Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Dock and Dine Time

We’ve all been there: a couple of hours of boating and suddenly it’s lunch or dinner time…and your guests are hinting that your cheese and crackers just aren’t cutting it.

Fortunately, eastern Long Island’s coast is populated by many “dock and dine” restaurants, from Eastport through Hampton Bays, Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Shelter Island, Noyac and Greenport.

We’ve included a few of our favorites here, but we’d love to hear about your selections too! Facebook us, or e-mail us at

Trumpets On The Bay welcomes guests to
European dining in  Easport.
1. Trumpets on the Bay, Eastport: Lovely and serene, Trumpets on the Bay welcomes its guests to dine while enjoying beautiful views and the ambience of white linens, fresh flowers and chandeliers. Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch served.
Cowfish offers relaxed elegance

2. Cowfish, Hampton Bays: Billed as “views and blues”, Cowfish lends itself to an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. Enjoy weekend brunches, daily lunches and dinners, or Happy Hours that really are happy.

Rumba's relaxed approach is inspired
by Caribbean living. 
3. Rumba, Hampton Bays: Rum cocktails figure prominently in this Island-style dining experience. Choose from a variety of Caribbean-style starters, salads and entrees.
Oakland's features a marina,
restaurant, bar, and catering facilities.  

4. Oakland’s, Hampton Bays: Oakland’s is dock and dine primetime! With facilities that cater to the boat crowd (fuel station, bait, ice and tackle, marina bathrooms/shower and weigh station), Oakland’s is an ideal place to re-fuel and stock up for fishing. Or enjoy a relaxing view with live music, enjoy drinks with friends, or dine on a wide-ranging choice of lite fare or entrees.

Canal Cafe is a casual eatery with
food that pleases the palate. 
5. Canal Café, Hampton Bays: The star at Canal Café is the wide selection of fresh local seafood, with a supporting cast of sandwiches, salads and burgers. According to the proprietors, the Canal Café is modeled on the order of a Cape Cod eatery from the 1970s: relaxed and unpretentious, with superb fresh food that hits the spot.

6. Salt, Shelter Island: Traditional dishes with a
Salt offers a flavorful experience
on Shelter Island. 
contemporary twist – that defines Salt, Shelter Island’s waterfront bar and grill.  The restaurant offers a laidback atmosphere with an ambitious menu that uses fresh local ingredients and fresh seafood. Enjoy crafty cocktails and live music in the famous landmark Shipwreck Bar, or dine al fresco or in the Salt dining room.  

Claudio's historic restaurant in Greenport celebrates the
tradition of the sea with its decor, menu and surounds. 
7.Claudio’s, Greenport: Steeped in rich maritime history, Claudio’s is the nation’s oldest restaurant owned by the same family, for nearly 150 years. Claudio’s offers visitors a wide menu, with plentiful fresh seafood, a raw bar, an excellent selection of wines, and a memorable dining experience.

8. East Hampton Point: The East Hampton Point is a restaurant, hotel, 
The East Hampton Point offers fine dining and catering, as well
as full marina amenities. 
marina and catering facility. Boaters will appreciate the full marina, complete with a fuel dock, repair center, and seasonal or transient dockage. Overlooking Three Mile Harbor, the Point serves up stunning water views through floor-to-ceiling windows as guests dine in the formal dining room or al fresco. Diners will enjoy a full fresh seafood menu, raw bar and inspired culinary creations.

9. The Beacon, Sag Harbor: Stunning water views across Sag Harbor Bay to
The Beacon celebrates the season with
a menu and atmosphere that is uniquely summer.
Shelter Island are the hallmarks of The Beacon. A tribute to the sea is evident in the restaurant’s menu, which also takes a cue from landlubbers and includes options to please everyone. A wide ranging bar menu will satisfy anyone looking to imbibe.  

10. The Pridwin Hotel, Shelter Island: This
The Pridwin Hotel offers striking water views,  resort-like
amenities and delectable cuisine. 
timeless hotel and restaurant welcomes visitors to Crescent Beach on Shelter Island. Boaters will embrace the Hotel’s relaxed, easy demeanor, Wednesday Night cookouts and other lawn events. The resort-like Hotel offers a restaurant, overnight accommodations, access to the Moussa Drame Tennis Club, a private pool and more. The super-fresh restaurant selections are largely courtesy of the capable fishing of the hotel proprietor.

Sunset Beach is a luxury hotel with
French bistro restaurant. 
11. Sunset Beach, Shelter Island: This boutique luxury hotel offers boaters  a French beachside bistro, complete with café bar, a full restaurant and a quiet beach area. Visitors dine in casual elegance, enjoying the striking views, superb French cuisine, a full bar menu, luxury overnight accommodations, and access to the stirring natural surrounds.

12. The Coast Grill, Noyac: The best choice for a low-key, casual fish shack!
The Coast Grill's low key atmosphere belies the ambitious
tasting fare. 
Since 1985, the Coast Grill has been delighting patrons with creative cuisine and water views that make any sunset a pleasure. The Grill is comfortable, open and welcoming.

Alure Restaurant features premium Long Island
agriculture and aquaculture. 
13. Alure, Southold: Peconic Bay dining at its finest! Alure welcomes you in and tempts you with a dazzling array of contemporary, creative cuisine while you enjoy splendid water views. Its award-winning wine list includes some of Long Island’s finest selections, and Alure’s menu features the best of Long Island agriculture and aquaculture.

Wherever your boating adventures take you, plan ahead to include a “dock and dine” event that creates a wonderful dining experience and reminds you of the beauty of our Island and her natural waterways.