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Boarding House

12 Federal St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3568
+1 508-228-9622
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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12 Federal St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3568
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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
Reviewed 18 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
Reviewed 22 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
Reviewed 21 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...More

Thank BillGibson1
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...More

Thank Patti N
Reviewed 7 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
Reviewed 7 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
Reviewed 23 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...More

Thank bbinngirl
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...More

Thank ewlibby
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
US$11 - US$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
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
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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.