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Where to Eat in the Hamptons Right Now

From waterfront views during sunset hour to upscale omakase meals, these are the hottest hangouts this summer in the East End

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The East End has headed into its busiest month, and the restaurants are more packed than ever. Halfway through the season, some places have emerged as hits, creating glorious meals from local ingredients despite staffing shortages and other challenges restaurants have faced in the past year. Below, some of our favorites so far, from classic lobster rolls to hearty Italian fare.

For more Hamptons dining recommendations, check out our guides to the top hotel restaurants in the area and the most notable restaurant openings of Summer 2021.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Centro Trattoria & Bar

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336 W Montauk Hwy #3525
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
(631) 594-5744
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A new outdoor patio has been opened to accommodate the demand at this Hampton Bays trattoria, where the menu uses family recipes. Pastas are homemade, individually sized pizzas come from the wood burning oven, and there are many classics like eggplant or chicken parmigiana. A $35 prix fixe Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday has such entree options as New York strip steak and shrimp saltimbocca; while Sunday is Sinatra night, filled with music from the legendary crooner.

2. 75 Main

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75 Main St
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 283-7575
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The best people watching around is from a cafe table at this popular spot in the center of Southampton. There are lighter options with grilled king oyster mushrooms in parchment or a Super Salad of kale, avocado, sugar snaps. quinoa, cucumber, egg, hemp hearts, and pumpkin seeds; or choose something more substantial such as a veal chop or lobster with cognac butter and spicy king crab fried rice.

A sidewalk patio with round white tables and white chairs underneath a sunny yellow awning 75 Main

3. Kissaki

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670 Montauk Hwy Suite E
Water Mill, NY 11976
(631) 709-8855
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A new 20-seat omakase room, larger dining room, revamped outdoor patio, and knife-shaped bar have been added to the original location of this high-end sushi mecca, which expanded this year to a new East Hampton location and a Montauk pop-up. There is a 16-course omakase for $175, as well as smaller flights of six and nine pieces; a selection of futomaki rolls, and other a la carte offerings, including an indulgent “uni sundae’’ composed of toro tartare, uni, and black kaluga caviar over rice.

A piece of pink fish topped with ginger and a black paste Signe Birck/Kissaki

4. Naia Hamptons

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281 County Road 39A
Southampton, NY 11968
(934) 222-0099
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You will be feel like you are on vacation as you dine while overlooking the pool and landscaped grounds of the Capri hotel. The Mediterranean influenced menu has something for everyone, from a vegan burger to lobster rolls to sirloin. There are also staples like a Greek salad and whole branzino, along with local fish.

5. Sant Ambroeus

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30 Main St
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 283-1233
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The pastry counter and gelateria leading to the into the restaurant are just some reasons this spot is a longtime favorite. Salads such as shaved artichoke with hearts of palm, wild arugula, and aged Parmesan are ideal for summer. Fettuccine with slow-cooked veal ragu is a standout pasta. Entrees include grilled Australian lamb chops, veal Milanese, and branzino with maitake mushrooms.

6. Highway Restaurant & Bar

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290 Montauk Hwy
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 527-5372
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The lowkey spot on route 27 may not look like much from the outside, but the inside is warm and food is so good that it has attracted crowds for years. Farro salad with grilled corn, tomatoes, radicchio, and pumpkin is a textural wonder; quinoa, spring onion, and carrot puree are a perfect plate partnering for grilled salmon, and the dry-rub spit roasted organic chicken served with fingerlings and presented on a carving board is a work of art. For those in the know, a Peking duck special is offered on Fridays.

Grilled salmon and green herbs with an orange puree on a black plate sitting on a wooden table
Highway’s grilled salmon
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7. Ed's Lobster Bar

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1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
(631) 725-1131
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This casual restaurant along the road from Bridgehampton to Sag Harbor is known for its lobster rolls and beach tacos in shrimp, fish or cauliflower varieties, but the fish ’n’ chips and brisket burger with pickles, cheese ,and crispy onions are also standouts. Purists can opt for a whole steamed lobster.

