The Boarding House

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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
Celebrating 28 years in 2019. 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 tab
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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch!!!! Food cooked perfectly.

SC
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Boarding House is always on our must visit list when we come to the island. The food is consistently delicious and the service is always impeccable. We started with the warm cornbread and one of the crab Rangoon. We had the halibut and scallops - both were excellent. For dessert we had the warm chocolate cookies and mini-milkshakes. Not to be missed! The atmosphere is warm and inviting. We will be back next year!

r
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and delicious food

RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks just off the Nantucket main street.

E
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was exceptional. I don’t typically eat at the bar but we did and the bartender was extremely friendly. We LOVED our dishes. Caesar salad ,the truffle fries (a MUST HAve), chicken molanese large serving & scallops with risotto was very good.

PA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent bartender. Food server. And food

R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Try to sit outside as the downstairs room get very loud.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We visited while there and I didn’t like the musty smell or food. Felt like I was in basement. Very gloomy

MK
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening! Excellent food and service!

e
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been coming to the Boarding house for many years. Whether inside or out, we've always enjoyed wonderful dinners in a great atmosphere. The food this summer seemed extra delicious.

DD
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal out on the terrace at Boarding House the other night.. The small plates/appetizers are great including the caesar salad, crab rangoon, and skillet corn bread. Definitely worth a visit.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

nice atmosphere outside but the hostess was very nasty

CD
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Limited menu. Appetizers and dessert were fantastic. Based on previous visits, we expected better.

CL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely outdoor patio seating. Food was fantastic. Wine options were plentiful and the wine director was very knowledgeable

L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

There were two screaming babies - not really what you’re looking for in a fine dining experience.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Probably the best food I enjoyed in Nantucket-
Reservation at 6 and the place was empty. I was left feeling that I really didn’t need a reservation? But then that changed, the place started to fill up.
Recommend not driving as it’s tough to find a parking spot.
The food! Scallop corn risotto 5 star. Steak frites and truffle fries again was awesome.

Desert - has to be the baked Nantucket-

The service was excellent and the space inside reminds me of a wine cellar. Rounded ceilings and intimate lighting.
The dinners were prepared with love and attention to detail, it’s a foodies place.

B
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We were “greeted” by very surly hostess who was rude to each customer she encountered. Servers were fantastic. Menu selection was limited. We had restaurant on our bucket list of places to dine this year as we had been there over the years. Never again! Just not what it used to be.

2
New England
67 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Hiram at the bar was great.

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

Yum. It was yummy.

OT
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Arancini, corn bread, and crab Rangoon all very good. Halibut entree was exceptional.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious & outside dining was awesome on such a beautiful night. Percy, our waiter, was very attentive & gave great recommendations. We return year after year & enjoy it every time.

L
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding dinner for my daughter's birthday at The Boarding House. Everything was outstanding. Our waitress, "Ocean" (spelling?), was one of the best we ever had. She went out of her way to make my daughter's birthday extra special and was so warm and friendly.
All 5 of our dinners were very good and thoroughly enjoyed. I had the Halibut which was beautifully prepared.
The atmosphere was very cozy and delightful. There was a warm glow to the light inside.
This is a special place that you will not forget.

BB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Husbands birthday dinner with family. Service a bit slow. Food was pretty good but we have had much better experiences in the past. Chicken Milanese was dry and flavorless. Steak frites was tender and flavorful as were shishito peppers. The cookies and mini milkshakes are always a hit.

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

Food was sooooo good omg!!

EP
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent kitchen but a more down-home menu and casual. Ambiance and noise levels are very different in lower level dining room, porch and bar.

j
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious halibut and a lovely atmosphere on the patio.

MF
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We have two teenage kids with food allergies and we always appreciate it when a restaurant is helpful and cooperative. The people at Boarding House were great and we got treated very well. A fun in-town experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food is disgusting, inedible.

m
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nous avons diné at the Boarding house, sur la terrasse. La carte était limitée mais tout ce que nous avons pris était délicieux et simple et le service très sympathique. Nous avons commencé par un cocktail, le Cosmo Passion, excellent, des assiettes végétariennes en entrée, fraîches et vraiment bonnes. Le Swordfish était très bien cuit et assaisonné, et mon mari s'est régalé avec les pâtes au homard. Ne pas oublier le dessert "Nantucket Baked" , à tomber. Nous avons passé une très bonne soirée, dans ce restaurant chaleureux fréquenté par les locaux... Mais comme partout à Nantucket, cela a un prix.

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ER
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Noisy
Lack luster decor
Incredibly uninspired cooking - 5 dishes. One sent back and 4 other mediocre at best.

BJ
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice place over all- we sat outside. They had a gluten free version of lobster spaghetti. Loaded with lobster- my husbands version with spaghetti was more of a ramen texture, not bad, just not what he was expecting. Skip the broccoli appetizer- not worth it.

LD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar for dinner. Hiram the bartender was terrific and took good care of us. Food was delicious and the vibe was casual, fun, yet sophisticated.

HH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! The Boarding House represents Fine Dining on Nantucket. Farm fresh produce and food creatively prepared by a talented chef! Great setting!

AR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious every time! We have been coming here for many years and it never disappoints. I had swordfish and my mom had scallops they were both fresh and delicious. Highly recommend both and don’t forget the baked Nantucket for dessert. Phenomenal.

OT
New England
48 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great meal. Wish it didn’t have the Pearl favorites on the menu - Boarding House is fine on its own and should keep its own character and independent menu.

n
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food - very attentive service. Seated next to a table with a baby and small kids but that was fine. Always delicious!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food at both restaurants (including the Pearl) and great service p

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day! Love the cornbread, tuna martini and lobster spaghetti.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

SD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, creative menu, delicious appetizer, entree, and dessert. Highly recommend this restaurant. Quality preparation and presentation. Wonderful dining experience.

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