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TOPPER'S Restaurant at The Wauwinet

344 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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TOPPER`S is able to offer an elegant dining experience in our cozy dining room. Restaurant guests who prefer a more casual experience are invited to enjoy dining on our awning-covered, heated deck. The lower patio is perfect for relaxing with a cocktail overlookiing TOPPER`S garden and the Head of the Harbor. The sunsets are stunning. These outdoor areas are ideal to fully appreciate the tranquility and the magnificent setting of the inn.
TOPPER’S is located at The Wauwinet, the only Relais & Châteaux property on Nantucket. Winner of the Wine Spectator Grand Award for many years, TOPPER’S is known for it`s culinay standards and service standards, on-site herb garden, and innovative use of the freshest local ingredients guarantee an unforgettable dining experience. Visitors without vehicles can take The Wauwinet Jitney from Federal Street in downtown Nantucket, or enjoy a complimentary boat ride on The Wauwinet Lady which launches from The White Elephant Hotel
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:8.00-10.30(We suggest for breakfast) Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 6:00pm - 9:30pm; Brunch: 11.30am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(508) 228-8768
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kyle Zachary
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Private party facilities
Two semi-private dining rooms are available, The Sunroom and TOPPER'S. Please call for availability.
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Private party contact
Restaurant Manager: (508) 228-8768 ext. 6501
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Parking details
Plenty of Space.
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Public transit
Nantucket Town is nine miles from The Wauwinet. The inn provides complimentary jitney service 12 times daily from 9 AM to 11 PM. We pick up from the Information Bureau on Federal Street, we also pick up from the White Elephant Hotel from 6.00pm-8.00pm on the hour.
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Special events & promotions
Wauwinet Lady will start running daily from the White Elephant for lunch and dinner beginning June 27th.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 344 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on all time ratings
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTobyR (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Perhaps it wasn't the best time to go as it was the end of the season and Toppers had switched to only offering their Deck Menu but I found the dishes they did offer to be very uneven in quality with one (the Lobster and Crab Cake) being delicious and the other (the fries accompanying the Wagyu burger) being so heavily seasoned they were unpalatable. The service was at a very high level and the location is outstanding.

vipStag (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

Fantastic meal with great ambiance. Chef never disappoints! Love the retsto oysters. Toppers will be closing soon for the season but I’m looking forward to Spring reopening !

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Toppers at the Wauwinet is one of a kind! Superb sunsets can be enjoyed from the lawn with a cocktail. The bartender, Danny, is friendly and accommodating. Alex our server was terrific. The food never disappoints with lots of local favorites. There's an extensive wine list too. Outdoor dining on the deck made comfortable by overhead heaters. It is a trip from town but it's worth it!

Sand (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 1, 2017

Booked because listed as restaurant week through 10/1. Arrived and told NO, they ended Thursday but not advertised that way. Bait and switch!

Donald (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

Family dinner with visiting siblings during restaurant week in Nantucket. The sunset view is great and was particularly spectacular the night we went. We arrived about 1/2 hr before sunset and sat on lounge chairs on large lawn on the inner Nantucket harbor. The 3 course prix fixe ($45) menu was a great bargain (probably less than 50% of usual individual price for the items). The food was outstanding - fresh, well prepared, generous portions and delicious. Service was outstanding and pace or serving excellent. Never waiting but not rushed to finish your food quickly. Comfortable (heated), beautiful outside patio with view and classic old time inn restaurant and bar inside. Look for restaurant week (June and September) in Nantucket and go to Topper's for the sunset and food. It was great for the soul!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

Very disappointed with the selection for restaurant week!

OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

Topper's is one of our favorite places in the world - bar none. A special place, and worth the trip to Wauwinet. The service is impeccable and the atmosphere is gorgeous. We have the tasting menu, which takes the guesswork out of ordering from so many wonderful dishes. The wine list is amazing.

vipMissd2u (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Beautiful setting and awesome Lobster Rolls! This place is always on key list when visiting the island!

vippaback (Miami)
2.0  Dined on September 13, 2017

This is one of the most overrated restaurants on Nantucket. The wine list is the only thing that is amazing, if you are willing to way overpay. We have been coming here for years and some things don't change! The food is mediocre at best. The service is abysmal. The servers are lazy and take forever to bring your drink order. Sitting under the awning is the equivalent to sitting in a sauna / greenhouse on a hot day. The lower level is hot because the umbrellas do not protect you and there is absolutely zero
View of the water. This is a classic example of people being blown away impressed by beautifully planted flower boxes.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 10, 2017

Anniversary - great experience !

