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Fifty-Six Union

Southwestern, 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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Fairfield, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank richm0507
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107 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

2 Thank suzette b
New York City, New York
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125 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 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 

1 Thank salihora
Fort Worth, Texas
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We love Fifty-Six Union and Table 56 may be one of the best kept secrets on Nantucket! Our family just returned from a wonderful 2 week vacation on Nantucket. We dined at Fifty-Six Union twice and both evenings were great. We asked for Table 56 both times and, as luck would have it, both nights turned out to be a... More 

Austin, Texas
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128 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

We had a nice dinner with a group of 11 people, and something really nasty ended up on our table. I have no idea where it came from, but it was gross. I pointed it out to the waiter, who was from a foreign country, and he removed it from our table, cleaned up the container, and brought the same... More 

3 Thank austinteri
gottaluvItaly, Owner at Fifty-Six Union, responded to this review

Austinteri Thank you for taking the time to post your review. After careful investigation, and consulting with your Waiter we discovered that the "Hiccup that wasn't handled well" was nothing more than a piece of masking tape that we use to mark sections of our wine room and it apparently stuck to your wine bottle. We were not informed of... More 

Portland, Maine
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

Dined on a Saturday. Three course dinner special included choice of soup or salad, fish tacos, and brownies for desert. The soup and tacos were overall uninspiring.

Thank Keith R
Granville, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I normally don't review a restaurant after one visit but we had such an outstanding experience here on Nantucket Stroll weekend in December, I wanted to be sure to acknowledge it. Restaurants this weekend are jammed with reservations made months in advance and limited menus. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were so charmed to see the entire staff... More 

Thank PatCT202
Cheshire, Connecticut
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29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We had dinner at 56 Union during Christmas Stroll weekend. The restaurant is a short walk down Union Street, located in a small, quaint building. When we walked into the restaurant, all the customers were wearing angel halos.....they were provided at each place setting. The wait staff were also all dressed for the holiday. The atmosphere was fun and inviting.... More 

Thank Jack759
Houston, Texas
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

We enjoyed our last dinner during a 4-day stay to Nantucket at this beautiful restaurant. We were there on a Tuesday evening and seated in the outdoor garden at sunset, which is lush with greenery and comfortably heated with lamps. The ambiance, service and food were exceptional. I had a delicious beet salad and perfectly prepared escargot, with a lovely... More 

2 Thank jacquie f

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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, French, Asian, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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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