23 North Ferry Rd (rte. 114)
Shelter Island, NY 11964Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $50 and over
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.18bayrestaurant.com/
- Phone: 6317490053x
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday-Saturday and Monday 5:30pm- Close, Sunday: 4:00pm-Close
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian, Contemporary European
- Executive Chef: Elizabeth Ronzetti and Adam Kopels
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Catering: Contact restaurant for details.
- Private Party Facilities: Contact restaurant for details.
A word from 18 Bay
A weekly four-course chef's menu straight from the local markets including handmade pastas and handcrafted cocktails all set in a beautifully restored Farmhouse.Continued
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18 Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since June 25, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (59)special occasion (44)great for outdoor dining (37)romantic (35)neighborhood gem (34)notable wine list (13)good for groups (6)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 10/12/2014While the menu changes regularly, which keeps the restaurant interesting, the quality of the food continues to exceed most restaurants on the East End. Always creative, fresh and delicious. Service is personal yet professional. Only suggestion would be to lower the lighting to create a more conducive environment to keep aligned with the wonderful food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Extremely accommodatingCricketVIPDined on 10/11/2014My husband cannot eat dairy and I have a chocolate allergy. The chefs are eager to make sure that regardless of any food issues you have you will have a delightful and delicious meal. And we did!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Apps/Pasta are best part of meal!BreathlessVIPDined on 10/4/2014The appetizers and the pasta are the most special part of the meal. Very special tasting to start and the pasta consistently is the most special on the Island. By the time the entree gets to you, you're already full! But save room for dessert!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Foodiefamilyof4Dined on 10/2/2014Our foodie family thinks it's the best restaurant in Long Island. We love the attention to detail. The menu is seasonal fresh food. The menus changes weekly. Everything about it works for us!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A dining treatarloDined on 9/27/2014Everything at this restaurant is a treat.The food is interesting,delicious and well presented. Service is refined and very well done. I can't say enough nice things about this experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/27/2014On several previous visits we were thrilled with the freshness and inventiveness of the cuisine.Service was attentive but not fussy. Ambience was comfortable with good light and low noise level. Unfortunately,9/27/14 was a disappointment.We had brought our cousins with us and were embarrassed that the food did not match our extravagant praises.Dessert was downright banal. We even wondered if the chef had changed. Service was pleasant but seemed pressed and distracted. We will try it again but not on Saturday and with more modest expectations.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great foodADE68thDined on 9/20/2014The food was very good and reasonably priced for the quality. By far the best restaurant in the Sag harbor area.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Service fell short of foodtastymateVIPDined on 9/13/2014We love this place, but usually only go during the winter when it's slow. We learned again that they can't handle busy nights when we had a three hour dinner filled mostly with waiting time and two bottles of wine. The second was needed after waiting so long that the two of us polished off the first one. The food was great.Special Features:
- Fair apps, good pasta, good maindiningoutismyhobbyDined on 9/13/2014I was recommended to 18 bay and was looking forward to celebrating my wife's bd there. I was expecting impressive food AND impressive service. Although the food was very good, the service was poor. We were there from 6:45 to 10 pm which was just too drawn out, especially since the kitchen is making the same dishes for every customer. And, having to ask twice for a second bottle of wine was just unacceptable. I usually won't mind spending over $100 pp when I am made to feel well taken care of by the staff and enjoy special quality of food, but on this night, I just felt taken advantage of. Would I give it another try in the middle of busy season instead of sept? Maybe ...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OverpricedOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/7/2014Very expensive,the ambience is less than we expected,food was good but didn't care for the menu, I wouldn't go back,wine was very expensive and they only give u a drop in the glass.Special Features:
- Tastings greatDebbieDined on 9/4/2014Interesting and delightful tastings. Would love to visit againSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best dinner on Shelter IslandFoodie83Dined on 8/30/201418 Bay was the best restaurant we ate at while in Shelter Island. The menu is a pre-set, four course tasting menu, where you'll only have to choose between a seafood or a meat ontray (vegetarian options are available as well). Each course was well balanced and well presented, and the services was very friendly. We sat on the porch area and really enjoyed the ambiance of the place; you can hear the crickets outside between friendly conversations/laugher of couples, groups of friends dining on the porch. The only downside was the wine pairing; they alternated from white to red to white, and brought out red with seafood and white with a chocolate desert at the end. But overall, it was a memorable evening, and amazing food. Highly recommend.Special Features:
