About TOPPER'S Restaurant at The Wauwinet
TOPPER`S is able to offer an elegant dining experience in our cozy dining room. Restaurant guests who prefer a more casual experience are invited to enjoy dining on our awning-covered, heated deck. The lower patio is perfect for relaxing with a cocktail overlookiing TOPPER`S garden and the Head of the Harbor. The sunsets are stunning. These outdoor areas are ideal to fully appreciate the tranquility and the magnificent setting of the inn.
TOPPER’S is located at The Wauwinet, the only Relais & Châteaux property on Nantucket. Winner of the Wine Spectator Grand Award for many years, TOPPER’S is known for it`s culinay standards and service standards, on-site herb garden, and innovative use of the freshest local ingredients guarantee an unforgettable dining experience. Visitors without vehicles can take The Wauwinet Jitney from Federal Street in downtown Nantucket, or enjoy a complimentary boat ride on The Wauwinet Lady which launches from The White Elephant Hotel
Nantucket, MA 02554
Contemporary American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast:8.00-10.30(We suggest for breakfast) Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 6:00pm - 9:30pm; Brunch: 11.30am - 2:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Plenty of Space.
Nantucket Town is nine miles from The Wauwinet. The inn provides complimentary jitney service 12 times daily from 9 AM to 11 PM. We pick up from the Information Bureau on Federal Street, we also pick up from the White Elephant Hotel from 6.00pm-8.00pm on the hour.
Private Party Facilities:
Two semi-private dining rooms are available, The Sunroom and TOPPER'S. Please call for availability.
Private Party Contact:
Restaurant Manager: (508) 228-8768 ext. 6501
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Wauwinet Lady will start running daily from the White Elephant for lunch and dinner beginning June 27th.
The food was good, but for the price, nothing special. My dissatisfaction stems from the fact that the day we went they only had a limited menu, not their normal menu. It was towards the end of the season, and they were closing is a week or so, so they had gone to a limited menu. All that is fine and understandable. However, I only found out about it when I was given the menu at the restaurant and asked. No advance communication.
I fine this really unacceptable, particularly because after I made our reservation on Open Table, I received two e-mails from the restaurant telling me that I had to cancel by a certain point in time or I faced a cancellation fee! In neither of these direct communications from the restaurant did they care to inform me that it was the end of the season and there would be a limited menu.
I have been to this restaurant in the past and liked it. So we decided to go there for our anniversary. Had I known there would be a limited menu, I would have made other plans for our special occasion. When I found out while sitting at our table I had no other options.
Very disappointing from such an establishment.
The service was terrible. The Sommelier was not interested in my merely $81 bottle of wine. He scowled at me and when I asked to have a decanter, he did not open the bottle in front of me and allow me to taste it. Instead, he walked away with the bottle, opening it as he walked. He came back with the entire bottle of wine decanted. He poured my taste from the decanted bottle. I do believe the wine was truly what I ordered but not for sure since I did not get the tasting directly from the opened bottle. The water glasses were never kept full. The food was average at best. For this price point and supposedly quality of restaurant, I would expect superior service. The check took way too long. We requested it twice and had to find the server to bring it. My husband and I were there with another couple both celebrating our 25th anniversaries. We have dined a lot and know good service and good food. This was not it! Do not waste your time, or money going there. We went to Martha's Vineyard the next day to Covington's, a restaurant half the price point. The waitress was phenomenal. Personal and attentive!
Water taxi from the White Elephant -a must! I would do that every time! Service and experience on the boat was fantastic! They check you in for your reservation at the dock of the White Elephant. They serve cocktails during the 45 minute ride.
The view. Arrived 1/2 before sunset. We were able to postpone our reservation until after sunset. We sat outside on the comfortable lawn chairs, enjoyed the view and took some remarkable photos. The staff kindly took pictures of us and was attentive.
Our waiter was pleasant and attentive. We never felt rushed.
We were offered and accepted complimentary appetizer bites.
Free shuttle back to town.
We chose the "fixe prix" option. Which we found out you get smaller portions than if you ordered the items separately. Our dinners were cold and puny. Large delicious looking steaks were flying by as we were seated just outside the kitchen. If you go, get the steak.
