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Straight Wharf Restaurant

4.5
255 reviews
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$50 and over
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion

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About

The Straight Wharf Restaurant in Nantucket offers refined seafood dishes in a handsome modern setting right on the waterfront. It is only open during the season.

At the Straight Wharf Restaurant, the focus on fresh food means ingredients are taken from local farms and fishing boats. There's a brunch menu that includes offerings such as huevos rancheros, eggs Benedict and French-pressed coffee. For dinner, choose from the oysters, mussels, scallops, swordfish, seared Nantucket fluke and a clam bake. For dessert at The Straight Wharf Restaurant, you can have Banana Fosters cheese cake, chocolate pots de crème, seasonal sorbets and fig cake.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Bar open until 1am
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Gabriel Frasca & Amanda Lydon
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Private party facilities
We offer an open-air back deck overlooking Nantucket's harbor, seating up to 50, and are open to reserving the entire restaurant for larger groups.
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Private party contact
Allyson McConnell: (508) 228-4499
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
End of Main Street
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Parking details
Unfortunately, no cars are allowed on our wharf during the season, but we are a two minute walk from public parking scattered throughout town.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
3.7
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

It's one of our favorites for a reason and never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2016

Excellent food and staff

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2.0Dined on August 6, 2016

I made a reservation for 4 overlooking the harbor 3 months ago for a special occasion. The other couple got sick and unable to attend. I called to notify the restaurant and they were grateful that I called. I asked for a view of the harbor. When we arrived we got stuck in the nosiest table in the restaurant, next to a back service station not over looking the harbor. I asked to be changed but they could not accommodate us.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2016

Hands Down the best dinner, ambience & service on Nantucket South Shore. The Lobster Main Course was out of this world! They were extremely accommodating regarding any dietary restrictions. I would without a doubt highly recommend Straight Warf!

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2016

Straight Wharf restaurant on Nantucket offers fresh seafood and beautiful water views. On this occasion, we sat outside which was lovely! We each ordered a fluke crudo appetizer to start. It was surprisingly small which was disappointing. For our entrees, we each ordered the sirloin steak, and it was asolutely delicious! We ordered our dessert with the meal because it takes a long time to prepare it. It was a scrumptious peach galette! Even the crust was amazing! However, we sat waiting for it to arrive for more than 25 minutes after finishing our main course, and I am a very slow eater!
The server also took way too long to give us our check.
We do recommend this restaurant although the service was slow and the appetizers were too small.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2016

Simply and totally delicious, great service, wonderful ambiance. The best "simple greens" salad I have ever eaten, makes you remember what greens are supposed to taste like. Yummy fish, and complimentary pate and bread. So many Nantucket restaurants are $$, but Straight Wharf was a perfect value.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2016

Our dinner at Straight Wharf was our favorite during our stay on Nantucket. Their menu is enticing and each course is artful and more importantly, delicious. The servers were gracious and skilled without hovering. The little extra touches that are provided elevated the experience too.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2016

In a town with many fine restaurants, this is one of the best. The food is inventive and delicious. The wine list is perhaps the best in town and we were given excellent suggestions. The service is top-rate and attentive. This would be a top choice for a special evening out.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2016

The Best on ACK. Food is delicious, ambience is Perfect Nantucket, and the sommelier (Yevva) made us feel we had won the lottery with service, cuisine, and expertise. SWR is at the top of its game and I can't wait for the game to keep getting better and more interesting!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2016

Straight Wharf has everything I am looking for in a restaurant; great food and wine, superb and knowledgable service, tables are not too close together and the noise level is just acceptable.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2016

One of our favorite Nantucket restaurants. Food and service are amazing The specialty is the clambake which is always on the menu and a must have. Also, the fruit gallet which you need to order when you first place your order and is always a perfect dessert to share. Made with seasonal fruit and is always delicious.
Love sitting on the back deck overlooking the water.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

This was my second time at Straight Wharf and it will certainly not be my last! I took a bunch of ACK rookies here for our final night on the island and it was everything we hoped for and so much more.

We shared 2 bottles of wine and probably half the menu. The lobster dish is a MUST. There was a swordfish special, and it turned out to be the best swordfish dish I have ever had. Least notable was the tartare, but it was still pretty good. The rhubarb tart was insane.

Just do it

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

As always, a perfect evening. Whether sitting on the deck, or enjoying the interior dining room, the atmosphere and service are fabulous. Food is outstanding and consistent in that manner. Our favorite restaurant on Nantucket. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2016

The Chicken Under Brick was amazing. I never order chicken when dining out but followed the recommendation waiter.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2016

Excellent service excellent ambiance very good food

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2016

We dined on Opening night of the season. Staff was certainly on their A- game. Service was terrific with personal touches. When my husband did not care for his app offers were made to correct it by server and management.
Swordfish and accompaniments were exceptionally good.
Enjoyable experience.

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3.0Dined on October 11, 2015

First time at Straight Wharf and it comes highly recommended but it was so dark, we could not read the menu or see our food while eating! Two entrees were quite good but the scallops were undercooked and not tasty at all. So despite its reputation, I would probably not recommend given all the other choices on Nantucket!

