The Nautilus story began, as so many do, over a few beers after work. Ron, Roz and Jenifer all worked together for many years at another local restaurant where Ron ran the kitchen for 20 years and Jen and Roz had been waiting tables for a long time. 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 Feb. 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. 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 and mussels, come right out of the bay outside our windows. We also carry a wide selection of local beers, wines 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, that we know how. We don’t think food has to be fancy to be great. 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.
In the three years since, we have built a thriving business on Belfast’s East Side with the help of an amazing staff and the support of our loyal customers. While we feel extremely fortunate to have been able to create our restaurant in this location, we were also very excited to start the next chapter of our story. 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. This location, combined with our ongoing commitment to excellent food and service, means a very special dining experience for our guests all year long. 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.