The shuttle was late do we were freezing outside waiting for it. It's first come first serve on the shuttle so you have to stick it out at the curb.
The price. So overpriced.
We would go again but not for dinner., just the water taxi and cocktails.
Food was very good, room setting was extremely nice, but the service was not up to par. Had to ask for items twice, and one main course was not as ordered. They overcharged me, and when asked about it, they offered to have me (not them) look at the menu. I declined, but later did so, and I was correct. They adjusted the bill. Fair service ruins good food IMO. I would not go back, but I feel confident that if people had good service to go with the good food, it would be a most enjoyable meal.
Toppers was a very beautiful place with the ocean right out the window. Enjoyed the setting very much. Thought the food wonderful with the exception of the lobster. It was not as tender as should have been. My companions loved their food. The wine list is extensive and they have a great list of half bottles.
Honestly, both my wife and I felt that this restaurant was a bit "over the top" in terms of pretentiousness even by Nantucket standards. And the food, although OK, was not "over the top" as far as we were concerned.
The Bananas Foster dessert was extremely disappointing... not anythging close to a traditional recipe at all. Three quarter-sized slices of banana, nothing heated or caramelized in any way and about $17 for that!
Sorry, but at least with our meal, Topper's was a swing and miss!
This was a special dinner for our daughter's 29th birthday; it was a beautiful night and we arrived early and had champagne cocktails at the bar before dinner. The chef left a note for my daughter wishing her a wonderful birthday and also a special dessert. Everything was perfect except when it was time to order wine; my husband selected a bottle and the sommelier asked for my daughter's ID. She wasn't asked at the bar and she didn't have her bag with her....left it in the car and we explained that to the sommelier but he said she had to go get it and was very unfriendly about it. This totally put a damper on the evening....she did trek to the car( not close if you are with this place) and then was served her glass of white wine.
Extremely elegant but over-priced. My husband and I went here for a special occasion and found Topper's was a tad too stiff and the food slightly underwhelming for the prices. Maybe we've been spoiled by so many restaurants that strike the perfect note of elegant but welcoming, and with truly "wow" food. For all of our dishes, from the appetizers to the desserts, they were all very good, but none of them made us say "this is outstanding." And with a dinner for two that comes in around a $300, you expect "wow." It also didn't help that we were in an unideal table location, but that's secondary.
Overall, you may go and have a wonderful experience, but you've been warned that it might just be okay, or very good food, but the prices don't reflect that.
Worst so-called "fine dining" experience ever. Appetizer of "sushi" salmon was four weak tasteless slices with such tiny dollops of horseradish sauce it could have not been there. The halibut was over cooked, tough and bland and whosever idea it was to "garnish" it with three boiled new potatoes and three miniature ears of corn should go back to cooking school as not even the local diner would want him/her. Finally, the pedestal table was unbalanced and tipped over in my lap, spilling my wine over my white pants and white jacket. The exorbitant prices are totally unjustifiable. There are a dozen other restaurants of fine dining in Nantucket that put this place to shame. Avoid at all costs.
My husband and I reserved a table for our wedding anniversary in August at Toppers, having had a wonderful dinner during a prior stay at the Wauwinet. We're not exactly sure why the evening went the way it did but, suffice it to say, it did not go well from the beginning. After ordering drinks, we received them 35 minutes afterword, ice melted. My husband was interested in a filet which Toppers does not offer. Then a strange discussion with the server ensued regarding how a filet mignon and tenderloin, a strip and sirloin all come from the same muscle, "...just a different cut." Well...we knew that wasn't the case having dined on meats worldwide
. My husband opted for the sirloin and found it tasteless and tough. I ordered the halibut which, if seasoned, would have been less bland. My husband's Bananas Foster (a misnomer, it's not flambéed) was awful. At the end of the dinner, when asked by the sommelier how our meal was, we began to describe what we thought, which clearly was not welcome. No constructive criticism for these folks. So all in all, not a good experience and one we will not recommend to anyone.
I was surprised by two aspects of our dinner. The service was friendly but inconsistent. After taking our drink order, we waited quite a long time to be told about the specials and waited quite a bit more to order. Secondly, the entree portions, other than the halibut, were meager. On a positive note, the gazpacho was both delicious and served in a whimsical manner.
