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Nantucket Grill-Durham


5826 Fayetteville Rd
Durham, NC 27713
Phone: (919) 484-8162
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Photo of Meg Meg
Jun 27, 2019 5

Had a bacon cheeseburger and fries. It was so good. Might even be on my top 10 burgers that I have had. It was cooked perfectly, and so were my fries. Finished up with their amazing strawberry shortcake. Our server was awesome too! Love this olace!

Photo of Ashley Natt Ashley Natt
Jun 30, 2019 5

Today was my first day eating here and I loved it. I had the crab cakes with mashed potatoes and asparagus. It was delicious. The blueberry bread pudding was good as well. I will be back.

Photo of Blue Lotus Blue Lotus
May 25, 2019 3

It was okay... the service was great but the atmosphere was thick with noise. It was pretty packed. Friday lobster special was lit. But I was expecting a bit more flavor...from everything. I'd go back but probably just to try the cake. Slices are as big as your face, no lie!

Photo of Jordan Harris Jordan Harris
Jun 12, 2019 5

Went here for deserts! The cake is AMAZING!! The service was extremely friendly! Highly recommend this place I’ll be returning soon. I got the half slice of triple chocolate cake!

Photo of Sharon Pfeiffer Sharon Pfeiffer
May 15, 2019 5

Great place. About 25 tables and No reservations but VERYaccommodating even though it was Sunday, Mother's Day and graduation weekend, all rolled into one!!! Take out and homemade dessert counter also right inside the door. The food was wonderful with something for everyone.

Photo of James Goerke James Goerke
May 1, 2019 4

Food is pretty good. They do seem to be be doing a ton with the menu and might be better served with a smaller menu selection. FREE slice of case on Tuesdays. They do have car seat high chairs which is awesome.Update: they now have vegan cupcakes and they are delicious. They do vegan cake options as well.

Photo of Debra Wright Debra Wright
May 12, 2019 5

Friendly service and delicious food. Everything we ordered was tasty, well prepared, nicely plated, and fresh - especially the Spicy Nantucket Seafood Pasta. We were lucky to be there on a day when you got free half slice of cake with each entree over $15. Since prices are a little high almost every entree qualifies. They make sinfully scrumptious mile-high cakes, so half a slice is quite generous. The decor is nothing to write home about but everything else makes this my #1 restaurant for a satisfying meal in a comfortable setting with great desserts.

Photo of Vickie West-Riggsbee Vickie West-Riggsbee
Oct 19, 2019 4

Service was excellent! Food was ok too but the strawberry shortcake was awesome! I highly recommend this place if want great cake.

Photo of Joan Oxendine Joan Oxendine
Oct 30, 2019 5

If you haven't tried their desserts, it is an absolute must!! The food is delicious and mouth watering. I love the lobster tails. But the desserts definitely are something you should not pass up!

Photo of Dr. April Jackson-James Dr. April Jackson-James
Oct 14, 2019 5

I went with my elderly mother. Your staff was wonderful. The food was great. Thank you.

Photo of Steven Ayscue Steven Ayscue
Aug 3, 2019 5

Well, the service and food were both outstanding. My family each had different dishes and they were all delicious. Don't miss the New England clam chowder as it was the best I've had anywhere, including under the bridge in Boston. I never expected that. The cakes, which I guess are what they are best known for, were also delicious. Our table had the strawberry, which was light and easy, and also a slice of chocolate which was the good rich quality chocolate we were hoping for. Go here, eat well...and appreciate the service like Jayna gave us.

Photo of T M T M
Aug 27, 2019 4

Great family place to sit outside. There's an area kids can play and adults can keep an eye on them. The food is outstanding...specially the sandwiches. THE CAKES ARE TO DIE FOR. Most of the time we receive great waiters who are friendly and quick but there has been a few occasions that has not been the case but the food and locations brings us back again.

Photo of Doug McKay Doug McKay
Sep 14, 2019 5

We were in town visiting family and decided to eat here on the spur of the moment. The food and service were great, Jorge took great care of us... And you should definitely save room for dessert

Photo of Carole Harsch Carole Harsch
Sep 24, 2019 5

My best Friend and I had a very good experience having dinner at your Grill tonight. The food was excellent, and the service was great. Raymond was very attentive and friendly. We will be coming there often.

