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Fifty-Six Union

Southwestern, American, French, Asian, Contemporary
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56 Union St, Nantucket Town, Nantucket, MA 02554
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Biddeford, Maine
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A bit out of the town but worth a short cab ride, this long established restaurant is under rated. The food is really excellent, prepared and served by thoughtful people. The busy chef even took the time to sit down with us to understand and help my wife who suffers a food allergy, by preparing a special a special solution.

Thank ramon n
Needham, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just had a terrible night at this restaurant. Waiter delayed until we were nearly done with the salad to come by with pepper for it. The swordfish was bland and not cooked. The waiter said they were out of tea, then, when we pushed, he brought us tea, but the wrong kind. He said he would comp our dessert, and... More 

Thank Jamie F
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been going to the island for twenty years, and had (sadly) never been to this restaurant before. It will now be a staple moving forward. We LOVED the food, our server Taylor was excellent, and overall it was a great atmosphere. For those who get cold sitting outside, they even have blankets that you can use if you get... More 

Thank AllergieswithAmanda
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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79 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to this restaurant more than a few times. It is a solid walk from the town center, but it also has parking for customers and is situated on your way into town so you can avoid the cobblestones. I've eaten there as a solo and the bartenders have always been nice and the crowd at the bar... More 

1 Thank Matollygirl
biddeford, maine/gulf stream, fl
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the fresh fish, my husband had the hamburger with delicious pommes frittes and our guest had the veal. My husband had clams casino, I had the beet salad and my friend had the wedge salad. Everyone raved about the food. The server, Basil, was very professional and courteous. He consulted the chef about a food allergy, and the... More 

Thank 416sheree
West Hartford CT
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78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this restaurant during the 3rd week in July while visiting a friend who lives on Nantucket during the summer and fall months. The three of use were issued to a table next to the bar which we asked to change since it was not conducive to a private and quiet conversation. We were moved to another table in... More 

Thank susanseider
Fairfield, Connecticut
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Growing up in NY, I am a used to great food of all types and impeccable service and decor. 56 delivered on all fronts! I was fortunate to visit with my extended family, so I had the opportunity to taste many of the dishes, and each were amazing in their own way. I of course started with the mussels, which... More 

1 Thank richm0507
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107 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

The restaurant is about 1/3 mile away from center of town, which is good if you want to get away from it all and almost guarantee a table. Opt for outside dining as the inside i loud and very very cold. Courtyard and outdoor tented table for 10 adorable and would be very convenient for a large group not wanting... More 

Thank Ritz1165
Hopewell, New Jersey
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

We enjoyed the mussels and clam chowder as an appetizer. The steak frites was delicious as was the vegetarian ravioli and seared tuna.

3 Thank suzette b
New York City, New York
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125 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

LOVE this place. Small, romantic. Delicious mussels! Extensive wine list and quite a few can be purchased by the glass. Instead of the mussels being dumped in a bowl, they are hand placed. They look like a flower in the presentation. The sauce on the mussels is a light curry in cream. HEAVEN. The rest of the menu is just... More 

2 Thank salihora

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $70
Southwestern, American, French, Asian, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 56 Union St, Nantucket Town, Nantucket, MA 02554
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Nantucket
  • Phone Number: 15082286135
Celebrating their 17th season, Wendy and Peter Jannelle are proud of what they have created at Fifty-Six Union. The most recent addition is the outside space. Completely protected, with a full bar, the atmosphere is playful and fun. Dinner is served nightly (year-round) at 5:30 PM, offering Peter's House Specialties that include the best Curried Mussels in the World! Peter is a '78 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. His career started by working on The Holland America Lines. Afterward he came to Nantucket and became the chef de cuisine at the now defunct India House Restaurant. This is where he met Wendy. Wendy and Peter have been on the Island since the early 80's, and have worked in some of the best kitchens and dining rooms on Nantucket. Their two sons, Andrew and Blair, have both taken turns working in the Family Business. Andrew's interest has been in the kitchen, while Blair can currently be seen behind the bar, or serving on the floor.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?