29 Fair

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101 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Charismatic celebrity chef and entrepreneur Todd English, whose food empire stretches from Boston and New York to Los Angeles is bringing a new vibrancy to the Nantucket restaurant scene for 2009 with his very popular Figs name. English’s accomplishments are so many that it sometimes seems there must be three or four Todd Englishs but the accolades are all for one ultra-talented and dynamic chef. Recently named to the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, English has been the recipient of innumerable other awards. The bold and complex flavors of his justly famed rustic Mediterranean cuisine are on the menu. Located a short stroll from Main Street, Figs has three separate, romantic candlelit dining rooms, each with original brick fireplaces, exposed beams and antique sconces all located in a building that dates back to 1709.
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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and food was delicious! Chef made us feel very welcomed.

C
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Avoid like the plague. Bad food, worse service. Really unfortunate as it was amazing food and service in 2017. I would have given my 2017 meal/experience 5 stars but this was absolutely the worst.

DS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow!! A hidden gem!! I am a innkeeper on the island and didn’t know about this place!! The food was amazing, the location is a few blocks from town, the service was great! The Crab cakes and burratta yum yum yum! I felt like I traveled back In time to old Nantucket in this house. Highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and so friendly. Service was excellent. The chef visited the table. Such a wonderful night!

RS
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Forget the poor reviews from earlier in the year. The reason it got poor reviews is that the restaurant had been closed, but now it’s open. We had a fabulous experience on our visit. The restaurant was quiet, as the tables were only about 25% occupied. But even at full capacity the three meal rooms each had only a few tables, so it will never be noisy. The ambiance is quaint and old fashioned with wood beams, an old fireplace, and nice pictures. The former residence dates back to 1709, 50 years after Nantucket was first settled by English speaking people. The waiter was cheerful and outgoing, and did a wonderful job explaining the menu. We started with some wine, which left the bottle about 1/4 filled. We joked that he should leave the rest of the bottle for us... which he did. We split a tasty Caesar salad, which was more than ample. My girlfriend couldn’t even finish her portion. We ordered the Bolognese and Sea Scallops over lobster risotto. My girlfriend said it was the best meal she had ever had and my sea scallops were moist and tender, an excellent meal. Be sure to check out the bathroom. It is truly unique. The last time I was here many years ago, the restaurant was called the Woodbox. It is as charming now as it was then. The only thing I wish for is that they reintroduce the popovers and beef Wellington that the old Woodbox was known for. We had gone to another restaurant in the family, the Summer House, a few days earlier. 29 Fair was far superior, despite the wonderful ambiance of The Summer House.

TP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is a long time favorite, but we were disappointed tonight. Pasta Bolognese was mostly noodles very little sauce. Shrimp was not tasty. We were told there is a new chef

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Highly disappointing. I booked a reservation at 29 Fair on Open table for a Monday night in July and had my reservation confirmed. Only to find out when I arrived at the restaurant that THEY WERE CLOSED. I then proceeded to call and a representative from the restaurant group answered and said yes they were closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Then why are you accepting reservations on those days????

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was closed for renovations. Not sure why they took our reservation. We scrambled to get a table elsewhere...

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived and the restaurant wasn’t open and no one picked up my phone calls.

MZ
New Orleans
32 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Although we had made a reservation for last night,the restaurant was closed when we arrived and no one answered the phone! 😡

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef was right there out with the diners, new blood in an old established place. 😊

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Did not have the courtesy of calling to tell they did not have liquor liscense,and were basically closed.They have lost me and my guests forever,and we are live in Nantucket year round!!

c
New England
70 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

While I applaud the partners now running this establishment for trying to stay open in the slower winter months , they will need to up their game to make a go of it. I think Nantucket needs more options to be available year round both for dining and retail I was really disappointed this was such a let down.
On French night which was advertised in the Newspaper as 38 /prix fixe we both ordered this option, one with the Beef the other with salmon. First cause was fois gras but soup was served instead without any explanation ...okay fine.. Bread was cubed and tooth cracking hard (possibly in preparation as croutons for the soup) Salmon was done well but the beef was not edible....grey & grizzled. Dessert we took home. We were informed no credit cards could be used but apparently the table of 4 women in the restaurant were not. When we got the check it showed our dinners were charged out at 55$ and we were informed the prix fixe was a different menu... for real! They conferenced on what to do and we ended up paying cash and tip for what we intended initially . Please fix what's broken and hope to see you another off season time

