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The Nautilus Tale

The Nautilus is an idea created in the fall of 2013 when a small space on a side street of a tiny island in Massachusetts became available to rent, and three young industry professionals and co-workers decided to start their own restaurant. Liam was the food, Clinton was the drink, Steve was the wine, and many Peking ducks, tuna pokes, cocktail porrons, fernet shots, sake cans, little known wine bottles, late nights with loud music and dim lights, and long, long lines to get a table later, the rest is history. 

Located on Nantucket (2014) and in Boston (2021), The Nautilus was founded on the principle that everything is better when shared. The restaurants are built around this idea of a shared social experience, and seek to provide a setting for guests to enjoy the interplay between food, cocktails, and wine, as well as ambiance, energy, and atmosphere. The Nautilus is very much a New England restaurant with a coastal/seafood base, however the inspiration is deeply-rooted in Asian flavors and ingredients of the haute, street food variety, taking ideas from the traditional Japanese izakaya type establishment, with a major nod to the tapas-style of Spanish cuisine, and additional influences from mainland Latin America and the Mediterranean. The cocktails bring a culinary approach to drink making by drawing on both seasonal and regional inspirations. The wine, sake and spirits selections are award winning and seek to be all things to all people, hitting regions all over the world with a broad range of price points and accessibility. The unique, subtly nautical decor gives nods to Jules Verne and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The music is well curated and lively, the atmosphere energetic, and every effort is made to make the new and unfamiliar feel comfortable and at home.

The Nautilus - Come Get a Taste

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