A close-up photo of a lobster roll with green lettuce and fries on the side sitting on a white plate with a napkin and fork in the foreground
A lobster roll from Ed’s Lobster Bar
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8. Baron's Cove

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31 W Water St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
(844) 227-6672
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Enjoy crispy baby artichokes or vegetarian pasta made with local farm ingredients from the terrace at this hotel’s restaurant that overlooks the bay in Sag Harbor. Entree offerings include slow roasted chicken and grilled swordfish steak.

Tables and chairs set up on a high patio overlooking a harbor on a sunny day Baron’s Cove

9. Lulu Kitchen & Bar

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126 Main St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
(631) 725-0900
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A wood burning oven and bird’s eye view of the Sag Harbor action are big lures at this popular spot on Sag Harbor’s Main Street. Dishes are simply prepared to showcase an ingredient’s seasonality, where it’s a perfecting charred head of cauliflower or grilled swordfish steak. Those who prefer something a bit more classic with a sauce can try the monkfish bourride, made from the local catch, monkfish liver, carrots, mushrooms, and fingerling potatoes. A back patio is a quieter alternative to the bustling cafe.

A dozen slices of steak arranged around the bone in a circular plate on a white table
A ribeye steak from Lulu Kitchen & Bar
Eric Striffler/Lulu Kitchen & Bar

10. Dopo La Spiaggia

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6 Bay St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
(631) 725-7009
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One of the most alluring settings on the East End, this intimate Tuscan spot with its patio overlooking the water has been a favorite of celebrities such as Keith Richards, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Calvin Klein. Don’t miss the paper thin crispy bread (pane carasau) served hot and topped with olive oil, fresh rosemary, and sea salt. Pastas include bucatini cacio e pepe with fava beans; and spinach ravioli with lobster; while entree offerings range from a seared pork chop with cannellini beans, sausage, and bok choy to scallops with fingerling potatoes and broccoli rabe.

The white and grey exterior of a restaurant with plants and dining tables out front. Dopo La Spiaggia

11. Sí Sí Mediterranean Restaurant

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295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Rd
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 658-9380
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A new entry on Three Mile Harbor, which is wildly popular for its spectacular sunset views, this coastal Mediterranean sits on the marina of EHP, which also houses one of the nicest hotels around. Lobster Cobb salad with harissa yogurt, fresh mint, fennel and bacon; day boat scallops with wild mushrooms, cauliflower, currants and pine nuts; and lamb burger with smoked feta and pickled onion are all sure bets.

12. Clam Bar At Napeague

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2025 Montauk Hwy
Amagansett, NY 11930
(631) 267-6348
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You can smell the ocean from this seafood shack with only outdoor seating on the Napeague stretch. Fried clams and lobster rolls are signatures, but don’t miss fresh-off-the-boat nightly specials that were swimming in Montauk hours earlier.

A red and white roadside clam shack with dark grey planters set up out front and tables and chairs under yellow umbrellas JPV Photos/Clam Bar at Napeague

13. La Fin Kitchen & Lounge

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474 W Lake Dr
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-8344
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Private outdoor areas for up to eight guests can now be booked with bottle service and a DJ (for an extra fee, of course) at this newcomer overlooking Montauk Harbor, which has a South of France vibe. Starters include cauliflower flatbread with roasted tomatoes, zucchini, fresh basil, and caramelized onion; and grilled calamari with roasted garlic and chili flakes; while whole fish with lobster nage or corn salsa; coriander steamed fluke; and tomahawk steaks are among the larger plates.

Plates, silverware, and glasses set up on a table with wicker chairs positioned outdoors on a sunny deck overlooking a harbor
Outdoors at La Fin
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14. Bamboo

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76C Jobs Ln
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 488-4240
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This casual hangout with a spacious outdoor patio next to a pond in Southampton sits in the middle of the action and offers a selection of sushi, as well as dishes like chopped sesame chicken salad; short rib tacos; wok-seared Mongolian beef; and an array of rice bowls and dumplings. Though there is currently no active liquor license, there is a full mocktail menu.

