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Located in the heart of downtown Nantucket just steps off of Main Street, The Nautilus is owned & operated by a local trio of culinary entrepreneurs, Executive Chef Liam Mackey, Mixologist Clinton Terry & Sommelier Stephen Bowler - all formerly of island favorites the Pearl and Boarding House - are thrilled to bring our vision to your plate. The Nautilus is a truly special dining destination focused on the interplay between food, cocktails & wine, & our feeling that these are best enjoyed shared. Open-kitchen dining featuring a chef's bar, a lively drink bar, communal & banquette seating - perfect for both intimate encounters & large group liaisons. The menu is focused on vibrant small plates
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner
CUISINES
Seafood, Fusion
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ordered the Peking duck, the best we have ever eaten. The presentation was beautiful as well. Clinton, one of the owners, was very attentive to us all during the dinner, helping with wine pairing as well. We would definitely go back. It was a...memorable evening.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant has to be one of the best experiences we've ever had. The staff works seamlessly as a group to make everything from the first greeting through your departure flawless. Everyone is working to make sure you have a good experience. The food flavors...are unique and perfectly paired. We didn't have a dish that didn't have a wow factor and was perfectly balanced. The cocktails were creative and quite enjoyable. My only regret is that we can't frequent The Nautilus on a regular basis. If you are fortunate enough to be visiting Nantucket I hope you are fortunate enough to get a reservation at The Nautilus.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 11, 2021 via mobile

We had a spectacular dinner at The Nautilus! The service was superb and attentive, every dish was flavorful and well-prepared, and the variety of offerings was simply outstanding. We particularly enjoyed the Waygu beef entree. The great appetizers, with a definite Asian flair, were all...wonderful.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 10, 2021 via mobile

Happy to be out of the “tradition Nantucket fish house”. Sat at the bar (our favorite spot most places). Busy but not packed. Great cocktails by Matt! Pork dumplings, tuna lettuce wraps, japanese street corn, oyster “tacos”. Asian fusion? Somebody really cares

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 4, 2021 via mobile

Had a great meal at the bar, which was the only way to get a spot since reservation were booked up when I tried to make one. We loved the scallion pancakes, the shishito peppers, the salad, and the pork riblets. Excellent cocktail list, and...it was so fun watching the bartender make the colored drinks!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 18, 2021

Some of the best food we had on our whole trip to Nantucket! We weren't able to get a table even trying a week in advance but were able to get walk-in bar seats. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We highly recommend the...oyster tacos and blue crab fried rice! Also the bartender was fantastic and made me a delicious mocktail that felt just as fancy as the real thing.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 18, 2021 via mobile

Food is really good. The crab fried rice is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. You need to be prepared for a different experience. Food comes out whenever- its not like apps then entrees. We sat at the bar on this visit. Very...busy bar with creative mixology. Bartenders were very friendly and accommodating. Need a reservation or a lot of patience. Food and drink is very higj quality. Restaurant is small and very crowded, but people are always friendly. Definitely worth a visit.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 2, 2021 via mobile

This restaurant is very hard to get into unless you are willing to show up early before most others eat. We arrived at 6:30 and got a table outside with the agreement we would be done by 8pm for their next seating. It worked out...great!We recommend you try multiple small plates; between 2 of us we ordered 4 small plates. Our favorite were two Hawaiian tuna poke and scallion pancake. So delicious!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 20, 2021

There are so many great restaurants on Nantucket and I had resisted eating here because it’s a very tough reservation to get. However we had dinner there last night and I now understand the hype surrounding this place. Our reservation was outside at 9:15 PM...(the only one available on line!). As we were walking over, it started to sprinkle. Luckily there was space inside at the chef’s bar in the back and we grabbed those seats. The server came over right away and we ordered our drinks. I had the blueberry vodka drink made with 888 vodka and my husband had a dirty martini. Drinks were very good, which is always a good way to start the meal. We ordered the scallion pancake and the tempura oysters to start, followed by the crab fried rice for each of us. The food was excellent and very unusual. The service was also good. Our server told us that the oysters they use are local, which is a nice touch. So I have to say the hassle in getting a reservation is definitely worth it. It’s really a great place.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 17, 2021

The larger entrees were terrible. My boyfriends dish was honestly past its due date and my Lobster noodles were beyond salty.

Date of visit: June 2021
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The Nautilus is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5