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Boarding House

12 Federal Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 228-9622
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Ranked #35 of 114 restaurants in Nantucket
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $32
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: India
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109 reviews from our community

77% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Funny to say, but the Corn Bread and Fried Chicken changed our lives.. Fabulous. This really is a high end restaurant with serious food chops. We just felt kind of low end at that moment. We'd just finished watching Germany put on a football clinic with Brazil and wanted to go a bit light. Ate outside which was Nantucket's version... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Great indoor space, totally unexpected decor, and very fresh and inventive cuisine. A bit pricey but worth the splurge. Portions nice-ly sized so you ave room for ice cream at Juice Bar when you're done.

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Ocean City, Md
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135 reviews 135 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

I'd go 5 if the portions were a little larger....that said, everything we had was 5 star quality and the atmosphere was cool. Lived the downstairs area. The triple chocolate dessert is a MUST!!

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Carmel, Indiana
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77 reviews 77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Great setting, especially on cold or rainy evenings. Like being in an old english tavern. Probably would not go again with all of the wonderful choices offered on the island.

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Carmel, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We walked into Boarding House knowing nothing about what to expect and had a super experience. The lobster cavatelli and lobster risotto were absolutely wonderful: great flavor, presented in a very attractive manor and portioned correctly. We were fortunate to have Jesse as our waiter and he could not have been more personable nor efficient while serving us and several... More

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Huntington Beach, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I was turned on to this restaurant by a dear friend and fellow foodie from Southern California. My wife and I wanted to dine someplace memorable while on Nantucket and we were not disappointed! Everything was incredible, not only in taste but in presentation as well! Start with the lobster bisque which has phenomenally complex layers of flavor and strong... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I was going to a poetry reading across the street at the public library one evening when I saw this particular restaurant - it looked uncrowded and a great place to stop in at the bar. So I did. I wound up having a Kale-Caesar Salad, a Lobster Bisque and a couple of glasses of wine. This tidy little snack... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Very disappointed in the quality and quantity of the food. We did visit during a busy weekend, so we understood why it took so long for the food to come out, but the price of the meal was expensive and not worth the wait. I would not go back there again.

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Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this review

Thank you for joining on the holiday weekend, I am sorry your experience did not work for you. Best wishes in your future dining experiences. More

New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I generally don't waste my time writing reviews about bad experiences, a small percentage of which get written up. I prefer to share positive experiences and focus on rewarding well-run places with a well-deserved review. It was a 2pm lunch for my family. I ordered a $25 lobster benedict -- the lobster consisted of five TINY bits of lobster (most... More

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Angela R, Owner at Boarding House, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share the details of your brunch with us a couple weeks ago. Owning and operating seasonal restaurants on Nantucket presents challenges at times to say the least. We have shared your experience with our entire team and value the comments as an important learning tool for us this season. The Lobster Benedict has... More

Providence, Rhode Island
Top Contributor
264 reviews 264 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

Nice spot to sit outdoors on the patio. We have been for dinner, but this was our first time having Sunday brunch. The coffee was excellent, served in its own pot to keep it hot. The menu is limited but they seem happy to adjust items to suit needs. The salad nicoise was deconstructed but lovely. My husband enjoyed the... More

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