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Top Choice Modern American in Nantucket Town

Company of the Cauldron

A splendid choice for a romantic dinner out, this intimate restaurant has attentive service and top-rated food. It offers only reserved seating times and four-course prix-fixe dinners, with the likes of rosemary-ske…
Top Choice Church in Nantucket Town

First Congregational Church

Everyone comes to this church, which traces its roots to the early 1700s, for the eagle-eye view from the top of the steeple. It's well worth the 94-step climb!
Top Choice Historic Site in Nantucket Town

Nantucket Atheneum

More than just the public library, this stately Greek Revival edifice is a sight in itself. The 2nd-floor Great Hall has hosted such notables as Ralph Waldo Emerson and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Nationally kn…
Top Choice Museum in Nantucket Town

Nantucket Whaling Museum

One of the island's highlights, this evocative museum occupies an 1847 spermaceti (whale oil) candle factory and the excellent exhibits relive Nantucket's 19th-century heyday as the whaling center of the world. Ther…
Top Choice Lighthouse in Nantucket Town

Brant Point Light

Welcoming ferries into Nantucket Harbor, this lighthouse was established in 1746 and is still in operation. It's quite tiny (only 26ft), but impossibly photogenic – you may see many wedding parties using it as a bac…
Top Choice Cafe in Nantucket Town

Corner Table

A real local gathering place, this sweet cafe has great coffee, a cabinet full of high-quality eats to eat in or takeaway (black bean and sweet potato salad, chicken ragu with pasta, mascarpone raspberry cheesecake)…
Top Choice Modern American in Nantucket Town


Creative, globally inspired cooking and fine cocktails go down a treat here, at this bar-restaurant that proudly flaunts local farm-to-table fare. Your eyes may be bigger than your belly when reading the small-plate…
Modern American in Nantucket Town

Black-Eyed Susan's

It's hard to find anyone who doesn't adore this petite, long-running, quietly gourmet place. At breakfast, try the sourdough French toast topped with cinnamon pecans and orange butter; at dinner, sit at the bar to w…
Pub Food in Nantucket Town

Brotherhood of Thieves

A longtime favorite of locals, who come for the friendly tavern atmosphere (set off with brick and dark woods) and some of the island's best burgers. Not in a burger mood? How about a fish burrito made with local co…
Diner in Nantucket Town


A popular stop for the island's working-class folks, this no-frills eatery on the edge of town is known for its all-day breakfasts (blueberry pancakes, big omelets) and simple comfort fare. It also doubles as a bake…