- LovelyletotherscookVIPDined on 8/22/2014This was our first visit and we look forward to returning. The whole "package" comes together perfectly - lovely old farmhouse, excellent food and attentive but not intrusive service. They do one 4 course meal per week with choice only for entree. But they are very flexible about changes for allergies or dislikes. My one "complaint" was too much food; 3 courses would have suited me better but it was all so good I over ate. Strongly recommended and better than Vine Street in my view, which ends up being pricier and has "attitude" more suited to East Hampton than Shelter Island. They also have an amazing wine by glass menu, offering every wine they have that way.Special Features:
- Inventive menuGetMeOnTopVIPDined on 8/21/2014Food and selection excellent and extremely fresh. Thigh every thing was great a stand out was the mouthwatering pasta course!Special Features:
- a great findMaggieDined on 8/21/2014From the beginning to the end a wonderful meal!! Relaxed atmosphere. wonderful friendly service. lovely ambience. we usually dine on the north fork. but i have to say that 18 tops the best restaurants of the north fork. its well worth the ferry trip.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Charming RestaurantshelterislandVIPDined on 8/20/201418 Bay was a very nice surprise. We were originally going to Sunset Beach, too much of a circus. 18 Bay Street was charming, great drinks, nice wine list and a lovely tasting menu. My only problem was the 2 choices of entrees. I'm not a fan of Duck or Fluke. I did try the fluke and it was really good.Special Features:
- Delicious evening outarloDined on 8/16/201418 Bay is an absolutely delicious evening out. The food is exciting, beautifully presented and most importantly delicious. The staff is professional and friendly. It is a difficult reservation to get at peak dining hours, but definitely worth the effort to keep trying.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- just perfectBarbDined on 8/14/2014Amazing meal, great service, a bit noisy...but that is because some guests don't use inside voices! It's a prix fix with a twist. You get an amazing antipasti plate with 4 tapas like selections, that is followed by a pasta course, then you get to choose between one of two entrees, with a dessert to wrap up the evening. All are perfectly prepared and plated...so delicious. Go.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- WiddleDined on 8/9/2014First rate prix fixe menu and wine list. The four part appetizer was superb. Service was excellent and very friendly despite a very busy restaurant. Our server was mature and experienced and knew her wines as well.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/9/2014The bar and bartender were excellent. Dined outside, and table was special....liking to be in the corner for more privacy. Food was good, but too many courses. By the time we got to the main course, we were full and if your not hungry, food does not appeal to your taste buds. We had lamb, rabbit and pork, all at one seating...too many different taste buds going on. The wine and drinks were expensive and our designated driver, who was drinking, club soda, was ignored when he asked for refills. Dessert was not appreciated, as we really could not eat another bite. I will look closer next time, at to what the restaurant is offering for the night. Somehow, we missed seeing the second pasta dish on the posted list. Continued below.Special Features:
- 18 Bay Always SuperbOpenTable Diner Since 2002Dined on 8/7/2014It had been a year since our first visit to 18 Bay and our wait, though far too long, was worth every moment. Everything about this exquisite restaurant speaks to an attention to detail, whether it is the food, the service or the surroundings that is rarely matched anywhere. The four appetizers were simply terrific...particularly the seared sea scallop in a corn ragout and the grilled lamb spare rib. The yellow watermelon and radish salad was also sensational. The rabbit ragu over pappardelle was also incredible as was the seafood stew. If you want a unique dining experience in very romantic and elegant surroundings, this is an experience you should not miss if you venture to Shelter Island. Thank you...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Taste was ExceptionalOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/7/2014We tried 18 Bay while vacationing on Shelter Island. It was exceptional. We recommend it highly. Our server made the dinner special as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Elegant, high-quality foodMozzaCDined on 8/4/2014We went as a couple, leaving the teenagers with their Netflix, hoping for a wonderful, grown-up romantic evening dinner and we were not disappointed. Lovely, elegant restaurant with a pleasantly quiet ambience. Worth dressing up for. Friendly professional service, excellent cocktails (18 Bay Cosmopolitan (highly recommended) and Mojito, food to die for, and a very nice bottle of Fallanghina to remind us of our holiday in Pompeii in 2011. Caroline had the best panacotta 'in my life'; I just loved the whole menu. Bay 18 alone is worth moving to Shelter Island for.Special Features:
- ebg200Dined on 8/1/2014Uninspired for the price. Service was below average. The food runners would place your food and not tell you what it was Experienced diners will find it underwhelming. I have enjoyed eating here in the past but the recent menu was mediocre for the 65 prix fix. I appreciate the use of local ingredients and the commitment to organic/sustainable is impressive but the items on the menu were poorly executed. Pasta with conch and lobster broth was plain and lacking broth, tuna crudo was a bland bite of tuna. The house made merguez was delicious but a small piece. The tiny Panna cotta dessert was completely forgettable. Overall it was a nice experience but I expected more for the price point, especially considering it's a set menu.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very specialOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 8/1/2014Homey porch dinner. Great drinks. Lovely dinner. Would love to go again since menu is different every week.Special Features:
