American  Seasons
American Seasons

American Seasons

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.americanseasons.com/
  • Phone: 5082287111
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Thursday - Monday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm (Closed Tues & Wed); Open Seven Days After May 18th
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from American Seasons
Nestled in the center of Nantucket’s historic downtown, American Seasons offers some of the island’s most creative food, along with a one-of-a-kind boutique wine list. Join us as we celebrate our 20th season. Located at the end of historic Centre Street in one of the island’s oldest restaurant sites, American Seasons is widely considered to be one of Nantucket’s premier dining destinations. The kitchen, helmed by Chef Michael LaScola, is renowned for its playful twists on American favorites. Chef LaScola’s emphasis on regional and seasonal produce is paired with Sommelier Orla Murphy LaScola’s equally creative wine list. Featuring over 500, American-produced wines, American Seasons’ award-winning, hard-to-get list is admired and emulated across the country.Cozy yet bustling, the candlelit dining room is adorned by Americana memorabilia, game board tables and harvest murals. During the summer, hand hammered copper tables provide al fresco dining on the restaurant’s covered patio.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
American Seasons reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (30)fit for foodies (26)special occasion (23)notable wine list (22)neighborhood gem (19)great for outdoor dining (11)hot spot (9)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • One of the top East Coast restos
    ewindelsVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Outstanding head to toe, every time. We talk about our anticipated visit all year long. Not a lot more to say!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never miss it when on Nantucket
    Dineout2muchVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Always a great meal served with distinction. Would recommend you visit American Seasons any time your dining out on Nantucket.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Return Visit
    FloeyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We always try to fit in a meal here - the rye cavatelli was excellent and salads are always imaginative and fresh using the best local produce, as are desserts. The menu changes a good deal from year to year - sometimes that's a good thing but I've been hoping for a return of the watermelon, tomato and feta salad from a couple of years ago (think there were pine nuts and mint involved).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite Nantucket Restuarant
    Randy
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I love American Seasons and this visit did not disappoint. The food is consistently delicious using fresh ingredients and creative combinations and it is vegetarian friendly. The restaurant has a very relaxed and comfortable decor and it's an easy restaurant - it doesn't have the snooty, fussy feel of other Nantucket restaurants. Our server was attentive, informative, and personable. They have delicious cocktails - definitely try the basil / grapefruit martini or the blood orange margarita - both are fresh and light. The smoked tomato grits side dish is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just too weird - never again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have eaten here several times over the years and I will not go back. The chef just uses strange combinations of ingredients which don't make sense together. Normally I like a little adventure but this is a step too far. The signature dish of suckling pig should be called pig pie, yes it is that disgusting! I really cannot understand why this remains such a popular restaurant - it is just too weird. So many better choices in Nantucket.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creative cuisine on Nantucket
    OrangeSquared
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    if you're looking for a respite from run-of-the-mill seafood while vacationing on Nantucket, American Seasons merits a visit. Thoughtfully prepared dishes include fresh fish and crustaceans, as well as a stunning variety of house-prepared meats from sausages to terrines and pates. We sampled the latter as part of a charcuterie platter appetizer that proved more abundant than we'd expected (get the half portion if you're in a small party). The pan-seared fluke special I ordered was precisely that--not roasted to a crisp or raw--served over an ingenious assemblage of hominy, sweet onions, and scallions, and topped with a pimento relish. Delicious. We will be back next time we're on the island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good but not Excellent
    BabavicVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We dined on the tented patio, by the recommendation of the hostess by phone , (since we had never been there before.) We assumed it would be outdoor tables with umbrellas,lovely gardens, etc. but it was a circus like tent ...therefore the better dining environment is definitely inside the home. The menu is very unusual and some of the items are too complicated. Too many different tastes in a food presentation. For example, I had the brined chicken over chicken hamhock (gristly) with yellow eyed peas . The chicken breast was moist and tasty but the rest of the entree was just ok. Because of the eclectic mix of foods, it is very difficult to make an order decision. You may have to sing an eeny meeny miny moe!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    PassiveFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Made a last minute reservation online not wanting to deal w high end ACK restaurant attitude. Hostess confirming reservation noticed it was booked online and asked whether the 5:30 time was indeed what I wanted as not all slots are available online. I appreciated that v much as 5:30 vs. 6:15 makes a difference. Kudos. Set the stage for lovely evening. It has a romantic setting but also comfortable for taking your in-laws out. Food is excellent. They had a chicken fried lobster app special which was good and the rye cavatelli was excellent. Had the sirloin - great texture with lentils and perfectly cooked / tender. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BKelm
