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23 North Ferry Rd (rte. 114)
Shelter Island, NY 11964
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18 Bay Details
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday-Saturday and Monday 5:30pm- Close, Sunday: 4:00pm-Close
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Italian, Contemporary European, Vegetarian
Elizabeth Ronzetti and Adam Kopels
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
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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.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
Diners' Choice Winner
Diners' Choice Winner
Fit for Foodies
18 Bay -
Best Restaurants in Shelter Island
Truly one of our favorite places.
We can always count on a great meal and wonderful service. Well worth the ferry trip."
Dined on 7/17/2014
I 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!"
Dined on 7/11/2014
What 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."
Dined on 7/6/2014
18 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 smile"
Dined on 7/5/2014
You 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 it"
Dined on 7/2/2014
Memorable meal great
food,presentation,and service. Brought my own wine which was a plus. Save for special occasions!"
Dined on 6/28/2014
Brought 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!!!"
Dined on 6/23/2014
Imaginative, very well-executed
menu. One of the best on the east end. Highly recommended"
Dined on 6/22/2014
18 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 Island"
Dined on 6/16/2014
Loved 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."
Dined on 6/8/2014
Although 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. "
Dined on 6/7/2014
Have dined here half a dozen times
since my first meal on opening night in 2011. The food is lovingly and tastily prepared without fail. I especially appreciate not having to choose among the tantalizing appetizers as all four are presented to each guest on a subtly divided platter. Service is warm and workmanlike. The cocktail menu, while surely inventive, I found dispiriting due to seemingly improbable ingredient combinations and a number of which were foreign to me. My savvy sister, a noted wine and spirits author, felt otherwise. Despite my doubts about the drinks menu, there is no doubt that 18 Bay continues to offer wonderful prix fixed dining in lovely atmosphere."
Dined on 5/30/2014
A fabulous experience with a
unique approach to the menu...it is chosen for you by the selection of what is in season; you get to sample the delights of the chefs talents combined with the freshest local produce. You choose the entree from a limited list - a local fisherman caught the black bass which was served over savory greens. Every course was prepared to perfection. Wonderful Long Island to international choices of wines. The service - superb! Crisp linens, fresh blossoms, great music-definitely worth the trip to Shelter Island - only open for dinner - enjoy!"
Dined on 5/29/2014
Dinner was great as usual! The
owners Elizabeth and Adam are so warm and welcoming. Love 18 Bay!"
Dined on 5/10/2014
Excellent presentation of local
produce carefully prepared mix of delicate tastes, savory, sweet and spicey."
Dined on 4/11/2014
We had a fantastic dinner here
over my husbands 40th birthday weekend. We popped in during the day to make sure that they could accommodate a vegetarian. The chef spoke with us. He was delightful!.. Extremely accommodating. Our food that evening was wonderful and the ambience was lovely. We will definitely be back. The whole team was friendly and professional."
Dined on 3/22/2014
The food was disappointing the
four courses were not great the appetizers were In appealing tough squid a tiny pizza tough athe little dis patty was good but needed a sauce the best was the cold Brussels sprouts A choice of one of two entrees a fish dish or fillet mignonette and short rib wit microscopic potatoes boiled the two meats did not pair well the courses were served with ceremony not going back for awhile"
Dined on 11/21/2013
18 Bay never disappoints. We
celebrated a family birthday this weekend and had a terrific time. Tasted cardoons for the first time. Cozy ambiance friendly attentive service. Food is imaginative and local. First of the Peconic Bay scallops. We will be back as usual"
Dined on 11/10/2013
We had a not so great dinner here
a few moths ago. Although the food was outstanding, the service was enough to make me want to NEVER go back. We decided to give it one more chance and 18 Bay was back to its old MO. Exquisite and creative food and more than adequate service this time around. As locals, we forgive and forget and will make this restaurant a habit."