- Well Worth the Trip OverSenapsDined on 7/31/2014Don't let the ferry deter you away from making it to Shelter Island. This is easily the best food and value on the North Fork. Also, love that all the wines are by the glass, so you can try lots of different things.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Foodie heavenNP22Dined on 7/27/2014It was our 2nd visit to 18 Bay and the food and service surpassed expectations. The 4 course tasting menu is the best deal in the Hamptons at $65. Set of 4 mini starters was divine: Beet tartare, mini lobster roll, Pork belly with apricot, and Bluefish crudo with watermelon. Primi dish of homemade pasta with cherry tomatoes was a nice sized portion with incredible fresh flavor. My husband and I both had the Hudson Duck breast that was cooked perfectly and the 'Tatin' desert of peaches and blueberries was the best dessert I've had in months. Service is impeccable and we also met the chefs Elizabeth and Adam who pull it all together which added to the evening. Bravo 18 Bay - we'll be back!Special Features:
- Worth the ferry rideJaneNYCVIPDined on 7/25/2014Took our houseguests from the city to 18 Bay and everyone was blown away. Everything was delicious, especially the lobster profiterole served as part of the selection of four appetizers, and the pasta course consisting of homemade spaghetti alla chitarra with crabmeat and cherry tomatoes. Great cocktails and wine list. They're very accommodating of dietary needs and willing to make substitutions on the prix fixe menu. A really wonderful evening.Special Features:
- Another wonderful mealbarbEHVIPDined on 7/17/2014Truly one of our favorite places. We can always count on a great meal and wonderful service. Well worth the ferry trip.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Don't get caught - tourist trap!MMandCMVIPDined on 7/11/2014I was so excited to eat at 18 Bay after seeing the reviews and visiting their website. My high expectations were mostly around the quality and taste of the food. Here is our assessment: The portions were very small, bland and uninspired. After every bite, we found ourselves saying "its just OK". Just OK, is OK, if that is what you signed up for. However, my expectations were very high based on how they presented themselves and their prices. Note: We love to try all kinds of restaurants and food styles (especially different and interesting dishes) but this time we found ourselves very disappointed. Sorry 18 Bay, I would have loved to give you a great review!Special Features:
- Spectacularsit9001VIPDined on 7/6/2014What an amazing meal! My wife started with an elderberry and ginger cocktail which was so good that she wouldn't even let me taste a drop. The four course antipasti was beautiful to look at and outstanding to enjoy: chilled white gazpacho was perfect and refreshing and flavorful, the lobster crostini was better than any lobster roll on the east end, the fluke crudo with cherries was an inspiration. The pasta was sensational, sweet pea and mint offsetting the decadent brown butter. The crispy striped bass was cooked to perfection. The service was spot on and the space was quiet and refined. A special place for a special meal. We will be back.Special Features:
- Wonderful meal and serviceYasminnyVIPDined on 7/5/201418 Bay never fails to impress. We had a lovely meal of local fish and vegetables in a beautiful setting. The service was terrific. We are always greeted with a smileSpecial Features:
- Shelter Island findsteakmanVIPDined on 7/2/2014You must try this restaurant. The menu started with 4 antipasti on a 4 sectioned plate. Each completely different but all went perfectly together. A small pasta serving came next which was perfect in size and most delishous . My wife had the halibut dinner choice and I had lamb. Both superb. Then desert , a simple semifreddo with strawberries. Yum. We also tried one of their signature cocktails the 18 bay cosmopolitan which started off the dinner perfectly. And we decided to do the wine pairing with each course which pulled it all together. Our server that evening was lovely and attentive . Please go and I am sure you will enjoy every bite of food throughout your dining experience. Lastly , it's not an inexpensive dinner but clearly try itSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FabulousSuperDined on 6/28/2014Memorable meal great food,presentation,and service. Brought my own wine which was a plus. Save for special occasions!Special Features:
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- Don't overlook this gem!!!!ItalianfoodbratDined on 6/23/2014Brought my husband here as a birthday surprise!!! We are both food snobs and extremely critical of Resturant dining. This was by far one of the BEST resturants we have ever visited. All 4 courses are fresh from the herbs to the vegetables and fruits as well as the fish. The setting is quaint and the service impeccable. My husband is a wine collector and was pleasantly surprised at the selection. We will without a doubt return! Bravo to the husband and wife chefs!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- excellentmgbfoodieVIPDined on 6/22/2014Imaginative, very well-executed menu. One of the best on the east end. Highly recommendedSpecial Features:
- A Shelter Island GemOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/16/201418 Bay is truly a first class restaurant. Extremely cordial and attentive service and each item of our dinner was exceptional. Will be sure to revisit on our next trip to Shelter IslandSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- stanleybrowntVIPDined on 6/8/2014An unusual approach to the menu: the only decision you normally make is to choose one of the two offered entrees; four different antipasti and a pasta course are delivered to all before the entree, and a dessert afterward (you can ask for substitutes when you have a dislike or an allergy).The menu changes weekly, and is based on locally grown produce.Everything we had was delicious, with some creative combinations of flavors. A charming location in an old house, but gets noisy when busy (hard surfaces). Service friendly and knowledgeable,Special Features:
- WonderfulgkaczmDined on 6/8/2014Loved the antipasti, especially the swordfish. The Saffron Tagliatelli with Lobster, Peas and White Butter was Devine. The lamb was prefect. The almond cake was delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A little less saltEnjoyfoodVIPDined on 6/7/2014Although generally the food was excellent, the fish dishes tended to be salty so those folks with hypertension or heart disease may need to be careful.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.