Friday, May 18, 2018

Top 10 Restaurants on Nantucket Island

From its beautiful beaches to its restaurant and boutique-lined cobblestoned streets, the seafaring town of Nantucket has something to offer for the entire family. The island is crisscrossed with beautiful bike paths and offers historic museums and even an aquarium for the kids. When deciding where to stay during your visit, you can’t go wrong with The Cliff Lodge Nantucket Bed and Breakfast.

The Cliff Lodge Nantucket Bed and Breakfast
9 Cliff Rd., Nantucket; 508-228-9480

You will love the historic ambiance of The Cliff Lodge on Nantucket. This bed and breakfast offer breathtaking views of the Nantucket Sound and a fantastic staff. The Cliff Lodge was built in 1771 and was originally used as a whaling master’s home. The lodge has a home-away-from-home atmosphere that will have you wanting to return time and time again. The inn’s location is perfect for a short walk to downtown.

Among the many amenities at the Cliff Lodge, you will find a beautiful garden and patio for alfresco dining. You will also want to enjoy the roof walk while staying at the hotel. Be sure to bring your camera because the views of the harbor and town from the walk are fantastic!

Speaking of great places to eat, guests of the inn will want to take advantage of the delicious continental breakfast provided by the inn every morning. The inn’s breakfast buffet features fresh scones made in-house as well as coffee, tea, juice, fresh fruit and more. Afternoon snacks like fresh cookies and pastries are available each afternoon. Once a week on Friday afternoons, from May 15-October 15, the staff puts out an amazing wine and cheese spread that is a meal in itself.

When it comes time for lunch and dinner, guests of the inn will be happy to find that there are many great restaurants on Nantucket Island that are within walking distance of the inn, and lots more just a short drive away!


1. Something Natural

50 Cliff Rd., Nantucket; 508-228-0504

This popular restaurant has been the go-to spot for lunch since the 70’s. Offerings include piled high sandwiches, award-winning cookies, and freshly baked bread. Enjoy the casual outdoor seating, or take your lunch to the beach with you!

2. The Nautilus

12 Cambridge St., Nantucket; 508-228-0301

The Nautilus is in very high demand, so be sure to make your reservation early! This restaurant offers an eclectic menu with items ranging from tapas made to share, to crab fried rice or oyster tacos and amazing desserts. The bar and drinks are fantastic, so be sure to allow time for drinks before dinner!

3. Millie’s

326 Madaket Rd., Nantucket; 508-228-8435

Are you in the mood for a few drinks and some great Mexican food? Then Millie’s is the place for you! Millie’s offers seafood as well as Mexican entrées. From New England style lobster rolls to California Baja-style Fish Tacos, Millie’s has something for everyone. Enjoy outdoor seating and fantastic drinks in a fun, casual atmosphere. This is a great place to grab dinner and then walk down to the beach for sunset.


4. Fog Island Café

7 S. Water St., Nantucket; 508-228-1818

Open for breakfast and lunch, Fog Island Café has the best clam chowder on the island! This is the perfect lunch spot offering great American food like deli sandwiches, burgers, salads, and wraps. Favorite menu items include The Fog Burger and The Nut and Berry Spinach Salad.

5. Straight Wharf

6 Harbor Sq., Nantucket; 508-228-4499

This fabulous fine dining restaurant offers a great view of Nantucket Harbor. You can choose to eat in the large dining hall or enjoy the outdoor seating. The clambake here is highly recommended and all the seafood entrées are wonderful. For lunch, you will find favorite entrées like Lobster Roll and Fish Tacos. Dinner options include Wood-grilled sirloin and Dayboat Scallops. Amazing desserts include the Lemon Posset and Heirloom Apple Galette.

6. Bartlett’s Farm

33 Bartlett Farm Rd., Nantucket; 508-228-9403

This is a unique place to go for lunch and a little shopping afterward. Everywhere you look, there’s something new to see, including seasonal merchandise, local products, and fresh produce. The deli and bakery counters are full of all kinds of goodies. Enjoy a deli sandwich, a delicious salad, or a slice of homemade pie. Don’t miss the lobster salad and other fantastic seafood offerings! This is the perfect place to pick up a picnic lunch to take to the beach.

7. Seagrille

45 Sparks Ave., Nantucket; 508-325-5700

You can’t come to Nantucket without enjoying a fine seafood dinner! The Seagrille offers fabulous seafood in a comfortable, cozy atmosphere. If you are looking for the best lobster dinner on the island, this is the place! Other offerings include chowders, steaks, and fantastic appetizers.


8. Breeze Restaurant

77 Easton St., Nantucket; 508-228-4730

Great for lunch or dinner, Breeze offers a pretty atmosphere and great food. The lobster roll and fish and chips are not to be missed! The staff and service are impeccable. The bartenders at Breeze are fantastic, so be sure to spend a little time at the bar while you’re there.

9. Ships Inn Restaurant

13 Fair St, Nantucket; 508-228-0040

If you love fine dining, Ships Inn is sure to please. The restaurant offers an elegant, romantic setting and delicious food. The menu offers a wide variety of contemporary American favorites like crab cakes, boneless short ribs, lobster bisque and grilled swordfish. Their desserts are delectable, too!

10. b-ACK Yard BBQ

20 Straight Wharf, Nantucket; 508-228-0227

You just can’t go wrong with lobster mac’n’cheese, potato salad, baked beans, pulled pork, and BBQ chicken. The pulled pork nachos candied kielbasa are very unique and not to be missed! This is a great place for a night out to watch the game, have a few drinks, and a casual dinner in a fun atmosphere.

We hope you found this list of the top 10 restaurants on Nantucket Island helpful. No matter what your style or taste, Nantucket has something to offer for everyone!