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 7, 2017

as above but seated in a cold drafty table.
Service was rushed for fine dining.

vipJennifer (Naples)
1.0  Dined on September 4, 2017

Very arrogant staff, rude managers and poor quality food and service. The horrible dining experience and $1800 for six people was not something our family will experience again. Would not recommend Toppers.. make sure you are aware of 2 different dining menus one for outdoor and one for inside. They really push their tasting menus and caviar!!! Food was bland and the squid ink risotto was inedible! Overpriced but they don't care because tourists will support. The entire experience was all NO's and there were no Yes's unless it was an up charge.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

Don't book late reservation 8pm+ because despite we booked more than 2 month in advance you will end up outside. And we confirmed 2 days before to be inside. They optimize and clearly didn't care. We will not care if warm but of course it was cold outside.
Food is good but nothing special for this level.
Wine list is exceptional

vipIzzy (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 24, 2017

Girgeous sunset, fun relaxed outside deck table.
We were 8 and feel like we have a new go to!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2017

Doyd Fletcher is the best server on the planet!

vipCleotzar (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 22, 2017

I have been a few times now and while I always enjoy my total experience I continue to be somewhat underwhelmed by the food. Its good just not spectacular. The hostess, wait staff and wine staff all were and have been very accommodating and genuinely aiming to please. We have always been outside during the day and it really is a very special spot and I do think it is worth a trip up island to check out. Finally, the wine list is amazing. It is hands down my favorite one on the island (n.b., very heavily stocked with French ); there are pages of pages of wines that I love or have always wanted to try with a very wide variety. Also, the most extensive collection of half bottles I have seen anywhere in the world which was a huge bonus for our group.

Astieff (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2017

We started our experience with a scenic boat ride to the Wawinet . Upon entering Toppers we were warmly greeted and shown to a lovely table in the garden. Our wonderful server could not have been more charming and accommodating. We ordered from the ala carte menu so we could try many different dishes, everything was perfect and delicious. We loved watching the glorious sunset . After dinner we strolled around the grounds and through the Inn and were enchanted. Next time we come to Nantucket, we'd like to stay here.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

We've had great meals at Toppers in the past but this time was a disappointment. The service was slow and inattentive and the food was so so. The location is stunning but for the money, there are much better options on ACK.

vip2diners (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Annual end of season visit, underwhelmed by service and food this year. Even skipped dessert based on the lackluster options.

Janice (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Although there was some debate within the family whether it was the absolute best, this restaurant definitely is at the very top of the list of the best restaurants on Nantucket. Everything on the island is outrageously expensive so 'value' has to get suspended somewhat. But, taking that into account, this restaurant was definitely worth it! Plus, personally, we loved that it was out of the downtown hustle. Memorable, as is the view!

vip2Compadres (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on August 18, 2017


We are residents who live nearby and went for a 130 PM lunch on a Friday because our son was visiting and wanted to go somewhere special. We had read about the high ratings the restaurant had received and we looked forward to this visit. The setting in a room off the patio and garden (it was raining) was lovely, the wine manager suggested a delightful wine, and the food was quite good. Unfortunately, the experience was ruined by absolutely awful service. Our server paid us little attention. There was no one watching the room and the secondary staff were poor, so the result was that empty cocktail glasses and first course dishes sat and sat. After the main course was finished no one appeared to remove the plates and inquire about further needs for 25 minutes. A complete turnoff when we expected a special experience.

vipsandy (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2017

We took the shuttle boat from Nantucket Harbor to Toppers, sharing a champagne toast onboard. Once at Toppers, we enjoyed a delicious dinner.

vipWestonPalmster (Miami)
4.0  Dined on August 10, 2017

Somewhat pretentious and over priced. Great wine list if you can afford it.

Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

We stayed in town in Nantucket and took the shuttle to Toppers. It would have been helpful if Toppers let us know about the shuttle, we found out from others. The night we were there, the mosquitoes were a menace. Glad to have eaten inside in the beautiful dining room. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the food; he was delightful.

JBug (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 2, 2017

Topper's is a vacation tradition for our family and did not disappoint. Food and atmosphere were outstanding, and our waiter Alex was wonderful.

vipOlder (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on July 30, 2017

Took long time to get our entree. Food was overcooked. Burger was well done instead of medium rare. Noiki was mushy instead of al dente. Very expensive and therefore disappointing.

vipIslander (New England)
2.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Poor service for the money. Did not make you feel welcome. Very pretentious and boatload of dough to boot.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 28, 2017

Good food in an amazing setting! Always enjoyable. Pricy but it's Nantucket!

aviva1 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on July 25, 2017

Toppers used to be a very high end, quality restaurant and one of the best on Nantucket. Sadly that is no longer the case. We were disappointed and felt they had really fallen off in many ways including food, service and prices were very high for what you get. Not good value at all. Sorry we can't recommend it at all. Hopefully they'll find a way to come back up since the setting is really beautiful.

vipRobPy (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 23, 2017

Toppers is an experience. My husband and I went there once before...perhaps 17 or 18 years ago. The food is memorable and delicious and the service is spectacular. Worth the Uber ride out there and back from town.