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Dining Out during the Pandemic


Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Nantucket eateries are taking precautions to protect their guests while they find new ways to serve them their favorite meals. Eateries who have always offered takeout are now doing curbside and home delivery. Fine dining restaurants are offering to-go menus and hoping to offer outdoor dining once the situation changes. Some are even selling meal kits for guests to finish preparing at home.
Here are island options for dining out during the pandemic, how to order from each, their daily specials, and some ideas on where to take your takeout if you’re tired of dining at home…


Where to take your takeout


If you’re getting tired of eating your takeout at home, there are plenty of places in town and around the island where you can enjoy your coffee or takeout. In addition to the benches you’ll find on nearly every street in town, here are some downtown parks and sitting areas where you can stay 6-feet from others but not feel quarantined. Just remember to take your leftovers and your trash home with you!


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The Atheneum Park

Entrance on India Street
Benches and a grassy area.

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The Nantucket Whaling Museum

13 Broad Street
Benches in front of the museum.

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Children's Beach Park

Harbor View Way

Benches and a grassy area; limited parking available

 
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Sculpture Pocket Park

India Street between Federal & Centre sts

Benches on a bricked area

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Town Pier Park

Washington Street just beyond Brant Point Marine

Benches and a path to the water; limited parking across the street in the town lot

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Fair Street Park

Corner of Main & Fair sts

Benches & stone seating around fountain; no parking

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Arthur's Park

Edge of Town beyond Consue Springs

One picnic table and grassy area; No parking

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Benches throughout Nantucket Town

You'll find park benches spaced on most in-town streets where you can socially distance.

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Pocket Park at Francis & Union

This small grassy area with two benches is about a half-mile or so walk from downtown Nantucket. It’s a lovely place to sit with some views of the water, but is not on the water. There is no parking.

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Old South Road Park Near the Airport

Owned by the Town of Nantucket, this spacious grassy space dotted with young trees and sculpture is ideal for children who need to run (but keep them away from the busy streets! There is a paved pathway and several benches. No parking is available here, but it is next to an NRTA bus stop.

New Outdoor Dining Options on Nantucket


Now that Massachusetts is in Phase 3 of Reopening, Nantucket eateries are offering outdoor dining and distanced indoor dining. The Town of Nantucket has worked with island restaurants to permit many to offer sidewalk dining. Because most have limited seating under the current pandemic conditions, reservations are a must! Per our Governor, masks or face-covering must be worn by those dining outdoors and indoors while guests are waiting, walking to and from tables or the bathroom. NO, you do not have to wear face-covering while you are seated at your table. Our island restaurants are happy to welcome you back!
Here are some of our favorite Nantucket spots for outdoor dining:


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Downyflake

508-228-4533

A Nantucket tradition, The Downyflake is known for their delicious flaky donuts and bountiful breakfasts (try Flake Special: eggs, breakfast meat, homefries, and a donut or biscuit or muffin), hearty lunches, and delicious dinners! They are open daily -- call ahead to reserve an outdoor table or for takeout. Their Buttermilk Fried Chicken dinner feeds four for under $30 and can’t be beat!

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Dune

508-228-5550

In the heart of historic downtown Nantucket, Dune is a fabulous fine dining restaurant that for 2020 is offering takeout with contactless pickup between 5:30 and 7:30 pm (orders are taken starting at 1pm). And in addition to limited indoor dining, they are also serving their cuisine on their patio and on the sidewalk in front of their restaurant.

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Easy Street Cantina

508-228-5418

This island eatery has long been a favorite for fast, delicious, and affordable food and for takeout and patio dining. Located downtown at the corner of Easy Street and Steamboat Wharf, there is a view of the water from their spacious flower-lined patio. They serve breakfast all day and have the best Fisherman’s Platter, Fish Tacos, Burritos, Cheesesteaks, Burgers, and more! For 2020, they have added a Walkup Window.

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Faregrounds

508-228-4095

Open every day from 11:30 am, Faregrounds has tables on their patio, and in the front and the back of their restaurant, located mid-island… so they have plenty of room and they have plenty of parking! Their pizzas are superb, and they have a great selection of Salads, Seafood, Surf-n-Turf entrees, Nachos and Finger Foods, and juicy Burgers. Bring the family: they have a kids menu. Faregrounds will seat on a first-come, first-served basis, but it is a good idea to call and reserve a table.

