Nantucket is a lovely resort island with scores of excellent to world-class restaurants. We spend two or three weeks there every summer, and write about the restaurants we liked the best. It’s not too late to visit this year: the crowds are gone, but it is still warm. Many B&B’s offer lower rates now, and most restaurants are open until Columbus Day.
Here are the ones we wrote about this year.
Oran Mor: In our view, the island’s best restaurant.
LeLanguedoc: Excellent cuisine and impeccable service.
Galley Beach: gorgeous views and fine food, but not as good or as cheap as it was with the previous chef. The $15 valet parking is a bummer.
Millies: Fish tacos and family food in Madaket. Open after Memorial Day to 3 weekends after Labor Day.
Burger joints: best burger is at LolaBurger at the Rotary (but frozen fries). Brew pubs: The Brotherhood close but frozen fries. SeaDog improved but frozen fries and overpowering burgers. Rose and Crown: skip it.
Ventuno: fine Italian dining where 21 Federal used to be
Straight Wharf: excellent food with a wharf view
The Boarding House: American comfort food served with skill and class.
The Company of the Cauldron: one prix fix set 4-course meal per night, usually for $70. Always very good. You need to make reservations as they are always full.
The Club Car: Long a tourist favorite, it is living on its reputation. Not very good any more.
Muffins: we did a taste test from 5 bakeries.
For a complete rundown with pictures, check out our E-Book, Where to Dine on Nantucket.