CRU Nantucket

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Cru redefines the seascape of New England cuisine. This premier oyster bar offers casually elegant cuisine in a visually stunning waterfront setting on Nantucket harbor. Serving lunch, afternoon dining, dinner and weekend brunch mid-May to mid-October. Chef Erin Zircher presents a fresh interpretation of coastal cuisine staying true to the Mediterranean flavor profile and classical French training of her culinary career. The restaurant"s unparalleled waterfront location offers a venue for guests to enjoy fresh, innovative seafood and an expansive oyster selection complemented by two sleek bars that feature an extensive wine and champagne list and innovative cocktails.
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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The Lobster Bisque, crab cake, lobster roll and whoopie pies were all amazing.

CP
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter
Good always fresh- well presented and delicious

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a bit noisy but we love it I would just tell someone be prepared for a fun lively atmosphere

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The view is great, right on the Pier. However, the only reservations available were 2130 and later, but the restaurant was had many available tables. Drink selection was good. Service was okay, food was okay. Go for the view, not the food

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

We had a great view of the water and the service was very fast. Pricey but everything is on the island. Lobster roll was a 10/10.

J
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat in the smaller area opposite bar. Great view of harbor. Oysters amazing!

EM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood and upbeat atmosphere. Service is prompt and conscientious without being over bearing. We would definitely come back!

S
New England
41 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We arrived early and were seated right away and directly overlooking the harbor. Service was great until shift change when our server literally just left and no one else looked after us. The oysters and cherrystones we’re phenomenal, out of this world fresh and shucked and served perfectly. The burger was amazing and my scallop tacos were to die for. Wine is pricey by the glass or bottle. Dessert selection was kind of odd so we skipped it and got ice cream 🍦

J
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Which the service was a little better, but the food was delicious!

SF
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service and we were a large group - and 3 kids - so not easy! Tuna crudo, oysters and calamari were a big hit. We started the meal around 5:30 pm and sat outside with great views - tough to beat the location! Wonderful!

K
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Drink selections were excellent and different. The lobster roll was hands down the best one ever.

A
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lobster roll on the island with amazing nantucket harbor views! Highly recommend taking a visit for lunch or dinner.

MB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Disappointed this trip.....prices gone up, food not as good as I remember

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

It was unbelievably loud with kids running all over the place. We have been to Cru on several occasions and it is never been this bad. If I were to rate the noise level on a 1 to 10 scale I would give it an 11.

Our waitress was understanding and very nice about it and the manager tried to find this other seating but it was dinner time so we pass and understood their predicament.

It was just not the atmosphere to finish off a beautiful day on the island with.

l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The location is excellent. We really enjoyed the food. The service was ok. My main disappointment is focused on my pet hate when dining .... the server brought out our main course before we finished our appetisers. She then stood there as WE cleared our plates to make room for the main course. My wife did not have time to finish her appetiser. That was disappointing.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, delicious food....lobster was awesome. Superb wine list. We even bought the book!

SM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful setting, delicious food and excellent service. Definitely check this place out.

DS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was just okay. Food was good. Wait staff hovering.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Order the Hush puppies

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as always!!!

m
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

A wonderful setting and frequented by the yachting crowd off the boats in the adjacent marina.
Can get very loud. Food was pretty good this year, an improvement over past two years. Staff is
young and for the most part, extremely aloof; they act like they would much rather be somewhere
else and limit their conversation with customers. Cru does not answer their phones, amazingly and annoyingly. It's either reserve via Open Table or show up and take a chance on this very busy place.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome ambience and service for a birthday lunch - great food recommendations by Lawrence. Superb cocktails, apps and mains. Delish whoopie pies. Absolutely going back...

TO
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome value a dozen oysters and half a bottle of Billecart Salmon Rose! $100 Only reason food wasn’t 5 stars was chowder was a tad flour heavy. All else was superb!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Unaccomodating for infants, even though I had specifically requested a table for three inclusive of an infant. At an early lunch seating (11:45), the restaurant should do a better job at accommodating families. Besides for the service, the food is top notch and is a wonderful atmosphere.