Dined on 11/3/2013
made a 9pm reservation and didn't
sit down til 9.45 pm. we would of liked to see something comped or a free appetizer while we were waiting. after working all day and not eatting we wanted to sit at 9 and eat, not be leaving the restaurant at 11.30. once we placed our order, it took about 10 minutes to get our apps (which was the same for the whole restaurant) but after that, the timing and service was great. the menu was the same for the whole restaurant. everyone got a plate of 4 smalls apps, choice of 1 of 2 entrees, a pasta salad i believe, and a choice of 1of 2 desserts."
Dined on 11/2/2013
Though the food was good, the
service was inexcusably poor. Ordered botlled water, never got more than a glass each thiugh the partly filled bottle was removed from the table and we had to order a second with the same result. The bus staff kept trying to fill glaases with tap. They have no concept of wine pairing. They simply plopped a glass of white or red. No name no origin no compositon just the type (here's a riesling or a nebbiolo). We were also seated by a drafty door and I needed my coat the entire evening. This was nit a goid experience. We will not be back."
Dined on 11/2/2013
We took the ferry from Sag Harbor
just for dinner here because it was highly recommended. We were blown away by the delicious meal! I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys fine dining! I am allergic to seafood and shellfish and they were able to substitute without question. I appreciate restaurants who think of these possibilities ahead of time! The lamb entree was incredible. And the potato with truffle oil sauce was amazing. I wanted to slurp up the sauce with a straw!"
Dined on 10/19/2013
Went to 18 Bay for the second time
with my sisters and cousins. We had been here together two years ago. We were not disappointed. The food was exceptional. One appetizer was better than the other...I just love the fact that you try all four appetizers, we had difficulty picking the best. The pasta was so fresh and delicious. Main courses were cooked perfectly and pear tart with gelato was a wonderful closure to our meal. I have been hear several times and will have no hesitations in recommending it. Well run ferry makes getting here easy!"
Dined on 10/13/2013
We eat out quite a bit and 18 Bay
is definitely on our top 5 list. We had the 4 course meal and would highly recommend it because it gave us an opportunity to try some of the chef's outstanding selections, especially on the appetizer list. Service was very attentive and informative. Great cocktails - love the lemon martini. Celebrated our anniversary. Pricey but worth it!!!"
Dined on 10/10/2013
THIS WAS THE SECOND TIME WE DINED
AT 18 BAY...THE FOOD WAS FANTASTIC AND THE SERVICE WAS VERY GOOD...BUT THE NOISE LEVEL DETRACTED SIGNIFICANTLY FROM BOTH... NOT SURE WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT THIS ISSUE OTHER THEN TO PUT SOME NOISE ABSORBENT PANELS IN THE CEILING.....THE NOISE FROM THE ADJOINING TABLE OF 6 WAS SIMPLY OVERWHELMING...SO MUCH SO THAT WE COULD NOT HAVE A RESONABLE /ENJOYABLE CONVERSATION....WHICH, WHEN YOU CONSIDER THAT THE WELL PACED SERVICE OF 2.5 HRS TURNED WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A DELIGHTFUL DINNER INTO A VERY UNENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE. I AM SURE WE WILL RETURN NEXT SEASON BUT IF THE NOISE LEVEL IS THE SAME WILL HAVE TO FORGO THE GREAT FOOD....SIMPLY NOT TOLEARBLE"
Dined on 9/27/2013
We have been here several times
and have always liked the food. The last time we were here, it was 40 min after sitting before we got our drink because "the bar was backed up". This time the 4 course meal took 3 hours. It was 1 hour from th time we sat till we got our appetizers and then 45 min between each course after. We have had 23 course tasting menus in New York that have rivaled the time. The service is friendly but there is clearly not enough staff. We heard apologies being made all around us. At 9 pm on a Saturday the bartender and hostess were busing tables, bringing out meals and doing all they could to help. After the first time we thought it was an off night. Now we won't go back."
