Huge List: Restaurants on the Water Long Island

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Are you looking for the best restaurants on the water long island? There’s just something about it, right? It’s summer and what better place is there to be than a great venue to eat and drink in the summer sunshine?!? Catch a sunset and enjoy the wonderful views and salty air living on an island affords us!

We are blessed here on Long Island with a number of good to very good to great places. There is a lot of shoreline here and people love to spend as much time as possible on the beautiful beaches and enjoy the amazing sunsets.

Here is a comprehensive list of waterfront restaurants long island for you to check out and hopefully bookmark. When you just want to feel like you are getting away without going very far, I highly recommend checking these places out!

No matter when you are on the Island, I hope this helps you find your little piece of paradise!

Enjoy!

Nassau County

North Shore

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Wall’s Wharf

This upscale seafood venue with beachfront seating and panoramic views of the Sound has booth food and community on the menu. Enjoy oysters, shrimp, lobster, salads, and more along with an extra-large helping of hospitality.

18 Greenwich Avenue, Bayville, NY 11709. Call 516-628-9696 or visit https://wallswharf.com

The Cove Restaurant & Oyster Bar

With a loyal local following and excellent food options, The Cove is a must-visit for those who love food and a good time. Featuring signature dishes such as local oysters, custom burgers, and a variety of egg dishes, along with a Tiki Bar, this restaurant has it all for those who like to take it easy.

74 Shore Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542. Call 516-676-1211 or visit https://thecoveny.com

Gatsby’s Landing

A strong nautical theme, locally-sourced New American cuisine, and a stylish setting create a dining experience that’s equal parts high-style and relaxed-chic. Enjoy beautiful views of the water along with seafood options like scallops, and octopus, pasta options, steaks, chicken, chops, salads, and more.

1362 Old Northern Boulevard, Roslyn, NY 11576. Call 516-227-2318 or visit https://www.gatsbyslanding.com

Salt on the Water

SALT, a waterfront restaurant in the heart of Nassau County, pairs modern new American cuisine with fresh seasonal cocktails in a casual waterfront atmosphere. Come by car or boat to enjoy indoor or outdoor dining featuring a culinary menu with dishes from land and sea. Guests can enjoy a relaxing night in the lounge, happy hour, and live music, too.

3100 Whaleneck Drive Merrick, New York 11566. Call 516-442-7470 or visit http://saltonthewater.com

Louie’s Grill & Liquors

Louie’s has been serving up fresh seafood since 1905, continually changing and evolving with the times. It seems to just keep getting better. Think lobster tacos, fish tacos, Maine lobster roll with house-made chips, New England-style clam chowder, complete raw bar, and steamed lobster.

But there’s also some turf to go with that surf, like steaks, braised short ribs, and chicken parm.

395 Main Street, Port Washington, New York. Call 516-883-4242 or visit louiessince1905.com

Lighthouse Waterfront Café

Enjoy a variety of seafood options from tuna burgers to lobster bisque at Lighthouse Waterfront Café, formerly known as the Boathouse Waterside Café. On a nice day, enjoy your meal on the deck while taking in views of the Hudson River.

76 Shore Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542. Call 516-277-2088

Butler’s Flat

Butler’s Flat is a seasonal clam shack in Capri Marina West on Manhasset Bay named after the lighthouse Butler Flats in the South End of New Bedford, Massachusetts where seven generations of his family have grown up.

This is a classic seafood shack with lobster and shrimp rolls, clams, and more. There are also salads and other sandwiches for those that may not love seafood. Crab shacks like this are some of the best, most accessible restaurants on the water long island around!

Capri West Marina, 88 Orchard Beach Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050. Call 516-883-8330 or visit https://www.butlersflat.com

Ocean

Dine in style at this immaculate restaurant overlooking the ocean. Fine dining, spectacular views, and both indoor and outdoor dining options await at this hotspot situated on one of Long Island’s most spectacular waterfront venues. Enjoy chicken, steaks, pasta, and of course, seafood options ranging from ahi tuna wraps to crab-stuffed lobster.

333 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY 11709. Call 516-628-3330 or visit https://www.cometotheocean.com

Thyme

This rustic, unassuming restaurant belies its excellent food. This bi-level restaurant features an outdoor deck overlooking a pond, live music on the weekends, and dining options such as salads, burgers, steaks, fish, shellfish, and a variety of appetizers. 

8 Tower Place, Roslyn, NY 11576. Call 516-625-2566 or visit https://www.thymenewyork.com

South Shore

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Anchor Down Dockside (formerly Cardoon)

Anchor Down is expanding it’s restaurants on the water long island empire, taking over Cardoon in Seaford. Dockside’s menu rocks a large array of fish and shellfish, along with salads, steaks, and more. Their is also an outdoor deck on the Seaford canal with a 3 slip dock for your boat.

