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Boarding House

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12 Federal St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3568 (India)
+1 508-228-9622
17:30 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 01:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 14:30
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Oldwick, New Jersey
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
Boston, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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
New York City, New York
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124 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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 color, so the dining room has a warm pleasant glow to it. Lately, they have... More 

Thank BillGibson1
Norwell, Massachusetts
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 itself is not conducive to the ambiance we were seeking. This would be the place... More 

Thank Patti N
West Palm Beach, Florida
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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
Brooklyn, New York
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231 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
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
New York
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

After many visits to Nantucket we decided to give the Boarding House a try. Without a reservation, and with limited seating outside due to the rainy weather, nevertheless we were comfortable outside with the heat lamps on. Service was interesting, with five different people stopping at our table, but even with all these folks we still had to wait quite... More 

Thank bbinngirl
Annapolis, Maryland
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56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

From the moment we walked in to the Boarding House, the night was terrific. The maitre d' was honest: a table inside that may be a little cramped or one outside. We selected outside with the promise that the service would be good. And it was better then good...it was outstanding. The food was delicious- an interesting Caesar salad with... More 

Thank ewlibby
Asheville, North Carolina
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

The food and service here was great. My wife got swordfish and I had poached lobster. We were both very pleased with our entrée but the truffle fries stole the show. Cool patio and friendly folks.

Thank Phillip C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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