Dined on 9/7/2013
We have eaten at 18 Bay several
times since it opened and it has become our favorite dinning destination - the best on the island. Have never been disappointed and enjoy the discovery with the multi-offering appetizer plate."
Dined on 9/5/2013
Shelter Island is limited to the
amount of places you can eat. That said, there was no sacrifice in good food and good service. This place is by far the best on the island. They were courteous and attentive. The food was very good and they give you a fun selection. The only thing you have to do is pick your entree. Stay away from Vine Street! 18 Bay is the best on the island!"
Dined on 9/1/2013
Excellent inventive food,
beautifully presented. Service friendly. Dessert well done but not up to originality of other courses. Looking forward to another visit."
Dined on 8/31/2013
18 Bay is my favorite restaurant,
even more than my NYC favorites Po and Babbo. The service is impeccable. The servers knowledgeable and friendly. The chef's tasting menu changes every Wednesday and each week it is innovative and made with the freshest, finest local ingredients. So reasonable - $55 for a 4 course tasting."
Dined on 8/30/2013
East Hampton is so hectic - you
almost hate going out. This is a wonderful place to have great food, at a very reasonable price (and first bottle no corkage), you can hear yourself and those around you."
Dined on 8/30/2013
Our meal, on one of the busiest
weeks of the summer tourist season, was excellent. Imaginative antipasti, homemade pasta with spinach and mushrooms, sea bass and steak that were both from local sources. The service was friendly and competent, though we waited a very long time between courses, presumably because the kitchen was overwhelmed by the crowd. Everything was very fresh. Diners need to know that there is a fixed menu; the only choice you have is between meat and fish for the entree. Although the meal was not cheap (we had a good bottle of wine), it was significantly less expensive than it would have been in New York City. Good value for our money, we felt."
Dined on 8/28/2013
Can't say enough. Gastronomic
experience from start to finish. Each course was a surprise and the service was spot on. Be back next week to check out new menu."
Dined on 8/28/2013
service was horrible!! overly busy
terrible waiter, never refilled our water that we paid for. never told us what we were eating, as it is a tasting menu, we could not remember what it was, and was never told.. at the end we had just been served our dessert, when the waiter threw down our bill on table, did not ask if we needed coffee or tea, ran away and we felt rushed as i had only taken 1 bite of dessert at this point. NOT fine dining by any means.. we were rushed out and felt lack of attention was everywhere and service and noise was terrible. food was bland, too sweet, and no salt. duck was not edible, too much grizzle, and fat. pasta was way overcooked. waiter never asked once how anything we ate was. waiter was NOT a waiter."
Dined on 8/25/2013
A poor attempt at select "small
plate" dinner. The food was fair at best and service slow. Came highly recommended but was quiet the opposite."
Dined on 8/24/2013
Me and my lady went here for the 1
st time to have dinner and were very impressed by the food and wine the only down was that we couldn't figure out where the host was so we sat are selves at the bar. We made reservations in advance and were seated promptly Our food was very good the pasta and duck where two of my faves , I would definitely go back"
Dined on 8/22/2013
We LOVE 18 Bay! We find it
relaxing and always enjoy the food. It's great to try new things. There fish dishes are wonderful!!"
Dined on 8/22/2013
Wonderfully accommodating to our
special needs diets. Incredible food and service."
Dined on 8/21/2013
Considering the previous reviews,
the food was a disappointment. Nobody in our party of four was wowed nor were any of the diners in our immediate area. Considering that the dinner is the same for all diners, the limited choice for the entree (and we had both the fish and the meat - both just OK) the kitchen should have done much better. The appetizer of four small tastes had only one that stood out - the squid. The best part of the meal was the ricotta and squash blossom cannelloni for the first plate- but not enough of the squash blossoms! Desert; the biggest disappointment, too dry and flavorless. Service was fair to poor, water not refilled, wine refills were repeatedly requested and the "bill wait" too long - overall, not going back."
Dined on 8/15/2013
this was a very good experience
all around. one of the best ...."
Dined on 8/14/2013
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