ZW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing. I will definitely be back

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Sommelier not really on top of her game. Being in the wine industry I know a thing or two. The female sommelier was more concerned about her outfit than her tables I had to walk over and get wine myself. Really over priced for the most part. You can certainly find a better experience elsewhere. $375 for 2 adult and 1 child with 90 to wine.

JD
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the highlight of my trip up to the Cape Cod area. Many friends recommended that I get a reservation at CRU, and I was not disappointed. The restaurant itself was absolutely beautiful and the service was impeccable. You must order their lobster roll, which was served warm in the most delicious bun, perfectly dressed with melted butter. We also enjoyed some wonderful appetizers- the lobster bisque and the crispy calamari. The hush puppies with the aleppo honey butter were also a hit. I cannot wait to come back and visit on my next trip!

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We love the place...ambiance...location...vibe. Friendly bartenders and wait staff. Lunch menu pretty limited. Food this time not as good as usual...adequate shouldn’t be what they deliver here. Should be excellent.

TG
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

When we were visiting Nantucket we made it a point to visit CRU. The only open reservation for 7/30 was 3:45. Knowing it was an odd time, we made a point of eating a late breakfast in order to make our CRU meal a “lunner”. We were sat at the end of the restaurant overlooking the water & docks. Beautiful view although this was minimized finding that the table was really in the busy & loud bar area.

We ordered drinks and an appetizer to relax with before needing to order our entree. A little more than 20 minutes later, our server asked if we wanted to place our entree. We let her know we weren’t in a rush at which she told us the kitchen was going to close until 5:00 therefore we should get our food order placed. 10 minutes later our entrees arrived BEFORE our appetizer. We asked her to cancel the app order. While she said she would, her demeanor appeared put out. She said that the host staff should have told us about the kitchen closing. As we were there to eat within our reservation time, it’s not MY concern who SHOULD have told us about the kitchen.

At least the entrees were good.

In reflection, the OpenTable reservation block is for 2 hours. This being the case, why would CRU even accept a 3:45 reservation if the kitchen closes between 4:00 - 5:00. Very disappointing!!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere and food!

m
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Nous sommes allés pour déjeuner, la nourriture était ok sans plus; Les coquillages crus étaient très frais , la salde de lobster Louie bien exécutée, mais Les calmars frits étaient fades, pas salés, sans intérêt. La carte est réduite pour le lunch, donc même pas de pain, qui est réservé au diner (!) La musique était vraiment très forte et pas top et à l'intérieur on ne pouvait même pas s'entendre. Globalement déçus par cet "incontournable" de Nantucket.

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C
New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food wasn't great. There was a shell in my dad's lobster roll. My husband had the chicken thought we do a better job at home. I got the eggplant dish which was actually really good but I was the only one who enjoyed their meal.

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Chicken was salty. Great atmosphere.

OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cru was phenomenal! My mom, grandmother and I went to dinner while on the island and it was by far our best meal. The service was outstanding and even though it was a cloudy night, the views were amazing. At first we were seated in the front part of the restaurant, which was a little too loud for us. The hostess and waitress had no problem moving us to a more quiet part of the restaurant. 10/10 would go back to Cru!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best oysters on island. And nothing like their lobster rolls.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Thank you, Cru!

TG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a beautiful setting on the water. The noise level is off charts. Seating is very tight, so a private conversation is difficult....not the place for a quiet romantic dinner. The food is very good and waitstaff attentive

LP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lobster roll on the island! Wonderful view of the water and ships! This has to be on your list to try! You will love it!

DI
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Freshest raw bar around.
Lobster roll is excellent.
Calamari is excellent.
Go for late lunch or early dinner to avoid large and loud crowds.
It’s not cheap. But you are in the middle of Nantucket.

MP
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Cru for lunch for my birthday. We had the lobster roll which is really just giant chunks of lobster. It tastes amazing and sets the bar very high for other lobster rolls. Sitting right in the dock is also beautiful. Dessert was amazing as well. You can’t go wrong with the whoopie pies or the ice cream sandwiches. Both were amazing. Bring your wallet but it is worth the cost.

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