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18 Sparks Ave, Nantucket, MA 02554-3958
+1 508-228-4533
06:00 - 14:00
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Sun 06:00 - 13:00
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 14:00
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Hingham, Massachusetts
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90 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Their donuts are tasty but the food is average. Not as flavorful as I had expected. Buy the donuts skip breakfast. Good service. Glad they have re-opened - but just for the donuts.

Thank Sebastian22013
Devon, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been going to Downyflake for 40 yrs +. A Nantucket tradition. Arrive early - before 8:00 a.m. in summer and your ok - later be ready to wait Chocolate, sugar, and plain doughnuts.

Thank Toddphd
Level Contributor
31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing fancy, but great food. We are regulars. Live on Nantucket. Too crowded for us in the summer, but when he crowds are gone it's our got-to spot where we know half the clientele. Basically, good diner food. Friendly service. Reasonable prices.

Thank Eric H
Camp Hill, United States
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

The best thing going for the Downyflake is its affordability and lack of pretentiousness compared to the overpriced choices on Nantucket. This is a place visited by locals and tourists alike. Their donuts are fresh but nothing spectacular. They also offer a variety of other baked goods, decent and reasonably priced. I would always go back to the Downyflake for... More 

Thank Frederick R
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78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This place has the best donuts! Also in the summer, their fresh squeezed lemonade is also very delicious! I can't speak for their breakfast because I haven't eaten actual breakfast there since I was about 5, but their donuts are just awesome, awesome, awesome!

Thank Greatsource
Boston, Massachusetts
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81 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Early morning...no lines...great in-house made donuts and bacon egg and American cheese breakfast sandwiches. Coffee is self -serve. At 6:15 am these items were prepared to sell...ready at opening! No frills sort of place. Relaxed and reliable. Lovely counter help. A fav among locals.

Thank restaurantgirl2015
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Though the prices have increased over the years, it's still the best place to have a "reasonably priced" breakfast on the island. The pancakes are great!

Thank Gayl M
San Carlos, CA
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160 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Downyflake donuts are the best! Especially the chocolate covered ones. Something about the batter is really terrific. The regular breakfast they serve is also very good. A must visit while on Nantucket.

Thank bondoobay
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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146 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Best on the island. Great place for the best donuts you will find. They don't come in many varieties, but they are well worth it.

Thank Matt K
Nantucket, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

We love this place! Trying to park is like playing Russian Roulette. What a hairy experience .. We come every year and have three kid and four adults. The wait staff is wonderful, I don't know how they do it! From pancakes to eggs and bacon and , omelet sand specials we are never disappointed! And of course the doughnuts... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 13:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Sparks Ave, Nantucket, MA 02554-3958
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Nantucket
  • Phone Number: +1 508-228-4533

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?