S
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my first time at 29 Fair. It was very small, quiet, warm, and cozy - perfect for a small party of couple. I had the surf and turf and it was amazing! Steak with a peppercorn sauce, lobster tail, and potatoes with veggies. There is no liquor here but the wine and beer list was good. When we went, they had a prefix menu (for New Years) but I am excited to go back and try something from their actual menu. I can't wait to go back again and I highly recommend 29 Fair to anyone looking for a good meal.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was a true gem, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown! A quaint historic home done up to perfection for the Season, was just the beginning. The Prix Fixe New Years Eve dinner (surf/turf/filet & lobster tail) was one of the best meals I’ve ever had on Island (or anywhere for that matter)! The Chef greeted his guests personally and was very attentive, as was his waitress on a busy night and 2 waiters down. We wouldn’t have known, had they not informed us beforehand. The service was impeccable! I could not more enthusiastically endorse this charming restaurant and its owners! (You can book on Open Table too btw) Enjoy!

MM
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance, especially in fall and winter. Wine availability limited but what we ordered was good. Might want to consider upgrading the chairs. Afraid they might not withstand the "heft" of some of your patrons.
Staff attentive and very friendly.

R
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It’s off-season so expectations should not be too high. The food was fine, no complaints, nothing jumped out. The ambiance is indeed cozy. The issues I had were: the website and the description here are out of date; the winelist bore no relation to what was available; to taste the wine, I was given a sip from an already-open bottle that was different from the one that we ordered. So lots of little things need to be cleaned up to garner a higher rating. But it’s not bad in any particular way.

LR
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Restaurant dates back to the 1700, the history and ghost stories were worth the visit.

n
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We had a 6pm reservation. Seated on time at a table 6 ft from front door... it was an extremely cold night and the door was constantly opening and closing. People crowded in to wait for tables to open for them and they literally were touching the table with their coats and me as well. I was less than a foot from the couple next to me. Took 20 minutes to have someone take our order and it was the hostess who did so and brought water. She was apologetic. No bread brought to table. $14 salad was a 1/2 cup of shredded iceberg, 3 cherry tomatoes, almost no dressing, no blue cheese, a few bacon flakes. The salmon was nice but not even 3Oz. Served on huge lump of polenta. The tomatoes topping was delicious. We did not stay for dessert. It was greatly disappointing. Our first and last visit to
Fair 29.. Nantucket has many fabulous restaurants with spectacular food... no need to visit one that does not live up to the other wonderful ones!

LF
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I have never walked out of a restaurant before, but I could not justify staying!

I should mention that this was during the Christmas Stroll. We arrived for brunch/lunch to nearly empty restaurant, after waiting a few moments we were seated and given menus. Immediately the feel was that the staff were confused/flustered. We are a party of 2, and there was one larger party (6 people) and two other tables of two people each.

About 10 minutes after being seated someone arrived to take a drink order. We ordered "Raspberry Mimosas", which turned out to be just a regular mimosa with OJ and a few fresh raspberries added as garnish. Rather than cause a fuss and ask for what we had expected, we just kept them.

During the next 20 minutes waiting for someone to come and take our order, we had witnessed both other tables of two people have their orders completely wrong not once, but twice. Finally, the waitress comes to take our order (we have already been in the restaurant for over 30 minutes at this point). About 20 minutes later the waitress comes to our table and awkwardly stands there with a perplexed look on her face, and then says "oh yes, I believe I put your order in...yes I did. The kitchen should have your food soon." As she walked away that was the "ahh ha" moment when I knew the food was not going to be what we had wanted or ordered and the meal would not be enjoyed. We got up and left, leaving payment for the drinks on the table. No one acknowledged us, let alone was any staff in sight.

I'm not sure if the issues were a communication barrier, the restaurant being short staffed or just poorly managed. Regardless, I would not recommend the restaurant to anyone.

d
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Arrived for our reservation 5 minutes early. We were seated within 5 minutes and then were never greeted again. They were obviously overwhelmed in spite of the fact the place was half empty. The table next to us had half of their entrees delivered, while the other half of the table waited more than 10 minutes for theirs to arrive. Members of that group had to retrieve silverware from the hostess stand themselves.Servers and hostess rushed by our table multiple times, never made eye contact. We waited for 15 minutes, were never acknowledged and never had a drink order taken. Decided to leave and find another place to eat.

E
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Serious issues with this restaurant.We waited 45 min for food after we ordered, Got my husband’s order wrong, my order was wrong twice. The order was wrong at the table behind us And the people at table to our right, left after waiting 40 minutes for their order.

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The building has NO maintenance and the kitchen is beyond scary. The restaurant should NOT be selling food....... There was a stinkbug in my meal. Walk out back to see the kitchen and determine if you want to eat there....the building is literally falling down.