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    What a find!!! The food was some of the best I have ever eaten. The salmon dish was spectacular. The chef is very creative - interesting combinations create wonderful food dishes. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience, Great Food
    jennifer2085VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food and drinks were absolutely incredible! Beginnning to end, great experience. Food portions are a little small, but you definitely will not leave hungry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A true gem
    sconsetgirlVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant on Nantucket. It is outstanding in every way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations too high ?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Perhaps because it was hard to get into and had such an excellent reputation we were expecting more. Service was good, wine list was excellent (plenty of smaller producers) but food was good rather than stunning. The pork confit was excellent but my monkfish dish was let down by the very salty pasta. Desserts were over-simple. We'd go back but there are plenty of others to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner for Eight
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our family of eight all here for a brief visit and we wanted a great place to have dinner. American Seasons did a great job of welcoming us, our waitress and other servers were excellent, and we had a wonderful table for eight. We all enjoyed the delicious food. We highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing flavors
    HappyTraveler
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    One if the best meals we've eaten at a restaurant in years. The pan fried trout special was outstanding and the Beef Rib dinner was cooked perfectly. The chocolate mousse with pistachio bark was also delicious. Each selection had a number if interesting flavor combinations that make you want to savor each bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint is the Island
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    And this restaurant is everything Nantucket! Charming, small, tucked in a quiet nook! Sit in the garden patio if the weather permits. Regardless, enjoy one of the most relaxing meals in one of the nicest settings the island has to offer. Succulent local scallops will make you think of the old salt in Madaket harbor who procured your first course. The vegetables, the family farmer who toils the sandy soil to deliver tomatoes and greens to your table. The melt in your mouth fresh caught fish. Well, I digress. Local. Delectable. Memorable. Romantic. Hidden (not really). Gem!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 107 reviews are from the American Seasons reviews archive.
  • consistently good
    frequenttraveler330VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We have dined here several times over a period of many years, and the food is consistently very good. Our only reason for not dining here more frequently is the limited menu selection, but the server did a great job of accommodating my husband's food allergy. Our guests were very pleased with their meals as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    haleyrose84
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Came here with friends, and we had an absolute blast. Great selection of wines plus really delicious food. Comfortable atmosphere - perfect for a group dinner out or romantic date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent and innovative
    LizkVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This has been a main attraction in Nantucket for over a decade.... Gets better every year! Impeccable attention to detail and interesting ingredient combinations. Most beautiful veggie ricotta we ever saw! More vegetables than risotto which we loved.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place tiny portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Food was very good but offset by TINY portions. Not a good value. Recommend for romantic occasion or super snobby foodies!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As always, GREAT.
    mitchelltg
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Never had a bad meal at American Seasons. Menu is limited but the food is top notch. Went with three couples, on a busy evening, had a blast. I noted Noise Level as "Energetic" as it was this evening, but when the crowd is on the lighter side, the noise level is just fine. Note, that the lighting tends to be very low, but that seems to be the case in most restaurants in Nantucket.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Okay Dinner
    RegularVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We have been patronizing AS for years. It is one of our "go to"places, especially during the "shoulder" seasons on Nantucket. For us, it is much more a Spring/Fall place, rather than a place we'd visit during the August insanity. Tonight wasn't one of their best efforts. My salmon was just passable, and the sea scallop appetizer (yes there was just one of them) was wonderful but a downright miserly portion. We were able to find several wonderful wines at very attractive prices. The sommelier is doing their job well. We'll be back after the high season has passed us by.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This is one of the best restaurants and dishes I have had in the past few years. We had different appetizers, main courses, and desserts and they were all outstanding. The ambience was very pleasant, candlelights and low noise. The staff was competent and very respectful. We had our eight year old son with us, and he loved his courses off the regular menu. The service was very prompt without any unnecessary waits. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible experience every time
    mowen09VIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    We make sure to eat here each time we go to Nantucket. The food, atmosphere, service and unique approach are all without equal. Reinventing the menu leaves just enough from your last visit while also making sure your meal is unforgettable. Cannot wait to be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!
