One of the perks of living on Long Island is to have seaside towns to wander where you can smell fresh seafood in the air. Waterfront dining is a big business on Long Island, and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, including dockside dining options where you can drive your boat right up to the restaurant! Many of these restaurants are located in great walk-around towns with lots to offer, and most focus on locally harvested seafood, but if you don't have a taste for seafood but still love the waterfront experience, many of these eateries also offer American cuisine like burgers and sandwiches.
Eating outside does enhance the experience of eating near the water, so be sure to check the weather before you go to make sure you don't end up in the rain. Many of these restaurants also offer glass-enclosed decks so that you will be prepared for any sort of weather. Here are the top ten restaurants for waterfront dining all around the Island:
Off Key Tikki
31 Baker Place, Patchogue, NY 11772
This funky restaurant is the only spot on the Patchogue River where you can put your feet in white sand, sit under a palm tree, and enjoy live some live music. Enjoy the Hawaiian summer motifs, including pig roasts and luaus!
333 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY 11709
Take in the beautiful architecture and nautical sculptures and art at Ocean Restaurant, which is only outdone by the panoramic views of the Long Island Sound. The New American menu is described as unpretentious, with a focus on seasonal and organic foods.
Captain Bill’s Restaurant
122 Ocean Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Casual yet elegant, Captain Bill’s overlooks the Great South Bay, and specializes in local seafood and premium ages steaks and prime ribs. They also offer a fantastic Sunday brunch buffet.
The Outerbanks Restaurant
661 Riverside Drive, Riverhead, NY 11901
Located on the Peconic River, the Outerbanks is a chic restaurant at the Indian Island Golf & Country Club. Monday is Burger Brew Night, and there is a prix fix menu every Thursday.
The Whale’s Tale
81 Fort Salonga Road, Northport, NY 11768
The Whale’s Tale is a casual restaurant with a focus on supporting local food suppliers. The seafood is caught in local waters and brought up the dock every morning, and the produce is bought from local farms and delivered daily.
58775 Route 48, Greenport, NY 11944
Enjoy burgers and seafood on the deck overlooking the Long Island Sound, or in the glass-enclosed dining areas.
Mallory Square Restaurant
41 River Road, Sayville, NY 11782
Take in spectacular views of the bay while dining on delicious refined American cuisine.
59 Montauk Highway, Westhampton, NY 11977
For fine Italian dining on the water, Casa Basso is your place. This historic location offers an extensive wine list of local and foreign wines.
Maguire’s Bay Front Restaurant
1 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach, NY 11770
Maguire’s is a popular family restaurant with price fix meals, happy hours from Monday through Thursday, and a bar and dance floor.
Oakland’s Restaurant and Marina
365 Dune Road, Hampton Bays, NY 11946
Dock your boat right up to Oakland’s on the Shinnecock Bay and dine on a wide array of internationally-inspired seafood dishes.