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About

Under new ownership, Glidden’s Island Seafood has evolved into much more than a fish market. Using our access to the highest quality seafood around, we are the islands premier wholesale seafood provider, best quality fish market and most deliciously fresh takeout spot around! Watch our fish come straight off the boat and make its short trip to our shop where it is immediately cut and put to use. Whether it makes its way to our takeout menu, a local restaurant, or your very own kitchen you will taste the quality in our fresh-caught fish.

Our owners take great pride in providing their customers with the very best in quality and customer service. This is what inspired them to expand our services into the food and grocery industry. While our staple will always be our fresh fish counter it is now just one of many reasons to come checkout our shop! While you look around you’ll find a fine selection of produce and grocery items to compliment your fresh seafood dinner or cookout.

Speaking of cookouts, did you know that we are now offering a wide variety of quality meats? We have teamed up with suppliers and we can now proudly offer you fresh cut USDA Prime steaks! So be sure to make us your go-to for all of your dinner/cookout needs. If you are looking for someone to do the work for you then look no further! Glidden’s kitchen is always hard at work finding new ways to make your life easier. The impact that our fresh seafood has on our takeout menu needs to be tasted to be fully appreciated.

We offer all of the seafood staples like lobster rolls, clam baskets and fish n chips but our specialty dishes and lunch specials keep things new and exciting each day! If you’re looking for something on the lighter side you’ll find that there’s something for everyone in our prepared food sections. From prepared salads, to dips and even sushi rolls our staff will happily point you in the right direction and get you on your way to enjoying the perfect bite of food in no time!

The first of the Nantucket Gliddens was Tobias, born in Damariscotta, Maine. He came to Nantucket and married Eunice Swain in 1808. Sadly, he was lost at sea in 1809, leaving behind Eunice and his son, Obed.

1808

1898

Several generations later, Sconset cod fisherman Charles S. Glidden moved his fishing shanty from Sconset to Steamboat Wharf, amidst the hustle of steamer ferries, the bustling fishing scene and, eventually, the bike shops.

Charles passed the market to his son, Walter, who passed it to his son, Walter D. Glidden Jr., who presided from 1952 to 1986, with a fine wit and trading skills honed from a stint at New York’s famed Fulton Fish Market.

1986

2016

David Glidden joined his father in the fish mongering trade in 1975. He learned how to cut fish, shuck clams, and negotiate with fishermen, a subtle art. David perfected his recipes for smoked bluefish pate, quahog chowder and bouillabaisse. In the year 2000, having long outgrown the Steamship Wharf location, we moved into the newly built seafood market at 115 Pleasant Street. Glidden’s now has plentiful parking, housing for seasonal workers, and a certified commercial kitchen.

2020

Great staff and selection.  Knowledgeable about local fish and preparation.

~ James M.

Love this place, friendly staffs and their fish is always fresh.

~ Rene T.

OMG ... just had some of their Nantucket Bay Scallops, and I don't think anything has even passed my lips that tastes as good !!! Keep up the great work!!!

~ Randy S.

Beautiful fresh fish, mussels, and clams. Love coming here to make delicious dinners with my family.

~ Konrad L.

The new owners have done a great job of stepping up an already solid seafood market. They have added a take-out option and it is great. Fried clams, tuna melt, calamari, etc. All great options for a quick pickup- no seating.

~ Jim M.

Amazing fresh seafood! Fish & Chips are fabulous, fried calamari fresh and delicious, tuna tartare was out of this world! Take out meals or raw fish to cook at home. Highly recommend.

~ Elizabeth M.