18 Bay
18 Bay

18 Bay

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.18bayrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (631) 749-0053
  • Hours of Operation:
    Current Hours
    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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Duvall Rd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
18 Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (47)special occasion (37)romantic (29)great for outdoor dining (27)neighborhood gem (27)notable wine list (14)good for groups (5)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Sunday night in the hamptons
    steakmanVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    You must try this restaurant if you haven't done so . The attention to detail in both the food and service is superior. You feel like you have stepped back in time when you go to Shelter Island starting with the ferry ride and then the drive to get to the restaurant. There is a warmth when you enter 18 Bay which continues throughout dinner. You must of course know that it is a set menu for all with substitutions if need be. But not to worry the food will not disappoint. You can see the weeks menu beforehand on their website so there will be no surprises when you arrive for dinner. I would suggest the wine pairing as it enhanced each bite of our delish dinner. We have been 4 times and we can't wait to go back. Bob and Lucille Metz
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WHAT A GEM!!!
    rubey
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    What a great find during the the fall season! The food was outstanding and the service, incredible Will definitely be there again!!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Tries Too Hard
    PapaBear
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    More than enough food, some of it excellent, but as a whole it didn't quite work. Wild boar ribs were excellent, but served on a shared appetizer plate with delicate fish and followed by a fish main doesn't work. Also, asking if there are any allergies or foods we didn't want, the Chinese red peppers, excessive on my serving, spoiled the otherwise excellent pasta with scallops. $65 plus wine, tax, tip... Our bottom line, not worth the drive.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The wine parings were great. The food was served luke warm and was very salty. We were not satisfied with the quality for a meal that cost a couple of hundred dollars. The NY Times Review was misleading.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    If you appreciate food, you’ll appreciate 18 Bay. The portions were substantial, unique and delicious. Clearly, a lot of thought and effort goes into its weekly menu. If you’re not staying on Shelter Island the ferry ride over adds a romantic touch. The atmosphere is intimate and the service was spot-on. Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • shelter island gem
    JvenesqVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    18 bay is exceptional. it only offers a pre fixed dinner but rather being a drawback 18 Bay has turned it into a strength . Overall it was one of the best dinners we have experienced . The wife/husband chef team are at the top of their game. OUTSTANDING
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    fit for foodies
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    While 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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely accommodating
    CricketVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Apps/Pasta are best part of meal!
    BreathlessVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The 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!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodiefamilyof4
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Our 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dining treat
    arlo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    On 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    ADE68th
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was very good and reasonably priced for the quality. By far the best restaurant in the Sag harbor area.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service fell short of food
    tastymateVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We 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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Fair apps, good pasta, good main
    diningoutismyhobby
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I 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 ...
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Very 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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Tastings great
    Debbie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Interesting and delightful tastings. Would love to visit again
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner on Shelter Island
    Foodie83
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    18 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Lovely
    letotherscookVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Inventive menu
    GetMeOnTopVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food and selection excellent and extremely fresh. Thigh every thing was great a stand out was the mouthwatering pasta course!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • a great find
    Maggie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    From 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.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Restaurant
    shelterislandVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    18 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious evening out
    arlo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    18 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just perfect
    Barb
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Amazing 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Widdle
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    First 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The 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.
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • 18 Bay Always Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    It 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...
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste was Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We tried 18 Bay while vacationing on Shelter Island. It was exceptional. We recommend it highly. Our server made the dinner special as well.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant, high-quality food
    MozzaC
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • ebg200
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Uninspired 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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Homey porch dinner. Great drinks. Lovely dinner. Would love to go again since menu is different every week.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Well Worth the Trip Over
    Senaps
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Don'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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 128 reviews are from the 18 Bay reviews archive.
  • Foodie heaven
    NP22
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    It 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!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Worth the ferry ride
    JaneNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Took 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Another wonderful meal
    barbEHVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Truly one of our favorite places. We can always count on a great meal and wonderful service. Well worth the ferry trip.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't get caught - tourist trap!
    MMandCMVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
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  • Spectacular
    sit9001VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
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  • Wonderful meal and service
    YasminnyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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
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  • Shelter Island find
    steakmanVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Super
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Memorable meal great food,presentation,and service. Brought my own wine which was a plus. Save for special occasions!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic