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“Drinks Harbourside” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rope Walk

Rope Walk
1 Straight Wharf, Nantucket, MA 02554-3539
(508) 228-8886
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Ranked #99 of 122 Restaurants in Nantucket
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Ottawa, Canada
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“Drinks Harbourside”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2008

Almost everything in Nantucket has historical significance. The RopeWalk is a Bar & Restaurant right on the wharf in Nantucket Harbour, that takes its name from the building where once upon a time ropes were made during the Whaling Days.

We were attracted to this location as we had walked to the end of Straight Wharf to get a better view of the many yachts and sailboats docked in the harbour. At the end of Straight Wharf this restaurant offers the ultimate in waterside dining. It is surrounded by water on 3 sides and looks out on Nantucket Harbour. It looked so welcoming from the outside, that we decided to go in and have a late afternoon drink before catching the nearby ferry back to Cape Cod.

We received a friendly greeting from the hostess, and shown to the bar. We immediately fell in love with the quintessetial beachside ambiance... French doors that open onto the boardwalk, white washed interior, and lanterns for lighting. As it was late in the afternoon, the Dining Room was set for dinner with white linens and sparkling glassware. Very romantic.

The main bar is at the back of the building, surrounded on all sides by windows and french doors. A wonderful breeze blew thru the entire bar area, the smell of salt on the air. We were now literally sitting at the end of Straight Wharf, and all around us boats were coming and going from their slips. I ordered a glass of champagne, a nice touch in that the restaurant really did have REAL French Champagne available by the glass. My partner ordered a beer. The service was great.

Overall this was a great way to end our day trip to Nantucket; we sat sipping our drinks and planning our return for 2009.

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English first
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7 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“what happened to ropewalk?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2008

We have been coming to Ropewalk every summer for the last 10 years. What happened? It is vastly overpriced...the service is poor with orders messed up and the specials are not priced until you get the bill. I ordered the scallop special which consisted of 4 scallops and fries for $33..... A terrrible disapointment don't go unless you have to.It is the best location on the island but ..........

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Columbus, Ohio
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“the best fried clams you will find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2007

We spent a week in Nantucket this summer and ate lunch here three times. Why? The fried clams! If you want the BEST fried clams, go here. It doesn't hurt that it has character. It's on the water and the service is very good. Be aware that there is NO parking nearby but it is a very short walk from public lots in town and very convenient to the ferries. Also, it is popular so if you are there on the weekend, you might have to wait a bit. But trust...if you like fried clams, it's worth it. We plan to spend another week in Nantuket later this summer and Ropewalk will be a frequent stop for us!

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Chester County, PA
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“Chowda with a View!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2006

Lunched at Rope Walk the day of our arrival on Nantucket. No better way to get in the island state of mind than with a hot bowl of chowder while seated at a table overlooking the harbor! The chowder was excellent as was a lobster roll my wife and I shared. A wonderful start to our visit to Nantucket!

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Colorado Springs, CO
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“no parking available”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2006

This was our first choice of restaurants to eat at based on reviews but were so disappointed that there was no parking anywhere so we had to pass by the RopeWalk and go someplace else to eat. I am certain the RopeWalk would have been much better than the place we ended up having lunch at.

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