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Ventuno Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ventunorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (508) 228-4242
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gabriel Frasca & Amanda Lydon
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ventuno
Ventuno is an island restaurant inspired by the frascas of Italy, small farmhouses which opened themselves up to friends and neighbors with wine and homemade food.
Executive Chefs Gabriel Frasca and Amanda Lydon, with Chef De Cuisine Andrea Solimeo, delight in imagining Nantucket shellfish, fish and produce in Italian hands. House-cut pasta and simple takes on the bounty of sea and land are complemented by a carefully curated Italian wine list.
Drink and eat our entire menu on either dining room floor or bar, or the open-air back bar, with comfortable service and the inviting breeze of the ocean.

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Diner Reviews
  • "Quaint Nantucket home gone restaurant with dining on multiple levels. We went with our 2 teens who can be a fickle bunch and they had something for each if us including my veggie 17 year old. By the time we left bar was packed and a line was formed waiting for tables. Highly recommended place in the town of some many notable restaurants."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Ventuno is our favorite Nantucket restaurant, hands down. The pasta with broccoli rabe and sausage was ridiculous, best I've ever had. Definitely include this place on your island visit."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "It was very mediocre especially for Nantucket. Do not bother"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "There were 4 of us for dinner. My husband was disappointed in his meatball appetizer..marjoram or some spice he didn't like, the flam was great The bass was excellant, the steaks very good, Kale salad yummy, pasta dish with Barlett tomatoes did not have enough tomatoes, corner table in bar area too confining for the men in our party, the service was perfect 500$ price point was high.. not everyone was totally happy with their meal, which for 500$ one wish that wasn't so"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Lovely corner table with a lovely atmosphere. Great service & excellent food!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The ambiance delightful. The food was good...service was aweful. Had to ask for water and bread. Two dinners were served the other two almost 10 min later. We had to ask , twice, for the other meals. Then when we were done, we sat with dirty plates for a long time. The staff was not that busy as we had an 8:45 res. and the night was winding down."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Ive been vacationing on Nantucket for over 20 years and there are those restaurants which I will always frequent during my stays - Ventuno is one of them. Both my parents are off the boat Italians so for me to say the food is good means the food is really good. The pasta dishes, meatballs - all of that is decadent and delicious. They also offer items on the menu for people that may want something other than pasta - I love their scallop dish. Out of this world. Visit, dine and hit the back bar afterwards. You wont regret it."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We've been eating at Ventuno each summer since it's opened and have always enjoyed it. This summer was the first year we were disappointed. The dishes were either over seasoned or tasteless. We were supposed to eat there next week too and canceled the reservation."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This gem was recommended to us by an "On Islander" & are we glad! The kale salad was beautifly split in the kitchen for us. Our entrees, Sea Bass for Rich & Organic chicken for myself were perfectly prepared. The wine list has wonderful selections from very high end to moderately priced. The waitstaff is attentive without being overbearing. The Host came to our table and chatted with us for a bit asking if it was our first time & how did you hear about us. We will defiantly return next visit to Nantucket!!!!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Not sure which was worse the dishwater over rated pappardelle with pork or the dreadful chicken liver burnt crostini's. New chef me thinks...."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The best dinner we have had on the island, great service, cool old building and most importantly awesome food-highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went here with a 2 1/2 yo well behaved toddler. The chef even came out to make sure that my toddler's food was put on a cold plate so that he wouldn't burn himself. Everyone went out of their way to ensure the best dining experience possible. The service was impeccable and when my usual well-behaved toddler wasn't so, everyone was accommodating. The food was just beautiful. We had the pork and beep meatballs (the best we've ever had), ricotta and honey crostini (amazing) and kale salad (barely could tell it was kale). Parpadelle with duck and Sea Scallops and shrimp were stunning and tortellini was delicious. We are foodies from NYC and we can't rave enough about this place. We hope to visit again this time, with a more rested child!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had a great meal from start to finish. We didn't like an appetizer we ordered but our server immediately traded it out for something different with no issue! Would go back in a second!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We have been to Ventuno many times and it is always wonderful. Food and service was outstanding. One of my favorite restaurants on Nantucket."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Had an excellent meal of duck with lentils and cherry sauce. It was delicious. I was looking for something a bit more Italian though"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The atmosphere at Ventuno is welcoming and friendly. We were greeted immediately upon arrival and shown to a quaint table in a smaller room off of a larger one on the second floor. At no time were we in need of our waitress. Our glasses were always full, the table was promptly cleared for the next course, and we never felt rushed. Choosing my selection for dinner was a challenge! The chicken parmesian arancini and polpette antipasti were delicious! I can also recommend the fritelle de ceci. I chose spaghette alle vongole for my main course to leave room for dessert. The pasta was cooked to perfection and the garlic was just enough to flavor and not over power the dish. The wine list is extensive. It was a wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Always reliable (as was its ancestor 21 Federal). Excellent food, top notch service. Best bang for the buck for high end dining on Nantucket. So glad the new proprietors did not mess with the layout/decor too much. 21 Federal was a Nantucket institution and its new incarnation has not strayed too far from its venerable past in vibe and overall quality."