When out on Nantucket surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Atlantic, many of our guests want to nosh on nothing but the freshest local seafood. For that, we love oysters on the half shell at happy hour, before dinner, or even part of a beach picnic. When staying at one of our two Nantucket boutique hotels and the craving for fresh oysters arises, we recommend one of these three ways to enjoy oysters on Nantucket.
We think oysters taste best when enjoyed with a view of the water, so head to the waterfront for this high-end dining experience. To feel like the who's who of ACK without the price tag, enjoy an oyster happy hour snack at the bar. The daily selection of oysters rotates, always featuring some from the island and nearby Cape Cod. Go big and order your oysters on the half shell topped with caviar for a truly memorable Nantucket experience.
If you're looking for something more casual than CRU, somewhere you can come right in off the beach in your flip-flops, this beachside bar is for you. With tables nestled right in the sand overlooking Jetties Beach, you don't have to miss a second of soaking up the sun. Oysters on the half shell varieties include an on-island one like Pocomo Meadow and another local option like Island Creek from nearby Duxbury.
Consider shucking your own (trust us!) and head to this island seafood market where all the locals shop. 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. After a opening a few, you'll be a pro in no time. Grab a lemon, some ice, and a bottle of rosé and you've got yourself one the makings of a fantastic sunset picnic.