With so many world-class restaurants and culinary delights around our tiny island, the blACKbook SIP section gives you the inside trACK to dining and drinking on Nantucket. From date night hotspots to large party favorites, kid-friendly restaurants to the perfect spot for a coffee or a cocktail, we’ve got you covered from brunch to late night here!
Executive BoHo Chef-Owners Seth & Angela Raynor believe in scratch cooking and old school hospitality. By working hand-in-hand with island farms, local fishermen, and regional purveyors of heritage meats, the Boarding House is able to feature a menu that is seasonally driven and always exciting. Located in the heart of Nantucket’s historic downtown, the glowing cellar dining room, lovely patio, and lively bar deliver memorable dinners, great cocktails, and an award-winning weekend brunch… just make sure you don’t skip their outrageous Bacon Bloody Mary! After a dinner featuring southern-tinged French bistro fare, Nantucket’s most enthusiastic return for a nightlife scene that is not-to-be-missed. Let’s just say dancing on banquettes is alive and real…. #NantucketBoHo
Cisco Brewers is Nantucket Island’s very own Winery, Brewery and Distillery – and may just be the coolest place on planet Earth. As a classic love story between Nantucket Vineyard and the Brewery, the two businesses collaborated on a joint business venture and founded Triple Eight Distillery on Nantucket Island – and, voila! – Cisco Brewers was born. Located at 5 and 7 Bartlett Farm Road, Cisco is the hip and happening place to be. From blueberry infused vodkas, trendy food trucks, craft beers, award-winning wines, oysters and live music – life is good at Cisco Brewers. Open year round, come visit this Nantucket haven and see what all the buzz is about! #CiscoBrewers
Got oysters? You know CRU does! With a visually stunning waterfront setting, this restaurant on 1 Straight Wharf quickly became a hotspot with a Nantucket scene like none other. Cru boasts two bars, a beautiful patio, unparalleled views of the Nantucket harbor and an ambiance that you just want to bottle up and take home with you. This season, they’ll even have their own signature Rosé wine, for the perfect drink to pair with those pink summertime sunsets. From great music, a fun and fashionable staff, and the premier spot to get your raw bar fix – make sure to head on down and get in with the CRU crew. #ShuckingAmazing
This boutique Sonoma winery, in its 10th year, produces unique and food friendly Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Joe Donelan’s love for wine was fostered here on Nantucket in the ’90s by a sommelier at his favorite restaurant. The passion he has for customer service is infectious and something he’s passed along to his sons, Tripp, director of sales, and Cushing, director of marketing. Donelan believes that great wines are not made but discovered, so they work with some of the most coveted vineyards in Sonoma and have a world class estate vineyard in Knights Valley. Everyone has the right to enjoy a great bottle of wine, let the Donelan Family Wines team guide you on the journey while creating lasting friendships and memories the way! Find Donelan wines online below or ask for them at your local retailer, restaurant or club!
