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The Best Restaurants In The Hamptons

These are the 37 best places to eat in the Hamptons, according to us.

Eating in the Hamptons is all about how you do it: you can find yourself in mediocre, overpriced restaurants that you’ll regret stepping foot into, or, you can do it our way and head to the selection of actually good places that are worth your time. On the list below, you’ll find everything from taco stands and clam shacks to sit-down restaurants that, while pricey, actually serve great food in nice environments.

Headed out to Montauk? For our separate guide to the best restaurants there, click here.

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Il Buco al Mare

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An outpost of the Noho restaurant, Il Buco al Mare finally opened in Amagansett after a summer 2021 pop-up in Montauk. The menu has an entire section devoted to imported tinned fish from the Iberian Peninsula and Italy, but we’re bigger fans of their small plates and ancient grain focaccia that’s made with flour straight from Sicily. It’s perfect for a dinner that's not too fussy but still a bit upscale.


Rosie’s is a breakfast and lunch spot right in the middle of town in Amagansett (they also serve dinner Wednesday-Sunday), making it ideal for people-watching with an iced coffee (or glass of rosé). The first-come, first-served restaurant has a “blunch” menu with everything from granola and avocado toast to a smash burger, but we especially like the crispy chicken BLT.


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La Fondita has been a casual taco order-at-the-counter mainstay for years, and in 2019 they added this great sit-down restaurant right next door. While La Fondita is still decent in a pinch, it seems like they've put all their energy into Coche, which has quickly become one of our favorites in the area. Settle in with something from their extensive tequila list, and then order ceviche, and the chicken or duck, both of which come with homemade tortillas. They don't take reservations, so come early.


Technically, this restaurant is called The Lobster Roll, but everyone calls it "Lunch," thanks to the huge LUNCH sign you can't miss when driving on Montauk Highway. You come here mainly for one thing: the legendary lobster roll. While they now offer a butter-drenched Connecticut style "hot" lobster roll, you want the famous lobster salad roll.


Just a bit down the road from Lunch, you’ll find Clam Bar. The menu is similar, and while we love the lobster salad roll here too, we like to come to Clam Bar for everything else—oysters, clams, and even whole lobsters. The all-outdoor setting is the ideal place to eat before or after you hit the beach.


East Hampton

Rita Cantina is one of the area’s newest Mexican spots, having had their first summer season in 2021. And the menu is full of things we can get behind, including the slow-cooked mole baby chicken, lamb barbacoa tacos, and the very extensive margarita menu, which features four classics, seven flavored options, and even two frozen ones. Be sure to sit at one of the picnic tables outside in the sandy bonfire area.


Carissa’s makes some of the best baked goods and bread in the Hamptons, which makes it a great spot for lunch. The large Pantigo Road (a.k.a. Montauk Highway a.k.a. “27”) location looks like a cool person’s home in Oslo, and also has a more extensive menu that includes a bunch of salads and bowls. The original space, in a parking lot behind Newtown Lane, is a convenient spot to pick up a sandwich in town. It’s also the best place to get a coffee to go in East Hampton.


If you're looking to have a sunset cocktail in East Hampton, do it at Sí Sí, located at East Hampton Point in Three Mile Harbor. This place uses local, seasonal ingredients in things like paella and paccheri verde. And best of all, EHP Resort (where Sí Sí is located) has an impressive marina, which means you can get here by boat. You know, if you happen to own one or know someone that does.


Located just past town, East Hampton Grill is one of the more high-end options in East Hampton. It’s owned by the Hillstone Group, so if you’ve been to a Hillstone or Houston’s, you have some idea of what to expect. The ribs and tuna tartare are go-to's.


As the name indicates, Highway is indeed right on the highway—though the Hamptons version of a highway is a two-way road, so that’s not something to worry about. The menu at this restaurant between East Hampton and Wainscott kind of jumps all over the place, with things like crab and papaya salad, seafood pastas, and eggplant parm, but they pull it all off.


