The Hamptons

Restaurants in The Hamptons

Despite the area’s ritzy reputation, it is still home to fishermen who make a living off the ocean and farmers who tend to local farms, and the Hamptons restaurants take full advantage of this local harvest. You can expect delicious platters of fried oysters or steamer clams at casual seaside spots, like Bostwick’s Chowder House, which is located right on the water and provides gorgeous sunset views while you enjoy dinner. The best restaurants in the Hamptons also take advantage of the local harvests, turning them into upscale twists on classic.

For the last quarter century, one of the most popular restaurants in the Hamptons has been Nick and Toni’s. The East Hampton spot draws in celebrities and locals alike with its locally sourced food and creative plates of Mediterranean and Italian cuisines. Be sure to snag a reservation in advance if you want to eat at this Hamptons restaurant.

Saunter right off the sand at this beachfront surf shack and cool off at the bar, shoes and shirt optional. The provocative name is befitting of the jolly scantily-clad crowd, replete with an occasional Charlie Sheen sighting.

The Meatpacking District staple moved east and brought its globally notorious Beau Brunch with it. White tablecloths grace the outdoor brick patio while thumping house music pours out the doors and party patrons tuck into Nutella pancakes and smoked salmon eggs benedict. Not hungry?

In a weathered cottage on Sag Harbor’s wharf, groupies line up at the Dock House for the clam chowder and steamed lobsters; the live specimens are kept in an antique bathtub next to the front door.  Come for pan-fried crab cakes and lobster salad to be  gobbled up at outdoor picnic tables.

Bring a bottle of rosé to Duryea’s Lobster Deck, set on a rocky Montauk outcropping and renowned for its well-priced lobster. Just be prepared for a long wait.

New owner Jayma Cardoso has dialed back the Bacchanalian revelry and returned the Surf Lodge to its more mellow origins.

The after-beach crowd spills out of this sun-dappled bar situated on a long stretch of road in Amagansett with the Long Island Railroad running through its backyard.

One of the few places in the Hamptons for waterfront dining and sunset views. The seafood is right off the boat.

The most coveted reservation continues to be East Hampton’s 24-year-old Nick & Toni’s, which is a who’s who: Howard Stern, Lou Reed, and Naomi Watts, just to name a few.

Italian restaurant with a built-in vegetable and herb garden. Located above a luxury car showroom.

The restaurant is owned by six native fishermen who unload their daily catch less than 150 feet away from the restaurant. For fish any fresher—in tacos, sushi, and more—you’d have to catch it yourself.