I go to Nantucket every Fall, for 3 nights.
My three favorite places to eat, in order, are:
1) Company of the Cauldron
2) 21 Federal
3) The Boarding House.
21 Federal is closed, sadly, so I have to pick another place this year. I need advice on where to go.
I tend to require beautiful ambiance, and good service. Those are my prejudices.
These are the options, and my own subjective comments on them:
Oran Mor - Ate there a few times, I liked it a lot. By default, this is my 4th favorite restaurant on Nantucket, and I'll probably replace 21 Federal with this, unless talked out of it by a better choice.
American Seasons - Ate there once, hated it with a passion. Worst restaurant on the island. No way. Dark, miserable, weird menu, horrible service. My idea of the worst possible restaurant.
Centre Street Bistro - Loved the food. Cute place. But they usually aren't open for dinner in October. So I don't think it's an option. Also, this is a little smaller and more casual than I would ideally prefer.
The Pearl - It was cool inside, but I like the cozy Boarding House way better, so The Pearl is out.
Lola 41 - Never been, but I've walked past it at night, and it looks like a crazy hookup scene. I'm totally not into this vibe, so Lola 41 is definitely out.
Ventuno - No, I wouldn't go to the replacement of 21 Federal.
Chanticeleer - I've never been. It looks good on the website, although some people say it's past its prime. I'd love to hear advice on this place, with the understanding that I love places like Company of the Cauldron, and I loved 21 Federal. It seems I would like this place.
Sconset Cafe - Looks good, although borderline too casual. I hate BYOB, it feels like I'm having a picnic, not eating in a nice restaurant.
Brick Bistro - Hotel restaurant, absolutely no.
Demarco - No.
Straight Wharf Restaurant - I need advice on this place. It looks great on the website, but the comments I read make it sound like a singles hookup bar. Can I have a nice dinner here, with good service? Or is it all drunken 30 year olds trying to hookup?
Slip 14 - I walked by, and it looks "ok". I'm not sure what to think about it. The menu looks good, but it looks very casual, and has the vibe of an alleyway.
So, to recap, I'm leaning towards Chanticeleer, with Oran Mor next. I'd like Straight Wharf, but I'm wary of "the scene" there. I'd probably enjoy Sconset Cafe, but it's really a little too casual for my taste.
Slip 14 is an extreme long shot.
21 Federal Restaurant
21 Federal St, Nantucket, MA 02554
9 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554
Company of the Cauldron
7 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554
2 S Beach St, Nantucket, MA 02554
Straight Wharf Restaurant
6 Harbor Sq, Nantucket, MA 02554
15 S Beach St, Nantucket, MA 02554
14 Old South Wharf, Nantucket, MA 02554
80 Center St, Nantucket, MA 02554