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While it doesn’t look like much from the outside, The Maidstone is a boutique hotel with lots of character. In past years, the restaurant space was a Scandinavian place called The Living Room, but it’s been renovated and is now simply called The Maidstone. The menu is made up of local, seasonal American options like seared Montauk fluke and big fresh salads. So while you won’t find Swedish meatballs or smoked trout here anymore, the food is still very good. Not to mention it’s got surprisingly good rates for the Hamptons (around $500 a night) if you're looking for somewhere to stay.


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Goldberg's Famous Bagels & Deli

Goldberg’s are in almost every town in the area now, and definitely make the best bagels out East. You want lox. You want cream cheese. You want lots and lots of bagels, particularly a sunflower seed flagel.


It’s not our favorite restaurant out East, but it’s the one that we wind up going to the most. Bostwick’s is the perfect spot to visit when you can’t decide where else to go, or just don’t have the energy to cook yourself. It’s quick, it’s casual, and the food is pretty good. The menu is seafood-heavy, but there’s something fried, grilled, or on a bun for everyone. Our top picks: the hot lobster roll, the seared tuna, and the burrito-sized fish tacos. There’s also a second location in Three Mile Harbor (north of East Hampton town) called Bostwick’s On The Harbor with great views, though the menu is different.


Vine Street Cafe is one of the East End’s best restaurants, but getting to Shelter Island is a pain in the ass. Fortunately, the Vine Street team now has a way more central restaurant called Cove Hollow Tavern, in the location formerly occupied by Cafe Max in East Hampton. The food’s a little pricey, but all very good, and unlike most Hamptons restaurants, they actually pride themselves on great service and hospitality.


Sag Harbor


There have been several high-end sushi pop-ups in the Hamptons over the years, but for a more casual, daily situation, Sen is Sag Harbor’s go-to. We once read that Eric Ripert likes to come here, which is a good sign about the quality of fish. Waits can be long at peak times, but they’ve added a nice garden in the back.


With restaurants coming and going quicker than a Jitney round-trip, there aren’t many spots in the Hamptons that can say they’ve been around for over 20 years. But The Beacon has been a Sag staple since 1999, thanks to its consistently good food and great views of the Sag Harbor Bay.


A tiny restaurant on Route 114 between Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton, Estia’s is our go-to brunch spot and it should be yours as well. Breakfast burritos, any of the egg platters, and tortilla soup are all good bets. They also regularly have great specials.


A Hamptons landmark, The American Hotel is a classic. Their French food is delicious, but their biggest claim to fame is actually their wine cellar, which has thousands of bottles. Bring anyone who’s into wine here and they’ll be very impressed. Also, make sure to sit on the porch or in the atrium.


Keep LT Burger in your back pocket for the time you’re craving a burger, but don’t want to cook one on your own. Come with the whole family and sit in a big booth, or just sit at the bar with a beer. The milkshakes are good, too.


Bridgehampton


For years, we’ve known Armin & Judy as that place on 27 right before Bridgehampton town, with a sign that says “I Baguette You.” We don't know what that means, but after trying this spot, we’re all in on them and their bread offerings. The focaccia-y pizza is a standout, but the menu full of salads, vegetables, and other entrees is worth a try as well. It’s also very large, and a good last-minute option if you’re with a group.


With an impressive list of wine and cocktails (along with a huge food menu), Elaia is probably the best Greek restaurant in the Hamptons. But besides all the great dips, spreads, and seafood, we like coming here just to hang out in the lovely space. With floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of candles and flowers, it’s perfect for a chill date night or a low-key dinner with everyone in your house.


Despite being smack in the middle of Bridgehampton on Montauk Highway, Yama-Q somehow feels like a secret. Come for the good quality, straightforward sushi—purists will be relieved to know the nigiri and rolls here aren’t blowtorched, or covered in mayo sauces and tempura flakes.


Almond is another Bridgehampton mainstay. The food is French bistro stuff like roast chicken and escargot, and there’s an extensive raw bar selection. It’s also one of the liveliest dining rooms you’ll find in the immediate area.