Open Tuesday – Thursday 4:30 – 10:00, Friday & Saturday. Lunch 12:00 – 3:30, Dinner 4:30 – 10:30. Sunday 12:00 – 9:00

2479 Adler Ct, Seaford, NY 11783. Call (516) 785 – 2390 or visit http://anchordowndockside.com

The Clubhouse

Come as you are and come with an appetite when you visit The Clubhouse. This Caribbean-inspired tavern located by the marina features delicious steaks, seafood, and an award-winning wine list along with an atmosphere that’s all about fun.

134 Clubhouse Road, Bellmore, NY 11710. Call 516-308-7750 or visit https://www.theclubhousebellmore.com

Peter’s Clam Bar

Serving up classic American seafood like shrimp, fish, and lobster, along with steaks since 1940, Peter’s Clam Bar is a staple of the Long Island area. Be sure to sit down at the raw bar and enjoy oysters right out of the shell.

600 Long Beach Road, Island Park, NY 11558. Call 516-432-0505 or visit https://www.petersclamhouse.com

Pop’s Seafood Shack & Grill

Pop’s Seafood Shack & Grill offers waterfront dining, New England seafood staples, raw-bar options, a deck and fire pits, and a healthy dose of “take it easy”. This waterside haunt is all about good food and good times with no pretension.

15 Railroad Place, Island Park, NY 11558. Call 516-432-7677 or visit https://www.popsseafoodshack.com

Jordan’s Lobster Farms

This well-known spot for delicious food and lots of fun offers up tons of seafood options like oysters on the half shell, soups, salads, lobster, crab, and much more. Visitors will also enjoy the nautical motif, fish market, backyard bar, and outdoor patio. It’s one of the more unique waterfront restaurants Long Island around.

1 Pettit Place, Island Park, NY 11558. Call 516-889-3314 or visit https://jordanlobsterfarms.com/

Lazy Lobster

Delicious seafood options like lobster rolls and tacos, plenty of cocktails, live music, and a patio with river views are all on the menu at Lazy Lobster. This South Shore seafood spot is the perfect spot for dining with family and friends.

10 Front Street, East Rockaway, NY 11518. Call 516-837-8484 or visit https://www.lazylobsterny.com

Gatsby on the Ocean (Jones Beach)

Located at the historic West Bath House at iconic Jones Beach, this restaurant features some of the best food in the area. Gatsby offers family-friendly restaurant dining, catering, and entertainment. It’s the complete package.

2000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793. Call 516-785-0012 or visit https://gatsbyontheocean.com

Villa D’Aqua

This high-end waterfront eatery offers a superb menu of Italian seafood and pasta dishes which can be enjoyed inside the restaurant or at outdoor tables.

2565 Bellmore Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710. Call 516-308-4900 or visit https://www.villadaqua.com

Crabby Amy’s

A boisterous waterfront hangout that focuses on seafood, beer, and fun, Crabby Amy’s offers seafood options like crab cakes, shrimp, lobster, raw bar options, beer, and the occasional live band. Casual waterfront restaurants Long Island like these are so essential to really enjoying the basics of what being on the waterfront is all about!

2880 ocean Avenue, Seaford, NY 11783. Call 516-783-2554 or visit https://www.facebook.com/crabbyamysseaford/

Salt on the Water

Combining a casual, waterfront atmosphere New American cuisine and seasonal cocktails, Salt on the Water offers stunning water views from the patio and delicious food to go along with it. Enjoy dishes like Thai calamari, lobster mac & cheese, short rib sliders, and a host of other creative dishes. 

3100 Whaleneck Drive, Merrick, NY 11566. Call 516-442-7470 or visit https://www.sweptawaybayshore.com/

Point Lookout (on Reynold’s Channel)

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Point Lookout is one of my favorite little towns on the Island. If you are looking for some really classic, unique, and clustered waterfront restaurants Long Island, then this is the town for you! It’s so close yet a world away. It’s a tiny hamlet on the Eastern tip of a barrier island that includes “the beaches” including Lido Beach, Long Beach, and Atlantic Beach.

You will see kids on bikes with no shoes, beach cottages with narrow roads, and water on all sides. It’s an amazing spot with a bunch of great places inland, too. Here are the waterfront spots located right on Reynold’s Channel (not on the ocean).

Ted’s Fishing Station

Ted’s is a classic beach bar, very basic, very beachy. Frozen drinks, cold beers, beach food, good vibes. It’s the ideal beach vibe all the time. Plus, go fishing, rent or charter a boat, fill your boat up with gas, or just hang. Beachy.

