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The Boarding House
The Boarding House

The Boarding House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.boardinghousenantucket.com
  • Phone: (508) 228-9622
  • Hours of Operation: Open for dinner nightly at 5:30 p.m. April - December 4 Weekend Brunch Saturday + Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, French
  • Executive Chef: Stephen Marcaurelle
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: India
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Boarding House
Celebrating 20 years at Stove & Table in 2012, This farm to table kitchen + bar focuses on simplicity of fine natural, organic ingredients from Nantucket farms, local fishermen & regional purveyors of heritage meats. The exceptional market driven menu is overseen by talented young Chef-de-Cuisine, Stephen Marcaurelle in partnership with Executive-Chef/Owner, Seth Raynor. The menu focuses on Modern Comfort, dishes are familiar but as one reviewer recently said- ‘the food your mom would have made if she went to culinary school.’ Pastry chef, Sarah Rebello, formerly of A Voce in NYC, is creating quite a buzz with her twists on Boho Classics - her Bomboloni & Espresso Semifreddo-new school 'Coffee & Donuts' to swoon about. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence,features 400 selections.Lively Bar & Patio
Owners, Seth & Angela Raynor (The Pearl + Corazon del Mar) believe in old-school hospitality without pretense,for many locals & visitors the Boarding House is their home away from home.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I especially love all the amazing wicker baskets the women carry. Drink up boarding house,, we had a blast!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Pearl remains our favorite but the Boarding House gave its sister restaurant a great run. The decor is unique with a curved copper like interior that is intimate. I had the tuna tartar and the octopus special while my wife had the corn soup and lobster risotto. The food was fabulous from a presentation, texture ans taste perspective. My wife thought the souo was the best she ever had. Food portions are modest which we like. We highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We've been visiting Nantucket for over seven years and gone to many delectable restaurants all over the island but somehow missing The Boarding House. Well,I am happy to say, we have a new restaurant to add to our yearly rotation! We dined on crispy and sweet hush puppies and golden and crunchy zucchini flowers for appetizers. Both were outstanding!For entrees we ate succulent slices of strip steak surrounded by a tasty panzanella salad and perfectly prepared fried chicken with tender string beans.My only suggestions to our delicious meal would be to lose the potato salad that accompanied the fried chicken and to have a few more choices of dessert such as the strawberry rhubarb cobbler or the southern buttermilk pie that are on the website."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our dinner there. Oysters outstanding, steak with panzella salad fabulous, lobster risotto deluxe and you can't beat that cornbread!!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "All in all, we had an excellent dinner - halibut and lobster tail with risotto but food portions are very much on the stingy side"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Review title says it all. Menu changes with the seasons and is always spot on. Good variety - sea and land - great drinks and service and a prime example of farm to table executed flawlessly. Come to Nantucket once a year and never miss Boarding House and sister restaurant The Pearl. Pp"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great location. Awesome brunch menu. A must if visiting Nantucket!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food was delightful without being over the top. Understandable but unique. Always one of our favorites"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Love how menu changes to fit the season and freshest ingredients. I always have something different and it is always great. Probably my favorite restaurant on Nantucket."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We were celebrating a special wedding anniversary and our dinner was extra special. The food was very very fresh, absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. The service was superb. The staff went above and beyond to make our special evening a memory to cherish. We plan to return to Nantucket for the opportunity to return to the Boarding House, it was that good!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I was attracted to the decor with copper-colored ceilings and walls, painted medallions on the part of the ceiling over my table, curved architectural touches, etc. Tables were close enough together for the exchange of greetings and there seemed to be a congenial atmosphere. I was there during the Nantucket Wine Festival and the couple to my right were a winery owner/winemaker pair from Sonoma County. Unfortunately, I had booked an early dinner following a cheese and wine tasting, so my appetite was not up to par. I skipped both appetizer and dessert and only ate about half of the excellent trout entree. Service was slightly formal. The next afternoon I saw a crowd enjoying beverages on the porch which looked very inviting."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The lobster roll was delicious but contained about 3 teaspoons of lobster salad. The baby kale caesar was outstanding and the burger was top notch. Very attentive service. Love the glazed vaulted ceiling."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Had the scallop roll for brunch on Saturday during the Nantucket Christmas Stroll. It was fabulous! It was so good, that my husband decided to order one after he had finished his oyster appetizer and Ceasar salad -- also quite good... I had a very good Bloody Mary as well... The scene was very happy and festive, and the service was great considering how busy it was. Would highly recommend The Boarding House, but especially the delicious scallop roll !"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Exceptional food, great atmosphere. Just a great dining experience each and every time we go. Bravo!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "I am gluten free and they could easily accommodate me. The place is beautiful and the food was relish!"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "The selection and execution of their Fall Restaurant Week selections were average at best. Go to the The Breeze Bar & Cafe in the Nantucket Inn for a MUCH better selection and value!!!"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Was disappointed. The tuna appetizer and pear and parsnip soup were absolutely fantastic. The chicken pate as well was very nice. However the entrees were very disappointing. One was the skirt steak which was ordered rare- some of it was well done, some perfect but many were chewy. The seafood stew was skimpy- not filling. There were no specials which was unusual. The desserts were few and not very interesting. All in all- would not return."
