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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Very noisy. But fun. Terrific food and service. Diners need to be aware on busy nights there is a very noisy bar scene that can affect diners trying to have intimate evenings when seated in certain locations. Best to discuss that ahead whenaking reservation"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Ventuno continues to be an island favorite. Wether dining at the bar or nestled in one of the homes quaint rooms, the staff is extremely friendly and helpful; the food delicious. Be sure to try the meatballs for an appetizer."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "I went to this restaurant during the first day of the stroll great atomsphere and food had the scallops on cauliflower puree wonderful loved the waitress knowledgable and friendly"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Good food, good wine, friendly and knowledgable staff, good service mae it a ry nice dining experience."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We had a wonderful meal. The service was attentive and not intrusive. Overall, a very good dining experience!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "A great Sunday night dinner!!! Unfortunately we were seated at the first table as you enter the restaurant so it was a bit loud with everyone entering and leaving. The food was really good other than the broccoli rabe that seemed to be extremely bitter. Broccoli rabe is generally bitter but this was to the extreme. The chicken and the pasta were fantastic!!! We will most certainly go back."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "I chose Ventuno to surprise my fiancée with a nice dinner. She's been wanting to try Ventuno for some time now, so I booked the reservation. The setting was wonderful, service even more-so. Now the food, let me tell you, I haven't stopping thinking about. I had the prime sirloin and she had the chicken entrée. We were both absolutely blown away. We highly recommend to all-"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Old 21 Federal location in the heart of Nantucket. Intimate, lovely. Duck confit was great! Interesting menu. Service was spotty; ratio of tables to waiters seemed unbalanced but as the evening progressed and other diners finished, we did receive improved service. Comparatively, we had better service when dining there in peak season (August), so probably an end of prime season issue. Overall, very nice."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "We had a very good experience at Ventuno. The space is very attractive, you feel like you are in an old nantucket home, with a modern twist. The service was great, and most importantly the food was too! The freshly made pasta dishes are a must try."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "Food was excellent - oysters with meyer lemon ice a highlight, swordfish off the boat fresh, duck breast and polenta fabulous. Fairly reasonably priced for Nantucket ($30 entrees, drinks expensive though). Waitstaff share the table, which caused some confusion (two different people came to ask if we needed water, drinks, ready to order), and after table was cleared we waited something like 20 min before anyone came by to ask if we wanted dessert or check. I had to find a waiter myself and just ask for the check. A lost opportunity to sell us on dessert, which I would've considered, but at this point it was getting late."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Delicious food, especially the house-made pasta. Service extremely slow. Lots of people serving our table but waitress was elsewhere."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Great Food, Great Service, Everyone Friendly and Helpful. Will Definitely Go Back. Can't Wait."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Great anniversary dinner. Expensive, but portions were reasonable and food was excellent."
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "Great spot at 21federal. Food and service was excellent. We had a Caesar salad made with local Baby kale , a homemade pasta dish with turkey sausage broccoli rabe in a cream Sauce. For the entrees my wife had grilled swordfish and I had scallops and shrimp which Was there signature dish."
    Dined on 9/26/2013