Distance to Beach: 1-3 miles
Historically preserved and simply beautiful, downtown Nantucket can be equated to nowhere else in the world. This is the heart of the island, replete with original cobblestone streets, waterfront restaurants and charming grey-shingled shops. Many of the stunning homes abut pocket gardens heavy in hydrangea and climbing roses, like something out of a painting. Come summer, families filter in and out of the various ice cream, souvenir and t-shirt shops. Town is also just an easy stroll to the beach to enjoy a perfect summer day.
Where To Eat – Casual Dining
Juice Bar | Long lines for ice cream, but most say the wait is worth it. Cash only.
Lobster Trap | Seafood. Takes reservations for parties greater than six.
The Tavern & Gazebo Bar | Casual patio, great for people watching.
Brotherhood of Thieves | Hearty pub fare. Sit upstairs or outside.
Slip 14 | Charming spot with great food and lively patio, especially late at night.
Oath Pizza | Pizza to go, or dine at their limited tables on the dock next to the Hy-Line.
B-ACK Yard BBQ | Close to Straight Wharf, this barbecue restaurant is a fun place to watch the game.
Rose & Crown | Large restaurant and bar, great for a quick, casual bite to eat.
Or, The Whale | NEW! American style bistro, bar and patio, right on Main Street.
“The Strip” | Fast food options between the Steamship Authority & Juice Bar, including Stubby’s.
Charlie Noble | Family-friendly seafood with plenty of seating.
Gemelle | NEW! Creative house-made pizza, gelato and charcuterie, plus a late night menu.
Gaslight | NEW! Live music venue, restaurant and bar.
Where To Eat – Fine Dining
29 Fair | Old Nantucket charm in the historic Inn. Summer House family.
Afterhouse | From the owners of The Galley, raw bar, small shared plates and an incredible wine list.
American Seasons | Seasonal and local menu. An island favorite.
Black-Eyed Susan’s | BYOB, cash only with 3 seatings a night. Open for breakfast.
Boarding House | Farm-to-table and lively patio & bar. Sister to The Pearl.
Brant Point Grill | Harbor views, family-friendly & Sunday all-you-can-eat brunch.
Centre Street Bistro | Creative American cuisine. Cozy and exceptional menu. BYOB.
Club Car | California-inspired fare attached to a retrofitted railway car. Shared plates and craft cocktails.
Company of the Cauldron | Rotating fixed menu. Lobster Mondays are popular.
CRU | Stylish hot spot on the wharf with an oyster bar and mega-yacht views.
Dune | Modern and chic meets casual comfort.
Via Mare at Greydon House | NEW! Venetian style seafood from the Ventuno team.
Le Languedoc | French downstairs cafe/terrace, accepts day of reservations only.
LOLA 41 | Upbeat sushi & bistro. Same day reservations are taken at the door at 4pm everyday.
Nantucket Prime | Nantucket’s steakhouse with a nice patio. Great for large parties.
The Nautilus | Unique, global seafood and shared plates. Same day reservations begin at 12pm.
Òran Mór | Upscale seasonal Nantucket cuisine in a historic house.
The Pearl | Hot spot with exceptional menu, creative cocktails & seafood.
Proprietors | Fantastic cocktails & small plates serving the “well-traveled palate.”
Queequeg’s | Eclectic American. Fun, bistro setting including outdoor “Tree Bar.”
Ships Inn | Brasserie-style located in the historic Ships Inn, local-inspired menu.
Slip 14 | Lively spot on Old South Wharf with water views.
Straight Wharf | Nantucket-inspired menu with great service. An island favorite.
Town | Global street food. Another casual/elegant restaurant in center of town.
Ventuno | Italian restaurant with lots of tables, but books up fast.
What To Do
Besides five-star restaurants and incredible views, the best part of Town is the shopping! Whether you’re looking for art, designer clothes or a small souvenir to bring home, there is something for everyone downtown.
The Dreamland Theater hosts some of the island’s most wonderful events year-round and is the go-to for viewings of the latest movies and live theater for kids and adults. It also has a great calendar of unique events worth checking out!
The White Heron Theater was originally founded in New York and was reborn in Nantucket in 2004. The theater collaborates with some of the world’s premier organizations, like the Edinburgh Fringe and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Be sure to check the schedule for upcoming events and not to be missed shows.
The Nantucket Whaling Museum is an attraction for people of all ages. The building was originally a candle factory and storage space until it became a museum in 1929. The Whaling Museum is run by the Nantucket Historical Association and offers top-quality exhibitions, an accessible rooftop observation deck, a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton and a restored 1847 candle factory.
The NRTA WAVE is a convenient way to get to and from town. This is the island’s seasonal fixed route bus service to all parts of the island, including beaches, downtown and the airport.
Francis Street Beach is a seven-minute walk from Main Street and has incredible harbor views all the way to Pocomo. This is an ideal beach for small children or mature adults as it has calm waters. This is also a great place to rent SUP boards or kayaks.