As an island with hundreds of miles of coastline and dozens of restaurant-laden harborside villages, there is no shortage of incredible waterfront dining experiences across Long Island. From dockside clam shacks to beach bars, to celebrity chef-owned restaurants where you can watch boats arrive with the day’s catch, explore these endless options for where to dine with unrivaled views, amazing sea-to-table food and more.
Prime (Huntington, NY)
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Known for its upscale dining atmosphere and sophisticated décor, Prime’s multi-level visual expanse is just the beginning of this destination experience. Enjoy exquisite, postcard worthy views of bobbing sail boats and small yachts in Huntington Harbor from the Wave Bar located on the restaurant’s back patio or while dining on the covered and seasonally enclosed porch. Experience refined signature cocktails, a bottle of wine, and some of the best steaks, sushi and modern American cuisine Long Island has to offer.
Ferryman’s Grille at Danfords (Port Jefferson, NY)
This nautical waterfront sanctuary in the bustling village of Port Jefferson recently unveiled Ferryman’s Grille, a new seafood-driven onsite restaurant with a refreshed bar area, dining room and dockside patios for live entertainment. The restaurant offers the region’s freshest flavors in coastal-inspired cocktails crafted with locally made spirits including Danfords custom blended vodka. Its sophisticated, seasonal dishes feature ingredients sourced straight from Long Island farms and fisheries.
Claudio’s (Greenport, NY)
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Serving amazing seafood for over 150 years, this North Fork marina restaurant is not only known for its iconic lobster rolls. Enjoying views of the Peconic Bay as you dine is part of the Claudio’s experience.
Duryea’s (Orient Point, NY)
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Now open in Orient Point, Duryea's is one of the most popular summer spots on Long Island. You’ll feel transported to Mykonos as you dine on the deck at sunset time and taste iconic dishes like Peconic Bay oysters and original lobster rolls. The seafood is the freshest, the views are the prettiest, and the service is the most attentive. The original Montauk location is walk-in only, keeping in line with the classic tradition of clipboard orders at the cashier's window.
Halyard at the Sound View (Greenport, NY)
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Halyard celebrates the region’s produce and brings it to your plate—direct from foragers and farmers, growers, and fishermen. Their team sources ingredients from the North Fork and the Atlantic Seaboard and serves them up in a light-filled dining room and sprawling deck located right above the Long Island Sound. The restaurant also features a piano bar and access to a private beach, making it the perfect place for a relaxing sunset dinner.
Kontokosta Vineyard (Greenport, NY)
Perched atop the sweeping bluffs overlooking the Long Island Sound, Kontokosta Winery offers guests a unique experience including the opportunity to sample award-winning hand-crafted wines in the maritime climate from which they were created. As Long Island’s ONLY waterfront vineyard, Kontokosta offers light bites for the perfect picnic outing in the North Fork.
South Fork (Hamptons, Montauk Shelter Island)
The Restaurant at Barons Cove (Sag Harbor, NY)
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Located at Barons Cove, a charming hotel featuring harbor-facing suites, this All-American restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring fresh and local dishes. Head to their second-floor dining room and terrace where you can watch the sun set over Sag Harbor Cove and order from their expansive menu. For brunch, enjoy a selection of salads, omelets, pancakes, and delicious burgers and at dinnertime, choose from dishes including roasted chicken, pan-roasted halibut, filet mignon, and lobster rolls.
Si Si at EHP Resort (East Hampton, NY)
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Inspired by coastal Mediterranean dining experiences, Si Si, or “yes yes,” in both Italian and Spanish, immerses you in the sun-kissed flavors of Italy, Greece, Spain, Morocco, and beyond. Experience unforgettable flavors as you gaze out on Three Mile Harbor with a glass of world-class wine or a handcrafted cocktail at this Hamptons hotspot.
Sunset Harbor at EHP Resort (East Hampton, NY)
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Overlooking Three Mile Harbor, Sunset Harbor offers a contemporary Japanese and sushi focused menu. A celebration of Japanese flavors and umami tastes, the new menu at Sunset Harbor includes items like Fresh Toro Sashimi, Baked King Crab Hand Roll, Miso Black Cod, and selections of Japanese A5 Wagyu.
Insider’s tip: Stop by during happy hour from 4pm-7pm Thursday through Sunday for deals on sangria, rosé, and appetizers!
The Terrace at The Pridwin Hotel (Shelter Island, NY)
Having softly launched in mid-summer 2022 following two years of extensive renovations, The Pridwin Hotel & Cottages is a classic American resort hotel that has been providing guests a unique experience on Shelter Island since 1927. The reimagined property combines nostalgia with a modern sensibility. With its breathtaking water views of the Peconic Bay, The Terrace offers classic Long Island food and drink with a focus on high-quality ingredients and is helmed by the newly appointed Executive Chef Todd Ruiz.
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Open nightly year-round, this soulful Italian hotspot delivers Scarpetta’s signature classics as well as seasonal dishes, fresh seafood selections, and a world-class wine list. Scarpetta's airy, mid-century modern aesthetic is infused with hues of the seaside. With a 148-seat dining room and an outdoor deck, every table has a panoramic view of the ocean.
Sunset Beach (Shelter Island, NY)
Sunset Beach is a vintage-inspired seasonal boutique hotel on Shelter Island that features twenty charming ocean view rooms and a restaurant where guests can enjoy the summer-time flavors of Italy and the French Riviera. Enjoy luxury accommodations, a beachside boutique store, and dining options from fresh, locally sourced oysters and clams to a classic Sunset Burger, Linguine Alle Vongole, Poached Striped Bass, and more!
Bodhi’s Beach Shack (Blue Point, NY)
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Located on the beachfront in Blue Point, Bodhi's is a colorful, no-frills hidden gem offering a fleet of Adirondack chairs lined up from bar to bay, along with deck-bound stools, adult swing sets, topical cocktails, local brews, and more. Don’t visit without sampling Aunt Frans’ Fried Clams or Bodhi’s specialty cocktails (our favorites are Bodhi Zephyr and Sandia Margarita). Pull up your boat and grab a drink or come enjoy the beach spray park & grab a bite to eat #BodhisBeachVibes.
Atlantica at Allegria Hotel (Long Beach, NY)
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Located right on Long Beach’s bustling boardwalk, gourmet food, breathtaking oceanfront views, and a chic design combine to ensure you have a memorable dining experience with family and friends at the Atlantica Restaurant. Dine on delicious seafood and gourmet cuisine curated by their in-house chef and explore a wide range of beverages as you enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Drift 82 (Patchogue, NY)
Come explore this gem of a restaurant adorned with marine life decor and beach vibes, located on the South Shore of Long Island right on the Patchogue River. Since 2017, Drift 82 offers the best of Long Island seafood including seared tuna steak, Chilean sea bass, fresh local lobster, and so much more.