143 Bayside Dr., Point Lookout, NY, 11569. Call 516-431-4193 or visit https://www.tedsfishingstation.com

The Buoy Bar Waterfront Grille

Since 1999, The Buoy Bar has been offering waterfront dining and drinks with excellent views afforded from their picturesque outdoor deck right on Reynold’s Channel. The Buoy Bar is open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner throughout the summer season.

72 Bayside Drive, Point Lookout, NY 11569. Call 516-432-3975 or visit http://buoybarli.com/

Scotty’s on the Bay

Right next door to Buoy Bar and open since 1929, this is a super fun, casual place to relax and unwind, with your feet in the sand (literally).

Our casual menu features dishes ranging from lobster sliders and coconut shrimp, to a crisp ceasar salad and buffalo wings.

Scotty’s on the Bay has an adjoining children’s beach that is an absolute home run. We love going to their children’s fishing night (all in with food and fishing gear) for a set price per child from approx. 6-8PM on Wednesdays during the summer. We absolutely love this.

Scotty’s is open seven days a week. No reservations and seating is on a first come first serve basis. Gratuities are not accepted on credit cards but there is an ATM available on the premises.

There is also free boat docking seven days a week until 6pm.

72 Bayside Drive, Point Lookout, NY 11569. Call 516-432-3975 or visit http://buoybarli.com/scottys-on-the-bay.html

Point Lookout Clam Bar, Fish Market, & Sushi Bar

You can watch the boats bringing in the new catch! This very casual spot if all about the fish, baby. From fried clam strips and shrimp to their new fresh sushi bar, they have it all. Plus, much of their catch comes from they own fisherman!

Their fish market is also stocked with goodies all year long!

Over the years the people and boats displayed throughout the restaurant have brought their catch straight to their dock. From the one man garvey who catches clams by hand to the 100 foot trawlers.

Open 7 days a week. Open for lunch and dinner from 11:30-9:30.

99 Bayside Dr., Point Lookout, NY 11569. Call (516) 897-4024 or (516) 432-5560 or visit https://pointlookoutclambar.com

Fisherman’s Catch

Located next door to Point Lookout Clam Bar, this more formal sit-down restaurant is a great spot to enjoy a little more “formal” yet still ultra casual meal. Sometimes after a long day at the beach, it’s nice to sit in the AC but still have all those awesome water views!

OPEN Wed – Sunday for For Dinner 4pm til 9:30pm Open forSunday Brunch 11am-3pm 99 Bayside Dr., Point Lookout, NY 11569. Call (516)670-971 or visit https://fishermanscatchrestaurant.net

Freeport Nautical Mile

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Rachel’s Waterside Grill

Enjoy classic seafood dishes while taking in beautiful waterfront views on the terrace at Rachel’s Waterside Grill. This restaurant boasts the perfect blend of beautiful scenery and relaxed dining along with pastas, burgers, and tons of seafood options including raw items. 

281 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520. Call 516-546-0050 or visit http://rachelswatersidegrill.com/

Bracco’s at Freeport

This waterfront clam bar is all about great seafood, tropical drinks, and a laidback atmosphere that welcomes all comers. Enjoy great views and seafood options like shrimp, crab legs, and sandwiches. 

319 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520. Call 516-378-6589 or visit https://www.menupix.com/longisland/restaurants/449565/Braccos-Clam-Oyster-Bar-Freeport-NY

Nautilus Café

Elegant waterfront dining on the Nautical Mile and traditional American steakhouse eats await at Nautlius. A welcoming atmosphere of warm wood walls and stone accents serve as the backdrop to delicious surf and turf dining options like steak, salmon, mussels, clams, and oysters, lobster, and more. 

46 Woodcleft Avenue #6100, Freeport, NY 11520. Call 516-379-2566 or visit https://www.nautiluscafe.com/

Jeremy’s Ale House

Jeremy’s Ale House could be considered one of the last great NYC dive bars. Stop in to this bar and grill where you’ll enjoy beer in huge Styrofoam cups, tasty pub food, and quirky details like bras that hang from the ceiling. 

239 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520. Call 516-623-0204 or visit https://www.jeremysalehouse.com/

Woodcleft Crab Shack

This family-friendly eatery features nautical décor, a kids’ menu, small bar, and classic seafood fare like lobster, shrimp, crab, pasta dishes, and more. 

150 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520. Call 516-868-6198 or visit https://woodcleftcrabshack.com/

The Helm Bar & Grill

A beloved favorite of locals, The Helm Bar & Grill is a laid-back pub featuring live music, lots of fun, and tons of great eats. Load up on burgers, beer, and good times. 

