I suppose it goes without saying that if an article is going to be written about waterfront restaurants near the Atlantic, then fresh seafood will be on every menu! All the great places to eat in the Hamptons are set on the water’s edge. Some have live music and some cater to kids, while others offer dockage, lodging, late-night lounges, and even wedding venues. One thing is for sure, they all have beautiful views!
The nautical-themed Boathouse, with its contemporary decor, offers breathtaking views of Three Mile Harbor. It has indoor and outdoor bars, outdoor-deck dining, take-out service for boats, and a late-night lounge with live music and DJs. Open seven days for lunch and dinner; Sunday brunch. 39 Gann Road, East Hampton, 631.329.3663, www.easthamptonboathouse.com.
East Hampton Point
This two-level, 4,000-square-foot restaurant overlooks Three Mile Harbor and serves contemporary American cuisine, fresh seafood, and has a raw bar. The chef focuses on seasonal foods, and serves everything from salmon and swordfish to lobster and littlenecks. Open for lunch and dinner. 295 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton, 631.329.2800, www.easthamptonpoint.com
Cross Eyed Clam Bar and Grill
Enjoying seafood, burgers, and drinks in a casual beach place on the harbor is the perfect way to end a week, but don’t forget about their clambakes, late-night DJ dance parties, and karaoke nights! 440 West Lake Drive, Montauk, 631.668.8065, www.crosseyedclam.com.
Gosman’s Restaurant, Clam Bar, and Fish Market
Eat fresh seafood indoors or out and watch the boats go by. With a full-service restaurant, separate clam bar, and fish market, this is everything you need, all in one place! Check Gosman’s website for their summer concert series with awardwinning performances, from blues to rock, and even shows for the kids. 500 West Lake Drive, Montauk, 631.668.5330, www.gosmans.com.
Gulf Coast Kitchen, Hurricane Alley at the Montauk Yacht Club
The white and wicker décor, plus historic pictures of the yacht club from yesteryear, give the Kitchen a personality of cool, plus their New American menu features local ingredients— very cool. Hurricane Alley is a casual dining option that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with indoor and outdoor seating. 32 Star Island Road, Montauk, 631.668.3100, www.montaukyachtclub.com.
Harvest on Fort Pond
Have a cocktail in the lounge, take a stroll through the garden, and then enjoy fresh seafood served up family-style (also now in half-portions). Best of all is the sunset view over Fort Pond. Harvest can accommodate 120 guests…perfect for weddings or special events. 11 South Emery Street, Montauk, 631.668.5574, www.harvest2000.com.
Inlet Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar
This is the story of six local fishermen who made good: they joined forces and opened this restaurant and ended up garnering rave reviews from Zagat, Newsday, NPR, Vanity Fair, and Time Out New York. Enjoy fresh local fish, meat dishes, and sushi for lunch and dinner, plus there is a fullservice bar and wine list; all this plus beautiful sunset views, Sunday brunch, and take-out, too. 541 East Lake Drive, Montauk, 631.668.4272, www.inletseafood.com..
Last Hope Lagoon
This oceanfront bar and grill just needs a steel drum player to make you feel like you’re in the Islands, “mon.” The Lagoon is kid-friendly and is open seven days serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The wine bar is open 4pm to 11pm. Check out their online video. Fun! 126 South Emerson Avenue, Montauk, 631.668.1511, www.lasthopelagoon.com.
Lenny’s on the Dock
The large menu selection, with fresh fish daily and raw bar, offers everything from yellowfin tuna to oversized lobsters. Kid-friendly waterfront dining with great views of the Harbor. 494 West Lake Drive, Montauk, 631.668.2500, www.hamptonweb.com/lennys.
With a private beach and easy anchoring, patrons have a choice of indoor or outdoor dining for lunch or dinner, seven days. Their “Coastal Cuisine” menu is enticing, with dishes such a Yunnan Ribs with black vinegar, chili, and caramel; or Oil-Poached Cobia with rock shrimp hash, cucumber sambal, and sweet soy glaze. Of course, there’s a kid-friendly menu, as well. Enjoy live music and check their online events calendar for fun goings-on during the season. Navy Beach is available for weddings and private affairs. 16 Navy Road, Montauk, 631.668.6868, www.navybeach.com.
Enjoy an oceanfront lunch or dinner inside or out; kids menu available. Drinks are on hand outside all day, and music is nightly in the dance club. Drink specials! 148 South Emerson Avenue, Montauk, 631.668.4800, www.nicksmontauk.com.
Rick’s Crabby Cowboy Café and Marina
Lots of fresh seafood, pulled pork, chicken, and ribs. Live music every night during July and August. Open seven days for lunch and dinner with indoor/outdoor seating and an outdoor bar. Very family-friendly, make s’mores in the fire pit and choose from eight ice cream choices daily! There’s a new 500-foot bulkhead in the marina, as well. 435 East Lake Drive, Montauk, 631.668.3200, www.crabbycowboy.com.
Sea Grille and Caffe Monte at Gurney’s Inn
The oceanfront Gurney’s Inn and Resort is a perfect venue for spa getaways, as well as weddings. Its two ocean-view dining venues focus on using local fish, farm produce, and Long Island wines, and are open year-round for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with hot waffles and an omelet station every day during the season! Free on-premise valet parking. 290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, 631.668.2345, www.gurneysinn.com.
Second House Tavern
Located on “Ruschmeyer’s Estate,” the lakefront Tavern offers a combo of seafood and American fare. Ruschmeyer’s is a summer camp built in 1952 with 19 renovated cabins, a restaurant, bar, and beer garden. With an emphasis on Montauk’s freshest fish, enjoy dinner six nights either indoors or outside in the Magic Garden. The Nook, just off the restaurant, will offer fresh juices, smoothies, pastries, muffins, and salads daily from 8am. 161 Second House Road, Montauk, 631.668.2877, www.visitruschmeyers.com.
Star Island Grill at Star Island Yacht Club and Marina Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and orders may also be placed dockside and delivered to the boat. Enjoy casual dining overlooking Montauk Harbor. Live poolside music and dancing on Saturday nights. Dockage and fishing tournaments available. Star Island Road, Montauk, 631.668.5052, www.starislandyc.com.
Surfside Inn Restaurant
Lunch and brunch served daily in this ocean-view Zagat-rated restaurant. Family owned for 25 years, the restaurant caters to tourists and locals alike. Fresh local seafood, lobsters, lamb, ribs, pastas, and more. 685 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, 631.668.5958, www.surfsideinnmontauk.com.
B. Smith’s is heading into its 15th year and it’s no wonder with (arguably) the best restaurant/ bar real-estate between Hampton Bays and Montauk. The menu includes selections such as lobster salad and almond-crusted sautéed soft-shell crab. Open for lunch and dinner seven days. Wine list, brunch. Dockage available. 1 Bay Street (on the Long Wharf), Sag Harbor, 631.725.5858, www.bsmith.com.
Enjoy a casual lunch or dinner seven days while overlooking Cold Spring Pond. The house specialty is a “splat,” which includes littlenecks, king crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, and lobster. Dockage available, happy hour Monday through Friday, 4pm to 6pm. 162 Inlet Road, Southampton, 631.283.1525, www.thelobsterinn.com.