The Ultimate Guide to Nantucket Restaurants
Nantucket punches far above its weight in culinary terms. And the best Nantucket restaurants are just steps from Greydon House. So whether it’s your first time on island or you’re looking for something new to try (after you return to your favorite spot year after year), these are the restaurants in Nantucket you won’t want to miss—sorted by mood: fine dining, restaurants on the water, casual restaurants, and beach bites.
FINE DINING NANTUCKET
One of the best restaurants in Nantucket (and one of the few restaurants on Nantucket open year round) is right here at Greydon House. Via Mare transports you from Nantucket Town to the canals of Venice, which is known for its bite-sized bars called bacari. Via Mare celebrates the Venetian tradition of small plate dining with cicchetti (tiny bites), including olives, oysters, and caviar. Try a few before moving on to more Italian-inspired favorites, including the crostini, fritto misto, and tagliatelle.
Over in Siasconset, Chanticleer Nantucket is a modern French restaurant that serves seasonal, contemporary fare in elegant rooms, some with stunning garden views. Our friend Jocelyn Gaillot, co-founder and CEO of Tuckernuck, counts Chanticleer Nantucket as one of her favorite things to do on island.
NANTUCKET RESTAURANTS ON THE WATER
If you’re searching for the best Nantucket restaurants on the water, look no further than Cru. The stylish spot, located right on the water, is the go-to for perfectly shucked oysters and a glass of champagne or rosé at sunset.
Break out your Nantucket reds and a blazer for fine dining on the water. Straight Wharf pairs elevated seafood dishes (the menu changes nightly) with a rotating wine list. The best part? You can enjoy your meal on the waterfront terrace.
Recognized as an AAA Five Diamond award-winner, Toppers Nantucket is an acclaimed restaurant that serves harvested Retsyo oysters on the half shell, harvested just 300 yards away. The wine list isn’t just extensive (more than 1,500 bottles). It has received the prestigious Wine Spectator Grand Award.
CASUAL NANTUCKET RESTAURANTS
Our favorite thing about Ventuno? It’s a toss-up between classic Italian dishes that feel like summer, such as the spaghetti alle vongole, and Ventuno’s Back Bar, where you can order beer, cocktails, and wine under a trellis of vines.
There’s a light-filled patio, but we like Brotherhood of Thieves’ atmospheric “whaling bar” downstairs. Enjoy the 19th-century tavern vibes, plus burgers, clam chowder, and piles of fried seafood with curly fries.
Proprietors is a restaurant that also looks to Nantucket’s whaling history for inspiration, but with a global spin. The menu draws inspiration from the exotic ports of call where Nantucket’s captains traveled and features unique dishes you won’t find anywhere else.
Brought to you by the folks behind Ventuno, this neighborhood pizza joint makes Neapolitan-inspired pies and sweet treats from Southern Italy, plus an excellent selection of affordable wines.
This quaint shack of a sandwich shop has been the spot for planning beach picnics for over 50 years.
One part gourmet grocery store and one part farmstand, this is where you’ll find the freshest lobster salad, sandwiches, and more.
Lines stretch around the block for The Juice Bar’s unique ice cream flavors, but it wouldn’t be a trip to Nantucket without a few scoops.
DISCOVER THE BEST NANTUCKET RESTAURANTS
At Greydon House, fine dining is right downstairs at Via Mare, while the other restaurants on this list are just a short walk or drive away. Book yourself a stylish room designed by Roman and Williams (the firm behind Ace Hotel New York and The Standard, High Line), complete with Aqua di Parma amenities, Bose Bluetooth speakers, and other luxurious touches you’ll love.