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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.
TOPPER'S Restaurant at The Wauwinet Ratings and Reviews
Elegant and romantic setting, excellent waitstaff service combined with a truly outstanding gourmet menu perfectly prepared and served all combined to make for an unforgettable twentieth anniversary celebration...another repeat of our honeymoon experience at this same restaurant. Thank you Toppers!
This is the best restaurant for sunsets on the island. They have an amazing outdoor seating area and a wonderful place to sit on lawn chairs and watch the sunset. The food matches the amazing view with outstanding selections of seafood, steaks and pork. This is a cannot miss on the island and during prime summer season you can take a boat from the White Elephant to the restaurant.
Beneath the elaboration it has to be said that the food we were served was rather bland. Verbally interesting, yes, well presented yes, but bland bland bland. And my duck breast had the consistency of rubber.
It's a shame. Everything was fine with our evening apart from the food! Service/decor/ambience were terrific, but the food just did not match its surroundings.
My husband and I live on the island year round and we look forward to going to Topper's every year for our anniversary. The food is delicious and beautifully plated, the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, and the view is spectacular. Our server, Marina, was very friendly and she was able to answer all of our questions about the menu. My husband and I both got the chef's choice (a 6 course prefix) along with a half dozen local oysters. This is, by far, the best meal on Nantucket. Eating here is always such an amazing dining experience.
The food at Toppers is outstanding. I just wish they would have let me know when I made my reservation that the Dining Room was closed for a private event. As a result, we sat on the rather chilly patio at a wooden table with no linens except a napkins, no flowers, etc. It wasn't the ambience I was counting on for a $400 meal. The restaurant had just opened for the season and it was quite evident the staff was still getting up to speed. Back to the food - except for dessert (what WAS that green rubber on the Lime and the Coconut dessert?!?!) - the food was sublime. Highly recommend Toppers (when the dining room is open).
Received a very good wine recommendation. Every part of the meal was extra special with excitingly different tastes and textures. Chef pesented 2 surprise treats which is appreciated as well as yummy. Atmosphere was intimate but somehow open at the same time as we enjoyed having light conversation with other guests. Service was perfect.
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!
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Our waiter was pleasant and attentive. We never felt rushed.
4. We were offered and accepted complimentary appetizer bites.
5. Free shuttle back to town.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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