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3.0Dined on September 30, 2015

The food was good , but they write and calculate the bill by hand, no system so when i was in the car on our way back realized they charged us 24$ more . Is not a huge difference but still not good . They need better system.
So just check your bill before you pay .

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2015

Always great food. Very imaginative
Excellent service

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2015

We celebrated our wedding anniversary and had an outstanding experience with both the food and service! The salads were delicious, the swordfish and fluke entrees were over the moon and the cranberry Apple galette was simply scrumptious! Straight Wharf never disappoints and we can't wait to return!

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2015

We were seated by the hostess station and heard a customer comment, as he left, that he planned to cancel his dinner reservations on the island for the rest of the week and only eat at the Straight Wharf. A sentiment that is easily understood -- our dinner at the Straight Wharf out-shined our other meals the week we visited.

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2015

We dined at Straight Warf after our wedding and were met with an amazing experience from beginning to end. We were immediately seated upon arriving even though the restaurant was clearly very crowded; they made sure we had a table waiting so we didn't have to. Then we were provided with a complimentary glass of champagne to toast our marriage (just the two of us, we eloped). The food from appetizer to dessert, and complimentary port with dessert, was absolutely amazing and the service impeccable!! If you're on the island and looking for an evening out I would highly recommend. Everything was perfect!!

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2015

We have been going to the straight wharf since 1982 and it's never disappointed us - it's always been amazing

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4.0Dined on September 18, 2015

Straight Wharf is consistently excellent, and is a long-standing favorite in Nantucket. The dining room is very pretty, with candlelit tables, and a high, open ceiling with floor to ceiling windows. We were seated next to the porch (a window wall between us), where there was a lively wedding rehearsal dinner going on. This was not a quiet spot for dinner; there is a lot of energy but not in a distracting way. The food and the wait staff were way above expectation. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on September 17, 2015

clam bake continues to be the best entre on the island. Can't be beat

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2015

Getting a table at a descent time is very difficult, impossible during the summer. Wait till the crowds leave and midweek is best.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2015

Celebrated our anniversary dinner and had a great spot on the water, service and the food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2015

The restaurant was very romantic. It was all candle lit with a very nice view of the harbor. The menu is small but everything was delicious. Service was very good. Good to arrive before dark to admire the view

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3.0Dined on September 13, 2015

We reserved Straight Wharf for our anniversary dinner based upon past experiences. We ordered the lobster bake, their specialty, but were disappointed. While prices are generally higher in Nantucket, this was the most expensive item on the menu, so our expectations were high. We were underwhelmed with the quantity and quality of the meal.

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2015

Some of the finest food on Nantucket and that is saying something. Ambiance is serene and elegant with a fabulous view from the porch. Management and wait staff are extremely professional and friendly. Overall the best restaurant in Nantucket.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2015

Dinner just after labor day - we enjoyed a few appetizers and the swordfish. The green beans were amazing, the sauce was perfect. The swordfish was cooked perfectly and the veggies that came with it were delicious. Awesome meal from start to finish.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2015

Amazing as always! The Straight Wharf will not disappoint. Delicious food, excellent service and a fabulous view. Keep up the good work!

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3.0Dined on September 4, 2015

So disappointing! We were kept waiting over 30 minutes for our table -- and then we were stuck in the corner where we had to keep flagging down the waitstaff to ask for water, our drink order and food. The appetizers could have been a meal -- watermelon gazpacho was delicious but the salad could've been a main course and got tiresome. The chicken under a brick was perfect -- although not as flattened as it should be if it was really under a brick. Charming atmosphere but screaming noise from the bar next door.

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2015

The staff were professional and attentive. Even when John Kerry walked in with his secret service entourage the hostess apologized for making us wait a few minutes! Unbelievable. The food was phenomenal and I never say that. From the amazing oyzrers

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2015

Went here for a special birthday dinner and it did not disappoint. Dark, candlelit, romantic dinner right on Nantucket Harbor (I bet the daytime views are great). The food was awesome - a perfectly cooked steak and the local catch of the day: hake - and the service was great. Would definitely recommend to a friend and will be back for sure. Might be more of a special occasion place however as it was quite pricey.

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3.0Dined on September 2, 2015

This is a lovely restaurant in Nantucket. Cooking and preparation is less impressive than setting. I had the Straight Wharf clam bake and the lobster was slightly tough and the dish included chorizo which was also tough and overwhelmed the delicate flavors of the lobster and clams. There are other restaurants in Nantucket with more refined cooking but the real draw for this place is the view.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2015

Food was best we had so far this season on Nantucket.

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4.0Dined on August 30, 2015

Food is excellent. View of the harbor is great. Service was a bit off. I think the waitress had too many tables. Food is pricey, like most nice dinners on Nantucket. We went for dinner, not for lunch.

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2015

Our family of our had a delicious meal here on our last night in Nantucket. We enjoyed the watermelon gazpacho and sustainable catch of the day, fluke that was perfectly seared. Also recommend the galette. Service was not snobby as in some other Nantucket restaurants. Would definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2015

My wife and I had a great meal here. We sat on the deck overlooking the harbor, though next to the ice cream spot, Stars, was still scenic Nantucket. Service was excellent and they were accommodating when we wanted to change tables. Nice wines by the glass.

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