Eating outdoors under the stars or seaside in the summer months enhance the dining experience, and many of the best places to enjoy lobster locally are located on the water. Lobster dinners can span from casual to more formal, pair it with a great bottle of local wine or beer for a night to remember, and create a spectacular date night. Some restaurants also have entertainment including live bands, kareoke, or other entertainment.
These bright red kings of the sea have made cameo appearances in both film and television - who can forget the scene in the movie "Splash" when Daryl Hannah picked up the lobster and bit right into it? On Seinfeld, Kramer thought that he hit the jackpot when he found lobster traps. For Long Islanders, this delicious dinner icon is available at countless local eateries, one of the biggest benefits of living by the water.
These are some of our favorites seafood restaurants that are shore to please your palate.
The Steam Room
4 East Broadway, Port Jefferson (631) 928-6690
The Steam Room is celebrating 25 years of serving fresh seafood overlooking Port Jefferson Harbor.
215 W. Main Street, Smithtown (631) 361-6464
The name means water and that is where the just caught lobsters come from. This is a great restaurant that also serves up a children's menu.
The Jolly Fisherman and Steakhouse
25 Main Street, Roslyn (516) 621-0555
Located in the historic Village of Roslyn with breathtaking views of Silver Lake. Enjoy surf and turf specials at this elegant restaurant.
23 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport (516) 378-8776
Located on the Nautical Mile, where the land meets the sea. Their award winning chef cooks up lobster specials.
Mill Pond House
437 East Main Street, Centerport (631) 261-7663
Enjoy a romantic, candlelight dinner while overlooking the Mill Pond. The Lobster Mac and Cheese is spectacular.
Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille
395 Main Street, Port Washington (516) 883-4242
This legendary restaurant on Manhasset Bay has been in business since 1905. Be sure to ask for a seat near the window or on their outdoor deck.
Orient By The Sea
40200 Main Road, Orient (631) 323-2424
Locals and visitors rave about the extensive just caught menu on the East End.
3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale (631) 589-2694
This beautiful destination was once part of William K. Vanderbilt's estate. The views of the Great South Bay are matched by the delicious lobster.
507 Guy Lombardo Avenue, Freeport (516) 442-0565
Enjoy waterfront dining with a New American twist. Their lobster is served with fiesta rice and seasonal vegetables.
Coolfish Grille & Wine Bar
6800 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset (516) 921-3250
Tom Schaudel brings his blending of modern and classic dishes to this contemporary location.