Everything beach and everything Fresh. There is always one more thing to make the beautiful ocean blue a little better…. a cold glass of Rose. Fresh is here for every palatable liquid you may desire, anywhere and anytime. With a wide variety of beer, spirits and a thoroughly scrutinized wine selection, we’ve got the goods to make your beach day, private party or wedding go to the next level. BUT, there’s more… want to avoid traffic and stay away from town during a busy summer day? Fresh delivers to you! This one stop shop brings all the adult libations to make it a special day. Enjoy responsibly and stay Fresh. #FreshNantucket
A community space disguised as a coffee shop, the Handlebar Cafe opened its doors for the first time two years ago and quickly became an island favorite. Serving the highest quality coffee drinks and healthy snacks, get your Handlebar fix with an early morning espresso or, alternatively, a lazy afternoon latte in the sunshine of their outdoor patio. This is the perfect place to hang and catch up with friends, get work done on their free wifi or talk shop at this fantastic meeting spot. Seriously, life is too short for bad coffee and the fun baristas at Handlebar have a whole latte love for good coffee and cafe vibes. #ACKcoffee
Serving daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner the Island Kitchen is beyond excited to celebrate the summer season! Conveniently located in the mid-island area, the Kitchen offers fresh, local, reasonably priced, and healthy fare sourced from the finest ingredients. They feature signature sandwiches and salads, and breakfast offers delectable fruits, juices, and creative egg dishes. Their dinner menu showcases seasonally inspired cuisine and changes regularly. Think soft shell crabs, striped bass, and veggies from the farm. We’re a fantastic place to get a delicious meal and have a few drinks with friends! Make sure you come check out our gorgeous patio. #ACKtlikealocal
Lemon Press is Nantucket’s spot for “grab and go healthy.” In a society where people seem to be running 100 mph and constantly looking for more energy, the owners at Lemon Press make it their mission to provide the right fuel – naturally. The menu is complete with cold pressed juices, smoothies, acai bowls, middle-eastern inspired dishes, hearty breakfast and lunch, gluten free/vegan/paleo options and even organic frozen yogurt to satisfy your sweet tooth! While fostering an ideology of balance and non-extremism, Lemon Press is committed to serving guests with a delicious lifestyle on the go. #LemonPressACK
This island favorite, celebrating 11 years on Nantucket, is always a go-to for great food, fun staff and a cool vibe. LoLa exudes high energy with popular, fresh music and boasts a global bistro menu with a sushi bar. It’s always a great choice for a date night spot, a place to catch a pre or post dinner cocktail, or to celebrate a special occasion. Open seven days a week, year round, LoLa is a place where island locals and visitors alike return to again and again. Note: in season, they accept same day reservations at 4pm…be at the door for your best chance to secure a spot! #LoLa41Nantucket
NATIV MADE is Nantucket Island’s “farm-to-go” provider of fresh food for the busy bee. Featuring local and sustainable ingredients, NATIV MADE specializes in healthy and delicious options that are ready to go whenever you are. With everything made in-house and from scratch, this place is, quite literally, reinventing fast food! Order ahead of time and they’ll even meet you curbside to bring your order directly to your car, making it Nantucket’s one and only drive-thru! Made from the community, with integrity and for YOU…come try any of the signature salads, yummy British pasties, cold-pressed juices or fair-trade coffee and we guarantee you’ll be running back for more. #ReinventingFastFood
The Nautilus burst onto the Nantucket scene as of May 2014 with its cozy, yet hip open kitchen, dining room & bar. Simply put… this place rocks. The Asian/Latin inspired small plates menu is mouth-wateringly delicious, the bar has everything and more from perfectly concocted seasonal cocktails to an extensive list of beers, bourbons, mezcals & amaro’s… not to mention, the 200+ bottle wine & sake list also features over 20 wines sold by the glass, including eight served in the island’s only wine preservation system. The bar won Nantucket’s coveted Best of Boston award in year one and, to top it all off, they serve industry favorite Fernet-Branca on tap. A must for food, drinks or fun … any time of year. #ACKnauti
This island gem created by Seth and Angela Raynor is focused on current coastal cuisine. Executive-chef Seth Raynor crafts an inspired menu that showcases seasonal shellfish and seafood, produce from Island farmers and heritage meats. Boasting the most private dining spaces on island, champagne and cocktails in the Chef’s Garden followed by a private dinner at the Chef’s Table is a one of a kind Nantucket experience! A Veteran bar team crafts unique and classic cocktails to compliment dinner at the alabaster bar. Late-night, the Pearl Bar transforms into a sexy lounge attracting a vibrant cast of characters. Don’t miss Bubbles + Beignets, every Saturday during the peak-season! #pearlNantucket
For over 40 years, PROVISIONS has been a Nantucket main stay for breakfast and lunch. In the morning, you can try their warm muffins, scones and a variety of pastries or enjoy a homemade bagel and a made-to-order breakfast sandwich. Their lunch menu includes wholesome hearty sandwiches, fresh salads, and inspired sweets. Provisions is also home to the all-time favorite Turkey Terrific, the most delicious Thanksgiving sandwich, which is a must have while you stay on the island. Located right off the wharf, Provisions is a great place to stop on your way to the ferry or before your day at the beach. If you’re organizing a small gathering, party or event, they even offer catering upon request. For all locals on their lunch break, or for tourists staying nearby, take note that the Provisions team delivers in town! This is the place where you can get something yummy for every taste with a menu and handmade cuisine inspired by summer on Nantucket.
