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The Pearl, Nantucket Town

12 Federal Street
Nantucket , Massachusetts
Tel: 508 228 9701
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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 typical—instead 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 debate—over whether it's Nantucket's finest lobster dish. Korean-style braised short ribs and tenderloin with foie gras–truffle 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.

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