524 Guy Lombardo Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520. Call 516-378-9615 or visithttps://www.facebook.com/thehelm.bar.9/

Suffolk County

North Shore

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Prime

Posh but not snooty, Prime offers high-end dining featuring surf, turf, and brunch options. Enjoy dishes like steaks, sushi, a variety of seafood, and a raw bar while enjoying the harbor views. 

117 North New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743. Call 631-385-1515 or visit https://restaurantprime.com/

The Fifth Season

Featuring a market, patio, daily specials, and seasonal menus for the freshest dining available, The Fifth Season offers a unique take on classic American dishes like steak, salads, cocktails, and more. 

34 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777. Call 631-477-8500 or visit http://thefifth-season.com/

Harbor Mist

With stunning harbor views and the best seafood-focused menu in the Cold Spring Harbor and Huntington area, Harbor Mist specializes in fine dining in an elegant atmosphere. Enjoy menu items like tuna tacos, Thai calamari, rack of lamb, and steaks. 

105 Harbor Road, Cold Springs Harbor, NY 11724. Call 631-659-3888 or visit https://www.harbormistrestaurant.com/

Mill Pond House

Enjoy beautiful views of the water while relaxing on the patio or seasonal tiki bar and enjoying dishes like sushi, steaks, or weekend brunch loaded with egg options, pastries, and more. 

437 East Main Street, Centerpoint, NY 11721. Call 631-261-7662 or visit https://www.millpondrestaurant.com/

The Purple Elephant

A popular spot for vegans in the Long Island area, this beach eatery serves up a warm atmosphere along with Latin-inspired dishes made from sustainably sourced ingredients. Enjoy options like nachos, rainforest burger with yucca fries, and Reuben and kimchee.

81b West Fort Salonga Road, Northport, NY 11768. Call 631-651-5002 or visit https://www.thepurpleelephantny.com/

Northport (just off the water next to Cow Harbor Park)

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Maroni Cuisine

A true hidden game, Maroni Cuisine is a cash-only joint serves creative dishes from its eclectic and Italian tasting menus. This tiny eatery offers continuous, multiple tasting courses design to induce a “sensory overload experience”, according to their website. The menu changes constantly, so you’ll have to stop by to see what they have. From sushi to their famous meatballs, everything is noteworthy and delicious.

It’s an unreal meal, truly, and one of the best you could imagine. While the price tag may seem steep, the price is “all-in”, meaning all of the many courses, unlimited beer and wine, coffee, tax, and tip. Not too terrible for a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience!

18 Woodbine Avenue, Northport, NY 11768. Call 631-757-4500 or visit https://www.maronicuisine.com

Copenhagen Bakery

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Copenhagen Bakery. This waterside pastry shop in Northport Village offers all the danishes and desserts you could ask for along with breakfast items and even sandwiches. 

75 Woodbine Avenue A, Northport, NY 11768. Call 631-754-3256 or visit https://copenhagenbakery.net/

Brew Cheese 

Brew Cheese’s menu is perfectly described by its name. This rustic pub stop is all about beer and cheese. Enjoy ciders, pilsners, IPAs, lagers, and more from their extensive beer selection and pair any of them with an array of cheese served with fig jam or sandwiches like the smorgasboard, pizza surprise, or brew cheese Cubano, just to name a few. 

127 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790. Call 631-675-6060 or visit http://brew-cheese.com/

Ritz Café

This little bar near the waterfront serves up a cozy atmosphere along with Continental offerings and brunch. Located near the waterfront, this little slice of dining Heaven offers up classics like stuffed mushrooms, calamari, and soups for appetizers and main courses featuring pastas, sandwiches, surf, and turf. 

42 Woodbine Avenue, Northport, NY 11768. Call 631-754-6348 or visit http://www.ritzcafenorthport.com/

The North Fork & Shelter Island

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Duryea’s Orient Point

This waterfront newcomer is fast becoming a popular spot for seafood lovers. Enjoy great bay views from the deck while you feats on raw bar options, the fisherman’s platter, baked shrimp, and even shared mains like lobster and mussels mariniere, designed to feed two or more people. 

40200 Main Road, Orient, NY 11957. Visit http://www.duryeaop.com/

Claudio’s

Claudio’s is old school yet with some major new updates. You’ll find this family-run restaurant in an historic space, sporting yesteryear touches like an antique bar and serving classic ocean fare from back in the day. Enjoy raw bar options, soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, and seafood offerings. There’s the original, the waterfront, Crabby Jerry’s, the pizzeria, and more! It’s an amazing complex and maybe the heart and soul of Greenport.