Photo of Naomi Alston Naomi Alston
Oct 14, 2019 5

Nantucket never disappoints! The food is always on point along with their amazing cake selection! The Island burger was so delicious! Cooked to perfection and the flavor was amazing! We had excellent service especially with a large party.

Photo of Yuhance Grant Yuhance Grant
Nov 27, 2021 5

The food was delicious. It was seasoned to my liking. My family enjoyed their meals also. The atmosphere was relaxed, laid back and very mello. I’m not sure what all areas (states)the restaurant is located, but if your ever in Durham…..look this spot up. It is well worth it!!

Photo of Ashley George Ashley George
Mar 31, 2022 5

This place is cozy & clean. We had “mike” as our server and he was extremely attentive, nice, and quick. He made our first experience a memorable one and provided me a great recommendation: the po boy sandwich !! The food was amazing (especially the artichoke dip) and worth the pay. We are new to the area and will definitely come back again!

Photo of Les Ault Les Ault
Feb 3, 2022 5

Stopped by for dinner. I started with a cup of chowder that reminded me of my trip to Maine. Main course was baked scallops with spinach and mashed potatoes. It was delicious. My girlfriend had the steak kabob with vegetables. Will definitely be visiting again to try other menu items.

Photo of Jacqueline Fitzgerald Jacqueline Fitzgerald
Jan 26, 2022 5

The Nantucket Grill bakery made our weekend with a lovely and delicious strawberry shortcake (vanilla cake with strawberry filling and fresh whipped cream) decorated with Disney Princess Ariel for my daughter's birthday. She was so excited for her cake, it lit everyone up. And it was the BEST birthday cake. Ever. Appreciate the bakery bending their norm to make a double layer sheet cake for her birthday. You can get a single layer Disney cake anywhere, the NG Bakery made it exceptional.

Photo of Haley Simmonds Haley Simmonds
Mar 17, 2022 5

Food was excellent! My fish was fried so beautifully and my sister had the Reuben which was also wonderful. Our service was great too! Very attentive but not overbearing. I've been here before and can't wait to go again.

Photo of Allantra Lewis Allantra Lewis
Mar 13, 2022 5

Had an amazing birthday! I had a party of 15 last night and the service was impeccable! Appetizers and drinks came out quickly. Entrees were delicious! Every part of the service was seamless! I truly enjoyed my birthday!! Our server was amazing! He bought me out a cake with a candle and sang to me!! Everyone enjoyed! Thank you all so much!!

Photo of Lope Jones Lope Jones
Feb 4, 2021 5

Lobster roll was delicious, as was the triple chocolate cake. As others have noted, the cake portions are huge! I ate 1/4 of it and froze the rest of it in pre-cut slices. We also got the lobster bisque, very tasty and also a large portion. Will definitely go back again.

Photo of Rachael Jones Rachael Jones
Jan 30, 2021 5

I’m in love with this place! Their crab cakes, lobster tails and cakes to name a few are absolutely amazing. Plus the staff is always super kind and efficient. One of my faves in Durham for sure.

Photo of Larry Hagemann Larry Hagemann
Sep 17, 2020 3

Sept. 12 - return visit to Nantucket Grill as we have on numerous occaions in the past for anniversary, Valentine's Day, etc. Our wait-person Miguel was very nice, but the order placement took three times to "get it right". When the food arrived, the mixup continued, but the owner made things right for us rather quickly. We were sorry not to see their regular bread. Covid was cited, but other restaurants do not seem to have a "bread issue". Things got worse, however. Even in the best of restaurants things can go wrong. My salmon was perfect. My wife's salmon tasted good, but two hours later she had violent stomach reactions to it and lost it all over five throw-up episodes. Something went wrong along the way from the ocean to the plate. Such a memory will preclude another visit, sorry to say. It has been a good run. Thank you.

Photo of Gracei Sg Gracei Sg
Oct 5, 2020 5

Heard great reviews of this restaurant - especially this location. Reviewers said this location better than in Chapel Hill. Anyway, husband & I went there in a Friday evening . We were asked if we prefer to outdoor or indoor seating - we chose the latter. Pros: 1. Waitresses - were wearing mask & helpful with great customer service. (Kristine-not sure if I spelled it right) 2. Ambiance is cozy, family-friendly 3. Practiced social distancing for tables. 4. They served our appetizer & mains in no time.👍 5. Tasty food, reasonably-priced - ordered Fried Calamari, Kebabs, Ribs & for dessert waitress-suggested the strawberry shortcake-delectable but I wasn’t able to finish though- belly full already. Summing up, highly recommended & will definitely come back!

