The Boarding House
The Boarding House

The Boarding House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.boardinghousenantucket.com/
  • Phone: 5082289622x
  • 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: French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tony Adams
  • 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, Smoking Area, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: India
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Boarding House
Celebrating 23 years at Stove & Table in 2014, 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 Chef-de-Cuisine, Tony Adams 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.’ 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Boarding House reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (27)special occasion (20)romantic (19)neighborhood gem (18)great for outdoor dining (16)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (8)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (5)great for brunch (5)good for groups (4)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Consistently excellent
    Bwana
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Been coming multiple times each summer for 10+ years. It has been consistently excellent. Great service. Exquisite food -- enhanced by local produce. A winner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Meal was great, wine was excellent - love this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basement vibe.
    NantucketNights
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I never like eating a high end meal underground, regardless of how nice an ambience they try to make it. Maybe it's from my scary experience from the original version of "The Time Machine". Food was very good as was the service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good meal
    Thewarrenonstarbuck
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Having a home on Nantucket for the last 13 yrs I eat about everywhere. Boarding House is consistent, the menu has enough variety and fun plays on standard items to be fun and my service was excellent. I would certainly recomend it as a lovely place to grab a outside or inside bite. The Brunch is quite good too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    TomKVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Fabulous on every level!!! Dinner was delicious!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pretenious & overpriced
    OrgFoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food and service were very good, but the wine list was extremely overpriced. Many of the wines on their list are cheaper in other establishments. Even mediocre wines were close to $100/bottle. It seemed that the point of the restaurant was the expense and as such I did not enjoy the ambiance in the main seating area or the bar. Perhaps not the owner or the chefs fault, just the type of crowd that they attract at the moment. Lola41 was much more fun with a better wine list, while other restaurants in Nantucket are much more romantic.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food. Awful service.
    nyc2ack
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was delicious. Bartender was so friendly and helpful. However, service was unbelievably atrocious. Sat us 30 mins past our 830pm reservation. Put us at a distant table off the dining room, next to the kitchen door. When we asked to switch, they would not seat us at one of the two open/empty tables for 2 in the back- they said they were reserved. Instead, they sat us at a table for 4. We did not know who our server was the whole night. The only way we could order/get assistance was to ask anyone we could grab walking by for help, since we were completely neglected the entire evening. A shame because the food was so lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was good or better
    Eric
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had the tomato/caprese salad, which was fresh, perfectly seasoned and delicious. Our overall experience was good. Food was between okay and quite delicious, while the service was uniformly friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very expensive for ok food
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had a party of six with is and sat downstairs. Not a great location and very noisy. Food was ok, nothing memorable. The menu was good, but not distinguished. The servings were on the smaller side, so if you are hungry you will spend at least $20 for an appetizer, $35 for an entree and still feel very hungry. Service was good and attentive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finally!!
    Sandy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Been wanting to eat here for a long time and just never got around to it. 5 stars all around. Had a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • n2bspldVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    A little loud with a table of children next to us on the banquet, but it's nantucket and to be expected as are the prices. Much inline with others on the island, all a bit expensive but it is an island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Baskets
    Activemary
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I especially love all the amazing wicker baskets the women carry. Drink up boarding house,, we had a blast!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Best in Town
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Island Find!
    JoycebentlVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food!
    Higgins
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Really enjoyed our dinner there. Oysters outstanding, steak with panzella salad fabulous, lobster risotto deluxe and you can't beat that cornbread!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience.
    FreddieVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    All in all, we had an excellent dinner - halibut and lobster tail with risotto but food portions are very much on the stingy side
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    lroesch04
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great location. Awesome brunch menu. A must if visiting Nantucket!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    belleisle
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The food was delightful without being over the top. Understandable but unique. Always one of our favorites
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal of my life!
    Lynn123
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Congenial setting with tasty food
    bookladyVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 60 reviews are from the The Boarding House reviews archive.
  • Great but small portions
    Cricketlovestoeat
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch Spot !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    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 !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Exceptional food, great atmosphere. Just a great dining experience each and every time we go. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am gluten free and they
    DadsVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    I am gluten free and they could easily accommodate me. The place is beautiful and the food was relish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fall Restaurant Week Disappointment
    jimmygourmet
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    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!!!
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  • Okay but not great
    SuzieQ37
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    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.
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  • Service was poor coupled with
    nolaVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    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.
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  • Boarding house
    Jane
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Very good food, very noisy inside if going early With families, outside good choice anytime,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing tastes
    guarj
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant on the Island
    HuntVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even with kids
    Urbanvineyard
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant was very disappoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    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.
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  • Excellent
    SMHopps
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    Great spot - and the food was amazing. Enough said.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Bar Scene
    JRWKVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    Fried chicken and Tuna Crudo is must order...wine list is also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't waste your time, money or app
    SLC922VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    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!
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  • I wanted it all
    emmmmm
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Wonderful meal - the yellowfin crudo was so yummy. Just wish the wine price mark-up was not so extreme
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Year-in, year-out consistency.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.