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The Boarding House

142 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Fit for Foodies
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  • Neighborhood Gem

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Celebrating 26 years in 2017. Chef-Owners Seth and Angela Raynor focus on produce from island farms, fish, seafood and regional heritage meats, the Boarding House offers market cuisine served with a focus on old school hospitality. In the heart of Nantucket’s historic downtown; the glowing cellar dining room, lovely patio, and lively bar continually deliver stellar dinners, and Best of Boston award-winning weekend brunch.
Wine Spectator’s the BEST of Award of Excellence for its unique collection of wines, champagnes, and rose, anchored by a notable collection of small-batch bourbons and spirits. BEST Bourbon Bars in America. Seasonal, honest cooking reminiscent of the home cooking we love. Central to our mission is to mentor and collaborate with our cooks & team to find a balance between authenticity and spontaneity. Influenced by the cuisines of Wine Country from California to Spain, France, Italy and beyond. Our menus are a reflection of the time we share at stove and table.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Farm-to-table, French
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Hours of operation
Serving dinner daily from 5:30pm
Serving Sunday brunch 11:30am-2:30pm

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Phone number
(508) 228-9622
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Molly Dwyer
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Cross street
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 142 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2017

Good food expertly prepared. Fried green tomatoes were the best ever and the halibut was just the way I like it. Service was very friendly but a but overly eaher to remove dishes before we were finished - even though it was not a busy night.

vipBill (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on July 3, 2017

Hostess stand personnel very unprofessional. Bar staff were satisfactory. Waitress, short thin blonde, early 20's, was an unmitigated disaster. Appetizers and main entree served simultaneously. $42 pork chop inedible.......tough as shoe leather. No accommodation, no apology..........just took it off the bill. Waitress obstructed access to table as we were trying to be seated. Continued to carry on conversation with adjacent table, oblivious to the fact we were standing with the hostess, waiting for her. She never did move. We had to scoot around the table like a fifties soda shop to take our seats. Very rude. Extremely poor service. Instead of addressing head on and apologizing........she opted to hide her head in the sand and say nothing. Fourth of July week, so assume they can get away with such poor service. We will never patronize this restaurant again. Managers of this restaurant don't need to be in the business given the poor lack of instruction to staff. This is a "high end" restaurant in Nantucket. We have dined elsewhere on the island with excellent service and food. Unfortunately The Boarding House does not measure up. Don't waste your time and money. Many other very fine restaurants on the island.
Unfortunately we were trying to celebrate our thirtieth anniversary.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

Very average. Wait service was overly attentive probably due to lack of guests almost continuously interrupting our dinner asking us how everything was multiple times

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

First visit this season was not a disappointment. The Spanish grilled octopus as a starter was delicious, very filling. the Misto fritte of vegetables that was sent to our table was very tasty. My husband thought his chicken was outstanding, very flavorful and artfully serverd My entrée of lobster with homemade pasta was very good although I ate most of it the next day as I was filled from the apps. Cocktails are always well done. I noted the new reservations policies and think that there was a lot of thought put into them and should think it will enhance the dining room experience.

gahomeschoolmom (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on May 29, 2017

We ate at many Nantucket restaurants while we were there for a week. This was by far the best restaurant we dined at. We had a 5:30 reservation, so we were the first ones there. We were seated in the corner down below in the "grotto". My only complaint may be that they brought in other diners and seated them right next to us instead of the opposite end of the room. This may be convenient for the servers but not conducive to table talk. But the food! That's where this restaurant shines. We shared lobster spaghetti and Caesar salad. The salad was flavorful and tasty, and the lobster spaghetti was the best dish we'd had all week. There was plenty of it and the two of us couldn't even eat it all. Service was excellent, not scarce but not hovering. Dine here and you'll be making another reservation before you leave.

vipIslander (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2016

Terrific evening with great food, service and ambiance. Would recommend it highly. Johnny the head of the house does a great job making everyone feel welcomed.

vipLovetoeat (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2016

The Boarding House never disappoints. We went to dinner with friends and had a wonderful meal. I had the Lobster tail (along with 2 others in our group), and it was outstanding. The fish options on the menu are especially good. The service was great, the ambiance is warm and inviting. During the summer it is especially crowded, and the bar can get very noisy so wouldn't sit close by.

GREAT food!

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

Amy was awesome! outstanding meal all around.

foodlove (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2016

We were seated promptly at a very nice corner table. The drink menu and wine selections were fabulous. The restaurant is beautiful, I felt like I was in a wine cellar. Even though it is small it felt cozy and intimate. Food choices were creative and prepared beautifully. Servers were friendly and very professional. Would definitely recommend it and plan on going again.

vippaback (Miami)
3.0  Dined on September 13, 2016

Overrated spot. Sort of the sister restaurant to The Pearl (which still puts out good food but needs an overhaul. Decor is tired!) BH is trying too hard. Best dish is still the half chicken. Falafel was small and dry. The Pita bread was a total miss. Took far too long to order and receive a cocktail. WTH is everyone so worried about the water choice. Seriously!