The 10 Best Restaurants in the Hamptons With Outdoor Seating
Booked a house in the Hamptons for the weekend and have zero desire to make dinner? We get it. But rather than ordering in for every meal, take advantage of the many restaurants in the area that are currently serving (and practicing social distancing) al fresco. From seaside lobsters at Dureya’s in Montauk to authentic Greek cuisine at Calissa in Water Mill, here are 10 of the best restaurants on the East End with outdoor seating.
1. Tutto il Giorno, Sag Harbor & Southampton
In the mood for some clam linguine or meat sauce rigatoni? Tutto il Giorno’s got you covered, whether you’re in Sag Harbor or Southampton. Just be sure to make a same-day reservation from 11 a.m. on for a table in one of their chic, manicured gardens. And don’t forget to order a round of cucumber and mint gimlets.
56 Nugent Street, Southampton; 631-377-3611
16 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-919-5353 or tuttoilgiorno.com
2. The Clam Bar
Don’t worry, classic seafood lunches are still a thing. Especially since The Clam Bar, the notorious roadside eatery on the Napeague stretch, is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. And while ordering a lobster roll is a given, you’ll also want to give the clam chowder a try.
2025 Montauk Highway, Amagansett; 631-267-6348 or clambarhamptons.com
3. John’s Pancake House
This is the closest to diner fare that you’ll get in Montauk—right down to the insanely affordable prices. They’ve got all the breakfast staples at this popular eatery: Stacks of pancakes (of almost every variety), fluffy eggs, buttery waffles and sweet crepes, plus views of Main Street from each of their outdoor tables.
721 Montauk Highway, Montauk; 631-668-2383
You might feel like you’re in Greece while you dine in Dureya’s sleek outdoor space, but the view you’re soaking up is actually Montauk’s Fort Pond Bay. Despite the luxe exterior, you’ll still have to order your two pound lobsters and fresh oysters at the cashier and wait for a table (yeah, it’s first-come-first-serve). But at least you can sip on rosé while you wait—so long as you keep your mask handy.
65 Tuthill Road, Montauk; 631-668-2410 or duryealobsters.com
5. Sant Ambroeus
Still bummed that you had to cancel your Positano vacation? Well, at least you can make a reservation to dine at Sant Ambroeus in Southampton. The authentic Italian eatery boasts a charming outdoor garden that’s the perfect backdrop for a round of Aperol spritzes and plates of caprese salad. BTW, you won’t regret finishing off your meal with a scoop or two of gelato and a shot of espresso.
30 Main Street, Southampton; 631-283-1233 or santambroeus.com
Craving fresh hummus and avocado tzatziki? Indulge at Calissa, whose outdoor space features plush couches and string lights, making it the place to be during sunset. The Greek fare is equally drool-worthy (think: grilled octopus with fingerling potatoes and sticky baklava). Plus, if you’d rather go casual (and are really craving a gyro), you can always order to-go from Jimmy’s Gyros food truck that’s parked out front.
1020 Montauk Highway, Watermill; or calissahamptons.com
7. Vine Street Cafe
With Sunset Beach closed for the 2020 season, just know that a reservation at Vine Street Cafe will be a hot commodity. The menu is pulled together from local ingredients, making dinner here well-worth the ferry ride to Shelter Island. With ample options for vegans, carnivores and pescatarians, this family-friendly spot has transformed their outdoor space into a social distancing-friendly dining oasis. Plus, once your meal is over you can peruse the Vine Street Cafe Market, to stock your own kitchen with their sauces, spices and more.
41 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island; 631-749-3210 or vinestreetcafe.com
8. The Crows Nest
Before you ask, yes, the fresh whipped ricotta with honey and truffle oil is still on the menu at The Crows Nest. But dining will feel a little different at this Montauk destination, since the kitchen is technically all to-go. However, after placing your order you can pick any table, patch of grass or bench on the property to enjoy your dinner (so long as you stay six feet from other diners). This is a great spot to take the kids, too, as there’s plenty of space for them to run around once their slices of flourless chocolate cake have been finished.
4 Old West Lake Drive, Montauk; 631-668-2077 or crowsnestmtk.com
Clean eating doesn’t mean you have to stick to a vegan or vegetarian diet. At least that’s the M.O. at Babette’s, an East Hampton staple that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring organic meats, wild and local fish and plenty of gluten-free options. Turns out people watching is the best side dish for avocado toast or a Buddha bowl.
66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton; 631-329-5377 or babettesrestaurant.com
Serving dinner six nights a week—Almond is closed on Tuesday— pick between sidewalk dining or snag a table on the new patio. Located on the edge of Bridgehampton town, right on Route 27, this is a great place to grab a bite as you're driving into town or heading home at the end of the weekend. The market-driven fare sources local ingredients (seriously, some items are grown at farms just a couple of miles up the street) but you’ll find riffs on a variety of cuisines, from classic French cooking to Korean street food.
1 Ocean Road; Bridgehampton; 631-537-5665 or almondrestaurant.com