Nantucket is one of the most magical places in the world (hence why our candles are all inspired by the scents and experiences of the island!). While every season on Nantucket is our favorite, summer is definitely special. Here - we're highlighting our favorite restaurants that we highly recommend you checkout this summer 2023 on the island.
Known for its idyllic beauty and culinary prowess, this charming coastal haven boasts an array of restaurants that are sure to make your summer dining experiences unforgettable. Here are our favs!
1. Straight Wharf Restaurant
An oasis of coastal elegance
Location: 6 Harbor Square, Nantucket, MA 02554
Straight Wharf embodies the essence of Nantucket's maritime charm and offers a captivating dining experience. Nestled on the harbor, this restaurant boasts stunning waterfront views and a refined yet relaxed ambiance. Their menu features a delightful fusion of local ingredients and international flavors, ensuring a feast for both your eyes and palate.
Must-Try Dish: The legendary clam bake. Don't let the name mislead you - this dish is packed with lobster. This dish it typically listed as an app, but you can totally ask for it as a main entrée size - and we'd highly recommend that! Served alongside spicy chorizo, potatoes, and that sweet corn puree - this dish has a special place in our hearts.
Taste the Italian sun
Location: 21 Federal Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
Escape to the sun-drenched shores of Italy without leaving Nantucket at Ventuno. This Italian gem brings the rustic flavors of Tuscany to the island, delighting patrons with its warm atmosphere and delectable cuisine. From handmade pasta to delicious wine options, every bite at Ventuno is a celebration of authentic Italian culinary traditions.
Must-Try Dish: The strozzapreti pasta. Trust us. Think: slightly spicy, slightly sweet chicken sausage, sautéed broccoli rabe, aged pecorino. It's simple, delicious and a hearty meal to get you ready for tomorrow's island adventure.
Small plates, innovative cocktails, seafood centric
Location: 12 Cambridge Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure at Nautilus, where East meets West in a harmonious fusion of flavors. This trendy spot combines elements of Asian and Latin cuisines, resulting in an exciting and innovative menu that will tantalize your taste buds. With its vibrant atmosphere and creative cocktails, Nautilus is the perfect place to embrace the lively spirit of summer.
Must-Try Dish: Whole roasted peking duck. This dish is definitely for sharing! Limited availability every day, so be sure to order right as you're getting seated. Served with all the fixins, including warm steamed bao buns and housemade sriracha. This is a can't-miss on the Nautilus menu!
Asian fusion with a twist
Location: 8 North Union Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
Stop by the Gaslight for amazing bites, a buzzing bar, and live music. Featuring shareables, fun Japanese-vibe cuisine, Gaslight has some of the best noodles, dumplings, and sushi-style handrolls on the island. We love the bar for it's fresh ingredients and inventive cocktails.
Must-Try Dish: Taiwanese Egg Fried Rice. With a constantly rotating menu of options, there's always something new to try at Gaslight. Our favs include their rice and noodle dishes, especially the Taiwanese Egg Fried Rice, featuring garlic chives and ginger scallion sauce.