The Nautilus story began over a few beers after work. Ron, Roz and Jenifer all worked together for many years at another local restaurant and like a lot of people in this business, we dreamt of one day having a place of our own. Our conversations quickly progressed from “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” to “How are we going to make this happen?” In February 2012, we got our answer. Ron was driving up Route 1 one evening and saw a for lease sign on the building that would become Nautilus. Two days later, the three of us were planning our restaurant. A week after that, we quit our jobs and started working on Nautilus full time.
Our goal was to create a comfortable, casual environment where people can relax and unwind and enjoy a great meal at the same time. In the dining room, outside on the patio and at the bar, we wanted to create an atmosphere that was inviting and comfortable, special but not stuffy. Ron wrote a menu that features his signature style of cooking which is innovative while remaining accessible. We cook most everything from scratch, from our pasta sauces to our pie crusts, and you can tell. If you were to look around in our pantry, you would find ingredients, not “product”. We use local produce wherever we can and much of our seafood, including lobster, crab and mussels, come right out of the bay outside our windows. We also carry a wide selection of local beers and liquors at the bar. It’s very important to all of us to serve the best food and drinks, made with the freshest ingredients. We don’t think food has to be fancy to be great.
In December 2015, Nautilus moved to the Belfast waterfront. Literally on top of the water and at the beginning of Main St, we have the best location and view for miles around. We want you, our guest, to feel welcome and taken care of whether you pop over after work or are out for a special evening. Join us, there’s room for everyone at our table.