The Nautilus, recipient of Boston Magazine’s “Best Bar in Nantucket, 2014” and officially open as of May 2014, is one of Nantucket Island’s newest restaurant destinations. Located at 12 Cambridge Street, just steps away from historic Main Street in the downtown area of Nantucket, and featuring a completely updated and renovated “rustic meets modern” dining room including a chef’s bar overlooking our open kitchen, a fully decked out craft cocktail drink bar, banquette seating and an oversized captain’s table, The Nautilus is a truly special dining destination, focused on the interplay between food, cocktails and wine, and our feeling that these things are best enjoyed when shared. Our menu gives you ultimate freedom, in a “choose your own adventure” type of way. Come to the Nautilus 50 different times and you can have 50 different, equally amazing experiences. The concept is born from the minds of three young culinary entrepreneurs, well versed in the island’s restaurant scene – from both sides of the table – for many years; Liam, Clinton & Stephen, the three minds and taste buds behind the Food, Drink & Wine of The Nautilus.
The dinner menu from Chef Liam Mackey is focused around unique and vibrant, small plate offerings as well as large multi-person “feast” selections, all with an eye toward engaging our guests with both the food and with each other. The Nautilus will thrive on this concept of sharing more than it will on being “cuisine” specific. While we are very much a New England restaurant with a coastal/seafood base, the inspiration will be well rooted in Asian flavors and ingredients of the haute street food variety, taking ideas from the traditional Japense izakaya type establishment, and will also have a major nod to the tapas style of Spanish cuisine, with additional influences from mainland Asia and Latin America.
Derived from frequently local and predominantly seasonal ingredients, our globally styled dishes are the perfect compliment to our culinary-inspired, craft cocktails, made from locally grown and sourced ingredients as well as home-made bitters, infusions, syrups, sodas and tinctures. Our Bar Manager and Bartender Extraordinaire Clinton Terry has created a constantly changing drink list that branches off into two distinct directions – modern & craft riffs on classic cocktails on the one hand (think negroni, manhattan, grey hound, etc) and seasonally inspired artisan specialty drinks driven by fresh fruit & herbs on the other. Whatever you choose will be made with an eye towards detail – from the preparation and glassware down to the ice cubes and garnishes, everything will have its own function, and the drinks will gravitate towards balance over excess. Our bar will also feature an array of beers including several local and micro-brews, interactive beverages served in Spanish style porrons, as well as a cocktail of the week on tap, and industry standby & favorite Fernet Branca on tap as well.
The wine & sake list, meticulously curated by sommelier Stephen Bowler, features nearly 250 selections from all over the world, with the direction being more about quality, diversity and balance – geographically, financially, varietally, etc – than about a specific region or style of wine. Boundaries are be pushed when appropriate, with several selections from lesser known parts of the world and/or made from lesser known varietals or blends, but the list will still feature many classics, favorites and standouts, thus catering to all levels of wine knowledge, appreciation and budgets. With 24+ selections we also feature one of the island’s largest ‘wine by the glass’ selection, made possible by two separate four bottle wine preservation systems (also the only of their kind on the island) that keep wine temperature controlled and wine fresh for up to six weeks after opening, thus allowing us to showcase and feature limited availability, high end and hard to find wines by the taste, glass or half bottle.
The Nautilus, as previously mentioned, is owned and operated by a young and local trio of culinary entrepreneurs embracing the triumvirate of food, drink and wine. The atmosphere is both relaxed and energetic at the same and the space is perfect for both large parties and private events. Our reservation policy and hours change drastically with the seasons so please stop in, call us, or check our website for the most up to date information.You can also visit us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or read our reviews (or write your own review) on Trip Advisor, Yelp or Google Business. We are all very pleased, excited, and proud to bring our vision, talent and experience to your table, plate and glass.