111 Main Street, Greenport, NY 11944. Call 631-477-0627 or visit https://www.claudios.com/

Little Creek Oyster Farm

As you might imagine from the name, this tiny harborside eatery is squarely focused on oysters. With a market, outdoor seating, local beers, and all the oysters you can handle, this is one place anyone who loves oysters should visit. 

37 Front Street, Greenport, NY 11944. Call 631-477-6992 or visit https://littlecreekoysters.com/

Legends

Bringing an upscale American fare restaurant and a casual sports bar together, Legends is the best of both worlds. These adjoined spaces make up Legends and make it a place perfect for just about anyone. Enjoy mahi tacos, blackened tuna, a raw bar, wings, burgers, and more at this waterfront gem. 

835 1st Street, New Suffolk, NY 11956. Call 631-734-5123 or visit https://www.legends-restaurant.com/

The Halyard

Situated directly on Long Island Sound, The Halyard offers fine dining with a casual atmosphere and spectacular views. Enjoy classic cuisine with a new twist like burgers, fish and chips, blackened tuna, oysters on the half shell and more while taking in the sound. 

58775 County Road 43m Greenport, NY 11944. Call 631-477-0666 or visit https://www.thehalyardgreenport.com/

A Lure Restaurant Chowder House & Oysteria

This cozy restaurant focuses on area-sourced seafood and a warm rustic interior featuring barn-wood walls and a working fireplace. Enjoy a glass of local wine and any of the delicious cuisine offered here like fish and chips, swordfish, Baja fish tacos, salads, burgers, chicken, and more. 

62300 Main Road, Southold, NY 11971. Call 631-876-5300 or visit https://www.alurenorthfork.com/

This waterfront eatery offers upscale food with no dressing up required. Come as you are and enjoy the bay views in your shorts and flip flops while you dine on Italian-American offerings with Sicilian influences. Enjoy lobster ravioli, prime rib eye, pan seared halibut, and organic chicken, just to name a few.

400 Old Main Road
Southold, NY 11971
631-765-6373

Waypoint

This indoor-outdoor waterfront venue welcomes the entire family with a kids’ menu, creative eats and cocktails for adults, sundecks, and even a boat dock for those living the nautical life. Classic kid items include chicken fingers and plain burgers, while adults can enjoy black angus burgers, clam chowder, gyros, and more.

SALT Waterfront Bar & Grill

From wings to chowder to sandwiches, SALT is a great spot on the super secluded and always quaint Shelter Island. Located in the middle of the two forks, get here via a short ferry ride from either Greenport on the North Fork or Sag Harbor on the South Fork. It’s worth a trip to see this really peaceful, charming island.

63 South Menantic Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964. Call 631-749-5535 or visit https://www.saltshelterisland.com/

South Shore

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JT’s on the Bay

Located on Corey Creek just off of Patchogue Bay, JT’s is a laid-back waterfront joint where you can wear your cargo shorts and flip flops while enjoying great views as well as a variety of traditional seafood dishes, beer and cocktails, and live bands. 

1 Curtis road, Blue Point, NY 11715. Call 631-363-2205 or visit https://jtsonthebay.com/

Tres Palms

With an atmosphere as warm as the name sounds, Tres Palms offers a warm wood interior, seafood options like lobster, crab, shrimp, and more, New American options, views of the bay, and even quirky touches like a surfboard bar top. 

16 East Court, Babylon, NY 11702. Call 631-482-1465 or visit http://www.trespalms.com/

Salt Shack Seaside Grill

Come as you are, take a load off, and chow down at this ultra-casual bar and grill. Enjoy great eats like buffalo wings, steak sandwiches, short ribs, wrap, lobster rolls, and more while you take in the energy and the live music. 

100 Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY 11702. Call 631-422-7222 or visit https://www.facebook.com/saltshackny/

Lombardi’s on the Bay

This restaurant, a property of renowned Lombardi Caterers focuses on upscale dining, a tiered deck, and lots of great views. With some of the most beautiful views in the area and an elegance that’s legendary in the area, this restaurant all about fine dining. The restaurant offers dining options like steak, seafood, and classic Italian specialties. 

600 South Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772. Call 631-654-88970 or visithttp://www.lombardisonthebay.com/

The Oar Steak & Seafood Grill

This nautical-themed restaurant is a long-standing go-to spot in Patchogue for steaks, seafood, and live entertainment. Founded in 1986, the restaurant began as a small snack bar but is now a gourmet river front dining hotspot. 