15. Manna at Lobster Inn

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5 Inlet Rd
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 728-5555
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Jesse Matsuoka, longtime co-owner of Sen in Sag Harbor, joined with partners to take over the old Lobster Inn in Shinnecock Hills. The emphasis is on sustainable seafood and the fish is remarkably fresh. Spring pea mint hummus; coconut, ginger and lemongrass mussels; and lobster bisque ramen with soft boiled egg and chili tofu are bursting with flavor, while simply grilled wild salmon or steamed lobster are perfect for purists.

Chopsticks rest on a white bowl of ramen with lobster in a brown broth that sits on a wooden table
Lobster ramen from Manna
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16. Union Sushi & Steak

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40 Bowden Square
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 377-3500
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Sit on the expansive outdoor veranda and enjoy such maki rolls as the vegetarian version containing shiitake, avocado, cucumber, asparagus, and carrot. The Fowler roll with fried oysters or a Little Plains roll mixing fluke tempura, crab, and scallops are also worth ordering. Cooked entrees include fish dishes such as pan seared striped bass with lobster edamame succotash, and a range of steaks and chops.

A sliced sushi roll on a dark platter. The roll has avocado in the middle and strips of salmon and roe piled on top. Union Sushi & Steak [Official]

17. Rita Cantina

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28 Maidstone Park Rd
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 329-3663
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One of the season’s new hits, chef Eric Miller’s coastal Mexican in Springs has an extensive cocktail program including perfect icy, tart frozen margaritas. Tacos range from spit-roasted heritage pork al pastor with charred pineapple to mixed mushroom with cashew crema; and among the large plates are duck carnitas and local fluke with spicy red rice and black beans.

A single taco with pork and greens laid on a black plate against an orange background
Rita Cantina’s taco al pastor
Eric Striffler/Rita Cantina

1. Centro Trattoria & Bar

336 W Montauk Hwy #3525, Hampton Bays, NY 11946

A new outdoor patio has been opened to accommodate the demand at this Hampton Bays trattoria, where the menu uses family recipes. Pastas are homemade, individually sized pizzas come from the wood burning oven, and there are many classics like eggplant or chicken parmigiana. A $35 prix fixe Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday has such entree options as New York strip steak and shrimp saltimbocca; while Sunday is Sinatra night, filled with music from the legendary crooner.

336 W Montauk Hwy #3525
Hampton Bays, NY 11946

2. 75 Main

75 Main St, Southampton, NY 11968
A sidewalk patio with round white tables and white chairs underneath a sunny yellow awning 75 Main

The best people watching around is from a cafe table at this popular spot in the center of Southampton. There are lighter options with grilled king oyster mushrooms in parchment or a Super Salad of kale, avocado, sugar snaps. quinoa, cucumber, egg, hemp hearts, and pumpkin seeds; or choose something more substantial such as a veal chop or lobster with cognac butter and spicy king crab fried rice.

75 Main St
Southampton, NY 11968

3. Kissaki

670 Montauk Hwy Suite E, Water Mill, NY 11976
A piece of pink fish topped with ginger and a black paste Signe Birck/Kissaki

A new 20-seat omakase room, larger dining room, revamped outdoor patio, and knife-shaped bar have been added to the original location of this high-end sushi mecca, which expanded this year to a new East Hampton location and a Montauk pop-up. There is a 16-course omakase for $175, as well as smaller flights of six and nine pieces; a selection of futomaki rolls, and other a la carte offerings, including an indulgent “uni sundae’’ composed of toro tartare, uni, and black kaluga caviar over rice.

670 Montauk Hwy Suite E
Water Mill, NY 11976

4. Naia Hamptons

281 County Road 39A, Southampton, NY 11968

You will be feel like you are on vacation as you dine while overlooking the pool and landscaped grounds of the Capri hotel. The Mediterranean influenced menu has something for everyone, from a vegan burger to lobster rolls to sirloin. There are also staples like a Greek salad and whole branzino, along with local fish.

