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The Boarding House

4.2
142 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
India
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 142 People Are Saying
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Amy was awesome! outstanding meal all around.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2016

A small group of friends joined for a reunion in Nantucket and chose the Boarding House for our only dinner night out. Menu was interesting but not too many options for the entrees. The appetizers and first plates looked inviting so we started with those and decided to share 2 entrees. The plates were all very good, but pretty pricey, which is expected in Nantucket. What was disappointing were the 2 drinks we ordered. Both a vodka tonic and a rum and tonic were very light on the liquor for a hefty fee. Considering how many drinks you can get out of a bottle, this was not the place to short change a customer.
Final decision was that food was good, but we probably could have found a better option for the price.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2016

I didn't give the restaurant full marks because the fries with our steak frites were very soggy and the food in general is not better than home cooking. It's good but not extraordinary. They have good drinks and it's always buzzing and reliable but for full marks they would have to be extraordinary.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2016

Early in the season so the Boarding House so a little too cool to dine outdoors which we have done many times. Main part of restaurant in downstairs which is much quieter than in bar area that can be quite noisy. Full bar and full menu. Food was excellent and presentation also excellent. Service was very attentive and customer oriented. Friendly staff. Definitely a place to go again.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2016

We had an 8:00 reservation, but the table they reserved was not finished with their dinner. We were offered another table which faced the kitchen which we denied. We waited about 20 minutes for our table. The waitress was lovely, but barely audible. The food was good and my husband enjoyed the offered restaurant menu. My salad was delicious, but the melon was only fair.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2015

Had an excellent dinner and wonderful service from a very knowledgeable server.
Great atmosphere with excellent menu selections from which to choose. Would return any time expecting another great experience.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2015

Nice menu with local and speciality features. Plenty of variety for most. Waitress was very pleasant and attentive. Atmosphere was very nice -- a blend between traditional 'Nantucket' yet trendy enough (in a good way) to appeal to the foodie in all of us. We will definitely return on our second trip to the island.

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2.0Dined on October 16, 2015

Way over priced! A glass of wine was $17.00 and entree's were $34.00, not worth the price!

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2015

Lovely ambience. Grilled octopus since of the best I've ever had. Wine list overpriced.

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2015

My husband and I dined here with some old friends whom we rarely see. Our waiter was adorable, friendly and very knowledgable about the food and wine. We enjoyed our dinners very much, everything was delicious!
The servings were very small and consequently my husband and I were both hungry when we finished! It was a beautiful evening so we dined outside, which was lovely. By Nantucket standards, the prices here are very standard.

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2015

Our first time on Nantucket and we are three couples in our mid 50s. The atmosphere is so quaint, the service was impeccable and the food was wonderful - fresh and unique. The desserts were different than anything I have heard of and just fabulous. Made our visit truly memorable. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on September 11, 2015

We sat outside and had the skirt steak and the swordfish. Both were very good. Ended with the cookies and milk - two thumbs up

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2015

One of the most consistent restaurants on the Island. The food and waitstaff are terrific year after year.

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2015

We LOVED our brunch! The Fresh Farm to Table food was Wonderful. The menu offers so many Amazing dishes. You will want to keep going back to try all the chef's DELICIOUS plates. If you love a Bloody Mary, You must get one there. Truly a Fabulous experience. Food, location, servers are all Fantastic.

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3.0Dined on August 21, 2015

Outstanding food and service. The dining room is not conducive to easy conversation. There is no sound dampening so any nearby conversation is easily overheard and interruptive.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2015

Fabulous service, food, and atmosphere! I wouldn't miss this spot when visiting Namtucket.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2015

Fun vibe, great food and service. Great outdoor seating.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2015

I wish I was in Nantucket more often just to eat here. Inside, outside, Summer, Fall, Christmas stroll, doesn't matter. The food is the best, staff is awesome and very knowledgeable. My favorite place.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2015

Best swordfish I ever had

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2015

It was a windy night and the downstairs of the Boarding House was a perfect place for a romantic dinner!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2015

The Boarding House is a must when on Nantucket!
The location is fabulous, just steps from Main Street.
We had a table on the terrace, which is very charming, romantic, and great people watching.
The wait staff was friendly and helpful with suggestions and wine choices.
The food was delicious, as usual. Gourmet, with a Nantucket flair. A home run!
We will be back next summer!

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2015

I loved my meal, which was chicken accompanied by cheddar and chive waffles covered in Sriracha honey. The bourbon glazed bacon and sausage were excellent too. We make sure to come here every summer, but this time they did not offer the corn bread skillet for brunch. Bring back the corn bread!

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2015

Food was simply ok nothing to write home about. The halibut lacked real flavor. Definitely had better especially for the price

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2015

Service, food & ambiance were all tops. Would dine here again on next visit to Nantucket.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2015

Get a table outside and people watch on this lively corner. Food was excellent. Service was great.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2015

Excellent and expertly prepared food. The summertime ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers were wonderful! Just enough crispness and flavor! We'll be back next year again as The Boarding House is one of our Nantucket favorites for dining!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2015

Always great food, great service and a very fun late night bar scene. The patio is great and the staff is awesome!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2015

First rate experience in every way - generous cocktail, nice wine list, wonderful app (tuna tartare/avocado), very good mains (cod; beef), interesting dessert; good service throughout; comfortable; not too noisy.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2015

Wonderful food. The patio always inviting. Some changes: no more bread basket. In two visits: repeated mention of appetizers. Be prepared for small children in the formal dining room.

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1.0Dined on May 16, 2015

Average food...which we expected but service was terrible. The manager tried to make up for it and kudos for her but clearly they need to get their waitstaff more training.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2015

We discovered the Boarding House last year after a bad experience at Ventuno across the street, and had a wonderful meal, so we were sure to reserve here again this year, and we were glad that we did. Everyone in the group was pleased. The menu has plenty of selection, the food was excellent, the service was professional and attentive, but the atmosphere is relaxed. We will definitely return. This is also a great place for drinks.

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