AS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Went for Christmas Stroll brunch. Very disorganized service. Everybody was very friendly but poorly trained. Many menu items not available. Food was average.

G
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was fractured and slow. The food and wine took forever to be served and when it came the red wine was cold and the food was good, not great. The restaurant was really cold and it was so silent that it was awkward. The staff was REALLY nice (especially the man who refilled the waters!!!) but it was so slow that it took away from the experience. However, the bread basket was delicious!

LC
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, quaint ambiance and terrific food. There were 5 of us who all loved our meals!

CC
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was the star of the show. A fairly basic setup that felt family run and very casual. Not the best service or biggest variety in drink options. But the pasta dishes were outstanding! Truly impressed our group with high standards. Classic old nantucket setting with wooden walls and ceilings - made me feel like I was back in the 1800s. Worth checking out at least once for the good food and setting.

RK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were on island for our 25th wedding anniversary and made a reservation here on the recommendation of a local. We arrived to find the front door propped open on a very chilly fall evening, making the front room very cold. A woman (? hostess...dressed in ripped jeans and a t-shirt) was seating another couple at a table in the otherwise empty front room, and one of them complained as they sat about the lack of fire in the fireplace. The hostess turned to us and said "Whats up?" We replied that we had a reservation and she appeared annoyed as she grabbed some menus and proceeded to sit us at the table adjacent to the open front door. I politely asked if she had a warmer spot to sit (the place was mostly empty except we could hear some diners in the back room) and she abruptly turned and grabbed some silverware off another table, then left the room momentarily, returning and leading us into another room where she sat us at a small table in the corner. The only other diners in that room was a party of about 8 young people speaking loudly in Spanish and looking at us as if we had interrupted their party. The vibe was odd. The tables were set but the candles on each table were not lit. It was not the cozy historic restaurant we had envisioned. We sat for about 10 minutes perusing the menu which looked very appealing, but no server arrived. Neither of us felt comfortable; something wasn't quite right. For the first time in our lives we got up from the table and just walked out. Not surprisingly, as we walked thru the front room to leave, we noticed the other couple had also left. We cannot speak to the quality of the food, but it is very unlikely we'll return to find out.

L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Delicious food and wine and our server was so knowledgeable and friendly! We were celebrating our anniversary and this was a last minute decision! Best dinner of the weekend!

JA
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was very nice. However, my husband said the shrimp in his shrimp scampi was overdone and had little flavor. I ordered the tuna special and was unable to eat a good portion of it because of the vein running through it. I was disappointed that the waiter did not acknowledge that there might be something wrong with the tuna because I had left such a large amount of the meal on the plate.

k
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

loved the food and historical ambiance. could improve on repainting of outdoors nd. larger bathroom.
The waitress was friendly and accommodating.

GS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Only beer &wine

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What great food in the most quaint and cozy space!

PK
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful special anniversary celebration we will remember

OB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely environment, felt like we were eating in someones home. Food was fresh and delicious and came out in a timely manner! A must for people who want a quiet dinner.

SL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation on OpenTable for 8 people for Sunday night. When we arrived for the reservation, there was a note on the door saying that the chef had to go to their other property, Summer House. No one called to cancel, no cancellation on OpenTable, no communication at all. This was very disappointing as this was our last night of our vacation together, and forced us to wander the streets of Nantucket looking for a new restaurant for 8 people on a very busy holiday weekend night. We were unable to find a reservation for all of us and needed to break up the reservation into two parties at another restaurant, which was not what we had planned for and was very disappointing.

SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wait staff was very nice and attentive, and food was excellent. Would have liked more variety for drink offerings, but wine choices were nice nonetheless. Overall a very nice experience -- thank you!

MM
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food and service were excellent! Don’t miss the lobster bisque. We were afraid a restaurant in an old historic building would be without air conditioning so we chose a cooler nite to give it a try. Need not have worried because there were window units. It was obvious from listening to conversations between other diners and the staff that this is a dining favorite for many.

w
New England
53 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere that embodies true Nantucket history. The food was spectacular. We shared a beet salad with creme brie that was delicious. For main courses, we had the swordfish on wilted greens and scallops over risotto. The seafood was cooked perfectly and each dish was outstanding. Highly recommend!!!

l
Baltimore
66 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lobster bisque, but a little salty. Swordfish and paperdelle Bolognese were outstanding. Scallops a little salty. Great ambiance and service. Decent California wine list. Highly recommend for a quiet excellent meal!