281 County Road 39A
Southampton, NY 11968

5. Sant Ambroeus

30 Main St, Southampton, NY 11968

The pastry counter and gelateria leading to the into the restaurant are just some reasons this spot is a longtime favorite. Salads such as shaved artichoke with hearts of palm, wild arugula, and aged Parmesan are ideal for summer. Fettuccine with slow-cooked veal ragu is a standout pasta. Entrees include grilled Australian lamb chops, veal Milanese, and branzino with maitake mushrooms.

30 Main St
Southampton, NY 11968

6. Highway Restaurant & Bar

290 Montauk Hwy, East Hampton, NY 11937
Grilled salmon and green herbs with an orange puree on a black plate sitting on a wooden table
Highway’s grilled salmon
Eric Striffler/Highway

The lowkey spot on route 27 may not look like much from the outside, but the inside is warm and food is so good that it has attracted crowds for years. Farro salad with grilled corn, tomatoes, radicchio, and pumpkin is a textural wonder; quinoa, spring onion, and carrot puree are a perfect plate partnering for grilled salmon, and the dry-rub spit roasted organic chicken served with fingerlings and presented on a carving board is a work of art. For those in the know, a Peking duck special is offered on Fridays.

290 Montauk Hwy
East Hampton, NY 11937

7. Ed's Lobster Bar

1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
A close-up photo of a lobster roll with green lettuce and fries on the side sitting on a white plate with a napkin and fork in the foreground
A lobster roll from Ed’s Lobster Bar
Ed’s Lobster Bar

This casual restaurant along the road from Bridgehampton to Sag Harbor is known for its lobster rolls and beach tacos in shrimp, fish or cauliflower varieties, but the fish ’n’ chips and brisket burger with pickles, cheese ,and crispy onions are also standouts. Purists can opt for a whole steamed lobster.

1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

8. Baron's Cove

31 W Water St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Tables and chairs set up on a high patio overlooking a harbor on a sunny day Baron’s Cove

Enjoy crispy baby artichokes or vegetarian pasta made with local farm ingredients from the terrace at this hotel’s restaurant that overlooks the bay in Sag Harbor. Entree offerings include slow roasted chicken and grilled swordfish steak.

31 W Water St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

9. Lulu Kitchen & Bar

126 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
A dozen slices of steak arranged around the bone in a circular plate on a white table
A ribeye steak from Lulu Kitchen & Bar
Eric Striffler/Lulu Kitchen & Bar

A wood burning oven and bird’s eye view of the Sag Harbor action are big lures at this popular spot on Sag Harbor’s Main Street. Dishes are simply prepared to showcase an ingredient’s seasonality, where it’s a perfecting charred head of cauliflower or grilled swordfish steak. Those who prefer something a bit more classic with a sauce can try the monkfish bourride, made from the local catch, monkfish liver, carrots, mushrooms, and fingerling potatoes. A back patio is a quieter alternative to the bustling cafe.

126 Main St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

10. Dopo La Spiaggia

6 Bay St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
The white and grey exterior of a restaurant with plants and dining tables out front. Dopo La Spiaggia

One of the most alluring settings on the East End, this intimate Tuscan spot with its patio overlooking the water has been a favorite of celebrities such as Keith Richards, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Calvin Klein. Don’t miss the paper thin crispy bread (pane carasau) served hot and topped with olive oil, fresh rosemary, and sea salt. Pastas include bucatini cacio e pepe with fava beans; and spinach ravioli with lobster; while entree offerings range from a seared pork chop with cannellini beans, sausage, and bok choy to scallops with fingerling potatoes and broccoli rabe.

6 Bay St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

11. Sí Sí Mediterranean Restaurant

295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937

A new entry on Three Mile Harbor, which is wildly popular for its spectacular sunset views, this coastal Mediterranean sits on the marina of EHP, which also houses one of the nicest hotels around. Lobster Cobb salad with harissa yogurt, fresh mint, fennel and bacon; day boat scallops with wild mushrooms, cauliflower, currants and pine nuts; and lamb burger with smoked feta and pickled onion are all sure bets.

