*this list does not include Montauk
5. Dockers Waterside Restaurant and Marina- Quogue
Dockers doesn’t have the best food in the Hamptons – not even close. But it does have other things going for it: it’s one of the only casual restaurants located west of Montauk that is on the water, boasts live music, decent seafood and a fantastic sunset. It does not accept reservations, but is able to handle large groups. While most restaurants out east try to be as New York-y as possible, it’s nice to remember once in a while we are, in fact, in a beach town.
4. Tutto Il Giorno- Sag Harbor and Southampton
The food at Tutto Il Giorno’s Sag Harbor and Southampton locations is almost identical, but Sag Harbor is the better of the two. The chance of a celebrity sighting, people watching and coziness of the Sag Harbor location gives it the edge. They both have satisfying Italian dishes, good wine and outdoor seating.
3. The Palm- East Hampton
The Palm is a Hamptons staple. As long as I have been coming out east, we have gone to the Huntting Inn to eat at The Palm. The food at The Palm is consistently great. Do you really even need a menu (Monday Night salad, NY strip, carrot cake)? The Palm is a place to see and be seen. You’re almost guaranteed to wait for your table, it does not take reservations for parties of two, but accepts walk-ins. No true Hamptons experience is complete without a visit to The Palm.
2. La Fondita- Amagansett
Mexican street food done right…well at least in the Hamptons. You would have no idea walking into La Fondita that it is owned by the people behind Nick and Toni’s (loses it’s authenticity a little, right?). Either way, the fish tacos at La Fondita are uncontested, the chipotle mayo is perfect, and it is worth trying each of their house sauces. The music, picnic tables, and Mexican sodas trick you into believing you’re in Mexico, that is until you have to get back on 27.
1. The Beacon- Sag Harbor
I have done you a disservice by not writing a full review on The Beacon yet (I promise its coming!). It is, hands down, my favorite restaurant out east. The Beacon is owned by David Loewenberg, the man who is behind many other Hamptons classics such as RedBar, Little Red, Bell and Anchor, and Fresno. None of them hold a candle to The Beacon. The Beacon is located on the water in Sag Harbor over looking the marina. The sunset alone is worth the visit, but its the food brings you back time and time again. The shrimp salad, Portobello mushroom, tuna, and the halibut in parchment paper are a few of my favorites. Make sure to end your meal with their homemade ice cream sandwich; you won’t regret it.