264 West Avenue #3543, Patchogue, NY 11772. Call 631-654-8266 or visit https://theoar.com/

Kingston’s Clam Bar

This classic dockside seafood joint screams old New England. Step through the doors of this unassuming restaurant, and you’ll be greeted to classic New England seafood like lobster rolls, crab, and oysters along with a relaxed atmosphere. 

130 Atlantic Avenue, West Sayville, NY 11796. Call 631-589-0888 or visit http://www.kingstonsclam.com/

View

Just stepping into View will lift your spirits. With yellow walls, bright centerpieces, and gorgeous views of the bay, this restaurant comes by its name honestly. To go along with the uplifting theme, View offers happy hour and music on its deck. Don’t forget to try some Baja fish or bang bang shrimp tacos, Maine lobster bisque, fried clam strips, or any of their other delicious seafood options. 

3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale, NY 11769. Call 631-589-2694 or visit https://www.lessings.com/corporate/restaurants/venue/view

Snapper Inn

This family-run restaurant has been serving up delicious food since 1929. Featuring an elegant atmosphere, available deck seating on the water, Sunday brunch, live music, and a variety of seafood options, chicken, steaks, and more, Snapper Inn is the perfect spot to grab a bite or host an event. 

500 Shore Drive, Oakdale, NY 11769. Call 631-589-0248 or visit https://www.snapperinnli.com/

The Cull House

You won’t find a more relaxed dining atmosphere than The Cull House. With a casual, beachy vibe, seafood served on paper plates, and a welcoming vibe, it’s the kind of place you want to visit for the food and then hang out for hours after. This local hangout has been serving seafood classics like fried calamari, lobster and crab rolls, and crab cakes along with chicken, steak, and burger options since 1977.

75 Terry Street, Sayville, NY 11782. Call 631-563-1546 or visit https://www.cullhouse.com/

Bay Shore

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Whalers

Whalers takes a stylish atmosphere and seamlessly combines in with casual sensibilities for a dining experience that’s laid back and upscale. Enjoy views of the bay at this casual chic eatery while dining on such options as pork and veggie dumplings, crispy rock shrimp, steamed Pei mussels, and much more. 

124 Maple Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706. Call 631-647-9300 or visit https://www.whalersny.com/

The Lakehouse

This waterfront eatery offers stunning views of the harbor along with delicious raw bar options, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and a full bar featuring an extensive wine list. It’s known for its lakeside fire pit, mahogany bar and New American dishes like shrimp tacos, crisp Long Island duck breast, and caramelized local sea scallops.

135 Maple Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706. Call 631-666-0995 or visit https://thelakehouserest.com/

Fatfish Wine Bar & Bistro

Fatfish Wine Bar & Bistro offer gorgeous views of Great South Bay, a lively, energetic atmosphere, live music, and of course, great food. This bustling waterfront spot features an impressive tapas menu along with soups, sandwiches, steaks, chops, chicken, and a variety of seafood options. 

28 Cottage Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706. Call 631-666-2899 or visit http://www.fatfish.info/

Captain Bill’s

With a wood interior, softly glowing from the surrounding light, a full bar, water views, and Sunday brunch options, Captain Bill’s offers a nice mix of upscale and casual that’s an inviting space for all. This seafood and steak specialist offers dishes like fried calamari, lobster bisque, steaks, and stone baked pizzette.

122 Ocean Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706. Call 631-665-6262 or visit http://captainbills.com/

Nicky’s on the Bay

Nicky’s, situated on a pier in the Bay Shore Waterfront, offers a fish-focused menu, bay views, live music, bar special, and a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy seafood options like steamed mussels, pan roasted salmon, shrimp scampi, a variety of salads, and more.

150 South Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706. Call 631-206-3311 or visit https://nickysonthebay.com/

Swept Away

Offering a pub atmosphere with a nautical bent, Swept Away will sweep you away with its plank walls, nautical theme, bar, patio, and a menu focused squarely on delicious seafood. Enjoy dishes like pistachio salmon, delicious shellfish options, and because it’s a pub, a creative selection of burgers. 

25 Bayview Avenue
Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-206-0420

Fire Island

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Matthew’s Seafood House and Fish Market

This hoping, family-run fish house located on the Ocean Beach waterfront serves up picturesque bay views, fresh catch options, and tons of energy. Choose from options like crab cakes, seafood cobb salad, lobster rolls, and more. 

935 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach, NY 11770. Call 631-583-0816 or visit http://matthewsseafood.com/

Island Mermaid

This local spot renowned for its New American food, memorable views, and island vibe serves up tasty food, killer drinks, and a Caribbean vibe that anyone will love. Enjoy delicious soups and salads, starters ranging from steamed mussels to buffalo chicken wings, and main courses like wraps, burgers, lobster rolls, organic churrasco skirt steak, and more. 

