or, The Whale

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30 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
With a prime location in a storied Main Street building, or, The Whale, bistro, bar & patio will be serving brunch and dinner 7 days a week in the summer season. With the creative partners of Nick Nass, George Kelly, Jamie Nass, Emily Berger, and Chef Manny Rojas, or, The Whale is sure to be a great addition to the Nantucket restaurant scene.

Whether enjoying breakfast & lunch in the newly renovated dining area, cocktails and appetizers at the 22-seat oak bar, or a birthday celebration on the beautiful outdoor patio and garden, or, The Whale offers plenty of settings to enjoy our casual American bistro cuisine. If there’s no time to dine in the mornings, be sure to grab a coffee and one of Manny’s daily doughnuts from our to-go counter.
What 30 People Are Saying
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BL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good reviews attentive, pleasant, but she gave us enough space to have a relaxed experience.

AD
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprising patio and wonderful ambiance with a varied menu!

CC
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute place, good food, great experience. I’d go back!

n
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were both excellent. The lobster pasta was amazing and the cheesecake was creamy and delicious. We will definitely make this a regular stop while on Nantucket.

OT
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the branzino; delicious and different flavor combination with the accompaniments. My husband had the lobster roll which was well- filled.

JA
Phoenix
69 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just fine. The menu was a little limited, but the food was very good - Reasonably priced for Nantucket.

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Too noisy and more of a sports bar than a romantic restaurant!

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

Roast chicken was delicious dinner.
Such a big improvement over prior restaurant.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor seating!

ML
New England
49 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu selection, food preparation and service for dinner ere very good.
On the breakfast side....wish they would pen earlier than 9:00AM

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and ambience (if you sit outside)

j
New England
107 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service, a new restaurant in the old Met on Main space, our party of 7 gave it a thumbs up; rare unanimous vote says a lot👍

CB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal - lovely space and one we've known in some of its previous incarnations. This is the best, at least as far as I am concerned. Pretty straightforward menu done very well. We each had a splendid hamburger - mine was with all the fixings. Excellent.

AF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Perfect spot for a nantucket dinner, sat outside in the back Patio and we loved every minute of it

GF
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This restaurant isn’t bad, but it isn’t great. The Caesar salad was bland. My wife couldn’t finish the tuna tartar. My son liked the chicken wings appetizer. The lobster roll was dry, but there was a good amount of lobster. The thing is, with so many excellent dining options in Nantucket, why would you want to settle for average? I doubt we will go back.

e
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Just very unimpressed with the food ... maybe we just picked the wrong items ?? Everything else was fine ... just disappointed in the food

GC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Beautiful interior and great outdoor patio/dining space. Noise level was excessive. Server was good. Food took a long very time and fish entree was raw - not supposed to be. After kitchen fixed, was actually very good. Diners next to us had similar issue. Unfortunately won’t go back until kinks in the kitchen get worked out.

SP
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place. Good mix of locals and touristas. Ivy-enclosed patio area has very appealing ambience. Will come back.

C
New England
80 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Compliments to the chef!
The steak was really very good. I loved it!!!
My husband had the pork chops. He was extremely pleased. Nice presentations!

The tomato salad was so good as well. It was s large serving so we were glad we shared.

Except for the bartender not knowing how to make one of the drinks we ordered he was able to look it up.

A nice evening!!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Billy was a great waiter!

a
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The Whale has a nice patio outback with a bar and is lovely on a summer evening. Best of all...it is nowhere near as loud as inside. Honestly, we would not go back if we had to sit inside..the noise level prevents conversation across the table.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Overpriced, poor service. I really wanted to love this place!

OT
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is new. We’ve eaten there twice; once for lunch and once for dinner. Lunch was better. They are off to a reasonably good start and definitely deserve a rating above the current 3.8 stars. .

When one considers a place like American Seasons has a stellar rating of 4.7 and The Whale has a poor rating it makes one wonder about the ratings credibility. This place deserves at least a 4.3-4.4. And American Seasons a 2.0! Take it from a long time Nantucket resident.

BTW. The patio area is nice and the place to be on nice days!

NR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! The food, service, and ambience were all perfect. They friendly and accommodating. Nice to find a place with a more modern/updated menu (relative to some of the other options in the area) and some vegetarian choices as well! The back patio is amazing. We'll be back!

DD
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the back garden bar. Beautiful and relaxing. Food was great. Service right on.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing - everyone made sure our experience very was amazing. Great new place.

MM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful patio in the heart of the town of Nantucket

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Too loud - bar area spilled over to dining room and made it very uncomfortable -

BM
New England
25 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The rating tool for "Noise" defines the loudest level as "Energetic". In this case, the noise level was so loud that it was a big negative for me. I could not have a comfortable conversation with my wife and quite often we could hear the server. I wouldn't recommend or not recommend to a friend but I would be very clear that the noise could dampen the experience.