    Dined on 9/26/2013
  • "Service was poor coupled with the dated music and dull interior - we were a bit disappointed. Food was very good but ambiance and service lacking."
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "Very good food, very noisy inside if going early With families, outside good choice anytime,"
    Dined on 8/27/2013
  • "Some of the best food I have ever had on the island. The eggplant with red pepper and pine nut relish was to die for. Our waitress was spectacular and the wine list offered great selection and a variety of price points."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Best restaurant by far on the island. We went two nights in a row it was so good. Best service ever and the food is very consistant. Would definitely come back next year multiple times to this restaurant. We have been all over the world, and overall this was the best experience we have had at a restaurant."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "My wife and I have been coming to The Boarding House for years, however, this is the first time we've brought our kids. We got an early res, sat outside, and had one of the most enjoyable meals on island so far this year. Thank you, and I know we'll come again (with or without the littles)."
    Dined on 8/19/2013
  • "This restaurant was very disappointing for the price . Service was terrible and the food was just ok. For the high price we paid I would expect much better service and better quality and tasting food."
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "Great spot - and the food was amazing. Enough said."
    Dined on 8/7/2013
  • "Fried chicken and Tuna Crudo is must order...wine list is also excellent."
    Dined on 7/30/2013
  • "I recommend skipping the Boarding House - there are way too many better alternatives. By the way, we ate a LoLa Burger (Friday Lunch) Corazon del Mar (Friday dinner), Straight Warf (Saturday dinner) and my teenagers ate a Proprietors (Sunday diner), all of which were excellent!"
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "Everything sounded sooooo good! And what we ended up choosing was nothing short of delicious. How can you go wrong with a bacon-infused bloody mary?"
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "Wonderful meal - the yellowfin crudo was so yummy. Just wish the wine price mark-up was not so extreme"
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "Can't go wrong with BoHo. Whether its the peak of summer or the off season, the BoardingbHousevalways delivers. Solid food, friendly, helpful service, warm atmosphere. On an island full of great restaurants, it's become our go to. Every trips starts or ends with the Boarding House."
    Dined on 6/30/2013
  • "Delicious, attentive, some nouveau cuisine, mi Ed with traditional fare. Fun and worthwhile."
    Dined on 6/30/2013
  • "The food is ok, but not equal to its cost. Service is strained. Food takes a long time to arrive. Wait staff seems annoyed to be working."
    Dined on 6/30/2013
  • "While the ambiance of the outdoor dining porch was romantic and charming, the food was disappointing. My mixed fruit mimosa tasted like spoiled fruit. All the entries had a southern twist: shrimp and grits, fried chicken and waffles. The actual food was a disappointing imitation of the real thing. The shrimp and grits tastes like cream of wheat cereal with three shrimp thrown on top and I could barely choke it down. The chicken and waffles were small and dry with a couple pieces of chicken on top."
    Dined on 6/9/2013
  • "My husband and I visited the Boarding House on Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend- Figawi weekend. It was very noisy and there were several large groups in the dining room. The bar was packed with mostly young people. Not quite the atmosphere we were looking for but if that's your scene, it would be fun. The food was good and the service great so we would try it again on a different weekend."
    Dined on 5/25/2013
  • "We loved the bacon-infused bloody mary along with the fried chicken and waffles!"
    Dined on 5/25/2013
  • "Great meal and service, the owner even spent some time talking to us about our dinner selections. Only drawback was that there were several loud children in a restaurant not well suited for kids. Took away from the overall experience."
    Dined on 4/19/2013
  • "My husband and I have been fans of the Boarding House since it opened because of the consistently good and interesting food, lovely ambience, and great service. We particularly enjoy eating at the bar because we enjoy the casual and fun ambience. However, this season, beginning in May, we have been disappointed with the food. The menu seems a little tired; food combinations are not as interesting. The chicken entree has always been a favorite, but the current version is uninspired. The biscuit and the greens are well executed, but the coating on the chicken and the sauce are uninteresting. A recent bay scallop special was unattractively presented. The scallops were delicious but other elements of the dish did not complement the scallops."
    Dined on 11/3/2012
  • "The food and the service were absolutely outstanding. I would visit again, and recommend to all friends."
    Dined on 10/6/2012
  • "I was seated and waiting for my date to park and not offered a drink. Not even water. Limited menu. Wanted an entree from the restaurant week menu (one usually in the regular menu, just not that night) and was told no I couldn't have it. The underground room was very noisy and dark and there were two crying babies. Nantucket has so many great restaurants. I won't be going to this one again."
    Dined on 9/29/2012
  • "Disappointing; it was not consistent; the halibut was dry, the scallops were good, the roast chicken good and the signature lobster dish tough and for desert the signature salted caramel donuts well it depends, I got one that the salt was in your first bite because it was not dispersed evenly in the caramel - ruined my taste buds and had to send back. The ambivalence was nice. This place is hopping and hard to get in to - I expected more. There are too many places to visit - I would not recommend or return."
    Dined on 9/2/2012
  • "Appetizers were good but not great. Entrees were great. Table outside was small but nice outdoor patio."
    Dined on 9/2/2012