There certainly aren't many settings that can top Toppers, on the west-facing shore of the bay, with a great sunset view (though it gets bright in the eyes of anyone facing that direction in the outdoor dining area until it's down). The staff was very helpful, and while our primary server was AWOL much of the night (our only negative comment about this) the rest of the staff filled in so seamlessly that if I wasn't paying attention I wouldn't have even realized it. The chef did a great job creating vegan options for us as well, and all the food was splendid.
We were unable to catch the water shuttle over because seating is very limited and we didn't now about it until it was too late, but they have a very nice shuttle van that goes back and forth from town every hour on the hour from downtown and returns every hour on the half hour from the resort.
Indoor dining room is too stuffy. While it is the same restaurant as the outdoor dining there were two separate menus. There were 40% of the tables open in the outdoor area, but we were told that they could not seat us there...??????
Outdoor area looks amazing and the indoor dining is overly formal.
The waiter was distracted. We came in for a late reservation (9:00) and he didn't come to the table for the first 15 minutes. Then when we ordered drinks we gave up after another 10 minutes and flagged the sommelier who was great. He brought the drinks and apologized and took them off our bill. We did the tasting menu and wine pairing. The sommelier was great throughout and made up for the waiter. The food was fine but not worth all the hype. We also went to The Pearl in the town square which was a way better vibe and experience.
The menu was unappealing. There were no appetizers which suited us except for oysters. The price was very high for an ordinary meal at best. We had a bottle of wine, 1-appetizer, 2 mains 1- cheese plate. The wine selections was outstanding. Cocktails on the lawn looking over the sea were fantastic although the service was very slow.
Booked for a special occasion (birthday). From server (nicholas) to sommelied (igor) - the service was top notch and way beyond the call of duty. We were treated as special guests and had a very memorable evening. Dining room is a bit old school but good for the occasion. The tasting menu was delicious and am especially enamored w the breads made in house (spiced breads) - everything was perfect. Not cheap but most definitely worth it as youll have a special evening. Show up before sunset to watch the sun go down on the lawn while u have a predinner cocktail. Congrats to the team!
I am not sure that I can write anything else that has not been said about this restaurant. It is a special restaurant in a special location. They have not let their location or reputation go to their heads. The service and food were excellent! Expensive? Yes. But don't we all deserve it once in a while?
Excellent service, delicious food, remarkable wine list, but VERY expensive. A plus is excellent choice of half-bottles and wines by the glass, but wine prices are also extremely high. Part of that is Nantucket, but be prepared. Quality similar to the other top restaurants in Nantucket, such as Dune and American Seasons, but ambiance at Topper's is more formal and elegant, which we enjoyed. A great experience of you're willing to pay for it.
We were excited to make a reservation for our family (including a 3 month old baby) at Toppers for our first stop on Nantucket. After several weeks of having made a reservation we received a phone message the day of the event but were unable to retrieve it due to spotty phone coverage. So I called to confirm the reservation oand was told we were all set for the dining room. When we arrived, an incredibly rude hostess told us we were unable to be seated inside because we had an infant who would ruin everyones dining experience. We were told we had to be seated on a windy cold deck with the baby which we did not reserve. She finally relented and allowed us to be seated after we objected but it cast a shadow over the evening. The food was good but not spectacular and the bill was very high. After speaking to another guest in the restaurant near us who was also rudely treated by the pretentious hostess we agreed that this was not a place we ever wanted to revisit !!
Fabulous prix fix dinner options. The wine list had various options depending on your budget. The server and wait staff we well atuned of your need. Very pleasant experience with great food options. Will visit the establishment again- they also have a nice lunch and brunch menu.
My family and I truly enjoyed our experience at Topper's. We were celebrating my sister's birthday and from the ride across the harbor on the Wauwinet Lady to the excellent food and service, it was a night to remember. I especially appreciated the careful attention paid to my dietary restrictions. I would highly recommend Topper's for any special occasion.
For several years, we dine at Toppers and quite frequently. Overall, this was our best experience. The menu has more depth (not the same old), creativity and variety. The food was better prepared, presented well and tasty. The service was more engaging and personable. And as always, the ambiance was lovely. We will definitely let our friends know Toppers has "upped their game!"
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