The Pearl, Nantucket Town
Nantucket , Massachusetts
Tel: 508 228 9701
Concierge.com's insider take:
On an island that abhors flash, the Pearl draws the cream of the see-and-be-seen celebrity crop and the hard-to-get reservations are prized (if you can't snag one, you can still eat at the bar). The dining room is also a stark departure from Nantucket typicalinstead of dark wood and antique sideboards, one wall of the urbane, baby-blue space is an aquarium filled with darting tropical fish. The under-the-sea aesthetic complements chef-owner Seth Raynor's Asian-influenced seafood dishes, such as a "martini" of yellowfin tuna, wasabi, and crème fraîche; and tataki of day-boat sea scallops in a Chinese black bean vinaigrette. The spice-crusted, wok-fried local lobster with grilled lime and Asian barbecue sauce is the subject of constant debateover whether it's Nantucket's finest lobster dish. Korean-style braised short ribs and tenderloin with foie grastruffle jus will sate carnivores, but it's the fish that really sizzles here. There's also an impressive sake list, and a late-night menu served Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until midnight that includes sashimi and satay.
Dinner only Wednesdays through Sundays, early April through late October; call ahead.