Photo of E Almazan E Almazan
Dec 27, 2020 4

It's been a while a visited Durham. This place has a little of everything. Bakery a full bar indoor and outdoor seating. I really enjoyed their calamari and lobster roll. Service was fast and friendly. Great job!

Photo of Kym Gardner Kym Gardner
Dec 16, 2020 5

We go to Nantucket Grill often, especially for a spontaneous dinner out. The food is consistently tasty and well-prepared, and the service is great. Even before COVID, we would almost always sit outside, where there is an open plaza with room for people to hang out and kids to play. This time of year they have patio heaters and is very comfortable.

Photo of Paul Beyer III Paul Beyer III
Dec 18, 2020 5

Great atmosphere! Cool vibe! Great food! Lobster 🦞 roll was delicious. Waitress was awesome. Great laugh that was so contagious. We had a great time. Thank you

Photo of Ismita Joti Ismita Joti
Dec 11, 2020 5

I just loved the foods. I took crab cakes and beef skewers and tasted too good. I highly recommend this place for any occasions. "Good price for good quality 👌 "

Photo of Stanley Stasiewicz Stanley Stasiewicz
Oct 13, 2020 4

We stopped for lunch for a low key celebration of our anniversary. I had the grilled Reuben with onion rings and my wife had the lobster bisque and a baked sweet potato with butter and cinnamon sugar. We ate outside and there was a good separation between tables. The food was good as was the service. My wife took home a slice of German chocolate cake which was both huge and very good.

Photo of Richard Grant Richard Grant
Sep 20, 2020 5

Great food. Great service. Comfortable, clean environment. Practiced social distancing.

Photo of Mia's Ministry Mia's Ministry
Sep 2, 2020 3

It was ok. Had better

Photo of Grace Anderson Grace Anderson
Sep 13, 2020 5

You only need a half slice of cake! The full slices are bigger than your face!

Photo of Ronald Corey Ronald Corey
Aug 10, 2020 5

My wife and I went here for lunch and we were very satisfied. The burgers we ordered were made exactly as we requested and the onion rings were excellent. The cakes are awesome and we were pleasantly surprised how good the coffee was. Kendall was our server and she is very attentive and super nice. We plan on going back soon with our daughter to get some more delicious cake!

Photo of Shaylah Kendall Shaylah Kendall
Aug 3, 2020 5

I love it, my favorite cake is strawberry cake! I would love to get a free cake for my birthday on January 13! I will be 22 years old!

Photo of Ray Kornfeld Ray Kornfeld
Jul 26, 2020 4

Always a pleasure to go here. Best teriyaki beef kabobs with rice and a veggie. MY WIFE WAS SLIGHTLY DISSAPPOINYED since sh got the shrimp kabob and only got 1 skewer with 5 Shrimp. I had gotten 2 skewers of beef and the cost was very close. Also had the nachos with chili. IT WAS VERY GOOD BUT COULD HAVE USED MORE CHILI. THE CHIPS THEMSELVES WERE VERY GOOD.

Photo of Melissa Barnett Melissa Barnett
Jul 18, 2020 5

I come here weekly. The food is food and the service is great. My go to item is the salmon salad. Also, love their to go items such as chicken salad and the strawberry shortcake. Yum!

Photo of Tony Bichler Tony Bichler
Jul 6, 2020 5

Yes, this place is the best. Loved everything! Cant wait to go there again.