780 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach, NY 11770. Call 631-583-8088 or visit https://www.islandmermaid.com/

CJ’s American Grill

CJ’s American Grill is true to its name, offering up classic dishes like mushroom steak, guacamole and chips, herb roasted chicken, and all kinds of sandwiches. You can also enjoy tons of seafood options at this comfortable comfort food stop. 

10095 Main Road, Mattituck, NY 11952. Call 631-315-5311 or visit https://www.cjsamericangrill.net/

Maguire’s Bayfront Restaurant

Stop into this bayside New American restaurant with a history going back to 1936 to enjoy great views, lobster specials, and happy hour. Enjoy dishes like lobster, seared fish, steak, oysters on the half shell, and much more indoors or out on the deck. 

1 Bungalow Lane, Ocean Beach, NY 11770. Call 631-583-8800 or visithttps://www.maguiresbayfrontrestaurant.com/

Flynn’s Fire Island

This waterfront eatery and nightclub is all about good food and good times. Stop in for delicious seafood and American fare, frequent live music, and an atmosphere the just oozes fun. Along with the electric atmosphere, you’ll enjoy offerings like baked clams, Baja taco dip, burgers and chicken sandwiches, day boat scallops, and more. 

1 Cayuga Street, Ocean Bay Park, NY 11770. Call 631-583-5000 or visit http://www.flynnsfireislandny.com/

Albatross

This laidback waterside hangout features a full bar, patio, and fried seafood, raw oysters, and other classic pub grub options. Kick back and relax while enjoying a good bear and menu items like soups, nachos, mozzarella sticks, burgers, pastas, and curried scallops. 

320 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach, NY 11770. Call 631-583-5697 or visit https://www.dontswingthelights.com/

Island Breeze

This waterfront restaurant features great bay views, a back tiki bar, and lots of great food, great drinks, and atmosphere. Enjoy options like chicken fingers, sandwiches, burger, buffalo wings, and other pub fare. 

178 Bayview Walk, Cherry Grove, NY 11782. Call 631-597-9111 or visithttps://www.menupix.com/longisland/restaurants/3220173/Island-Breeze-Cherry-Grove-NY

Bocce Beach

A longtime fixture in the area, Bocce Beach is a bar with a collegiate vibe, great hospitality, fine cuisine, and great service. This waterfront hotspot offers American classic fare and craft brews anyone will love. Enjoy coconut shrimp, New England clam chowder, ravioli, burgers, sandwiches, blackened mahi mahi, and much more. 

927 Evergreen Walk, Ocean Beach, NY 11770. Call 631-583-8100 or visit https://www.boccebeach.com/

Cherry’s on the Bay

If you’re looking for something different, head to Cherry’s on the Bay. This relaxed waterfront venue offers great views, an outdoor patio, cocktails, Sunday brunch, and something a little different – drag shows. Kick back and enjoy a drag show or live music while chowing down on burgers, wraps, seafood, and more. 

158 Bayview Walk, Cherry Grove, NY 11782. Call 631-597-7859 or visit http://cherrysonthebay.com/

Montauk

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Navy Beach

An easy-going atmosphere, nautical theme, scenic views, and simple seafood and burger options come together to create a restaurant that is Heavenly in its simplicity. Kickback on the deck and enjoy a variety of seafood options, chicken, burgers, and all kinds of simple sides. 

16 navy Road, Montauk, NY 11954. Call 631-668-6868 or visit https://www.navybeach.com/montauk/

Duryea’s Lobster Deck

This self-serve, waterfront restaurant is walk-in only. You’ll find no reservations, fancy suits, or airs. The only things Duryea’s is concerned with are great food and good times. Relax and enjoy raw bar options, seafood platters, salads, shared mains, and more. In addition to seafood, you’ll also find chicken and beef options, as well. 

65 Tuthill Road, Montauk, NY 11954. Call 631-668-2410 or visit https://www.duryealobsters.com/

Inlet Seafood Restaurant

Owned by two fishermen and named one of the 10 best seafood restaurants on Long Island by Newsday in 2013, 2015, and 2019, you can be sure that Inlet has the best seafood you’ll find anywhere. Enjoy inlet views while you devour sushi, scallops, codfish and chips, and surprising options like steamed artichoke and edamame.

541 East Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954. Call 631-668-4272 or visit https://inletseafood.com/

The Montauket

A Montauk fixture since the 1920’s, The Montauket is a popular gathering place for locals. With stunning water views and the freshest, locally sourced seafood, local craft beers, and specialty drinks, this restaurant is a treat for your mouth and your eyes. 

