Best of Boston

BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

2017 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

The Nautilus

Nantucket

An instant hit when it opened in 2014, this ACK spot continues to wow diners with Asian-inspired shareable feasts and small plates, not to mention a stellar cocktail menu. And despite its inland location, you’ll still get dinner with a… read more»

2016 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

Straight Wharf

Nantucket

Ten years in, Gabriel Frasca and Amanda Lydon’s Straight Wharf is still the island standard. Organic and mostly local menus deal in New England’s best, including Frasca’s famous and oft-imitated smoked bluefish pâté; the signature clambake, featuring buttered lobster and… read more»

2015 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

The Proprietors Bar & Table

Nantucket

Sourced primarily from small, local farms, the globally inspired, mostly shareable plates here delight with unexpected pairings, such as tuna crudo served with black bean crema, pickled green mango, and whiskey-smoked jalapea±o. Don’t miss the homemade “adult” soft-serve. read more»

2014 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

Ventuno

Nantucket

Because we eat with our eyes first, the food at this charming, Italian-inspired spot is as visually arresting as it is delicious: house-made ricotta tortelloni di maggio accented by fava beans, green garlic, asparagus, wild chanterelles, and a kiss of… read more»

2013 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

American Seasons

Nantucket

Yes, the much-crowed-about charcuterie board—loaded with no fewer than 15 pâtes, sausages, rillettes, and accompaniments—is really that good. But do save room for the other standout dishes on the often-southern-leaning menu, like the dayboat scallops with fried green tomatoes and… read more»

2007 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

Straight Wharf

Nantucket

With new partners Gabriel Frasca, Amanda Lydon, and Scott Fraley at the helm, this popular haunt has evolved into Nantucket’s finest, offering sophisticated turns on simple foods. The seasonal menu is based on local ingredients; past lineups have seen lobster-stuffed… read more»

2006 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

American Seasons

Nantucket Island

American Seasons co-owner Orla Murphy LaScola greets patrons with a charming Irish brogue as she seats them on the cool, inviting porch or in the warm, rustic dining room. Wherever they sit, they’re in for a treat: Chef-owner Michael LaScola’s… read more»

2005 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

The Pearl

Nantucket

Five years after its opening, Seth and Angela Raynor’s chic Franco-Asian restaurant has taken off. The kitchen has hit its stride with confident, refined numbers such as “spooned” tuna with uni sauce and salt- and pepper-wok-fried lobster. Even wine director… read more»

2004 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

The Pearl

Nantucket

It isn’t easy to explain the social and culinary vortex that is the Pearl. But there’s no doubt the the foundation of its lure is the combined talents of husband and wife owners Seth and Angela Raynor. He handles the… read more»