The 7 Most Stunning Waterfront Restaurants in the Hamptons
What pairs well with lobster rolls, ice cream or even pancakes? A sweeping view of the bay. But waterfront dining season is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it opportunity. Better take advantage: Here are seven of our favorite places that dish up tasty food and A+ views in the Hamptons.
THE BELL & ANCHOR
It would be easy to drive by Sag Harbor’s Bell & Anchor without a passing glance. The little shack doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside is a cozy, upscale restaurant serving simple, delicious seafood—much of it local—with views of the harbor. Go for a dozen Montauk Pearl oysters and the old-school lobster garganelli with saffron cream.
A popular happy hour spot, Cowfish is one of our favorite places to head for a weekend brunch. After all, is there a better way to start your weekend than by eating berry pancakes while sitting in an Adirondack chair overlooking the water? We think not.
258 E. Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays; 631-594-3868 or cowfishrestaurant.com
Gather your girlfriends and head to the upper deck of the Beacon. The hopping balcony overlooking the marina makes an ideal backdrop for catching up over a few bottles of rosé. Hungry? The shellfish bouillabaisse and the lobster rigatoni are musts.
8 W. Water St., Sag Harbor; 631-725-7088 or beaconsagharbor.com
Grab a cocktail, sink your toes into the sand of a private beach and enjoy some of the best sunsets on the Eastern Seaboard over a casual seafood dinner (the crab cakes are delicious).
16 Navy Rd., Montauk; 631-668-6868 or navybeach.com
Bostwick’s on the Harbor
One of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the season, Bostwick’s dishes out the lobster rolls and seafood pasta you already love from the original Chowder House, plus adds options like tuna crudo, garlicky mussels and more, along with—you guessed it—breathtaking views of the harbor.
39 Gann Rd., East Hampton; 631-324-1150
Round up your squad for a leisurely afternoon of drinking rum punch at this island-style hideaway in Hampton Bays. The unfussy spot serves summer classics like tuna burgers, empanadas and wings, all with a Caribbean-inspired twist. You can even arrive by boat and dock at the restaurant, or grab the water shuttle from Rumba’s sister restaurant, Cowfish.
43 Canoe Place Rd., Hampton Bays; 631-594-3544 or rumbahamptonbays.com
DURYEA’S LOBSTER DECK
For a romantic meal with your significant other, nothing beats a Montauk sunset dinner at Duryea’s. Share a steamed lobster and a bottle of wine and reminisce about your first date.
65 Tuthill Rd., Montauk; 631-668-2410 or duryealobsters.com