Photo of Zacki Murphy Zacki Murphy
Jul 9, 2020 4

Seeing that customers were eating outside underneath cover, stopped by for a quick bite. It had been raining; "a soft sifting sizz" and asked the hostess for a seat on the patio. At first, she denied me saying that staff could not serve during the rain. Noting that a couple had just been seated outdoors, she said that they should not have been, but walked me out anyway. It was not even raining. A sharp server, Kendall, with a good attitude took good care of me. Having been as a teen a hostess and later owning a restaurant in NYC, know HOW important that front person is. It begins the experience. This one, was NOT "the hostess with the mostest." Chef Zacki

Photo of Veronica Vivas Veronica Vivas
Jul 7, 2020 5

On June 26, I went to this place to celebrate my 30th anniversary of marriage the place is very nice and from the time we live it is a nice restaurant its food is quite good and the staff very amble, eating outside it is very nice and a place that ideal to go with family

Photo of Cynthia Haliburton Cynthia Haliburton
Jun 5, 2020 5

We actually just got back in Durham after a nice roadtrip to Massachusetts. While there in Cambridge, we tried the Lobster Rolls for the first time. Absolutely delicious 😍 So of course, we had to try the ones that are right here right under our nose at Nantucket's. Needless to say, they're second only to the ones that we enjoyed in Massachusetts. Thanks for a wonderful, delicious lunch. And definitely, thanks for your compliance to the social distancing/ face covering ordinance to ensure that customers are both safe and comfortable while enjoying your restaurant.

Photo of Jonathan Ptachcinski Jonathan Ptachcinski
Jun 19, 2020 5

Finally got to sit at a restaurant (outside). Had a nice meal. The entire experience was made better by the waiter, Miguel who was excellent. Would probably go back just to try and get him again

Photo of Chekera Chekera
Mar 10, 2020 5

I love love love the crab dip! I have been here several times, and have no complaints! Excellent service, food, and my favorite cake is the strawberry shortcake.

Photo of Kellie Hopkins Kellie Hopkins
Feb 29, 2020 4

I thought we were going into a bakery to grab a slice of cake, had no idea this was a restaurant. The cakes were stacked nice and high! A slice is worth the money.🍰

Photo of Michael Thompson Michael Thompson
Mar 10, 2020 5

Great atmosphere, the food is really good. But the best part about Nantucket are the cakes. A half slice is huge! You can't go wrong with any flavor. These are not your grocery store cakes. They are better than your grand mom's cake! If you can imagine that.

Photo of Patra Diggs Patra Diggs
Feb 13, 2020 5

Very good food, AMAZING cakes and desserts!! If you go on the right day you get a free half slice of cake with your entree of $15 or more. Great atmosphere and waiters are friendly and helpful. I sometimes drop by just for cake.

Photo of DJ Neon DJ Neon
Jan 31, 2020 5

Amazing local establishment with towering cakes and friendly service! I almost want to give them a bad review to save my spot at the bar. Not possible. Closest thing to North East a diner this side of Durham.

Photo of Jennifer Hennigan Jennifer Hennigan
Jan 14, 2020 5

Excellent food, and even better giant and delicious cake slices! It's nice that there's the option to get a half slice. Recently got takeout from here and I liked that pickup was easy.

Photo of Mike Kaiser Mike Kaiser
Jan 12, 2020 5

Excellent dining and the service was great. The lobster bisque, clam chowder, and prime rib were fantastic. It's a small gem that not too many people know about which is good for dates and groups alike. The staff is very friendly and helpful. If you like cake, their mile high cakes are both delicious and with very very tall slices.

Photo of Michael Shoulders Michael Shoulders
Dec 22, 2019 3

Good chowder but we waited a long time for service and they weren't terribly busy. Decent salad. Ordered the lobster roll, it lacked something so I salted it and added spicy aioli they brought me from the kitchen, that did the trick!

Photo of Marek K Marek K
Dec 11, 2019 5

Nantucket Grill was great. This was my first time at Durham location. Service is great and the food is delicious. Restaurant was clean I was impressed with their cakes selection. The best tiramisu cake I ever had. The wine selection is not shabby either. Will be coming back. Great experience.

Photo of Shane Shane
May 25, 2022 3

I had the crab dip appetizer and thought it was very plain and lacked crab. For the main course I had the choose two fried seafood. The scallops were amazing. They were a good size and tasted nice and juicy. The shrimp was also pretty good. For my side I had the risotto, I thought it was also plain along with being mushy. Over all the fried food were delicious and the other food was kind of lacking flavor.

Photo of Andy Nieto Andy Nieto
May 31, 2022 3

Mixed experience. Food is consistently good with lots of flavor and a broad menu. Cakes are delicious! Service is beyond slow. Host (manager?) always seems irritated that you bothered him by coming in. Wait staff doesn’t rush for anything. Have I mentioned the delicious cakes? Good food if you don’t mind waiting.

