What better place to enjoy a meal on Nantucket than by the water?
And what better food to savor on this island off the coast of Massachusetts than New England seafood?
Easy Street Restaurant and Seafood House offers both.
This landmark eatery has gone through a number of transformations during its decades long history. Many on the island still have fond memories of fun nights spent there when it was Schooners. Last year the restaurant was managed by a team who tried to bring Cajun fare to the island. This year owner Joseph Arno has returned Easy Street Restaurant to its roots as a casual eatery serving local New England seafood.
Easy Street Restaurant & Seafood House offers both indoor and outdoor dining. Their patio is an ideal spot for people watching along the busy corner where Easy Street meets Steamboat Wharf. An awning shelters the outdoor tables on this sidewalk café, but diners can still enjoy fresh breezes as they tuck into breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The airy, spacious first floor dining room of Easy Street Restaurant is surrounded by windows and has a casual, relaxed ambiance. There’s plenty of room here for large parties, and it is a favorite of families. Centrally located is a large wrap-around bar well-stocked with top shelf liquors, where you can enjoy a dozen draft beers, another half dozen by the bottle, and a tempting assortment of specialty cocktails (try the Arno’s Bloody Mary, their Nantucket Cosmo, or the sparkling Mimosa Blush).
By day, the dining bar is also common spot for a quick lunch. And if you need to emphasize “quick” so you can catch the boat Off or get back to work, Easy Street has a special Express Menu with more than a dozen selections that can be prepared in just a few minutes to get you on your way, including Quahog Chowder, Shrimp Cocktail, Spinach Salad, Fried Haddock Sandwich, and Lobster Roll.
Upstairs at Easy Street Restaurant & Seafood House there are two dining areas with sweeping views: one overlooks Easy Street and the bustling streets leading to Steamboat Wharf; windows in the other overlook Easy Street Basin. Set apart from the main dining room, this second floor space is ideal for private celebrations.
The choice table upstairs is tucked into a corner of windows overlooking the water, and it was here that we sat during our recent dinner at Easy Street Restaurant and Seafood House. As the first two of us waited for the rest of our team, we gazed out at the water of Easy Street Basin sparkling in the last rays of the summer sun. Gracefully stepping at the water’s edge, near blooming rosa rugosa, was a white egret, perhaps fishing for its own dinner.
We left the restaurant just after a large party arrived. We had a few blocks to walk to get to where we had parked, but a stroll along Easy Street and up Main on a warm summer’s night after a hearty meal was a very pleasant way to end our evening.
Easy Street Restaurant and Seafood House
31 Easy Street, corner of Easy Street & Steamboat Wharf
508-228-5031 • www.easystreetnantucket.com
Breakfast served from 9 am to 2 pm • Lunch served from 10 am to 9 pm
Dinner entrees from 4 to 9 pm, starting at $21.95
Sandwiches platters with fries & slaw or potato salad starting at $14.95
Full Bar with 12 draft beers • Indoor & Outdoor Dining
Families Welcomed • All menu items available for take-out