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Thought the menu was a little difficult . Kale must be the new salad. Friends have been talking about it. What happened to the old fashion Ceasaar salad? Kale is a definite taste. But the desserts were fabulous. Trisha"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Loved the strozzapretti w chx sausage & broccoli rabe. Also had a special of raw oysters w shaved ice & lemon...to die for! Cool, small outdoor dining space."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food, once it arrives is really delicious. The service is non existentent. The servers do not suffer from bad attitude but just need training. Our server was completely in that the dark about the wine list and the when asked about gluten free options, we were told that they had gluten free pasta then the person with the gluten allergy was given bread by the same person. It was actually funny. Go for the food, bring patience for the service."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Had a delicious meal with our three teenagers. Every course was terrific. Would highly recommend for a special night out. Updated Italian menu."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Johnny B, the bartender, makes this place. He is one of a kind, has a great personality and makes everyone feel special."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "If you're looking for traditional Italian, this is not the right place. There is hardly anything traditional on the very PRICEY menu, which in itself is very odd. The waitress was very far off in here estimate of portion size, so instead of ordering half portions, we ordered full, and ended up having far too much leftover food and paying an extra $36 for it... As for the food, there was far too many flavors going on, and a serious over usage of garlic in the spaghetti with clams. Other weird notes about this place..one small slice of bread is served person, fried lemons in the calamari, a very uncharming atmosphere. If you like hoity toity dining, this is your spot, otherwise, don't expect to enjoy it for the price."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "So many choices, all awesome! We had the scallops and cod entrees, my daughter had the oysters, I had a salad. Everything was great. The portions were a little bigger than usual for Nantucket. Our server was very knowledgable and paced the meal perfectly."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "So many wonderful menu choices but the deep fried sausage stuffed starter is a given every time I am there. I try to make different selections each time and just when I think I've decided the server offers the specials!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Waitress didn't seem to care for changes being made to any of the orders! I am a vegetarian and most of the pasta dishes had meat. My changes werent major. The dish was really good but the amount of the full portion was like a half portion at any other restaurant. Felt the price was ridiculous.... Otherwise it was good...."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A fabulous start to the season! Great food, great service, great ambiance!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Service could have been better. Have eaten here in the past and enjoyed it more in previous visits."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Best meal I have had all year. Pricey, but worth every penny! I'd be back in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our server, although pleasant, continually interrupted our table conversation instead of waiting for a break in the conversation. It happened so much it was noticed by everyone at the table. If you want to be a high class restaurant, be respectful of the people talking. The bus person also tried to clear individual plates b4 others were finished - several times - our guest finally had to say - cant you see, not all of us are finished!!!! Other than that, the meal was delish! Thanks."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Fabulous old historic building in downtown Nantucket retains its old flavor. Italian menu very interesting & was unusual & outstanding. Our appetizers & entries were beyond our expectations. We will definitely return. House wine by the glass is expensive."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Service was terrible. Food was good. Our orders were rushed and over lapped courses. When we complained we were ignored for the rest of the evening. Bill took forever to come. Never again. Oran Mor much finer restaurant "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dining experience & our service was excellent! :)"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Ate upstairs with Holly and stayed til close. 5 great hours of eating and drinking (her famous Espresso Martini's!)"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "wow--great food, great service--best calamari on the island. Perfect pasta."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Have been to Ventuno's a number of times. This time we had a tiny table for 5 people. Which could have worked had the plates not been the size of ufo's. MUCH to big for table's diameter, so the plate edge overlapped the end of table over your lap. The food was good but the kitchen was VERY slow. We were there for almost 3 hours for an app, entree & coffee. Upstairs is overwhelmingly noisy...what? What? What?"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Not this time unfortunately! The food was still very good but the evening was ruined due to excessive noise levels from the bar. I realize it was Wine Festival weekend and that the bar was more crowded than usual. However, our table was in an area right next to the bar and the people kept encroaching into the dining area. We asked to be moved but was told that was not possible. Not sure why since there was a table for two in the next room that was vacant for most of our time there. The manager offered to buy us a drink but that really didn't do much to make our dining experience much better. The service was a bit slow as well (however our server was very nice ) We will not be back for awhile, especially during any special events!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Been here a few times last year and was very good took a group of people on reccome Dario. And I was soooo embarrast food was terrible and service was even worse "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We have reservations at 9:15PM, but were not sat until around 10:15PM. Other than the long wait, it was a very good meal."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The food and service was the best ever, It was a special occasion and our food, wine and wait staff were outstanding."
    Dined on 12/7/2013