Photo of Heather Smith Heather Smith
Jun 16, 2022 5

This place has become my annual birthday stop. I loveeee the stuffed shrimp and risotto. Their crab dip is amazing. Roasted chicken is super good. The cakes are insane. I’ve literally had them all and didn’t find one I don’t like. Highly recommend. Cute spot with outdoor seating and just really great food.

Photo of pepper jack pepper jack
Jun 19, 2022 3

Father’s Day dinner was great. Good food, really enjoyed the patio, service was good. The only complaint is the automatic gratuity added to the bill. It’s an infuriating practice. The only time it’s even remotely appropriate is with large disjointed parties which we were not. And if you insist on the practice, at least make it clear to people. It’s not even obvious on the bill unless you study it. Then the hand you the cc reader with options to add a gratuity, again not making it clear you’ve already tipped. I waited tables in my 20s. I know quality service that’s worthy of 20, 30, 40%. But adding it automatically is disrespectful, presumptuous, entitled, and it this case, dishonest. It’s enough to keep us away in the future. If you can’t be respectful and honest with patrons, it’s a really big deal to many of us.

Photo of Glo Glo
Jul 11, 2022 4

I really enjoyed the food and my Server was very nice. I ordered the grilled Cod sandwich, which was cooked perfectly to my request and a fresh side salad that was yummy. The Strawberry Shortcake is very good, it was hard to pick from the different varieties of Shortcakes. Definitely coming back and try every Shortcake.

Photo of Katharine Bayer Katharine Bayer
Aug 4, 2022 4

We have been dining here for years and love the burgers, sandwiches, wings and jambalaya pasta. Oh and the cake! The Strawberry shortcake is decadent and we even ordered it for birthday parties and family celebrations. The staff is always helpful and friendly and we love the casual atmosphere for lunch or dinner.

Photo of Anitra Elmore Anitra Elmore
Aug 28, 2022 3

I wish I could rate it 2.5 stars—my experience was better than a 2 but not quite a 3. This used to be a place we enjoyed eating, but it’s no longer worth what they charge for a meal. The $28 crab cakes looked and tasted like the ones you find in the frozen foods section of the grocery store. The restaurant also felt cluttered. Supplies you’d expect to see in a storage room are kept in the hallway and out in front of the door. Our server was good and we were seated quickly though.

Photo of Susan Spell Susan Spell
Aug 28, 2022 5

Our meals are always perfectly prepared and delicious. The fresh ingredients and recipes at Nantucket make it a healthy choice for us. The Atlantic salmon dinner with roasted asparagus is my favorite. The service is always excellent. Crystal is a very efficient waitress, whom we always look forward to seeing.

Photo of Chelsy L Chelsy L
Apr 30, 2022 5

Wonderful location for sitting outside and enjoying wine on the patio. Great food selection, and attentive staff. The cake is a must try, clam chowder and nachos were also great

Photo of pepper jack pepper jack
Aug 28, 2022 3

Father’s Day dinner was great. Good food, really enjoyed the patio, service was good. The only complaint is the automatic gratuity added to the bill. It’s an infuriating practice. The only time it’s even remotely appropriate is with large disjointed parties which we were not, we had 4. And if you insist on the practice, at least make it clear to people. It’s not even obvious on the bill unless you study it. Then the hand you the cc reader with options to add a gratuity, again not making it clear you’ve already tipped. I waited tables in my 20s. I know quality service that’s worthy of 20, 30, 40%. But adding it automatically is disrespectful, presumptuous, entitled, and it this case, dishonest. It’s enough to keep us away in the future. If you can’t be respectful and honest with patrons, it’s a really big deal to many of us.

Photo of Amy Sonder Amy Sonder
Jan 7, 2022 4

Went here for lunch one afternoon and was very happy with the experience and glad we could eat outside. Our waiter was accommodating for our dog and he brought a water bowl out for him. My friend ordered the cheeseburger and said it was very good and I went with the shrimp po'boy and was blown away with how flavorful the shrimp was! Perfect portion sizes and good prices. I'm from out of town but for those who live around here, I would recommend signing up for the reward program. We had planned on getting some pieces of cake to go but were just too full. Maybe save room and treat yourself!