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Boarding House

12 Federal St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3568
+1 508-228-9622
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (27 reviews)
“cornbread” (17 reviews)
“crab dip” (5 reviews)
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American, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
12 Federal St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3568
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Reviewed October 11, 2018

We had 7:30 reservations but arrived a little early. After a wait of less than 10 minutes we were seated at a lovel corner booth on the lower level. These spaces are cosy and intimate, perfect for couples, date nights, etc. Our server was attentive...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Steven E
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Just came across this when we were hungry, ex Caesar salad and lobster spaghetti, sat outside in shade but interiors looked lovely too.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank EnglishGentLondon007
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Sat downstairs wonderful setting, nice drinks and appetizers. Good service very special deserts. Setting outside available as well.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Bill A
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Girls trip in September. Our first time to Nantucket. We were first attracted to the Boarding House by it’s lovely, cozy outdoor seating area...made even better with heaters for a slightly cloudy, chilly day. Cocktails were delicious. Struggled to choose from all of the amazing...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 262staceya
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Called in for brunch with 2 friends and could not have been more delighted. The service was excellent, our waiter Persy was so welcoming and friendly. We ordered 5 dishes which we each shared. Every one was delicious and fresh with so many wonderful flavors....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Deb S
Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

Lovely last night in Nantucket at this restaurant, sat on the porch and the food was good. Good size portion of chicken milanese and we enjoyed the corn bread sharer. Our Serbian waiter was lovely and the dessert of cookies and milkshakes was AMAZING!! Only...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank 286shellw
Reviewed August 27, 2018

We have been visiting the Boarding House for many years. Our recent dinner was good, but I was surprised by the limited number of entree options. Nothing specialMore

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank jcarson21
Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

Thank you for being a long standing guest at the Boarding House. Thank you as well for your input on number of entrees, many newer spots are offering small plates versus entrees. We have continued to offer seven entrees nightly and are planning to offer...More

Reviewed August 17, 2018

Good for an early dinner. Food is ok but nothing special. There are many other places to go if you are looking for a great meal.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank jpfjed
Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

Thank you for joining us for an early dinner, Best regards, Angela

Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

Attempted to have Sunday brunch. We waited ten minutes to be seated, even though there were plenty of empty tables. Then, we waited another ten minutes and never saw a server, so we left.More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank David P
Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

David, I am sorry we were unable to create a more timely interaction for you. August on Nantucket is an exercise in patience on a daily basis, we strive to engage with our guests in a timely manner. Sunday Brunch is one of our busiest...More

Reviewed July 9, 2018

Our first night on Nantucket, and we went into town with no particular plan. The first place we saw was the Boarding House, and we decided to give it a try. We ate at the bar as it was a bit chilly for outdoor dining...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank RinfromMA
Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

Thank you, so very much for sharing your two dining experiences with us. The very best compliment is when our guests return to us. We are very grateful to have a uniquely, beautiful dining room and an incredible team to support our dreams. Our chef’s...More

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Upscale casual.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$32
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
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 Molly Dwyer & Erik Gilbertson cook with 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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