Bar Yoshi Raises the Bar on Sushi on Nantucket

Nantucket’s sophisticated and raw Bar Yoshi is set to expand along Old South Wharf

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After a fire damaged Sushi by Yoshi, a Nantucket restaurant favorite for over 25 years, there was concern the small but big cuisine destination would close for good. It would take a few years but owner and manager Terry Noyes, Yoshi’s nephew, has helped bring back the beloved eatery with a new look and location to give it a welcome refresh.

Now called Bar Yoshi, the reimagined update is now located on the waterfront at the historic Old South Wharf, a classic shell lined street that offers water views on either side.  The restaurant still offers classic Japanese cuisine; sushi, noodles and dumplings, but has added a sophisticated selection of raw bar, poke and ceviche dishes, and a bar menu featuring creative cocktails, sake, wine and beer.

Yoshi Mabuchim, recently retired yet still serving as a consultant for the space,  first came to the island in 1993, bringing sushi for the first time to Nantucket. “He taught Nantucket sushi,” says Terry,” and his business grew. It’s an American dream with a Japanese teacher.” And that dream is living on with an expansion that is going to help serve even more customers enjoy Yoshi’s vision. 

The award-winning restaurant currently offers an intimate indoor dining space with direct views of the kitchen, and an outdoor dining area overlooking the wharf and waterfront. But this year they are expanding next door to create additional open-air dining space and offer a more extensive selection of food and liquors.

Outdoor dining is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Limited indoor dining is also open, offering tables on a reservation basis (call 508.228.1801) or for walk-ins.

Takeout will continue to be available all summer, offering the full food menu to-go for pick-up, or delivery via ACKEats. The restaurant is also now offering breakfast on the weekend!  Enjoy donuts, morning glory muffins and coffee to-go from the new takeout window.

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