American Seasons

4.9
315 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
American Seasons is situated in the heart of the downtown historic district of Nantucket. It is a well loved neighborhood favorite, amongst locals and visitors alike, well known for its creative and tasty take on contemporary cooking, using island grown produce where possible and coupled with friendly, attentive service from the welcoming dining room team.

The small, intimate bar serves delicious hand crafted cocktails, beers and an impressive by the glass selection of wines, alongside a small list of tasty bar snacks....a hidden gem on the island.

The award winning wine list provides a choice of really approachable, carefully selected wines, pre dominantly domestic, with some stand out selections from Europe and beyond, catering to all tastes and budgets.

Chef-Owner Neil Ferguson looks forward to welcoming you through the door at American Seasons... to relax, unwind and allow his team to take care of you for the evening.
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MG
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic in every way food , service and ambiance.

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DB
New England
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was terrific. Our waiter, Chris, did an excellent job of explaining the menu and the food preparation. It help us with our decision-making and menu selection. His commentary enhanced the dining experience and recommendations were perfect. The food was thoughtful, inventive, and delicious. The service was complementary to the experience and unobtrusive. My best friend had never been to American Seasons and was very happy with the dinner and the restaurant. I've been to American Seasons before and was very happy that AS exceeded my memory from last year.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite place on all fronts

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DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. From the bread to dessert. Totally top notch.

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WR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hey, it's Nantucket, prepare to spend some cash! That said....

FANTASTIC meal. Went with my mom, 12 year old daughter and family friend. Menu will change a bit on a daily basis depending on what the Chef finds. Menu is a bit eclectic. You will want to be prepared to stretch your horizons a bit. Service was outstanding, and the restaurant itself is very nice. Give it a try!

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N
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely an amazing and creative chef- staff was at the top of their game.
A must go!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice waiter. Menu explained . Wine recommended. Good rolls. We all had different food and it was all very good.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent find. Outstanding food. Chef’s creations were surprising and delicious. Service was very professional and friendly. This is now our go to place on the island.

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New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not as memorable of a meal as I have had there in the past, but definitely a nice, upscale dining experience.

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SC
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very few tables full. It it was Sunday night. The woman we dined with brought the owner/chef a piece of pie. He never even came out to say thank you or to see who sent it to him. I found that poor customer service. Also, the bartender was dressed poorly. Jeans and a long sleeve logo wear shirt that was not logo wear for the restaurant. It seemed to me to be a “tired” atmosphere. Food was very good.

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OT
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chris was outstanding. Food best we had in Nantucket this year.

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c
New England
70 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cozy lovely dining room remains much the same as when we came here frequently. .
Quit off season night in a Nantucket but was nice to see them open with a moderate crowd
Everyone agreed it was a lovely dinner. Took away one star for the soup appetizer as it was a large scallop and
Would have preferred the local bay scallops which were in season as the garnish

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K
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot on the island with very interesting and challenging menu

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KO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fabulous. The waiter only offered a 3 course harvest menu. I’m not a big eater so I was disappointed that an ala carte menu wasn’t offered. Otherwise his service was great.

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JB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Atmosphere lovely. Service excellent

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DR
Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warmly lit, romantic setting is perfect for the creative food and terrific service. Had heard lots of great buzz on American Seasons over the years, now we know why. We will be back.

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k
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Max, our server, was five star. The ambiance was exquisitely romantic and relaxing. Friendly patrons in a Nantucket gathering place. At the end of our meal, we were speaking with another patron and sharing with them it was our 30th wedding anniversary. Max, our server, promptly brought out to cordial glasses of port. A nice subtle touch of acknowledging our special evening. Food was flavorful, chicken a bit salty for my taste buds but balance well with lyonnaise potatoes. Highly recommend this restaurant for a true Nantucket top of the line dining experience.

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j
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great experience. The waiter was very knowledgeable and gave us some terrific recommendations. Excellent menu with fresh ingredients, prepared creatively. Will be back!

