pick up a shucking knife at the market and ask the staff there for some tips if you're a newbie. Grab a lemon, some ice, and a bottle of your favorite wine or beer and you've got yourself one the makings of a fantastic sunset picnic.
Company of the Cauldron
Cape Cod Life said it best, the Cauldron exudes a “darkly handsome, romantic-as-a-novel” atmosphere. Limited menu features daily special items prepared with care and skill.
Black Eyed Susan's
Intimate and unpretentious, this seasonal, tiny island favorite’s fare is inspired and gloriously fresh. Just note that it's cash only and BYOB.
Cru Oyster Bar
Expansive water-side scene where the glitteratti gather. A feast for the eyes as well as the mouth with extensive raw bar, top flight wine list and interiors by Gautheir Stacy. Closed during the winter but reopens briefly for Christmas Stroll.
Pop your collar and throw on your Nantucket Reds — the locals are out and playing at Dune. Great bar scene and solid menu featuring day-caught seafood. Try the Hot & Dirty — Thai chili-infused vodka with a splash of olive juice.
It’s about the food. Imaginative “haute humble” cuisine features what’s seasonal, local, and lush. An exceptional American wine list pairs with consistently delicious food.
Brant Point Grill
Waterside favorite features the classics: steaks, lobster, and cherished New England seafood dishes done right.
Inspired simplicity showcasing native seafood, fresh local produce and naturally raised meats from select farms. Considered one of the island's best restaurants.
Imaginative and delectable small plates are great for sharing and are always original and fresh.
This stellar Nantucket restaurant premiered in 2014 and steadily made its way to the top of the list for locals and visitors alike. Inspired small plates culled from various culinary traditions and countries translate into mouth-watering dishes to share. Don't miss the best calamari you will ever taste, and if there are 4 or more in your party, try the Peking Duck. Marvelous!
Here you'll find a selection of old world wines paired with a curated and constantly changing selection of goat, sheep, cow, and blue cheeses, not to mention pate, olives, nuts, sausage, and chocolate.
The perfect pit stop in Madaket. Sit down for a California baja-style menu, with a focus on fresh, local seafood and produce, or swing by the take-out window for picnic provisions. Closed during the winter.
Galley Beach Restaurant
See and be scene at this open-air restaurant and bar situated right on Cliffside Beach. Inspired by its island surroundings, the elevated menu focuses on seafood and locally grown organic produce. Closed during the winter.
This foodie favorite offers panoramic views of Nantucket Bay and spectacular seafood to match. We're especially partial to the locally harvested Retsyo Oysters on the half shell, cultivated just 300 yards away. Closed during the winter.
On an island chock full of seafood, Ventuno stands out for its refined approach to Italian cooking with a Nantucket vibe, of course.
The bar and restaurant shine in Station 21's newly renovated space right in the hub of the island. Service and decor are on point, and the imaginative drinks and dishes won't disappoint.
Best burger on the island, hands down. Stick with a classic or try one of their specialty varieties and then wash it down with one of more than two dozen craft brews on the beer menu. Closed during the winter.
Sayle's is our go-to stop when looking for all sorts of fresh seafood on the island. Offering everything from lobster dinners, to fresh fish from the market, steamers, or a bowl of their homemade chowder, you're sure to find what you're looking for.
Brotherhood of Thieves
Flowing taps, big juicy burgers, and killer fish and chips lead the list at this 1840’s whaling bar. As Nantucket restaurants go, everybody knows (and goes) to “the brotherhood.”