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Boarding House

12 Federal St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3568
+1 508-228-9622
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (25 reviews)
“cornbread” (14 reviews)
“crab dip” (4 reviews)
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12 Federal St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3568
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in to the bar for quick drink & snack to take with me. Bartender was gracious and welcoming, loved her. Gentleman next to me encouraged me to try his cornbread w/maple butter, loved him too! And it was yummy. So I got that, plus...More

1  Thank Linda M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Center of Nantucket, great ambiance. Crab dip and chips, avocado crab appetizers were very satisfying. Lobster spaghetti was very good. Service was also above average for a busy Memorial Day weekend. A tad loud so if you want quiet keep that in mind. Give it...More

1  Thank londonerred1967
Reviewed 16 October 2017

This was our third choice for Restaurant Week. The food tasted good, though I'm not convinced it was a very good deal... They brought the price down to within the restaurant week range by not having meat in the entrée. Soup was great, pasta was...More

Thank MonkysAndrea
Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Hello, Thank you for joining us during restaurant week. Each year we allow our team to create a unique seasonal menu for restaurant week. I am so glad you loved the soup - it featured Hurricane Jose Squash, local farmer Ray Owen, came to us...More

Reviewed 25 September 2017

We ended up here when we discovered our first choice was having a private party. We thought we would be safe because it did have other customers. Then again, it was Sunday brunch, which is a busy time. We decided to order the lobster roll...More

Thank MarkCC
Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Hello Mark, I am very sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience at our restaurant. Disconnected and slow service is never acceptable, seasonal staffing challenges aside. I am glad Persy, our manager was able to get things back on track and deliver your...More

Reviewed 17 September 2017

Sometimes you just don't want much more than appetizers and dessert. The choices and quality of both were very good. However, when your waitress cops an attitude when you only want those items, the dining experience takes on a negative feel. This is how our...More

Thank BeachMtnDesert
Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Attitude and judgment of guests desires is never acceptable. As a team, we create a menu full of options and price points to allow our guests to enjoy the experience they desire. The server you...More

Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

What a perfect place to stop in on a stormy early evening on Nantucket! It was pouring rain and we decided to go to the bar at The Boarding House. Great ambiance-fabulous drinks - we tried a popular new drink - Paper Plane drink which...More

Thank FlowerShow
Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thank you for joining us at The Boarding House! We love to be a stop for those seeking solace during stormy weather. The crab dip has been a huge hit this year with our house made potato chips, great pairing with the Paper Plane! We...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017

Service was very good...not great. The wine list is very nice..very pricey...had a French Sancerre that was excellent...The pastas are made in house...my lobster spaghetti was excellent...as was the flatbread. Had a few appetizers that also were top flight. A bit crowded..would go back...fine dining..casual...More

Thank eyeu
Reviewed 14 August 2017

I was lucky enough to dine at this restaurant last week. I wandered around the multitude of restaurants and really liked this menu and the environs and hence chose it. The soft Shell crab dish was delicious and competitively priced and the staff worked hard...More

Thank Vanessa154
Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We love the soft shell crab dish, too! We are in the height of August on Island, our team strives to partner with our guests to create memorable dining experiences and that includes making sure you are...More

Reviewed 10 August 2017

Ordered the chicken dish which was tasty but I felt that the portion was small and I left hungry. All of our dishes were on the small size; no food went to waste. The service was average. Ordered the corn bread. It was very tasty....More

Thank Scott S
Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thank you for joining us at the Boarding House. So glad you loved the cornbread! I am confused by your comment that you ordered three individual glasses of wine - yet expected our team to give you the bottle price? The bottle price reflects consuming/...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

We have been to Nantucket several times and always eat at different restaurants. We were really looking forward to eating here and I have to say it was not that great. First off, I did not feel they had a lot to choose from when...More

Thank Elebeads
Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thank you for joining us. I am so sorry you did not find dishes on the menu you were hoping for - we have 40+ items on the dinner menu and post the daily menus in our menu box and have our sample menu posted...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 11 - US$ 32
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 1:00 AM
5:30 PM - 1:00 AM
5:30 PM - 1:00 AM
5:30 PM - 1:00 AM
5:30 PM - 1:00 AM
5:30 PM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Federal St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3568
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Nantucket
  • Phone Number: +1 508-228-9622
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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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