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D
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy American Seasons and the restaurant week menu is a fantastic deal. Except for some overcooked chicken the meal was delicious but the dinner was marred by our table which was in the path of the waiters’ wine closet so they consistently brushed past me and knocked my chair or shoulder. This was most irritating. It also become uncomfortably warm to the point that I had to step outside to cool off. Make sure you ask for a table along the wall so you won’t get hit and maybe you can even crack a window. I will refuse this table in the future.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Both the food and service were excellent!

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JE
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always absolutely on point! The fall menu is spectacular!

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JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New York restaurant quality in an unparalleled romantic setting with attentive and sophisticated service. Candle lit and just right amount of noise.

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P
Austin
33 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and good wine list. Pricey but worth it. Small, cozy place.

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NN
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt, one of the best meals of my summer. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. There were seven of us - and we all had FABULOUS dishes. Not to be missed if you are in Nantucket.

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M
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were hesitant because of recent comments about the quality of service, but we had a lovely meal and very good service. Granted, the restaurant was not overly crowded as it was a Monday night and early in the evening. American Seasons has a lovely garden feel and slightly funky vibe. Very peaceful and the food is excellent.

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LO
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. From the warm greeting to the unique atmosphere to the impeccable service to the delectable culinary choices this Nantucket restaurant is a gem. The chaf is a master at melding a variety of ingredients and flavors. The desserts were out of this world. It was the finest dining experience we had on our vacation.

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D
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, cocktails and service. Come prepared to spend a lot more than you plan though!

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SD
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately the service was not very good. The menu was a bit limited but what we ordered was fine. I would not race to go back.

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C
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have been eating here for many years - the ambience is lovely and the food and service are usually top notch, but this visit did not measure up. The menu was not that exciting with no salmon, tuna or swordfish - just white fishes (we ended up having chicken and beef) and our service was good but not great. In Nantucket where every restaurant is good -and expensive, we expected a little better. The cocktail menu was great as always - I recommend the Depeche Mode. The Wines are good but (expectedly) wildly overpriced.

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M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Amazing food. Service was odd. We were left unattended for long periods throughout the meal and our waiter had a really weird attitude. He seemed upset with us. We will return but hopefully not with the same waiter.

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CM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, and great for a special occasion. Great wine selection.

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F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. One of our very favorites on Nantucket.

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SL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

We loved the restaurant but it was uncomfortably hot making the dinner less enjoyable.

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A
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been coming here each summer for a number of years and the food and ambiance never fail to disappoint. A gem on the island.

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B
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening for my wife, granddaughter and me. Excellent, attentive and personalized service. Charming staff. Our favorite and most memorable meal in Nantucket this summer.

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K
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and Ambience. Wait staff could have been better informed about the dishes and ingredients, also better at making recommendations. We were served by a young woman who seemed a bit disinterested in the job. We noticed a young man serving the next table who was clearly involved with the patrons, friendly, making making recommendations and he seemed genuinely interested in his patrons having a lovely evening, in essence doing an excellent job. We had read reviews of this restaurant before going with the only negatives mentioned being another specific wait staff. We were relieved not to have been seated in his section. Not sure if it is that difficult to find good staff on Nantucket in the summer or if this is a training issue, but it seems like a relatively easy problem to address. Not sure why it hasn't been.

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MP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I had been wanting to try this restaurant for some time. We were shown to a table inside that was close to an area inhabited by the wait staff. They consistently kept bumping into my chair. Our server appeared that he couldn’t be bothered, almost snooty in his approach. When he asked for our drink selections, I asked him some questions about the menu, so I could pair a wine selection to what I ordered. Again it was like I was asking too much. He ubruptly departed and came back soon thereafter expecting us to order. We did. The vegetarian selection was quite good, the wine selection by the glass was inadequate. But mostly the evening is made or broken by the wait staff and here American Seasons failed impressively. Last time here for me, however, it may have been a one off.

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S
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food. Very good service. Ok ambiance. Overall good but limited menu

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands, this place is a consistent favorite of mine. I’m a serious cook and a serious eater...I always leave here inspired and satiated by the beautiful and delicious preparations on the menu. A recent special of seared fluke on a silky purée with lightly sautéed radishes and peas was outstanding.

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GV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been coming here for years. Best meal on the island and just as good as it’s always been.

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