88 Firestone Road, Montauk, NY 11954 Call 631-668-5992 or visit https://www.themontauket.com/

Gosman’s

A long-time fixture of Montauk, Gosman’s is a favorite of locals. Stop in to this waterfront eatery and enjoy delicious food in the dining room or on the rooftop deck. Enjoy their clam bar along with sushi options, shrimp baskets, chicken options, and a kids’ menu.

500 West Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954. Call 631-668-5330 or visit http://www.gosmans.com

Harvest on Fort Pond

One of Montauk’s top Zagat rated restaurants, Harvest on Fort Pond is actually situated on the shores of Fort Pond. This family restaurant offers gorgeous views of the pond along with Italian cuisine that takes its inspiration from fresh Montauk seafood and homegrown produce. Enjoy a variety of salads, pizzas, delicious seafood options, pork, steak, and more. 

11 S Emery Street, Montauk, NY 11954. Call 631-668-5574 or visit https://www.harvestfortpond.com/

Scarpetta Beach

The definition of upscale dining, Scarpetta Beach offers sophisticated Italian fare served in an airy dining room with a patio. Enjoy the high style atmosphere along with an impressive wine list, polenta, short ribs, Montauk fluke, and so much more. 

290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954. Call 631-668-1771 or visithttps://www.scarpettarestaurants.com/location/scarpetta-the-hamptons/

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The Hamptons

Bostwick’s on the Harbor

Bay views, casual dining, and menu options that are anything but await at Bostwick’s on the Harbor. This waterfront gem offers a raw bar, seafood options like lobster and seared sea scallops, chicken and beef options. 

39 Gann Road, East Hampton, NY 11937. Call 631-324-1150 or visit https://www.bostwicksontheharbor.com/

The Beacon 

Swanky, but not snooty, The Beacon offers refined, New American options in an upscale setting but without the pretension. Enjoy delicious food, a hopping bar scene, waterfront views, and some of the finest in fine dining in the area. Enjoy shrimp tacos, artisan salads, and chicken, beef, and seafood options.

8 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Call 631-725-7088 or visit https://www.beaconsagharbor.com/

The Bell & Anchor

This bustling, upscale restaurant features a nautical theme, gorgeous bay views, and a New American menu focused on the bounty of the sea. Dishes include locally sourced seafood like lobster, crab, and oysters along with steak, and it’s all paired with an impressive wine collection. 

3253 Noyack Road, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Call 631-725-3400 or visit https://www.bellandanchor.com/

Cowfish

Cowfish can best be described as rustic chic. The bar’s liquors rest on old wood beam shelves, and rustic furnishings provide a comfortable setting for upscale dining that combines seafood and sushi with patio tables and canal views. 

258 East Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, NY 11946. Call 631-594-3868 or visit https://cowfishrestaurant.com/

Rumba

A slice of island life in the Hamptons, Rumba is a tropical-style restaurant featuring Caribbean cuisine, rum drinks, reggae, and laid back vibe that makes any trip a special one. Enjoy unique dishes like grilled artichoke, duck empanadas, ahi tun, and more while taking in the view and the atmosphere.

43 Canoe Place Road, Hampton Bays, NY 11946. Call 631-594-3544 or visit https://rumbahamptonbays.com/

Dockers Waterside

Dockers Waterside is upscale but not too upscale. With surf and turf fine dining, top-notch views of the bay, and hopping bar and lounge setup, it’s the kind of place that offers good times with the perfect shot of class. Enjoy fish, shellfish, chicken, beef, and more while you take in the water views. 

94 Dune Road, East Quogue, NY 11942. Call 631-653-0653 or visit http://www.gosmans.com/

The Dock House

This quaint little seafood joint on the harbor offers great views and even better food. This quirky spot allows guests to choose their own lobster from a tank which is a converted tub and was recently featured as one of the best clam shacks in the Hamptons. Enjoy a vast selection of seafood options including fried, steamed, and creative sandwiches like the lobster BLT. 

1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Call 631-725-7555 or visit https://www.dockhouseny.com/

Dockside Bar & Grill

Head to the Sag Harbor American Legion hall to grab a bite at this snug – and quite busy – seafood eatery housed within its wall. Take in the water views from the patio while enjoying offerings such as New England clam chowder, a serious lobster roll, beef chili & the fixings, and more. 

26 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Call 631-725-7100 or visit https://docksidesagharbor.com/

Le Bilboquet

Upscale dining with available outdoor seating, a warm atmosphere, and gorgeous views pair perfectly with fine dining fare such as local bass, steamed Pei mussels, chicken paillard, New York prime steak, and other amazing options. 

1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Call 631-808-3767 or visit https://lebilboquetsag.com/

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