295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Rd
East Hampton, NY 11937

12. Clam Bar At Napeague

2025 Montauk Hwy, Amagansett, NY 11930
A red and white roadside clam shack with dark grey planters set up out front and tables and chairs under yellow umbrellas JPV Photos/Clam Bar at Napeague

You can smell the ocean from this seafood shack with only outdoor seating on the Napeague stretch. Fried clams and lobster rolls are signatures, but don’t miss fresh-off-the-boat nightly specials that were swimming in Montauk hours earlier.

2025 Montauk Hwy
Amagansett, NY 11930

13. La Fin Kitchen & Lounge

474 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954
Plates, silverware, and glasses set up on a table with wicker chairs positioned outdoors on a sunny deck overlooking a harbor
Outdoors at La Fin
Doug Young/La Fin Kitchen & Lounge

Private outdoor areas for up to eight guests can now be booked with bottle service and a DJ (for an extra fee, of course) at this newcomer overlooking Montauk Harbor, which has a South of France vibe. Starters include cauliflower flatbread with roasted tomatoes, zucchini, fresh basil, and caramelized onion; and grilled calamari with roasted garlic and chili flakes; while whole fish with lobster nage or corn salsa; coriander steamed fluke; and tomahawk steaks are among the larger plates.

474 W Lake Dr
Montauk, NY 11954

14. Bamboo

76C Jobs Ln, Southampton, NY 11968

This casual hangout with a spacious outdoor patio next to a pond in Southampton sits in the middle of the action and offers a selection of sushi, as well as dishes like chopped sesame chicken salad; short rib tacos; wok-seared Mongolian beef; and an array of rice bowls and dumplings. Though there is currently no active liquor license, there is a full mocktail menu.

76C Jobs Ln
Southampton, NY 11968

15. Manna at Lobster Inn

5 Inlet Rd, Southampton, NY 11968
Chopsticks rest on a white bowl of ramen with lobster in a brown broth that sits on a wooden table
Lobster ramen from Manna
Laurie Barone Schaefer/Manna

Jesse Matsuoka, longtime co-owner of Sen in Sag Harbor, joined with partners to take over the old Lobster Inn in Shinnecock Hills. The emphasis is on sustainable seafood and the fish is remarkably fresh. Spring pea mint hummus; coconut, ginger and lemongrass mussels; and lobster bisque ramen with soft boiled egg and chili tofu are bursting with flavor, while simply grilled wild salmon or steamed lobster are perfect for purists.

5 Inlet Rd
Southampton, NY 11968

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16. Union Sushi & Steak

40 Bowden Square, Southampton, NY 11968
A sliced sushi roll on a dark platter. The roll has avocado in the middle and strips of salmon and roe piled on top. Union Sushi & Steak [Official]

Sit on the expansive outdoor veranda and enjoy such maki rolls as the vegetarian version containing shiitake, avocado, cucumber, asparagus, and carrot. The Fowler roll with fried oysters or a Little Plains roll mixing fluke tempura, crab, and scallops are also worth ordering. Cooked entrees include fish dishes such as pan seared striped bass with lobster edamame succotash, and a range of steaks and chops.

40 Bowden Square
Southampton, NY 11968

17. Rita Cantina

28 Maidstone Park Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937
A single taco with pork and greens laid on a black plate against an orange background
Rita Cantina’s taco al pastor
Eric Striffler/Rita Cantina

One of the season’s new hits, chef Eric Miller’s coastal Mexican in Springs has an extensive cocktail program including perfect icy, tart frozen margaritas. Tacos range from spit-roasted heritage pork al pastor with charred pineapple to mixed mushroom with cashew crema; and among the large plates are duck carnitas and local fluke with spicy red rice and black beans.

28 Maidstone Park Rd
East Hampton, NY 11937

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