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Boarding House

12 Federal St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3568
+1 508-228-9622
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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12 Federal St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3568
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Another family celebration, expectations were high because we've eaten here every year longer than we can remember. Our waitress seemed to be a little above us, but those who assisted her were helpful and pleasant. One of our appetizers was the crab dip. It was...More

Thank onatrip76
Reviewed 1 week ago

Truly warm atmosphere and cozy fine dining. Great for special occasions or quiet dinner and cocktails. Never a disappointment and a favorite on the island.

Thank _tsdifiore1
Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us & for sharing your experience. We strive to be consistent and welcoming each year. Glad you enjoyed another evening with us at The Boarding House! Many thanks, Angel

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Out of all the places we ate in Nantucket this was by far our favorite. Every dish we had was excellent, we ordered a bunch of stuff and shared. The crab dip was a nice little warmer upper and then the Burrata, the meatballs, the...More

Thank Jaime O
Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your recent visit to the Boarding House! I am so glad you enjoyed your evening with us. We are so excited to be open for our 26th season, we decided this year to re-boot our entire restaurant and menu, we treated...More

Reviewed 18 January 2017

Last summer and for Christmas Stroll we had the pleasure of meeting Zach, the best bartender ever!!!!! He was personable, funny, kind & awesome memory for our drinks. Hope he is there next summer!!!

Thank susyoz
Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you! Zach is a true Nantucket character, grew up on the island and loves sharing stories with our guests. Our team is so important to our success. Zach is back this season, and chances are he will remember your drink!! Cheers! Angela

Reviewed 19 November 2016

Everything in the menu is outstanding, the deserts to die for ,make a reservation and seasonal dishes are best.Later in the night the porch area gets a little crazy ,dancing and music a lot of fun

Thank jdg00
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Our highest recommendation goes to the crab stuffed avocado appetizer - to die for. This was a little pricey, but great food, and we loved the location - we sat at a table along the sidewalk. Fun to view the action passing by.

Thank cwanderseattle
Reviewed 22 October 2016

I've been dining here for many years, and the latest visit had some problems. It's located in the basement of a large house. Don't let the basement scare you off, the ambiance inside is very nice. The ceiling is vaulted, and painted a dark gold...More

Thank BillGibson1
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Though the food was delicious, this is not for those seeking a quiet romantic dinner. We were seated next to a very loud group and the din was at times overwhelming, at times hearing more from the group than from my husband. The dining room...More

1  Thank Patti N
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Our first night in Nantucket we ate here. Such a cozy atmosphere. Tables not too close together. Wonderful service. Amazing- I mean amazing- food.

Thank FLmom321
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Very nice place for dinner. Subterranean space which is comfy and cozy, you can also eat outside in a canopied space. Interesting menu, nicely served. There are many great places to eat on Nantucket and this a certainly among them.

Thank GMBG
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Upscale casual.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$32
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:30 - 01:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 01:00
17:30 - 01:00
17:30 - 01:00
17:30 - 01:00
17:30 - 01:00
17:30 - 01:00
11:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Federal St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3568
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Nantucket
  • Phone Number: +1 508-228-9622
  • E-mail
Chef-Owners Seth and Angela Raynor, and Chef-de-Cuisine Tony Adams know that on Nantucket, you don’t need to look far to find a bounty of fresh, organic ingredients. Using produce from local farms, seafood caught daily by local fishermen, and regional heritage meats, the Boarding House offers authentic farm-to-table cuisine served with a focus on old school hospitality.

The Boarding House is situated in the heart of Nantucket’s historic downtown; the glowing cellar dining room, lovely patio, and lively bar continually deliver stellar dinners, great drinks, and Best of Boston award-winning weekend brunch.

The Boarding House holds Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for its unique collection of wines, champagnes, and roses. The veteran bar team craft both classic and innovative cocktails, anchored by a notable collection of small-batch bourbons and spirits. We look forward to welcoming you to the Boarding House.
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