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Fifty-Six Union

508-228-6135

Fifty-Six is a five-star restaurant offering global cuisine and glorious libations that offers a stellar dining experience! They have several spacious indoor dining rooms, a covered patio, and garden dining. You don’t want to miss their Truffled Frites, Curried Mussels, Clams Casino, Seared Rare Tuna, Grilled RibEye Heart, and (if you like it hot), their Javanese Rice. Call to reserve a table for for takeout.

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Rose & Crown

508-228-2595

This island icon is open 7 days a week for sidewalk dining and for limited indoor dining. They are also offering takeout (call in your order). Savor their Grilled Lamb Sliders, Bluefish Pate, Crispy Fried Calamari, Nachos, Crispy Sriracha Honey Pork Belly Lardons to start. Then move on to their specialty burgers, fresh salads, and Warm Lobster Roll or Lobster Salad Roll. Their cocktails are cool and refreshing.

Takeout Meals


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Bartlett's Farm

508-228-9403

Breakfast specialties, lunch sandwiches, and dinner specialties Order online for curbside pickup Monday-Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5pm

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The Beet: 9 South Water Street

Appetizers, Salads, Bowls, Sandwiches, Daily Specials, Sweets + Wine, Beer, & Sake Wednesday-Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm. Order and pay online and choose your curbside pick-up time.
Delivery available.

 
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Dune to Go: 20 Broad Street

508-228-5550

Your favorite Dune dishes: soup, salads, appetizers, and entrees, plus the Dune Burger and desserts. Beer & Wine available to go. For a limited time, all wines are 30% off.
Open Tuesday-Saturday
Call in your order after 1 pm for contact-less pickup between 5:30 & 7:30 pm. Pay with credit card.

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Faregrounds: 27 Fairgrounds Road

508-228-4095

Full menu for lunch, dinner, and in-between. Family Meal Deals & Daily Specials.
Beer & wine available with a food order (proper ID required)
Call in your order for curbside delivery from 11:30 am to 8 pm; home delivery available from 11:30 am to 2 pm and from 5 to 7:30 pm

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Foggy Nantucket: 147 Orange Street

508-685-6348

Specializing in BBQ, Deep Dish Pizzas, Salads, Fruit Pies, Tarts, & Cheesecakes!
Call in your order for curbside pickup Monday- Saturday from 11:30 am to 7 pm
Pay-It-Forward: customers can purchase an extra item that will be given to islanders in need.

 
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SeaGrille: 45 Sparks Avenue

508-325-5700

Special Grille to Go Dinner Menu. Wine available with food orders.
Call in your order Wednesday-Saturday from 12 noon to 4 pm for curbside pick up between 5 & 6:30 pm

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Sophie T’s: 7 Dave Street in Bayberry Court

508-325-6265

Full menu for lunch, dinner, and in-between. Family Meal Deals & Daily Specials.
Beer & wine available with a food order (proper ID required)
Call in your order for curbside pickup from 11:30 am to 8 pm; home delivery available from 11:30 am to 2 pm and from 5 to 7:30 pm

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Rose & Crown

Menus and specials are one online for call-in orders: 508-228-2595

Open 7 days a week for curbside at 56 Union Street. Beer & wine available with food.

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Fifty-Six Union

Menus are one online for call-in orders: 508-228-6135

Open 5:30 to 8pm for curbside pickup and delivery at 23 S. Water Street. Beer & wine available with food.

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Easy Street Cantina

Menus are one online for call-in orders: 508-228-5418

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in between – all made to order for curbside delivery from 2 Broad Street or pickup at our takeout window. Patio dining coming soon.

Provisions


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Annye's Whole Foods

508-228-4554

Local and organic produce, groceries, and wine. Plus prepared foods to go. Call in your order for pick-up Open Monday-Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm.

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Bartlett’s Farm Market

508-228-9403

Register here and order online for curbside pickup Monday-Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5pm.
Patrons age 60 and older may shop in the market Monday-Saturday from 8 to 9 am and Sunday from 11am to 12 noon. Groceries, produce, beer & wine, gifts, garden center items.

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Cisco Brewers: Bartlett Farm Road

508-325-5929

Flagship beers, new Nantucket Cran and Nantucket Blue craft cocktails, wines, and Triple Eight Specialties.
The brewery is closed to guests but is open for gloved and masked curbside pickup Wednesday-Sunday from 1 to 7 pm.
Call in your order, arrive with ID and a credit card

 

Coffee Shops & Bakeries


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Nantucket Bake Shop

508-228-2797

Coffee, tea, freshly baked breads, donuts, scones, cookies, pies, fruit tarts, croissants, cakes, Jamaican patties, and quiche and chicken pies for take-home dinners. Call ahead to order or stop by: one person at a time is welcomed into the bakery.

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