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Local seafood is in abundance and “catch of the day” features on almost every menu. If, however, you’re not a fan of the fin or you’ve had your fill, there are many other culinary choices as well. Budget-friendly options aren’t as plentiful as budget-busters, but they do exist. Many places on Nantucket are closed for the winter, so call ahead between October and May.

Top Restaurants in Nantucket

29 Fair Restaurant

Enjoy fare gnocchi and truffles, lobster risotto, coconut brulee, and pumpkin bisque at Nantucket's oldest restaurant. 

29 Fair St., MA, 508-228-7800,
Tags: romance | seafood | expensive | french

Even Keel Cafe

Even Keel caters to every mood, meal, and season, with dishes ranging from lobster Benedict to tamales. In the summer, a meal on the outdoor patio is delightful.

40 Main St., MA, 508-228-1979,
Tags: family | moderate | seafood | american | italian | mexican | vegetarian

Nantucket Bake Shop

This legendary stop is known for its warm, home-made scones, gruyere cheese puffs, and their dizzying display of cookies. It’s the perfect place to fuel up for a day of bike riding or walking.

79 Orange St., MA, 508-228-2797,
Tags: family | budget | american | trendy | bakery | coffee shop


The décor belies the cuisine at this hard-to-find, hole-in-the-wall, which serves up mouth-watering gourmet sandwiches like chutney chicken and lemon dill tuna. Get your meal to go and have a picnic on the beach.

3 Harbor Terrace, MA, 508-228-3258
Tags: family | moderate | seafood | smart splurge | diner | local ingredients | deli

Something Natural

When you order a hummus and vegetable sandwich or garden salad from this restaurant/store, you’ll be able to splurge on a brownie without any guilt. Take your meal to go or plant yourself at one of the outdoor tables.

50 Cliff Rd., MA, 508-228-0504,
Tags: family | budget | seafood | american | great value | vegetarian | bakery | coffee shop | deli

The Beachside Bistro

This bistro’s spectacular location overlooking the Atlantic can’t be beat. Stop in for a quick vegetarian sushi lunch or a long dinner of steamed mussels and crab cakes. Eat outside when you can; if it’s chilly, you can wrap up in one of their blankets.

17 Ocean Ave., MA, 508-257-4542,
Tags: romance | seafood | expensive | great location | views | new american | local ingredients

Topper's Restaurant

Don your best duds and head to Topper’s to celebrate Nantucket’s seaside style. The restaurant’s sand-and-blue color scheme mimics the dining room’s ocean view. Seafood is their specialty – try the creamy lobster soup and the Atlantic halibut in potato crust.

120 Wauwinet Rd., MA, 508-228-8768,
Tags: romance | seafood | expensive | new american | local ingredients

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