Fifty Six Union

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194 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Fusion / Eclectic
Fifty-Six Union is celebrating 17 years of year-round service on the Nantucket Dining Trail. Intimate Dining Rooms, Outdoor Patio Oasis (completely protected), full bar, and an incredible wine list. Dinner is served nightly at 5:00 PM, offering Peter’s House Specialties that include the best Curried Mussels in the World!
Peter is a ’78 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. He came to Nantucket in '79, and has worked in some of the top restaurants on the Island. In the year 2000, he and his wife, Wendy, open Fifty-Six Union.
Peter’s Global Cuisine changes seasonally, using fresh, local ingredients. Wendy’s 150 bottle wine list includes the ‘top guns’ as well as the unique ‘little gems’. They now serve their own Private Label Pinot Noir by the glass, produced and bottled by Steele Wines, called Veronica’s Private Reserve.
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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of our favorites and never fails!
yummy food big cocktails
and always great to be greeted by wendy

FB
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Peter and Wendy...and Eric and Evan - fantastic food, service and the G&Ts were fabulous

F
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

Food over cooked unfortunately.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a great experience except that the whole order has to be placed and our concern that it wouldn’t be staged properly. Our mussels arrived (appetizer) and salads appeared appeared at the same time. They did take salads back, but it was frustrating.

n
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

56 Union has never disappointed - excellent food, service and ambience. Treat yourself to the alfresco dining - and the cozy blankets on the back of each chair if it gets cool!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was as delicious as anything I’ve had in the Island in this gem of a restaurant. Sorry we hadn’t tried 56 Union earlier. Simply a delight! Best crab cake bar none!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Fifty Six Union for many reasons. Service, quality, and atmosphere...just to name a few.

j
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This lovely little restaurant, only a few blocks from downtown serves excellent food to enthusiastic diners every night. Peter (chef) and Wendy (sommelier) Jannelle put together an eclectic menu of global cuisine in a friendly, informal atmosphere.

Complete review here https://bit.ly/2LgPXEA

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

cozy restaurant with great service and food. A last minute cancellation forced us to reduce our number of guest, but we were still treated like royals. We will return for certain

EO
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Home made raviolis were outstanding. Attentive and friendly service.

DD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing. Drinks made by a pro!

LM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Limited menu....

FB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday with Wendy & Peter

OT
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zero problems. Food excellent.

OT
New England
53 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the finest restaurants on Nantucket. Food wonderfully prepared. Attentive knowledgeable staff. Always a pleasant and memorable experience.

CT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Most of the food was delicious especially the appetizers. Lamb was over cooked but server tried to please everyone.

IL
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always wonderful service and terrific food!

w
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was too loud in the middle of the bar but the food was delicious!

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Scallops entree, tuna entree both incredible. Great appetizers too. Killer dessert!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very mediocre. Had ahi tuna that was not good. Fish on this island should be fresh and outstanding!

ME
New England
70 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love going to 56 Union and get there once a year while we are on the Island. Great food, great service and really nice atmosphere.

AS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Evan at the bar was awesome, we loved the espresso martinis! Bobby was very attentive, our food was brought out promptly. The flavors were so incredible we loved everything!

CC
London
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night. And great food at good prices for ACK.

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and fabulous service by Boris.

L
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband never misses an opportunity to enjoy the Javenese rice. I enjoyed my fish very much. The service was excellent. It is always a good choice.

FH
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I really wanted to like 56 Union. We've eaten at nearly every restaurant on Nantucket, some of them several times, and had promised ourselves many times that on the "next trip" we would go to 56 Union. So on Friday evening, we finally went. Man, what a huge disappointment. Our waiter seemed to be either new, distracted, or completely uninterested in doing his job. We could barely hear a word he said, and he didn't offer to tell us the specials or anything about the restaurant at all. We ordered three appetizers for the four of us, and three of us ordered wine that we said we wanted with dinner. He brought the wine before the appetizers which took FOREVER to be delivered. He did apologize for the delay and even provided a complementary watermelon salad to compensate us for the wait. Meanwhile, we had consumed all of our wine before we got the appetizers, each of which was delivered at a different time - my husband's, a $21 crab cake got delivered less than 5 minutes before the meals came out. No one ever asked us if we would like more wine, we sat with dirty plates and empty water glasses for the majority of the evening (at one point I got up myself and got a water pitcher to fill our glasses) and after the waiter took away our dinner plates, he never asked if we wanted coffee or desert, just brought the check. And no, it wasn't late!!! We left before 9:00 p.m. and the restaurant was more than 1/2 full when we walked out the door. When he delivered the check, we still had dirty silverware, a ramekin of ketchup, a dirty butter plate, and a ramekin of butter on the table. Maybe the food was good, but given the horrible service, it was hard to notice. We will never go back.

AK
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There were nine of us for a family get-together with three generations. The restaurant could not have been a better choice. Great food, service, and ambience. My Dad needs to use a walker and the restaurant could not have been more accommodating. We sat outside and had a perfect evening.

J
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS MEAL, A BIT PRICEY, BUT DEFINITELY WORTH IT.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Good Service.

JB
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it all, from the halibut to melon + prosciutto to the famous fried rice dish. I ended with a the toffee sundae (and an espresso martini too, don't you judge me!) for dessert. All around great experience.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was ok.. the guy sitting next to us said the f*** every other word. Some lady had a screaming kid and acted like it wasn’t a big deal.

JB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a date night here and we sat outside on the back patio. It was beautiful! The lights, decor, heat lamp made for a lovely evening. Cocktails were inventive and yummy and one came with a free cap. We ordered curried mussels to start and they where amazing. The flavor, the risotto on the bottom - out is this world delicious. For our main dishes we enjoyed the lamb and the tuna. Both were flavorful and outstanding. And dessert - pomegranate creme brûlée - I will never forget it. Delicious!!!

AJ
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. We both had pecan crusted halibut. Delicious! Service was outstanding

O
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and a very professional staff. I prefer a warm friendly front of the house staff. For me that is the difference between having a good meal and having a dining experience.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal / never a complaint

PG
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a most pleasant dinner at 56 Union this past weekend. The halibut we both had was delicious as were our clams casino and beet salad starters. Our server was pleasant which added much to our experience. We had dined here before and will continue to do so in the future.

FB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent...very cozy and warm on these cool spring evenings

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Nantucket!

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FB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner and afagatto for dessert to top off the evening...where would you rather be on a cool spring evening

n
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious meal with friends in a room with lovely ambiance. Service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive, friendly but not unctuous. Bravo, a great restaurant where I will return again and again.

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