Located on one of Nantucket’s most beloved stretches of sand, the newly reimagined Sandbar at Jetties Beach is the ultimate setting for the summer of 2017. Our open-air restaurant and bar is the perfect family-friendly setting to enjoy the surroundings. With plentiful seating in the sand, we offer a fresh raw bar, burgers and sandwiches, and family-style clambakes, as well as a refreshing combination of island-inspired frozen drinks, beers, and wines by the glass. We invite you to leave the hustle and bustle of town to celebrate the perfect Nantucket summer day with us at the Sandbar.
Nestled in a historic Nantucket building at 21 South Water Street, Station 21 has a seductively lit atmosphere, with an ever-evolving identity. This beautifully renovated space has a cool vibe and stunning interior, such as the exposed white brick wall designed by beloved island designer, Audrey Sterk. The creative cuisine is chef-centric, paying particular attention to authentic flavors, as well as simple and delicious small plates – many of which are perfect for sharing! So, this summer season, step inside under the glittering light of their magnificent chandelier and enjoy Station 21’s globally influenced, locally sourced and handcrafted menu. #Station21ACK
Celebrating their 42nd year in the heart of downtown Nantucket, Straight Wharf Restaurant seeks to serve food that speaks to the unique culture of the island. Famous for re-interpreting classic summer dishes, the menu is always fresh, delicious and served with a great sense of warmth & hospitality. (Note…their clambake is a must!) Have a romantic dinner in their gorgeous dining room, or a casual meal and cocktails on their bar grill patio overlooking the harbor. The ambiance can’t be beat and the bar scene is always a lively place where everyone is in the true Nantucket spirit! #straightwharf
The Surfside Beach Shack is fresh, fun and the perfect grab and go spot! Owner Marshall Thompson, (formerly of The Jetties and Even Keel) has added a new and healthy menu including salad and wraps with greens, grains, nuts, seeds and house made dressings. you can sip on fresh squeezed lemonade, house brewed iced tea and organic iced coffee. And for those still craving that Surfside burger, they still have their famous burger and a killer lobster roll on the menu. Finish off your meal with delicious Tilbury & Skiff ice cream – made right here on Nantucket. Enjoy eating at their picnic tables with an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean. Take-out and on line ordering is available along with a pop up shop featuring beach chair and umbrella rentals, beach toys and accessories!
Tucked in between Town & Queequegs, Tree Bar is an al fresco dining hotspot like none other! In season you can enjoy brunch daily and dinner nightly on their cozy patio. It’s a great downtown spot for meeting friends – so grab a cocktail and some bar snacks and relax in the sun or shade as you soak in island time and watch the world go by. In search of some afternoon bites? Tree Bar has a light bites menu which runs from 3pm to 5pm. With good tunes and a great outdoor lounge setting, Tree Bar turns into a lively late night spot! #TreeBarNantucket
Ventuno Restaurant, at 21 Federal Street, is both romantic & relaxed, with several elegant dining rooms in the setting of a gorgeous Georgian mansion, rebuilt after the great fire of 1867. In addition, don’t miss the lively bars both indoors and out, and an intimate wine bar upstairs, where you’ll appreciate the intoxicating buzz of a vibrant Italian restaurant accompanied by warm & welcoming service. #ventunoresto
Yummy is a new take out café located right on the bike path to Surfside beach. With a casual sunny front yard, you can relax at one of the picnic tables or lounge on a beach chair and bite into a fresh-from-the-grill burger served on a perfectly toasted, almost sweet bun. Their menu also boasts daily specials and mouthwatering sandwiches on fresh baked bread including vegetarian and vegan delights. Not only do they start with the best ingredients, they prepare them by hand when you order. So everything they do – from the food to the way they take care of people – is about delivering goodness from the inside out. Kick off your day with fresh roasted coffee, breakfast sandwiches, house-baked pastries, and fruity smoothies. Oh, and don’t forget the ice cream and frappes!