Downtown Nantucket Restaurants For Every Flavor Of Foodie

May 1, 2018

When it comes to cuisine, Nantucket Island is simply untouchable (and we’re not just saying that because we’re 30 miles out to sea). Freshly-caught and shucked seafood inspires award-winning menus at dozens of Nantucket restaurants. And even if your taste buds don’t favor fish, nearby farms make for mouthwatering, locally-sourced meals that every palate can savor in downtown Nantucket.

Downtown Nantucket Restaurants For Every Flavor Of Foodie

Authentic Nantucket: Straight Wharf Restaurant

As one of the first gray-shingled shacks you’ll see, the Straight Wharf Restaurant shows that the island flavors don’t fall far from the ferry. Entrées like the wood-grilled sirloin and dayboat scallops make the Straight Wharf one of the most popular Nantucket restaurants around, but don’t get married to one single meal — the menu changes nightly, offering only the very freshest catches of the day, as well as locally-sourced, seasonal veggies.

Fresh, Clean, & Affordable: Lemon Press

Avocado on toast from Lemon Press, an organic Nantucket restaurant.
Photo: Lemon Press.

Naturally, you’ll need to keep up your strength for all that shopping and sightseeing in downtown Nantucket — and that’s where Lemon Press comes in. Conveniently located on Main Street and sandwiched perfectly between our doors and the Straight Wharf, this organic café is an island favorite for affordable wraps, paninis, and fresh smoothies.

Outstanding & Organic: Something Natural

It’s all in the name: Something Natural is a casual, walk-in sandwich shop using only the freshest ingredients. It also serves up healthy lunches from lobster salads to liverwurst, with vegetarian and vegan options like sprouts & hummus. Get your hearty sandwich to go, and munch on your meal while exploring the rest of downtown Nantucket; or rest your legs at a picnic bench on the grassy lawns of Coffin Park, just steps away from the shop.

Shellfish & Seaside Seats: CRU Oyster Bar

The most seaworthy dining experience on Nantucket has a two ingredient recipe: a raw oyster bar and a view of the Nantucket Boat Basin and Nantucket Harbor. Elegantly refined, yet warm and approachable, CRU Oyster Bar hits the spot with raw-bar fare as well as signature seafood dishes like the Nantucket lobster roll and haddock schnitzel. Wash it all down with the CRUcumber, CRU’s signature cocktail of fresh cucumber, lemon balm, and bison grass vodka (a local favorite for a summertime sipper).

Upscale Nantucket Dining: Dune

A Nantucket lobster roll.
Nantucket Lobster Roll. Photo: Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0.

If a special occasions calls for a more sparkling setup, Dune Nantucket’s modern-chic interior offers an upscale, yet comfortable environment to host your distinguished dinner. Sink your fork into immaculate, creatively crafted entrées like pan seared scottish ocean trout or sautéed Maine sea scallops with roasted sunchoke. For the sake of saving time, you may want to peek at the extensive wine list in advance to keep from getting stuck on too many options.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy an undisturbed group meal, a corporate dinner event, or you’re headed to Nantucket with someone special and need a little intimacy, distance yourself from the crowds at one of Dune’s three private dining rooms or outside patio.

Contemporary At Its Closest: Centre Street Bistro

A charming American tavern with a rustic dining room, Centre Street Bistro serves updated comfort classics for lunch, dinner, and their weekend brunch. While a plate of seared salmon or sesame-crusted shrimp is enough to chat about long after cruising back to the mainland, our favorite feature of the bistro is its location. Situated in our very own Meeting House, the bistro’s cozy interior and outdoor patio seating provide the utmost convenience for contemporary Nantucket dining.

To speedily sample our island’s most praised plates, proximity is as essential as a fork and knife. Keep the greatest Nantucket restaurants right at your doorstep at The Roberts Collection — we’ll proudly serve as homebase (and chief advisors) during your culinary tour out to sea.

Header Photo: Clams and potatoes at CRU Nantucket Oyster Bar. / Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0.