The Boarding House
The Boarding House

The Boarding House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.boardinghousenantucket.com/
  • Phone: (508) 228-9622
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open for dinner at 5:30 p.m., Closed Tuesdays.
    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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
The Boarding House reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (27)romantic (19)great for outdoor dining (19)special occasion (17)neighborhood gem (16)hot spot (14)vibrant bar scene (12)notable wine list (8)good for groups (7)great for brunch (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Ambience is good
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our table in the corner (lower level) was very romantic and comfortable with low lighting and leather cushions. The best part of my meal was the appetizer of tomato bisque and grilled cheese bites. The fries add-on was also very good. I wouldn't order the filet mignon again only because it wasn't very special or memorable. Overall it was a nice place for dinner with good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved it!
    checkingitout
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The boarding house was a perfect finale to our Nantucket weekend. My husband and I decided to sample many apps and items, rather than doing entrees. Everything was delicious and the timing of our course style meal was perfect. Our server was attentive, but no overbearing. The bourbon drinks were also delicious and unique. I highly recommend this restaurant for a wonderful dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    Chappaqua5423VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food was very uneven. My husband's salmon tartar was great and so was the kale Cesar salad. But my filet mignon was tasteless. There was no bread on the table so you had to order cornbread. It came in a hot skillet, nice touch, but was drowning in overly sweet burton butter.mmthe fried chicken was also good -- I was sorry that I didn't order it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming spot
    NYgirltrappedinFLVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Had a lovely meal here with wonderful service. The cornbread with maple butter is not to be missed! The interior is very charming and it was a lovely spot on a chilly fall night. The pumpkin bourbon cocktails were pretty awesome as well!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five stars!
    CTdiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    One of the best dinners I have ever enjoyed, and my date described the food as heavenly. We both agreed that the meal topped others we have had at highly rated restaurants. The swordfish and crusted filet were both impeccably prepared, wonderfully fresh and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 5 Stars - dinner was superb!
    MaryBrown
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Sunday supper was simply lovely..... every dish was delicious. Friendly staff and service was excellent. A wonderful night and can't wait to get back to the Boarding House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Early Friday evening dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great table, attentive service, delicious appetizers and entrees
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 in 1
    ceceraz
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The outdoor dining is nice and more bistro casual but the inside dining room is cozy and lovely. Our server was great along with all the service from the wait staff. I had the halibut which was the best I have ever eaten. Fresh fish, delicious sauce and a generous portion. For added decadence, try the hush puppy appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in Nantucket
    Dorafoodexplora
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The raynors have created an extraordinary Nantucket landmark here with consistently excellent creative food and extremely personable service. We often eT there two nights in a row just to taste all the menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Classic Standby
    PaigeVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always make sure to hit up the Boarding House at least once while you're on Nantucket - it's always worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • another great meal w/family
    bkfoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    everything was as close to perfect as you can get for our meal here. we're brooklyn foodie-types and not easy to please but between the fresh raw bar, lobster on brioche, and outstanding use of local produce it met the standard and then some. staff was friendly and accommodating to children with a simple but elegant offering for the little people. wine and cocktails also excellent, we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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  • Consistently excellent
    BwanaVIP
    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
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    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.
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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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 76 reviews are from the The Boarding House reviews archive.
  • Great food. Awful service.
    nyc2ackVIP
    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
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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
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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
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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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    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
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    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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    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
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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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    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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    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
  • Great but small portions
    CricketlovestoeatVIP
    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!
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    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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