FeaturesRomantic, Great views, Foodie magnet, Perfect for a special occasion, Exceptional wine list, Hotel restaurant
The Wauwinet's stately waterside restaurant is the island's most elegant, and well-worth the shuttle boat ride over from Straight Wharf. In the evenings, seersucker-and-linen-clad patrons linger on the spacious deck, then move to the airy dining room to partake of chef Kyle Zachary's sophisticated New American cuisine. Traditional dishes like butter-basted lobster are enlivened by creative accompaniments (the lobster is paired with variations of cauliflower, almond "butter", and Madras curry sabayon). Topper's also jazzes up comfort-food standbys for lunch like a fried chicken sandwich (served with "Sri-Ranch-A", kimchi, avocado, and Old Bay fries) and shrimp and grits (topped with Vermont cheddar, oyster mushrooms, a poached egg and country ham gravy). Save room for pastry chef Pastry Chef Giancarlo D'Attili's sublimely modern desserts, which might include orange cheesecake or a chocolate parfait.