    napagirl
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    We had a fantastic meal during our recent stay for the Xmas Stroll on Nantucket. Especially memorable were the Nantucket bay scallops-little nuggets of sweetness with that touch of brine from the ocean. Every ingredient in each dish was of the highest quality and the chef married the flavors together to bring out the best in each dish. We really enjoyed this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently awesome
    ManfromNantucket
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    We love this restaurant. Orla and Michael do a great job. The menu is a challenge for those without imagination and knowledge of the nomenclature. Get past this and you'll have a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atmosphere and food was great
    southendfoodie
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Atmosphere and food was great and most of the staff was also wonderful. That being said, service was slow. At every stage of our meal, we waited eons. We ordered drinks before dinner and half of the group got theirs and then 20 minutes passed before the rest of the group was served. The table next to us sat, ate and left before we got our entrees.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    mitchelltg
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    We have eaten here many times and always find ourselves going back. Just a great spot. My only note would be it can be a bit dark at night and since the location is historic, the seating can be tight for larger parties of 4+. Otherwise, outstanding and one of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss it!
    Catibond
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Celebrated my birthday with a group of friends. All 8 of us had exceptional meals. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cannot be missed
    mowen09VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    This was one of the best meals we've ever had, and not just on Ack. We started with the kimche pancakes and Bartlett beet salad - both very tasty and balanced. For entrees we had the salmon and sirloin..both were a amazingly textured and delicious. Great wine selection to choose from and cannot wait to go back! Great for a romantic dinner on your 1 year anniversary trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit to Amerian Seasons
    DCKC
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    We liked the charm and atmosphere at the restaurant. The food was inventive and well prepared. I had squab that was perfectly cooked, flavorful and juicy, however the portion was miniscule. I communicated that to the server after she asked how it was. I suggest a larger squab or two. The wine recommendation was outstanding and the desserts were very good. We will return and enjoy American Seasons again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The.Best. Ever
    shamrock62178
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Attentive servers, creative menu, relaxed ambiance, impressive wine list. My only regret is waiting so long to try out American Seasons! It literally was one of the best meals I've ever had anywhere. I highly recommend the carrot terrine with burrata cheese and ginger-- so flavorful and innovative. I hardly ever stray from a standard beet salad that I order as an app wherever I go, but this was a welcome change. I also suggest the Flying Elvis for dessert. The chocolate ganache is sinfully rich and delicious! Can't wait to go back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As usual, superb !
    5july1937VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Another great meal at American season. Wonderful food, portions and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint perfect spot
    Carpersn
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    We loved everything about our meal at American Seasons, but were disappointed the small plates weren't offered on the patio-only at the bar. That had been one of our deciding factors; however, what we did get was delicious, and the experience made it all ok.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Foxy
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    We have come to American Seasons year after year and it never fails to disappoint - excellent food and service. Always a memorable meal and never a morsel left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saved only by the Food.
    SplewisVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    The food was outstanding... and it needed to be because the service (attitudinally) and the ambience (inside dining room) were fair. Good: My wife and I are foodies so we were not disappointed with quality of the dishes. The steak was tender and the sauces heighten the flavor. The vegetable risotto was interesting because it was made with farro. The kohlrobi soup was tasty. Bad: The tables (4 tops) are very close together; you'll be rubbing elbows with the next table and their conversation will be competing with yours so clostrophobics be warned. Also, there is no kid's menu, unlike other high end restaurants on the Island so I would recommend getting a sitter unless you want to pay $15 for the single "Chicken McNugget" like appetizer.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nantucket Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Arrived early & loved the food & atmosphere. Even the salad was so delicious. Can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistant over the years
    gorgeous
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    i have been going to American Seasons once or twice a year for several years. American Seasons has never failed to amaze my taste buds. Who woulda Guessed?; Should be the theme here. Thank you
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reasonably Good; Reasonably Priced
    Cantabrigian10
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    Not easy to find something with short notice on Nantucket. This was a good choice in a sea of expensive restaurants. Nice ambiance, good menu, generally OK. Good but not memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We will be back
    RonayVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    Its our 4th yr in Nantucket but first time to try American Seasons. Why did we wait!!! This place is wonderful. The service is fantastic - the barmaid was particularly helpful. The chicken nugget is to die for. Delicious. Lots of charm and a nice busy vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed!
    Puppykay
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Use to live on Island, have dined at American Seasons many times! Have never had a poor meal. Back on island last weekend, and reality was as good as memory! Great meal, wonderful service, lovely ambiance! Can't go wrong with American Seasons!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.