This is by no means breaking news, but there’s a reason why this landmark diner in Bridgehampton has been around for decades. Candy Kitchen isn’t the place you go for poached eggs and mimosas, it’s where you go for scrambled eggs and toast. Their homemade ice cream is the main attraction, and the chocolate fudge brownie is perfect in every way.


Pierre’s is a French bistro in Bridgehampton designed to appeal to the Hamptons crowd that spends winters in St. Bart’s. The food is actually good, and Pierre’s can be a great time if you’re in the right mindset. Just slick your hair back and wear your finest white pants. You’ll fit right in.


Watermill

There’s not a ton of sushi out East, so Kissaki’s newly reopened Watermill location is a welcome addition to the area. We suggest checking out the intimate dining situation (the inside offers sushi bar-only seating) by enjoying their omakase offerings and sake flights. With courtyard dining available for groups who want a bit more privacy, it’s a great spot for date nights and large gatherings. Just know that in-restaurant omakase dining is only available Thursday night through Saturday night—though there’s always delivery and takeout if you’re feeling lazy.


Most people come to Suki Zuki for two things: the spicy tuna sandwich and the chicken teriyaki salad. The former is basically a spicy tuna roll in the shape of a triangular tea sandwich, while the latter is a finely chopped salad with chicken, wonton strips, and a tangy dressing. Overall, this is an easygoing sushi place with reasonable prices on the one-block strip known as the town of Watermill. Expect a wait on Friday or Saturday nights.


Located in the back of the Watermill Commons, Bistro Ete is run by a husband and wife team that serves a mix of delicious French-inspired Mediterranean food. It’s charming, laid-back, and a bit more hidden away, which is the opposite of all other Hamptons restaurants.


Southampton

This new restaurant, inside a new hotel by the same name, serves a rotating selection of Mediterranean dishes and sushi right in the middle of the South Hampton village. The food is fantastic, and while the service can be up or down, the outdoor area, with bistro lights, gazebos, and uplit trees, is absolutely why you’re here.


Set within The Capri Hotel, NAIA is a good time. There are $30 bottomless brunches, a DJ and electric violinist, and a scene where you’ll probably see lots of people guzzling back bottles of wine. The menu of solid salads and benedicts doesn’t really matter that much—you’ll be absolutely having too much fun to notice the food.


Come for the fresh pasta, stay for the private garden that you’ll immediately want to move into. We go to Tutto Il Giorno (which now has a few locations throughout the Hamptons) for one of two reasons: a big meal before a night out, or to drink some wine after checking out the stores in town. Either way, it’s a Southampton staple that we find ourselves coming back to time and time again thanks to its reliable food (the spicy tuna tartare is a must) and casual feel.


Be prepared: Southampton Social is definitely touristy. But it’s also fun in a pinch. This always-crowded spot serves a mix of sushi and appetizers like mini tacos and sliders, has a prix-fixe menu for large groups, and hosts some of the best DJs around. No one really comes here for the food (which, to be clear, is still solid), but it’s a good pick for a big Saturday night out with your friends.


Hampton Bays

Cowfish is a solid choice for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch in Hampton Bays. But more than anything, this place makes great desserts—the skillet cookie with vanilla ice cream is a must.


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Dockers Waterside is, in fact, right by the water, and also has lots of outdoor seating to go with the views. They serve all the raw bar and cooked seafood you’d expect, some of it with a twist like “everything bagel-crusted salmon.”


Beth’s is a breakfast and lunch spot, serving pastries and egg dishes as well as salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. Use it for daytime takeout in the area.


Westhampton

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Flora

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Serving lunch, dinner, and year-round brunch, Flora’s menus are packed with staples like their crispy chicken sandwich with a sriracha coconut reduction, as well as standouts like the short rib roastie and soba noodles. We suggest heading over for a low-key brunch or lunch with friends the morning after one too many drinks. And be sure to grab the flower pot dessert.


If summer to you sounds like lobster rolls and delicious fried things you can eat with your hands, you’ll be very happy at this super casual spot in Westhampton. There isn’t much else like this between here and Montauk.


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